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Net_Music_Weekly: “Babble” by Alex McLean

ursonata.jpgBabble — by Alex McLean — is a system for authoring mechanistic sound poetry. It occupies a space between speech and music, allowing play with the structure and form of simplified phonetics. The visitor is encouraged to enter nonsense verse, which is then immediately played back as synthesised sound. Although Babble’s phonetic system is quite unlike that of any natural language, when faced with the text that generates the sound, the listener has the sensation of ‘hearing’ speech.

Alex McLean is a programmer and live coding musician. He is co-founder of the dorkbotlondon meetings on electronic art, the TOPLAP organisation for the proliferation of live algorithm programming and the runme software art repository. He is also a PhD student at Goldsmiths College, within the Intelligent Sound and Music Systems group. Continue reading


Dec 1, 2008
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Bjørn Melhus’ “Screensavers” [de Münich]

7screens.jpgOSRAM Art Projects presents SEVEN SCREENSBjørn Melhus’ Screensavers – an Interactive Multimedia Installation on LED Screens :: until April 22, 2009 :: OSRAM Haus, Hellabrunner Straße 1, 81543 München, Germany.

Screensavers is the name the internationally acclaimed media artist Bjørn Melhus has given his digital clones. With his sound reactive computer animations, whose images and texts are generated from an actual radio program, the artist renders the everyday language of mass media visible. Continue reading


Nov 19, 2008
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Live Stage: Playing with Words [uk London]

playwords.jpgYou are warmly invited to join CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice) in celebrating the launch of our latest publication Playing with Words: the spoken word in artistic practice, edited by Cathy Lane, at the Small Publishers Fair on October 24 and 25, 2008. David Toop, Ansuman Biswas, Brown Sierra and Nye Parry will be giving readings and performances from the book on Saturday between 1 and 1.30 pm. Entrance is free and takes place at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

Playing with Words: the spoken word in artistic practice is a collection of responses from over 40 leading contemporary composers and artists who have been invited to represent aspects of their creative practice with words, and in particular, the spoken word, for the printed page. Continue reading


Oct 14, 2008
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Live Stage: Non-Event [us Boston]

288_bosetti.jpgNon-Event and Axiom present ALESSANDRO BOSETTI (performing Mask Mirror, a sound-speech set), CORRIDORS + AREA C :: October 19, 2008; 8:00 pm :: AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media, 141 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA.

ALESSANDRO BOSETTI is a composer and sound artist. He works on the musicality of spoken words and unusual aspects of spoken communication and produced text-sound compositions featured in live performances, radio broadcasts and published recordings. In his work he moves on the line between sound anthropology and composition often including translation and misunderstanding in the creative process. Continue reading


Oct 8, 2008
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Live Stage: Speech Recognition Sing-A-Long [us LA]

tubefeeding2.jpgA Speech Recognition Sing-A-Long :: September 5, 2008; 8pm :: Machine Project, 1200 D North Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Everyone seems to hate automatic speech recognition. Either it keeps us from telling an actual person that we need our water turned back on, or it dials Mom when we’re trying to call Molly. It is no wonder most musicians and spoken-word poets have no idea about the huge potential for speech technology to be used in their work. Joe Tepperman will talk about some of the ways we can apply speech recognition, speech synthesis, and linguistic theories to music, followed by a performance by his alter ego, Mooey Moobau. Continue reading


Sep 5, 2008
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Live Stage: Issue Project Room and WFMU [us Brooklyn]

sterling_basement_email.jpgIssue Project Room and WFMU present a month of collaborative concerts featuring: DJ Tony Coulter.

Tony Coulter has been on the radio in the New York City area continuously since 1985 — at one point, on three stations at once. His only excuse for hogging the airwaves is that he likes everything from Pierre Henry to America. He has also occasionally written about music for magazines such as Ear, i/e (later e/i), and the Rail. He has way too many records.

STERLING BASEMENT: Sterling Basement concerts are: 1) John Roach, John Hudak, Shawn Onsgard, Matthew Rohrer — Saturday September 13th, 2008: 8:00 p.m. :: $10 Continue reading


Sep 5, 2008
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Tim Sweet on Electric Eclectics

9272007-ts6.jpg[Image: Edwin van der Heide’s Speed of Sound in the granary] “… Later that evening Seattle-based instrument inventor, Trimpin, performed his mechanized one-man band. He controlled two record players, a keyboard, and his wheelbarrow rhythm machine from sensors on a cello, and took us on a humorous music-making journey. As he “played” his cello, sensors tracked the movement of the bow and cued the turning of the records, sequences on the keyboard (a series of intricate automated “fingers”), and mechanized mallets made rhythms on found objects and drums that were mounted in a rusty wheelbarrow. The records’ self-reflective spoken word content (an instructional on the making of music and sound) punctuated the enigmatic story being told… Continue reading


Aug 27, 2008
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Live Stage: Mask/Mirror [us Brooklyn]

hername02.jpgDiapason gallery for sound and intermedia presents Alessandro Bosetti and Christian Kesten’s Mask/Mirror, a performance :: March 29, 2008; 8:00 pm :: Diapason, 882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street), 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY.

A few months ago I wrote a note to myself: “Try to create a mask that that doesn’t have anything to do with anything” and kept wondering what that could mean until I started to imagine Mask/Mirror. Mask/Mirror a sampler to process recordings of spoken language in real time… The sampler follows both sound and meaning criteria in sorting, organizing and processing samples and in formulating utterances. Continue reading


Mar 25, 2008
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Live Stage: voiceoverhead [nl Amsterdam]

voiceover.jpgvoiceoverhead – A project by Achim Lengerer & Dani Gal featuring Casper Cordes, Harun Farocki, William Furlong, Sharon Hayes :: until March 1, 2008 :: February 29, 2008: An evening of live-performances – Casper Cordes & Ellen Ugelvik; Discoteca Flaming Star; Will Holder; Guy-Marc Hinant – subrosa; Achim Lengerer & Dani Gal :: SMART Project Space, Arie Biemondstraat 105-113, Amsterdam.

In their collaborative practice Achim Lengerer & Dani Gal deal with audio-acoustics and storage media used for acoustic material. Their core interests are audio-recordings, particularly of language, spoken word and speech, original footage taken from radio-broadcastings or other archives. Continue reading


Feb 27, 2008
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Tongue, Liberated! + Art of Sound [kr Seoul]

tongueliberated.jpg2007 Issue Fighters: Tongue, Liberated! :: November 23 – December 23, 2007 :: Insa Art Space of the Arts Council Korea, 90 Wonseo-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea.

Issue Fighters is an annual project that Insa Art Space (IAS) designs as an agenda-specific program. Tongue, Liberated!, the project for the year 2007 focuses on ‘speech act’ as it intends to be in tandem with “sound,” which is this year’s IAS curatorial theme. This project illuminates speech as a performance and examines the ways in which speeches are constructed and conveyed as public utterance in the interface with the public. Continue reading


Nov 14, 2007
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