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Fragility, Excess & Speculation [de Berlin]

deepnorth.jpgtransmediale.09: DEEP NORTHPerformances: Fragility, Excess & Speculation with Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, Sonolevitation; Pe Lang + Zimoun, Untitled Sound Objects; Ryoichi Kurokawa, Parallel Head; Telcosystems, Mortals Electric; Christian Mueller, Gaudenz Badrutt, magma; AElab (Gisele Trudel and Stephane Claude), LSCDC:: January 28 – February 1, 2009 :: House of World Cultures, Berlin, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10.

At a time when fears about the climate and global systems turn into existential discourses, transmediale.09 offers speculative, critical and emotional toolkits for cultural change. Excitement and intuition, bodily experience, and laboratory setups are performed on two special evenings of audio-visual programming. Continue reading

Dec 11, 2008
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Live Stage: “Colony” by Troy Innocent [au Melbourne]

colony_image.jpgColony ::: symbiosis … electronic light + sound flash mob :: December 12, 2008; 8:00 – 9:00 pm :: Life.Lab, Digital Harbour, Corner of La Trobe Street and Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia :: Rain or Shine!

You are invited to participate in a multiplayer performance within Colony, an interactive urban art environment. Bring your iPhone, borrow a friends or steal one and download the free Colony app from the App Store. Up to thirty people may simultaneously play the urban art environment and feed energy to the media creatures that inhabit it. Each of the totems in the networked sculpture may be played like a musical instrument responding to touch with light and sound.

Colony, by Troy Innocent (weathering steel, acrylic, computer-controlled light, 12-channel sound, interactive installation, iPhone web app), is part artificial lifeform, part icon of a digital media landscape. Continue reading

Dec 3, 2008
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Live Stage: Binary Waves [be Brussels]

binarywaves.jpgLAb[au] presents Binary Waves :: November 28 – 29, 2008; 2:00 – 10:00 pm :: Opening: November 27, 6:00 -9:00 pm :: Gesu Church, Rue Royale 165 Koningstraat, Brussels, Belgium.

Binary Waves is an urban and cybernetic installation based on the measuring of flows and their transposition into luminous, sonic and kinetic rules. The installation is constituted by a network of rotating and luminous panels of 3 meter-high and 60 centimetres wide, forming a kinetic wall. Their rotation is controlled by microprocessors, allowing to determine precisely the rotation speed and angle, while their networking allows to synchronise the movement of the panels. The microprocessors are connected to infrared sensors, capturing the movement of passer-by’s. Continue reading

Nov 19, 2008
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Net_Music_Weekly: Un-Secret Signals [cz Prague]

cagol.jpgTINA B – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival presents Stefano Cagol: Un-Secret Signals :: October 9-13, 2008 :: Janovského 23, Prague 7, Czech Republic.

Mass communication and Babilonia. Fragmented communication and freedom of expression. Secrecy and disclosure. Locked and open. Black and white. Morse Code and Light. Hallucinatory flashes of light from the top of the Petrin Tower in Prague illuminate and disorient the nocturnal cityscape of this historical and fascinating place. Sound sequences play intermittently night and day, concurrently accompanying light signals that simultaneously spell out cryptic messages in Morse Code. Continue reading

Oct 2, 2008
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Live Stage: Issue Project Room [us Brooklyn]

pedals.jpgAsher Thal-Nir – Brendan Murray – Richard Garet :: August 23, 2008; 8:00 pm :: ISSUE PROJECT ROOM, 232 Third Street (on third ave), Brooklyn, NY.

This event will consist of a collaborative aural and visual live performance between Boston artists’ Asher Thal-Nir and Brendan Murray, and NYC artist Richard Garet. The show will range from combinations of solo, pair, and trio groups exploring the interconnected dialogue of improvised live sound and video performance. The sound can be expected to range from computer processing, micro-tonal, minimal drone, and phonography. The live moving-image will vary from a flickering and color field light processing to a static and minimal prerecorded footage. Continue reading

Aug 20, 2008
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Reblogged Triggers for Synaesthetes

datablast01.jpg[Images: left: Welte Light-tone disk Edwin Emil Welte; right: Vibroexponator soundtracks – Boris Yankovsky] Tonewheels by Derek Holzer and Sarah Kolster is a concise historical appraisal of sound-light synthesis with some exciting new inclusions of lesser-know contraptions and artists. Lots of interesting charts, diagrams and musical notation. Vibroexponators, Photonas and Optigans!

James Peels’ article for the online tendril of cabinet magazine, The Scale and the Spectrum, analyses the history of the chromatics of sound in the context of his own series of colour-music paintings which attempt at presenting a visual installation of silent music. Continue reading

Aug 19, 2008
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Live Stage: Manuel Gottsching [us NYC]

manuel-gottsching.jpg[image: Manuel Gottsching] Joshua Light Show with German electronic musician Manuel Göttsching :: Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park :: Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival :: August 15, 2008; 6:00 p.m.

The Joshua Light Show, known by many a New Yorker for creating the iconic psychedelic imagery that set the stage for musicans such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Grateful Dead, The Doors and Frank Zappa at Bill Graham’s legendary lower-east-side rock palace, the Fillmore East, performs this summer at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park alongside German electronic musician Manuel Göttsching for the American concert premiere of seminal minimalist composition, E2-E4. Continue reading

Jul 23, 2008
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Laser Sound Performance at Sonar 2008

edwin-van-der-heide-2.jpgLaser Sound Performance (LSP] by Edwin van der Heide at Sonar2008.

On June 19, 20 and 21, Edwin van der Heide presented his “LSP”, a performance where image and sound play equally important roles. Sound / video combinations often reduce the spatial perception of sound because of the two-dimensional nature of the image. The performance “LSP” used audio controlled lasers to create a three-dimensional environment that totally immerses the audience and allows for a constant change of perspective. Image and sound originate from the same real-time computer generated sine wave composition. “LSP” represents a system of direct equivalence of image and sound, where frequency ratios in sound, de-tuning and phase shifts have their direct visual counterparts. Continue reading

Jun 26, 2008
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Live Stage: Joshua Light Show [us Brooklyn]

jls002.jpgJoshua Light Show :: May 28-31, 2008; 8:00 pm :: Issue Project Room, (oa) can factory, 3rd Floor, 232 Third Street at 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

ISSUE Project Room is thrilled to host pioneering multimedia artist Joshua White and his legendary Joshua Light Show for a week of unique audiovisual collaborations. The residency will involve White’s iconic projections alongside an incredible roster of musicians, with a different musical genre represented on each night of the residency. The Joshua Light Show involves a team of video and light artists, led by White and his senior collaborator, Bec Stupak (Honeygun Labs) to improvise live synesthetic visuals behind a giant rear projection screen, involving the “liquid light” techniques he developed at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East during the late 1960s. Continue reading

Apr 17, 2008
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Live Audiovisuals by Amy Alexander and Nick Collins

av.jpgA chapter on Live Audiovisuals written by Nick Collins and Amy Alexander appears in the recently released book, The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music, edited by Nick Collins and Julio d’Escrivan.

The chapter discusses histories of audiovisual performance, including its ancestry in color organs, visual music filmmaking, light shows, cognitive science, and more – as well as various approaches to current practice including VJ’ing, live cinema, and digital media art performance. This one is not available online, but the book is available from the usual sources. Continue reading

Apr 15, 2008
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