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Choir to sing the ‘code of life’

dna_choir.jpgChoir to sing the ‘code of life’ by Pallab Ghosh, Science correspondent, BBC News [Computer generated image of DNA sequences (Science Photo Library) The similarity between written music and DNA sequences inspired the author]

Scientists and composers have produced a new choral work in which performers sing parts of their own genetic code.

Human DNA is made up of just four different chemical compounds, which gave musician Andrew Morley the idea of assigning a note to each of them.

The new piece, Allele, will be performed by the New London Chamber Choir at the Royal Society of Medicine on 13 July.

Each of the 40-strong choir has also had his or her own DNA decoded. More >>


Jul 11, 2010
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Halsey Burgund, Scapes [us Lincoln, MA]

halsey_burgund.jpgHalsey Burgund, Scapes :: July 13, 2010 – November 4, 2010 :: deCordova, 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Halsey Burgund is a musician and sound artist who lives and works in Bedford, MA. Burgund’s projects are collaborative and provide participants with an active role in content creation. Part of generation Wiki and the democratization of knowledge, Burgund uses open source platforms, GPS technology, and interactivity to create musical scores from participants’ spoken words that continuously evolve in real-time. Scapes, Burgund’s project for PLATFORM 3, creates a two-way audio experience for museum visitors influenced significantly by their physical location on deCordova grounds. Participants will use handheld wireless devices and headphones to listen to audio and also to make their own recordings which will be immediately assimilated into the piece for everyone to hear. Organized by former Koch Curatorial Fellow Nina Gara Bozicnik and current Koch Curatorial Fellow Lexi Lee, the exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color brochure.


Jul 11, 2010
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Live Stage: Bora Yoon, Dafna Naphtali [us NYC]

issue.jpgDafna Naphtali and Bora Yoon :: Issue Project Room’s Annual Month-Long Floating Points Festival :: July 14, 2010; 8:00 – 9:30 pm :: Issue Project Room at the Old American Can Factory , 232 3rd street, Brooklyn.

Dafna Naphtali + Bora Yoon will present/perform/spatialize multi-channel audio works for Issue Project Rooms 15 speaker sound environment designed by Stephan Moore.

Dafna will perform a set of interrelated pieces building on work created during her years working at Engine 27, and during a residency at Diapason, and also work on the very first Floating Points Festival a few years back. She will also perform an excerpt of “Panda Half-Life”, her new new multi-channel vocal work written for the Magic Names vocal ensemble (American Composers Forum commission), which premiered June 2010. Continue reading


Jul 11, 2010
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Using Sound to Filter Bacterial Spores from Water

acoustic-bio.jpgUsing Sound to Filter Bacterial Spores from Water — Acoustic trapping can remove bacterial spores from water, according to a new set of experiments funded by the US Army.

Measuring the quality of water on an ongoing basis is an important task but not one that is always straightforward. Taking samples for chemical analysis is simple enough and can be relatively easily automated. But determining what kind of bacteria are present is a little more tricky because these need to be filtered and removed from the water before testing. And because filters quickly become clogged and useless, this requires human intervention on a regular basis. Continue reading


Jul 10, 2010
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Live Stage: Soundscapes of East London [uk London]

listeningdaymain_0001.jpgFruit for the Apocalypse debuts with Soundscapes of East London :: Preview: July 16, 2010; 8:00 pm :: Café Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL :: Première: Secret Shoreditch Location (Secret Shoreditch Location linked to the Shoreditch Festival) :: July 18, 2010; 4:00 pm :: Soundscapes draws together an international group of Sound Artists and Choreographers to celebrate World Listening Day.

Soundscapes of East London is a music and dance event created by sixteen sound artists and choreographers exploring and responding to sounds heard in the East End of London. A major industrial intersection, goods and humans use East London’s busy roads to leave or enter the metropolis by land. Continue reading


Jul 10, 2010
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Live Stage: Digital Art Weeks [cn Xian]

p1010308.jpg[Image: Church According to McLuhan by Art Clay] Digital Art Weeks :: until July 16, 2010 :: Xian, China.

DAW is concerned with the application of digital technology in the arts. Consisting of symposia, workshops and performances, the Digital Art Weeks programme offers insight into current research and innovations in art and technology as well as illustrates resulting synergies in an exhibition and a series of performances during the Festival each year, making artists aware of impulses in technology and scientists aware of the possibilities of application of technology in the arts.

The Digital Art Weeks programme for Xian, China will continue its focus on innovation in the presentation of scientific and artistic research within the context of cultural exchange with the goal of mutual enrichment and knowledge transfer. Continue reading


Jul 8, 2010
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Live Stage: Sound Travels Intensive [ca Toronto]

nais.jpgThe second annual Sound Travels Intensive — workshop sessions, private instruction and creative activity :: August 10 – 13, 2010 :: New Adventures in Sound Art, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Studio #252 Toronto, ON.

The Sound Travels Intensive is an opportunity for artists from across Canada and around the world to create and present new work in Toronto, exchange ideas with others, and hone electroacoustic skills with the guidance of a diverse group of world-renowned instructors. Four the intense days of workshop sessions, private instruction and creative activity culminate in a public concert presentation at Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns. Continue reading


Jul 8, 2010
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Live Stage: Resonance – “Sound” [hk Hong Kong]

installationview1.jpgResonance — Exhibition/ Performance/Talks with Samson Young and Yao Chung-Han :: July 16 – September 5, 2010 :: :: Opening Reception: July 16; 7:00 – 9:00 pm (performance by Yao Chung-Han (IO Lab, Taiwan) :: I/O Gallery, U/G, Tung Yiu Commercial Building, 31A Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong.

Resonance an exhibition about the word sound. It is about the sound of the word, the meaning of the word, and the usage of the word; that is to say, it asks what sound is, how sound is used, and what sound can do. One may wonder why an artist would choose to work with sound, as opposed to music or visual art, but would find that answers are rarely forthcoming.

Resonance attempts to present an abstracted territory for this dialogue, stripping sound down to its most basic elements; the same elements that contribute to the other creative modes and methods in question. Continue reading


Jul 7, 2010
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Benjamin Newland’s Nomadic Sound System

The wireless wearable sound system frees electronic music from the restraints of immovable equipment, opening up possibilities for mobile performance and new forms of audience participation. The NSS enables musicians to fully engage with the space and experiment with human analogue surround sound, moving speakers around the audience, setting up surprises in the halls and corridors and creating site specific musical journeys in the process. Learn more at We Make Money Not Art.


Jul 6, 2010
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On Different Methods of Notation

lily.jpgDavid Collins has written a short paper on different methods of notation which have evolved recently, and he thought that some readers here might be interested. The paper is available here.

The primary languages discussed are Mondrian, Abc notation, Csound, and Lilypond. The paper is not intended to be comprehensive. Collins hasn’t discussed other tools such as Philip’s Music Writer, or the various audio programming environments such as SuperCollider, Chuck and others.

The software discussed is not necessarily Linux-specific, but it is all FLOSS and available on Linux – and the information might be of interest to people who use Linux to compose music.

Collins welcomes feedback and corrections.


Jul 5, 2010
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