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Net_Music_Weekly: Sounds of the Sea

sea_organ2.jpgThe musical Sea Organ (2005), by Nikola Bašić, is located on the shores of Zadar, Croatia, and is the world’s first second musical pipe organ played by the sea. Simple and elegant steps, carved in white stone, were built on the quayside. Underneath, there are 35 musically tuned tubes with whistle openings on the sidewalk. The movement of the sea pushes air through, and – depending on the size and velocity of the wave – musical chords are played. The waves create random harmonic sounds.

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Jan 11, 2008
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Reblogged Interview with Jeff Talman

246.jpgWhite Sound DownJeff Talman is a sound and installation artist based in New York City. His work is a sensory meditation on the elementary sound of space. In his installations, he amplifies the background resonance of an environment by extracting and strategically redirecting ambient sound back into its place of origin. In so doing, he heightens the occupant’s aural perception of the surrounding area.

His most recent project, entitled White Sound Down, is a temporary multi-channel sound field installation in a remote section of the Bavarian Forest. White Sound Down is only accessible by cross country ski trails, and will be up until January 6, 2008. Continue reading


Jan 11, 2008
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Interview: Bill Fontana

curr-interview-fontana_portrait1.jpgBill Fontana has been creating musical networks and making “sound sculptures” since the early 1970s. His works are usually large in scale and often involve the transmission of sounds from one ‘listening’ location with a network of microphones and/or sensors to another location where the sounds are overlayed onto the local sonic environment. Fontana’s work focuses strongly on the idea of listening as a compositional act – that is, it is driven by the idea that music surrounds us constantly and that the patterns of music are audible if we just take the time to listen. Examples and excerpts of many of Fontana’s works can be heard and seen at his website, resoundings.org.

Bill Fontana will be answering reader’s questions in the comments section below until December 6, 2007. Continue reading


Nov 1, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Sound Machines

chandelierprototype.jpgThe Chandelier – developed by Mike Fabio, Steve Pliam, Brian Demers, and Lucas Hernandez-Mena – is a large-scale robotic musical instrument designed for the opera Death and the Powers. Using various electronically controlled actuators, The Chandelier is capable of creating sounds unlike traditional instruments, and even some sounds that defy the size of the instrument itself. In this installation participants are given control over an instrument that is clearly, visibly, much larger than themselves, yet inextricably linked to their movements on a traditional piano keyboard, exploring and breaking the limitations of human performers as well as the instruments that we think of as commonplace. Continue reading


Oct 29, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Sound Mirrors

soundmirror1.jpgA forerunner of Radar, acoustic mirrors or ‘listening ears’ were built on the south and northeast coasts of England (1916 – 1930s) to detect approaching enemy aircraft at a distance of 8 to 15 miles. With the development of faster aircraft the sound mirrors became less useful, as an aircraft would be within sight by the time it had been located; radar finally rendered the mirrors obsolete. [via]

Lise Autogena’s Sound Mirrors was inspired by the derelict acousic mirrors at Denge, England. It aims to create two new sound mirrors on the coasts of England and France to enable people on either side of the English Channel to speak to each other. Continue reading


Oct 16, 2007
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Sha Xin Wei and Team: WYSIWYG

wysiwyg-tapestry2.jpgSoft Architecture: WYSIWYG – As an extension of the research work conducted with the Topological Media Lab (TML), Sha Xin Wei and his team are creating textile objects such as wall hangings, blankets, scarves, and jewelry that create sound as they are approached or manipulated. These sonic blankets can be used for improvised play.

A phonetic pun on the old acronym for What You See is What You Get from the era of the Graphical User Interface, WYSIWYG (for wearable, sonic instrument, with gesture) draws on music technology, dance, children’s group games, textile arts, and fashion. Created first and foremost to sustain social play for people of all ages, WYSIWYG allows players to express themselves whether enjoying time in a park, dancing at a club, passing the time during a long car trip, or just playing at home. Continue reading


Oct 10, 2007
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Live Stage: Mine Mine Mine [us Boston]

mine.jpgINTRANSITIVE RECORDINGS presents, from Montreal, MINE MINE MINE (Magali Babin, André Éric Létourneau, Alexandre Saint-Onge) and duo Howard Stelzer and Jed Speare :: October 6, 2007; 8 pm :: Studio Soto, 63 Melcher St. Boston, MA :: 617-426-7686 :: Suggested Donation: $5 – $10.

Mine Mine Mine is an artist collective, existing since 1997, which has performed within various sound performance and art-action events. It features Magali Babin, Éric Létourneau and Alexandre St-Onge. The approach of the trio is based on sound-oriented performance art, whereby the relationship between sound and performing action is ritualised by the exploration of acoustic characteristics specific to the space where the action takes place. Continue reading


Oct 5, 2007
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Mix House

mix_house_imageEarlier this year I was briefly involved in the final stages of a project called “Mix House“, by architects Karen Van Lengen and Joel Sanders, and composer/sound artist Ben Rubin. My role was to compose a piece for the last minute of the video shown below. The concept behind the house, which currently exists only as a design and in this animation, is described below in the official text from the “Open House: Intelligent Living by Design” exhibit in 2007, a collaborative exhibit between the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

“‘Mix House’ expands the modernist notion of visual transparency afforded by the ubiquitous picture window to include aural transparency as well. Continue reading


Sep 30, 2007
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Mark Bain: Works X 2

markbain.jpg[1] The Omnisound Generator :: Electric motor, mechanical sound generator, spherical mixing chamber, plastic tubing, industrial headphones :: 34″ x 24″ x 10″ :: Warning: extended use with the headphones may induce slight nausea, vertigo and mental confusion in some sensitive persons. Use at your own risk.

Seven octaves, 84 discrete tones, all at once all the time, a history of western music as played back in its entirety as one incessant chord. This drone, this filler of space and monster of the twelve-tone scale, is unrelenting in its ever pervasiveness. As a pneumatic sound engine, the Omnisound Generator allows for remote placement into the machine via air coupled headphones. Monitoring the insides with stethoscopic precision, hear its heartbeat, its scream, its infrasonic rumblings and the wind rushing by. ALL SOUND ENGINES ARE GO! Continue reading


Sep 30, 2007
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Mark Bain [nl Amsterdam]

sol_bain.jpgBackstage: Mark Bain (USA, 1966, lives and works in Amsterdam. Read an interview) :: October 2, 2007 :: Doors open: 8 pm; starts: 8:30 pm :: Entrance: 3,50 (2,50 for students) :: Reservations: 020 6237101 or info[at]montevideo.nl :: Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Keizersgracht 264, 1016 EV, Amsterdam, Nederland.

During the BACKSTAGE evening Mark Bain explains more about the artistic backgrounds of his work. Bain’s work makes material structures, such as buildings, immaterial, and converts them into movement, sound and vibration. By enhancing the seismographic vibrations of the ground or architecture acoustically or by means of vibrators, he ultimately liberates the perception of space from its dominant form, namely observation. Mark Bain has three works in Off Screen: Transparent Structures (2007), A Simulation of a Reconstruction by Remote Means (2003) and Buzzphones (2007). Continue reading


Sep 30, 2007
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