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NMR Commission: “Air Detritus” by Miya Masaoka

logo_300.jpgAir Detritus is derived from sounds that were collected from the air and water detritus of Central Park, New York. Sounds were collected via a 2-way radio submerged in a pond, and on land. The act of recycling materials into a new piece, and re-using objects and sound fragments seems a way to re-imagine the world, a symbolic treatment that enacts the idea of sustainability as an elusive but critical goal of consuming fewer materials. As a consumer working with digital tools, I have accumulated many old monitors, hard drives, cords, and interfaces that are quickly obsolete. The molded plastic and metal have a perverse dialectical relationship to the data of ones and zeros that are transported and stored. This piece is a moment of reflection upon these relationships, and our relationship to the world. – Miya Masaoka Continue reading

Feb 13, 2008
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Live Stage: Virtual Cities and Oceans of If [online]

schematic_collage.jpgEcological Art is an art practice, often in collaboration with scientists, city planners, and architects that results in direct intervention in environmental degradation. Often, the artist is the lead agent in that practice.” Aviva Rahmani, 2006

Virtual Cities and Oceans of IfAn International Virtual Residency and Event on Global Warming hosted by Aviva Rahmani on Virtual Cities and Oceans of If addresses global warming and political conflicts by demonstrating, analyzing and interpreting the local impact of global warming at international real world sites. Aviva Rahmani talks with artists, scientists, and others every Tuesday morning at 10 am. Guests are ecological art practitioners and affiliates. Continue reading

Jan 7, 2008
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Ear to the Earth Network launched

eartoearth.jpgWe are very pleased to announce the startup of the Ear to the Earth Network, an international network of musicians, composers, sound artists, visual artists, scientists, environmental activists, and members of the public who are concerned about the environment. The focal point of the Network is its website.

The activities of the Network include an annual festival of environmental sound, images, and multimedia in New York City. The Network also produces forums and other events, fosters research and documentation, and enables an exchange of information, sounds, materials, and ideas within a growing community worldwide. And by providing access to the sounds of the world, the Network provides a vehicle for paying ongoing attention to the state of the world. Continue reading

Dec 19, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: John Lifton

lifton.jpgBorn in 1944, John Lifton studied architecture at University College London. He was one of the first people to become interested in the impact of information technologies on architecture. In 1968, the year he graduated, Lifton was involved in the creation of the international Computer Arts Society, and he exhibited in the landmark Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London. The following year he was a founder of the London New Arts Lab and the Institute for Research in Art and Technology, a base for experimental performance and mixed media work, where he set up the first free computer facility specifically for artists. Continue reading

Dec 13, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Hildegard Westerkamp

hildi1s.jpgComposer Hildegard Westerkamp works exclusively with environmental sounds. I first came across her work while producing the New American Radio series (1987-1998). We included A Walk Through the City (1981) and Cricket Voice (1987) – both described here. Cricket Voice, which uses recordings made on a trip to the so-called “Zone of Silence” in the Mexican desert, and particularly the cricket’s night song, remains one of my favorite environmental compositions.

Hildegard Westerkamp was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1946 and emigrated to Canada in 1968. After completing her music studies in the early seventies Westerkamp joined the World Soundscape Project under the direction of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. Continue reading

Dec 5, 2007
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Peter Cusack

cusack.jpgBased in London, Peter Cusack is a sound artist, musician and phonographer especially focused on environmental sound and acoustic ecology. His interests range from community arts, to how sounds affect our sense of place, and how they change as people migrate and technologies develop. Cusack’s current project Sounds from Dangerous Places examines the soundscapes of sites of major environmental damage, for example, Chernobyl and the Azerbaijan oil fields. He has also studied the sound properties of areas such as Lake Baikal, Siberia, and controversial dams on the Tigris and Euphrates river systems in south east Turkey. He writes: Continue reading

Nov 21, 2007
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YASMIN: Lovely Sound

paradisestill.jpgSome open-ended thoughts on sound in relation to environment (from Yolande Harris on YASMIN): After attending and presenting at the Mutamorphosis conference in Prague in the eco-sonification panel, and being tantalized by the beginnings of a discussion on sound, I would like to respond to the topics being raised in what’s become the ‘lovely sound’ section of the lovely weather thread (any intentional connection to the ‘lovely music’ label?).

As often, the coherence of discussions around sound can be somewhat unfocused, but I believe we’re slowly building up a ‘way of talking’ about sound through an increasing body of work that’s emerging from beneath the visual. Continue reading

Nov 19, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Sounding Climate Change

suspendedsounds1.jpg[Image: Suspended Sounds] There’s a fascinating conversation on the YASMIN listserve on the topic Lovely Weather – Art and Climate Change. It began with a question from Janine Randerson, “Can Art be a ‘mediator’ between Art and Climate Science?”

In an exchange between David McConville and Joel Chadabe, David wrote that while scientists “excel at collecting and archiving data, communicating the meaning behind the data is not their specialty. Since humanity’s long-term success is dependent on increased understanding of this data and what it can reveal about systems-oriented processes, asking what the arts can do for the sciences has never been more important.” He goes on to say that he uses sonification in his immersive displays to bring phenomena beyond human perception into conscious awareness. Continue reading

Nov 8, 2007
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Live Stage: Listen! Sonic Ecology & the City [ca Montreal]

26octupgrade_flyerb.jpgLISTEN! Sonic Ecology & the City :: October 26, 2007 7:00 pm :: Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], Montreal.

Upgrade! Montreal presents Listen! Sonic Ecology & the City in collaboration with Artivistic 2007 [ un.occupied spaces ], welcoming international and local sound artists and non-musicians alike to explore the relationship between ecology, sound and politics. The collective sound jam will open with two special dance performances.

Oct 24, 2007
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ECOARTTECH: Selected Works Fall 2007

untitled2_icon_ipod.jpgUntitled Landscapes For Portable Media Players, 2007: These were influenced by a class we have both recently been teaching called “Challenge of Modernity.” We almost titled these untitled landscapes “Industrial Revolution.” They are intended to be downloaded as a series of four, shuffled on the playlist of your personal media player, and viewed at random. MP4, WMV, and AVI file formats are all available.

Frontier Mythology, 2007 (Documentation of Installation Version) – 24.1MB: A mobile, solar-powered environmental digital video and FM radio installation made of recycled shipping pallets. Three portable multimedia players inhabit a primitive, lean-to structure displaying videos of diverse contemporary environments while a transistor radio picks up a pirate radio transmission reciting quotations from classical works of U.S. Literature that both develop and critique the frontier myth that informs American constructions of land, nature, and wilderness. Originally designed to be located along a remote section of the Appalachian Trail. Continue reading

Oct 10, 2007
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Networked_Music_Review (NMR) is a research blog that focuses on emerging networked musical explorations.


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