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Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 17

lmj17_cover150.jpgLeonardo Music Journal, Vol. 17 (2007) – With an introduction by Nic Collins: My Favorite Things: The Joy of the Gizmo — is now available. With contributions by Bert Bongers, Eric Leonardson, David Toop, Peter Blasser, Phil Archer, Andy Keep, John Wynne, Richard Garrett, James Saunders, Richard Lerman, Brett Ian Balogh, César Dávila-Irizarry, Vic Rawlings, James Fei, John Bowers and Vanessa Yaremchuk, Guillermo Galindo, Jane Henry, Neil Feather, Robert Poss, Jeremy Hight, Kyle Lapidus and Tali Hinkis, hans w. koch, Kazuhiro Jo, Laura Emelianoff, Marc Berghaus, Bruce Cana Fox, Michael Duffey, Charles Stankievech, Juraj Kojs, Stefania Serafin and Chris Chafe. Plus new reviews from the Leonardo Reviews panel. Continue reading

Dec 17, 2007
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More on Circuit Bending

Circuit bending is the creative short-circuiting of low voltage, battery-powered electronic audio devices such as guitar effects, children’s toys and small synthesizers to create new musical instruments and sound generators. (Wikipedia)


There’s lots of information on circuit bending in an October 13 article,”Want to Get Started Circuit Bending?”, including a link to Reed Ghazala’s Circuit Bending Primer. Continue reading

Nov 1, 2007
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Live Stage: Screen Music [it Florence]

screenmusic.jpgSCREEN MUSIC 2: Mechanical cinema-veritè, circuit bending, electric / electronic audio-video :: Festival della Creatività :: 25 – 28 October 2007 :: Fortezza da Basso – Teatrino Lorenese, Florence :: Free entrance – Screen Music is a project born from an idea of Gianni De Simone and curated by Marco Mancuso founder and director of Digicult and Andrea Mi, director of Videominuto.

Screen Music is part of the program of the Creativity Festival, an event promoted by the Tuscan Region and organized by Fondazione Sistema Toscana. With an exhibition space of approximately 40,000 square meters, 400 events, 1,600 artists and speakers from over 40 countries around the world, the Festival program includes meetings and debates with great representatives of modern culture, the world of art and design, and the Italian and international music scenes. Continue reading

Oct 22, 2007
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Live Stage: Open Space Workshops [ca Victoria, BC]

picture-1.pngOpen Space introduces a New Music Workshop Series facilitated by an array of local and visiting composers, musicians and sound artists, each offering their unique perspective on the creation of real-time music. All workshops are hands on, offer musicians of all abilities a place and time to explore their craft and practice in a group setting.

Workshop: Music Improvisation – gadgets and non-traditional instruments :: Presenters: Gayle Young, Jeff Morton, Tina Pearson :: Date: October 29, 7 pm, Open Space. Drop in fee – Focuses on alternate objects, tools and ‘instruments’, and discusses the authority of musical gesture. Gayle Young’s Amaranth and Columbine, tuned tubing, circuit boards, circuit bent electronics, circuit boards, no-input mixer, contact mics, toys, bells and other gadgets will be available to explore – and bring your own stuff. Continue reading

Oct 15, 2007
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Circuit Bending with Ben Goldstone

dsc01227.jpgMassaging the Machine: Circuit Bending with Ben Goldstone — by Ollie Moltaji.

Often thought of as complicated and coldly precise, electronics can be manipulated to one’s advantage with less technical skill and more creativity. Such is the philosophy of our class’ guest speaker on circuit bending, Benjamin Goldstone. To Ben we can explore electronics by “massaging circuit boards” through touching the connections and “destroying the mind of the machine.” Continue reading

Sep 21, 2007
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Live Stage: A/V PLAY! [us Los Angeles]

ecotone.jpgA/V PLAY! by N_DREW (aka Andrew Bucksbarg): A handheld, mobile audio-improvisual, participatory extravaganza… :: August 4 – August 26 :: Reception and Performances August 4, 2007 7-10 PM :: Sea and Space Explorations, 4755 York Blvd, LA, CA :: Gallery is open Saturdays 1-5 PM and by appointment :: 323-445-4015 ::info[at]

A/V PLAY! explores sights and sounds with handheld electronic audio-visual objects and digital cinematic installations centering on works that require participation for their activation. A/V PLAY! investigates the frontier of play through process, concept and use. A/V PLAY! delves into the artist’s practice … from hacked and custom electronics, circuit bending, audio-visual noise and rhythms, and VJing to mobile performance using iPod Shuffles, as well as other interactive cinematic work. Continue reading

Jul 31, 2007
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Live Stage: Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music [us DC]


Sept. 7, 2007 – Sept. 23, 2007 :: [From the site…] Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music seeks to expose inhabitants of Washington, DC to the outer realms of sonic endeavor. The 7th edition of the festival is planned for September 7-23, 2007 at various venues in DC. Artists from Europe, around the US, and from our own backyard will present challenging works to inhabitants of our nation’s capitol. This year’s fest will include film and video screenings, lectures, art installations and more. Check back soon for more information about this year’s festival.

For further information and general inquiries please contact: contact2007(AT)dc-soniccircuits(DOT)org

Jul 10, 2007
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Live Stage: electro-music 2007 [Philadelphia, PA]

black-saturn-6001.pngelectro-music 2007 (TM), a three day conference/music festival will be held at the Cheltenham Art Center in Philadelphia, June 1 – 3, 2007. The program will include lectures, demos, jam sessions, and concerts. The scope of this festival is very broad, covering all aspects of electro-music, experimental electronic music, including circuit bending, computer music, electro-jazz, modular synthesis, musique concrete, improvisation, noodles (generated or automatic music and algorithmic composition), multi-media, visual art and much more. The focus will be on participant involvement, sharing, community development, audience education, and great music.

Here’s a short film about the electro-music festival 2006.
[youtube][/youtube] Continue reading

May 30, 2007
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Live Stage: Tate Modern [uk London]

Tate Modern: Free in the Turbine Hall :: Mathieu Briand SYS*011. Mie>AbE/SoS\ SYS*010, aka the Spiral + Moreproflou.jpg:: May 25, 17.00–18.00 pm and May 26, 10.00 am -18.00 pm.

SYS*011. Mie>AbE/SoS\ SYS*010, aka the Spiral is a sculptural sound installation and performance space created by the French artist Mathieu Briand (b1972). It comprises five turntables, one etching machine to burn new vinyl records, a matrix of four vinyl records on which sounds from machines and other samples have been etched into locked groove loops by the artist, two mixing desks and the possibility of plugging in up to seven additional instruments, laptops and other hardware. Mathieu Briand’s Spiral intends to create an alternative space within the museum structure. He envisions this installation as a “Temporary Autonomous Zone” (Hakim Bey) that would disrupt the traditional structure of the museum by deconstructing its hierarchies and altering its rules for a certain period of time. Continue reading

May 25, 2007
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Maker Faire: Musical Performance Rigs, with Theremins, Hacks, and Homemade Gear

507444611_a9a9f0b4a3.jpg “DIY music can be as much about attitude as specific gear. We had performances Friday and Saturday night during the Maker Faire, and while the performances covered quite a gamut, a common theme was finding new ways of playing old instruments, or to make new instruments out of existing stuff. That’s something not unique to anyone genre — electronic music included — so perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising at all…” Continue reading Peter Kirn’s review of Maker Faire on Create Digital Music.

Also see: Maker Faire: Giant Bicycle-Part DJ Looping Reel-to-Reel Tape Deck; Maker Faire 2007 in Photos; and Hello, Maker Faire Attendees.

May 24, 2007
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