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Jorinde Voigt – Matrix & Lemniscate [de Kőln]

voigt1.jpgJorinde Voigt – Matrix [Notations] with Patric Catani & Chris Imler (Composition) and Lemniscate / ∞ [Acoustic Cluster] ::until December 20, 2008 :: Galerie Christian Lethert, Antwerpener Strasse 4, 50672 Kőln, Germany.

Matrix & Lemniscate is a unique collaboration between the artist Jorinde Voigt, and composers Patric Catani and Chris Imler. The lemniscate is, fundamentally a mechanism for the infinite (∞). A lemniscus or ‘ribbon’ that chases itself in a figure of eight describes the repeated and unending journey of the unbounded. Early Indian thinkers were quick to assert the abstract powers of infinities by recognising that when adding or removing parts to infinity, infinity would always remain. Jorinde Voigt draws structures energised by real and imagined possibilities to investigate finite boundaries of systems. Continue reading


Nov 18, 2008
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Live Stage: Rolf Julius [us Brooklyn]

warumgrun.jpgDiapason gallery for sound and intermedia presents Music, under your Feet by Rolf Julius — installation with objects, sound, and video :: November 22 – December 20, 2008; 2:00 – 8:00 pm :: Opening: November 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm :: 882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street), 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY.

Rolf Julius integrates acoustic and visual coordinates in his installative, synaesthetic concepts. Far removed from elaborate electronics, he works with simple things and sounds of everyday life, an aesthetic and acoustic minimalism with the simplest use of cassettes and loudspeakers, effecting a concentrated perception…” – Rudolf Frieling Continue reading


Nov 17, 2008
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Live Stage: Byron Westbrook [us Brooklyn]

68footsteps.jpgDiapason gallery for sound and intermedia presents 68 Footsteps (x8)a sound installation of eight mono location recordings of acoustic guitars with ebows — by Byron Westbrook :: November 8, 2008; 2:00 – 8:00 pm :: 882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street), 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY.

68 Footsteps (x8) is an installation consisting of eight mono location recordings broadcast simultaneously from separate speakers. In the creation of each recording, an acoustic guitar has been placed in a different environment with an ebow device on top of it, causing it to resonate automatically. Each recording begins 68 footsteps away from the guitar, which is the average distance from which the guitar’s resonation is no longer audible. Continue reading


Nov 7, 2008
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Live Stage: Ear to the Earth 2008 [us NYC]

fritz190.jpgARTS ELECTRIC presents EAR TO THE EARTH 2008 :: October 15 – 25 :: Various venues in New York City.

Ear to the Earth 2008 began with the launch of New York Soundscape, a multi-year project to create a panoramic portrayal of the city’s audio personality and urban ecology by composers, sound artists, students, and New Yorkers from all walks of life. The composers this year include Walter Branchi, Francisco Lopez, Alvin Curran, Michael Schumacher, Miya Masaoka, Richard Lainhart, Lo Vid, Marina Rosenfeld, Andrea Polli, Ezequiel Vinao, Charlie Morrow, Helen Fisher, Matthew Burtner, and John Cage.

Don’t miss New York Big Fritz, a multimedia presentation of Times Square around the clock, produced by faculty and students of the NYU Music Technology program, among them Agnieszka Roginska, Paul Geluso, Robert Rowe, Joel Chadabe, and Tom Beyer. (Image above is: Recording New York Big Fritz – Photo by Izzi Ramkissoon) Continue reading


Oct 15, 2008
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Net_Music_Weekly: Soundscape Forever

n26171166327_2135.jpgThe concept of ‘Soundscape’ appeared in the sixties in the work of the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer- reaching a larger audience in 1973 through the World Soundscape Project and in the book The Soundscape – Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World, published in 1977.

Even if one disregards his naturalistic approach to the idea of a landscape, there remains in Schafer’s work an obstinacy to make art out of what is perceived as sonic nuisance — an important step which laid the foundation of an attitude that is still alive among scholars and composers today.

More than 30 years on, the programme Soundscape Forever revisits the concept with an original series of sixteen pieces by international artists (Michael Batalla, Yannick Dauby, eRikm, Xavier Fassion, Zoe Irvine & Mark Vernon, Damien Magnette, Patrick McGinley aka Murmer, NG, Etienne Noiseau, Jean-Philippe Renoult, Kassian & Ulrich Troyer, Els Viaene, Chris Watson). Continue reading


Oct 8, 2008
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Tim Sweet on Electric Eclectics

9272007-ts6.jpg[Image: Edwin van der Heide’s Speed of Sound in the granary] “… Later that evening Seattle-based instrument inventor, Trimpin, performed his mechanized one-man band. He controlled two record players, a keyboard, and his wheelbarrow rhythm machine from sensors on a cello, and took us on a humorous music-making journey. As he “played” his cello, sensors tracked the movement of the bow and cued the turning of the records, sequences on the keyboard (a series of intricate automated “fingers”), and mechanized mallets made rhythms on found objects and drums that were mounted in a rusty wheelbarrow. The records’ self-reflective spoken word content (an instructional on the making of music and sound) punctuated the enigmatic story being told… Continue reading


Aug 27, 2008
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Reblogged Physical Heart in a Virtual Body

amit31.png[Amit changing the physical heart of his guitar] My friend Amit Zoran, from the Ambient Intelligence group at MIT Media Lab, continued his work on structural innovation, re-designing acoustic musical instrument according to the abilities and characteristics of rapid prototype materials. Together with Pattie Maes and Marco Coppiardi, they created a new generation of physical instruments by tailoring wooden hearts. The wooden pieces are inserted in the body of the guitar to give the instrument the desired sound identity. Continue reading


Aug 7, 2008
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Furthernoise.org, April 08 Issue

furthernoise.jpgWelcome to the April 08 Issue of Furthernoise.org (Roger Mills, Editor). Along with a host of new reviews, we bring you news of upcoming events and performances as well as an audio player stacked with all the best tracks of the issue.

David Tagg – Waist Deep Seas of Milk (review) New York musician, David Tagg, has seen The Future of Modern Guitar. And this sonic seer’s astral projections are sumptuously spread across the ambient expanses of Waist Deep Seas of Milk, though all trace of twang, pluck and strum is dissolved in FX haze and spun out in endless echo returns. Review by Alan Lockett. Continue reading


Apr 18, 2008
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Live Stream of the Antarctic Underwater Soundscape

ae091097f9.jpgTransmitting live from the Ocean below the Antarctic Ice: “Providing an acoustic live stream of the Antarctic underwater soundscape is a formidable challange. After all, more than 15000 km lie between Antarctica and our institute in Germany. Underwater sound is recorded by means of two hydrophones by PALAOA (Perennial Acoustic Observatory in the Antarctic Ocean), an autonomous, wind and solar powered observatory located on the Ekström ice shelf (Boebel et al., 2006).

The data stream is transmitted via wireless LAN from PALAOA to the German Neumayer Base. From there, a permanent satellite link transmits the data to the AWI in Germany. Continue reading


Apr 10, 2008
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Live Stage: Navigating the Space of the Future [nl Amsterdam]

david_dunn.jpg[Image: David Dunn] Navigating the Space of the Future – Seminar with presentations by: Yolande Harris, David Dunn and Atau Tanaka:: April 15, 2008; 8:30 pm :: Netherlands Media Art Institute, Keizersgracht 264, 1016 EV Amsterdam :: LIVE STREAM.

What does it mean to navigate? What is the importance of location specificity? What does it mean to get lost? The increasing accuracy of satellite navigation strives to eliminate the possibility of human error, but it also produces a sense of dislocation from one’s immediate environment by abstracting location as the coordinates of longitude and latitude. What place is there for one’s body, one’s senses, one’s conscious and unconscious awareness of space, if this knowledge is so apparently made redundant by GPS? Continue reading


Apr 9, 2008
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