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Vague Terrain 15: .microsound

Vague Terrain 15: .microsound

The latest of edition of Vague Terrain is dedicated to celebrating the tenth anniversary of the .microsound community. Guest curated by the American composer Kim Cascone, the issue provides a range of commentary and context on “sub-atomic” musical aesthetics and a window into this globally distributed community of electronic musicians. In Cascone’s own words .microsound is a fertile middle ground between “the ivory tower of sterile academia” and “the seizure-inducing din of the dance club”. For those unacquainted with this zone of musical production, this collection of work provides a perfect introduction. Continue reading


Oct 24, 2009
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Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

silentdrum2_crop.jpgThe second annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition presented by the Georgia Tech center for Music Technology will award $10,000 to the best novel musical instruments as judged by a panel of experts. There will be a $5,000 grand prize given by Sharon Perry Galloway in honor of her husband, Dr. Thomas D. Galloway, Dean of the College of Architecture, 1992-2007. All participants are eligible ::

Submissions will be accepted until November 15 and can be made through our online subsmission system. For more information and to submit your entry, please go here. Continue reading


Oct 24, 2009
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Live Stage: Getting & Dealing with Reviews [us Staten Island, NY]

cohasi-copy.jpgGetting & Dealing With Reviews – a Music Panel :: October 27, 2009; 7:30 p.m. :: Wagner College, Spiro Hall Room 2, Staten Island, NY.

Getting & Dealing with Reviews will help musicians in their quest to getting their music reviewed once they’ve released it. We will explore what Music writers look for, how they go about reviewing music, and how they find or pick the music they want to write about. We’ll also discuss ways to deal with the dreaded bad review, and what to do differently for the next time. Continue reading


Oct 24, 2009
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Live Stage: AudioCubes Workshop [be Brussels]

cubes1.jpgAudio Cubes: Tangible Interface for Audiovisual Creation workshop with AudioCubes designer Bert Schiettecatte :: November 10 and 19, 2009; 9:30 am – 5:15 pm :: Brussels, Belgium.

The Audio Cubes: Tangible Interface for Audiovisual Creation workshops are about exploring the possibilities of tangible interfaces for audiovisual artwork, in particular in sound design, music composition and live performance.

The participants will be introduced to the AudioCubes musical interface and its applications. AudioCubes are a new way to create audiovisual work through gestures and phsyical interaction with a network of intelligent wireless objects. Continue reading


Oct 23, 2009
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Live Stage: DuBois & Flanigan at The Stone [us NYC]

bio2-copy.jpgLuke DuBois and Lesley FlaniganBioluminescence :: October 23, 2009; 10:00 – 11:00 pm :: The Stone, Corner Avenue C and 2nd Street, East Village, New York City.

Two performers, one singing and one processing, create a dense pallet of sound and imagery derived entirely from voice.

Luke DuBois and Lesley Flanigan explore the modality of voice through live sound and video. Performing an especially dark and lovely set for pre-Halloween, this will be one show not to miss. Listen to an excerpt: here.


Oct 23, 2009
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Live Stage: Writing on Sound [no Oslo]

ome107.jpgWorkshop: Audio Interpretation: Writing on Sound :: November 11, 2009; 11:00 am – 4:00 pm :: Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Nedre gate 7, 0551, Oslo, Norway :: Organiser: Anne Hilde Neset.

For whom are we writing? Who and what are we serving? Musicians, other critics, oneself, potential advertisers, the general reader, the specialist reader, an academic institution? What is our agenda when writing? How does art writing differ from writing about sound and music? These questions are approached through an introduction to different categories of sound writing. The particular discussions will evolve around a series of introductions – to pop cultural music criticism with examples cited through the work of Lester Bangs, Greil Marcus, Alex Ross, Paul Morley, among others; Continue reading


Oct 22, 2009
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Music Hack Day [us Cambridge, MA]

micro2-copy.jpgMusic Hack Day :: November 21, 2009, 9:00 a.m. — November 22, 2009, 6:00 p.m. :: a full weekend of music hacking. Software + hardware + art + the web :: @ Microsoft NERD, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA :: Registration required: http://musichackdayboston.eventbrite.com/

The main goal of Music Hack Day is to explore and build the next generation of music applications. It’s a full weekend of hacking in which participants will conceptualize, create and present their projects. Music + software + hardware + art + the web. Anything goes as long as it’s music related. Continue reading


Oct 22, 2009
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Live Stage: Multimedia Concert [us Boston, MA]

281.jpgMobius Presents: Multimedia Concert :: featuring: Al Margolis (NY), Anna Homler (LA), Michael Delia, Katherine Liberovskaya, with James Coleman, Derek Hoffend, Jed Speare (MAG), and Tom Plsek (MAG) :: Saturday October 24, 2009 :: 8:00 p.m. :: at Mobius, 725 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118 :: $10, $5 students & seniors

Mobius welcomes Al Margolis, Anna Homler, Michael Delia, and Katherine Liberovskaya for a special concert featuring their new quartet with Katherine Liberovskaya doing live video mixing. Boston’s own James Coleman (theremin), Derek Hoffend (electronics) and Mobius Artists Group Members Jed Speare (electronics), and Tom Plsek (trombone) will open for them.


Oct 21, 2009
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Live Stage: John Roach and Käthe Wenzel [us NYC]

artbot-pablo-controllers.jpgALMA ON DOBBIN presents: John Roach and Käthe Wenzel :: Robo-Improvisation Arena :: November 6 through November 15, 2009 :: Opening Reception: Friday Nov. 6th 6.30-9.30 p.m. :: 50-52 Dobbin Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11222

“Have you ever controlled a robot or conducted an orchestra? ” Artists John Roach and Käthe Wenzel say, “You can do both in one go!” Their “Robo-Improvisation Arena” at Space on Dobbin turns the gallery into a “collective art coliseum.” The audience activates five remote-controlled robots, or “artbots”, designed by Berlin artist Käthe Wenzel. Continue reading


Oct 21, 2009
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Live Stage: NY Electronic Art Festival [us NYC]

lewis.jpgAdam Parkinson & Atau Tanaka / George Lewis & Marina Rosenfeld ::October 26, 8:00 p.m. :: NYU Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 W. 4th Street, New York.

Hosted by the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, this split program will feature two exceptional duos. In the duo Adam & Atau, Atau performs on a system that captures physiological neuron impulses resulting from muscle tension while Adam runs Pure Data on two iPhones, mixing and mangling their output. Lewis and Rosenfeld will perform Sour Mash, from their forthcoming Tellus/Innova recording, featuring the composers with turntablists DJ Olive and Raz Mesinai. This event is supported by EMF.


Oct 21, 2009
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