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Performing Sonic City: Situated Creativity In Mobile Music Making

soniccity.jpgSonic City is a wearable system that turns the city into an interface for real time electronic music making. It enables its user to create a personal soundscape of live electronic music by walking through and interacting with urban environments. The prototype consists of a small laptop computer, a microphone, headphones, a micro-controller, a MIDI interface, and a number of sensors (sensing light, metal, movement, proximity, sound level, etc). The system gathers information about the user’s actions and surrounding context with sensors worn on the body and a layer of context and action recognition. This data controls the audio processing of live urban sounds collected by the microphone. Resulting music is output through headphones in real time and in the context in which it is created, as the user is walking. Mobility through shifting urban context becomes a large-scale musical gesture… Continue reading


Sep 25, 2008
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Live Stage: SoundWalk2008 [us Long Beach, CA]

n25541314053_6265.jpgSoundWalk2008 :: September 20, 2008; 5 – 10 pm :: Throughout the area encompassed by Broadway, Atlantic Avenue, Ocean Boulevard, and Elm Street in the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach.

The Long Beach artist group, FLOOD, will present SoundWalk2008, the fifth annual SoundWalk event that will feature returning participants as well as new artists from the Southland and the international scene. The evening operates under the concept of a one-night aural/visual experience as provided by sound installations located in various indoor and outdoor spaces situated throughout the East Village Arts District in Downtown Long Beach. The artwork combines, in multiple ways, a wide range of visual and audio components. There will be sculptures, environments, installations, and performances. It is the variety of work that makes the event memorable for all who visit. Furthermore, performances will be scheduled during the course of the evening for sound artists with timed performances. Continue reading


Sep 18, 2008
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The Marfa Sessions [us Marfa TX]

ballroom.jpgThe Marfa SessionsEmily Jacir, Nina Katchadourian, Christina Kubisch, Louise Lawler, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Kaffe Matthews, neuroTransmitter, Dario Robleto, Steve Roden & Stephen Vitiello, Steve Rowell & Simparch, Deborah Stratman & Steven Badgett, Julianne Swartz :: September 27, 2008 – February 1, 2009 :: Ballroom Marfa, 108 E. San Antonio St., Marfa, TX :: Curated by Regine Basha, Rebecca Gates, and Lucy Raven :: With special performances and programs throughout the opening weekend, including a collaborative performance by Steve Roden & Stephen Vitiello and a discussion with authors David Toop and Josh Kun.

The Marfa Sessions is a series of sound projects embedded within the public spaces and private corners of Marfa to create a sonic portrait of this unusual West Texas town. Continue reading


Jul 8, 2008
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MOVE>SOUND [us San Francisco]

n_drew.jpgME’D1.ATE’s MOVE>SOUND, Soundwave>Series (#3), :: June 27 – August 17, 2008 :: San Francisco.

ME’D1.ATE NETWORK is excited to announce the most daring and ambitious Soundwave>Series ever. A record 11 extraordinary events will start June 27, 2008 through to August 17, 2008 at leading San Francisco art and music institutions The Lab, Community Music Center, and Intersection for the Arts…as well as on a moving bus venue hosted by New Langton Arts, Queen’s Nails Annex, Art Engine and the spectacular de Young Museum. Continue reading


Jun 27, 2008
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Live Stage: Navigating the Space of the Future [nl Amsterdam]

david_dunn.jpg[Image: David Dunn] Navigating the Space of the Future – Seminar with presentations by: Yolande Harris, David Dunn and Atau Tanaka:: April 15, 2008; 8:30 pm :: Netherlands Media Art Institute, Keizersgracht 264, 1016 EV Amsterdam :: LIVE STREAM.

What does it mean to navigate? What is the importance of location specificity? What does it mean to get lost? The increasing accuracy of satellite navigation strives to eliminate the possibility of human error, but it also produces a sense of dislocation from one’s immediate environment by abstracting location as the coordinates of longitude and latitude. What place is there for one’s body, one’s senses, one’s conscious and unconscious awareness of space, if this knowledge is so apparently made redundant by GPS? Continue reading


Apr 9, 2008
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SoundWalk2008 + Soundwok Artiject [us Long Beach]

soundwalk08.jpgSoundWalk2008 – Call for Artists: Artists who utilize, in any manner, sound in their work are invited to submit to the Fifth Annual SoundWalk event to be held in Long Beach CA on September 20, 2008. Please go here for submission requirements and further information. Deadline: July 1, 2008.

Soundwok Artiject – Call for Participants: Take part immediately in a cutting-edge “artiject” in which the aesthetic consciousness of upstream sonifiers is mapped utilizing GIS technology. Continue reading


Apr 7, 2008
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Sun Run Sun: Sonic Navigations

sunra.jpgYolande Harris invites you to the events that mark the culmination of her artist residence project Sun Run Sun: Sonic Navigations at the Netherlands Media Art Institute in collaboration with STEIM in Amsterdam.

“The project development over the last four months has been intense and varied, and the months of March and April hold the exhibitions and performances of five related works on the theme of navigation technologies, environment and sound. The central work is the Satellite Sounders, small portable instruments for hearing the live data from the GPS satellite network. These can be tried out by walking along the canals around NIMk and are part of the upcoming Territorial Phantom exhibition there. The two installation pieces, Dead Reckoning and Navigating by Circles present spaces of intuitive navigation in sound and video, in Amsterdam and Den Haag.” Continue reading


Mar 17, 2008
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Sound Walks via Soundcities

soundwalks.jpgSound Walks explores some of the possibilities of Stanza’s Soundcities. It uses the Soundcities database through the openly distributed XML-file. Choose the city you want to visit: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bergen, Bilbao, Bristol, Cork, Dresden, Ljubljana, London, Los Angeles, Napoli, Paris, Rotterdam, Salzburg, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, or Tokyo.

Soundcities is an online open source database of city sounds from around the world, that can be listened to, used in performances on laptops, or played on mobiles via wireless networks. Initially all of the sounds were by Stanza, but you can now contribute your own found sounds. This is was the first online open source found sound database. First version 2003.


Feb 29, 2008
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“White Sound Down” by Jeff Talman

whtsnd2.jpgWhite Sound Down by Jeff Talman :: Gibacht, Loipen Zentrum, Waldmnchen, Germany :: until January 6, 2008 – The sound of snow falling is the sole sound source for this installation, which is available to cross-country skiers in the Bavarian Forest, Germany. The freedom, abandonment and physical exertion of cross-country skiing open the mind to experience that cannot be realized otherwise. White Sound Down seeks to engage this open mental state, which is perhaps comparable to aspects of the “art-aesthetic.”

During a Bavarian snowfall in December 2006 I was amazed at the complexity of the hushed sound events that were occurring. The density of the sound field was impressive, but the three-dimensional, vector-like sense of the hundreds of thousands of infinitesimally small sound trajectories was truly astonishing. Continue reading


Jan 2, 2008
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Reblogged Christina Kubisch Sound Art MP3s

168_kubisch_flights.jpgThere is underselling, the art of lowering expectations so as to assure an audience’s satisfaction. Then there is the qualifying text that the record label Important has placed alongside two MP3s it posted for Christina Kubisch’s album Night Flights, which is being brought back into print 20 years after its initial release and for the first time on CD. This text reads: “These mp3’s are incapable of giving you any real understanding of the perfect assemblies of sound Kubisch is able to achieve.”

Kubisch is one of the first of what one might call “fine artists” to use sound as her primary medium. Continue reading


Nov 28, 2007
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