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A Talk on The Eyeharp

eye.jpgThe Eyeharp: a Gaze-Controlled Musical Instrument :: A Talk by Zacharias Vamvakousis :: Wednesday, May 30,2012, 19:30h :: Fabra i Coats. Sant Adrià 20. Barcelona. Metro Sant Andreu :: Entrada lliure / Entrada libre / Free admission ::

The main goal of the EyeHarp was to create the first gaze or head controlled musical instrument with similar expressive potentials to a traditional musical instrument. Zacharias Vamvakousis was inspired by the EyeWriter, a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to draw using only their eyes. Interacting with other people through music or creating new musical compositions might not only improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, but also be part of a rehabilitation process. Continue reading


May 29, 2012
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Live Stage: New Electronic and Computer Music Series [de Berlin]

nk.jpgElectronic and Computer Music Series :: with Jérôme Noetinger, John Wall, and Geoff Mullen (Type Records) :: Monday, May 28th 2012 :: at @ AUSLAND Lychener Str. 60 10437 Berlin :: Doors 21:00 – Concerts 21:30 Sharp! ::

Jérôme Noetinger is an improviser and composer of electroacoustic music based in France. Projects include his duo with Lionel Marchetti, eRikm and Quintet Avant. He is a member of the famed MIMEO ensemble, as well as a
member of Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine. Noetinger also runs the Metamkine label, distribution and mail-order service and is a key participant at the influential audio arts magazine Revue et Corrigée. metamkine.free.fr metamkine.com Continue reading


May 26, 2012
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Jason Freeman – Composition, Imagination and Collaboration


May 23, 2012
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Electromagnetic Field 2012: call for participation [uk Milton Keynes]

emf.jpgElectromagnetic Field 2012: call for participation :: a three-day camping festival :: Friday 31 August and Sunday 2 September 2012 :: in Pineham Park, near Milton Keynes in the UK :: for anyone interested in science, engineering, DIY, technology, arts or crafts :: a cross between a tech conference and music festival :: talks and workshops :: deadline for submission: Friday, June 29, 2012, 23:59 UTC ::

Electromagnetic Field 2012 is a festival for anyone interested in 3D printing, DIYBio, textiles, electronics, Internet culture, music hacking, space, lockpicking, homebrewing, computer security, robots, UAVs, mind hacking, radio, and pretty much anything else you can think of… in a field! See http://www.emfcamp.org Continue reading


May 19, 2012
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Jon Leidecker – Radio Web MACBA series

rwm2.jpg Jon Leidecker, curator :: VARIATIONS, a podcast series on the history of appropriative music :: Ràdio Web MACBA :: A compilation of all the episodes available so far of the ongoing series by the plunderphonic musician and historian Jon Leidecker :: See below for podcast and transcript info.

The idea of a completely original piece of music is fairly recent. Music was passed on through sound, through generations, even for centuries after the invention of written music. Only in the 14th century did it become standard practice for a composer to sign his name to a piece of music and claim it entirely as his own, giving rise to the cult of the individual composer. Continue reading


May 12, 2012
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Dave Cole: The Music Box installation [us Cleveland, OH]

106.jpgDave Cole :: The Music Box, 2012, installation :: March 30, 2012 – May 19, 2012 :: The Cleveland Institute of Art, Reinberger Gallery, 11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 :: a compactor turned into a musical instrument ::

For the national debut of his “Music Box” installation, opening Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cole turned a vintage 1980s CAT Model CS-553 smooth drum vibrator soil compactor, donated by Ohio CAT President Ken Taylor, into a colossal music box. Continue reading


Apr 1, 2012
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Open Call Deadline: Beam Festival

beam_festival_14_3.jpgOpen Call: Beam Festival at Brunel University, Uxbridge, West London :: June 22-24, 2012 :: Deadline for submissions: Friday 30th March 2012 ::

We are once again inviting submissions of work to be showcased at this year’s event, held 22-24 June 2012 at Brunel University. All proposals should refer to the broad themes of music & technology, interactivity, electronic or electro-acoustic music with a live or interactive element, music produced through unusual interfaces or DIY instruments. Work should fit into one of three categories: installations & demonstrations, gig-ready performances or AudioVisual presentations for the BEAM media kiosk. For more information go to www.beamfestival.com. Continue reading


Mar 26, 2012
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Interruptions #7: The Beauty in Breathing on Radio Web MACBA

radioweb2.jpgInterruptions #7: The Beauty in Breathing 04.01.2012 (41′ 27”) on Radio Web MACMA :: Curated by Kenneth Goldsmith ::

image: Judy Dunaway

The Zen Buddhists insist that during meditation the practitioner must focus exclusively on their breath. When stray thoughts enter your mind, you must always go back to your breath. What they mean by this is that if you are breathing, you are alive. What we do every second is something we take for granted. Coming at it from a very different angle, the artists featured in this mix want to make us aware of the same thing: by highlighting our most commonly shared – yet almost invisible – bodily function and using it as the basis for sonic exploration, they reveal something at once cosmic and mundane, that which is right under our nose, but which we somehow ignore. John Cage once said that music is all around us if only we had the ears to hear it. The same can be said by the artists compiled here: breathing is all around us, if only we had the tools to pay attention to it. This compilation is…one small step toward that end.


Mar 1, 2012
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Interruptions: Ontology of vibration on Radio MACBA

radioweb.jpgInterruptions #6 :: Ontology of vibration: economics, music and number :: Curated by Marcus Schmickler ::

Is it possible to approach developments in music by its relationships with money? Can we gain insight into societies by means of their relationship to music? Music serves as a mirror, as a prophecy for society because it reflects developments faster than anything that materializes.

There is an obvious simultaneity between music and economical developments, between music and mathematics and between mathematical and economical relationships. How better could we navigate through these dichotomies than
through number, their common foundation? Ultimately, while we look at the connections between both number and music, how does music and its matter, frequency, correspond to (an ontology of) number? This mix revises some of the more recent musical works explicitly drawing from mathematics and number. Continue reading


Mar 1, 2012
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The Xth Sense Wins Guthman Prize

marco-donnarumma_xth-workshop-2.jpgThe Xth Sense,( Marco Donnarumma), a biophysical, wearable interactive technology for musical performance and responsive milieux has been awarded the first prize at the prestigious Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition as “the world’s most innovative new musical instrument.” The GNMIC is an annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering. It takes place at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, US.

This critically acclaimed event seeks to provide a fertile platform for the advancement of the studies on New Musical Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).

The Xth Sense is a new and original, biophysical interactive system based on free, open source tools. The project goal is to investigate exploratory applications of biological sounds, namely muscle sounds, for musical performance and responsive milieux.

Complete information and a blog documenting the research can be viewed on-line. Continue reading


Feb 21, 2012
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