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Live Stage: More Essential Repertoire [us Brooklyn, NY]

issue.jpgEssential Repertoire :: Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. :: ISSUE Project Room (at the Old American Can Factory), 232 3rd Street (at 3rd ave), Brooklyn NY 11215 :: Tickets $20/at the door, $15 in advance (available online at http://www.issueprojectroom.org or for cash purchase at Other Music) F, M, R to 9th Street-4th Ave

Brooklyn-based music series Darmstadt: “Classics of the Avant Garde presents its second-annual Essential Repertoire festival of cherished compositions from the experimental canon. This year’s iteration celebrates the 30th anniversary of the seminal New Music New York concerts curated by Rhys Chatham and held at The Kitchen (then on Broome Street), which put the still-burgeoning Downtown Scene – at the crossroads of minimalism, interdisciplinary performance, and various strains of post-punk – under a mainstream spotlight and redefined the presentation of experimental music. Continue reading


Nov 24, 2009
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Reblogged “Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt, and Cybernetics”

tigermountaineno.jpg[Image: Cover of Brian Eno’s 1974 album “Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)”] Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt, and Cybernetics by Geeta Dayal, Rhizome.org:

Cybernetics is one of the most widely misunderstood concepts. The word itself seems sinister and futuristic, but the term has ancient roots – the Greek word kybernetes, meaning steersman. Cybernetics was famously defined in more recent times by Norbert Wiener in 1948, as the science of “control and communication, in the animal and the machine.” Words like “control” may seem to have creepy overtones, but at its heart, cybernetics is simply the study of systems. “Cybernetics is the discipline of whole systems thinking… a whole system is a living system is a learning system,” as Stewart Brand put it in 1980. Continue reading


Nov 6, 2009
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League of Automatic Music Composers

league.jpgALKU is incredibly proud to announce the release of the amazing ‘ARCHIVE 1978-1981’ by the legendary San Francisco Bay Area computer music pioneers, The League of Automatic Music Composers.

Formed in 1977 in the San Francisco Bay Area, The League of Automatic Music Composers (John Bischoff, Jim Horton, Tim Perkis, Paul DeMarinis, Rich Gold, David Behrman) is considered to be the world’s first computer network band/collective.

ARCHIVE 1978-1981‘ features over 12 hours of previously unreleased archival tapes, documents, interviews and video from these electronic music mavericks. Compiled and edited by Jon Leidecker and presented in a lush limited edition wooden USB flash drive. 968.301.735 bytes worth of computer music history.

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Oct 6, 2009
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Re:live09 [au Melbourne]

melb.jpgRe:live09 – Third World Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology :: November 26-29, 2009 :: Melbourne, Australia.

The Media Art History national conference committee of Austrialia would like to invite you to attend the Re:live the international media art history conference. Over three stimulating days, historians, curators, media artists, creative arts practitioners and theorists at the forefront of their practice will explore the latest research and theories that challenge;

Conference Sessions on the History of :: art-science-technology :: biology :: the environment :: liveness :: the life of machines :: innovation :: Continue reading


Jul 16, 2009
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Live Stage: Sound Out of Paper [de Berlin]

fishinger1_1_300.jpg[Image: Oscar Fischinger holds “fake” rolls made by his Studio for publicity purposes] Sound Out of Paper with Andrei Smirnov :: May 21, 2009; 9:00 pm :: NK, Elsenstr. 52 2HH, 2Etage Berlin.

Russian proto-electronic music from 1930s and beyond, a presentation and film viewing session of synthesized sound from light called Graphical (Drawn) Sound technique produced in the 1930s and recently discovered at the Russian State Film Archive. The technology of synthesizing sound from light called Graphical (Drawn) Sound technique which was invented in Soviet Russia in 1929 as a consequence of the newly invented sound-on-film technology. At exactly the same time similar efforts were being undertaken in Germany by Rudolf Pfenninger in Munich and, somewhat later, by Oscar Fischinger in Berlin. Continue reading


May 20, 2009
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Radiocasting: Musings on Radio and Art

bild.jpg[Image: Max Neuhaus, Radio Net, 1977] “Although historical and contemporary artistic and theoretical discourse regarding radio art is scant to say the least, there has been, and continues to be, audible evidence of artists and writers whose considerations on the subject begin to shape a theoretical body. The combination of influences shaping this history sheds valuable light on radio art practices today, as there appears to be a clear relationship between early explorations and more recent theoretical considerations. From the beginning, artists were prone to considering radio as a material as opposed to merely a distribution apparatus, as is evidenced by the writings of Bertolt Brecht, F. T. Marinetti. and others. However, when compared to the other arts, namely the visual, there is a marked absence of historical radio art works and theoretical writings. Continue reading


May 11, 2009
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Endless Loop: A Brief History of Chiptunes

fig96-1.jpgAbstract — Chiptune refers to a collection of related music production and performance practices sharing a history with video game soundtracks. The evolution of early chiptune music tells an alternate narrative about the hardware, software, and social practices of personal computing in the 1980s and 1990s. By digging into the interviews, text files, and dispersed ephemera that have made their way to the Web, we identify some of the common folk-historical threads among the commercial, noncommercial, and ambiguously commercial producers of chiptunes with an eye toward the present-day confusion surrounding the term chiptune. Using the language of affordances and constraints, we hope to avoid a technocratic view of the inventive and creative but nevertheless highly technical process of creating music on computer game hardware. Continue reading


Apr 14, 2009
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The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art

blatri.jpgThe Triumph of Music: The Rise of Composers, Musicians and Their Art by Tim Blanning, Harvard University Press:

A distinguished historian chronicles the rise of music and musicians in the West from lowly balladeers to masters employed by fickle patrons, to the great composers of genius, to today’s rock stars. How, he asks, did music progress from subordinate status to its present position of supremacy among the creative arts? Mozart was literally booted out of the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg “with a kick to my arse,” as he expressed it. Continue reading


Mar 6, 2009
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BronxRhymes Uses Locality, Maps to Track History of Hip-Hop

BronxRhymes (a Turbulence Commission) is an attempt to raise awareness of the history of hip-hop in the Bronx, the northwestern borough of New York City where the musical style is thought to have originated. The history of hip-hop is illustrated through rhymes and plotted on an online map.

The creators specifically set out to create a connection between the physical, digital and mobile planes. The website features a map of the Bronx and an archive of contributed rhymes. They then put up posters near the physical locations marked on the online map, describing the location’s relevance to hip-hip history in a rhyme. The posters also challenged passersby to respond via SMS with their own rhymes about the location, the people who made it famous, or hip-hop in general. The project captures the battle tradition of hip-hop, while informing the community through multiple mediums…” Continue reading BronxRhymes Uses Locality, Maps to Track History of Hip-Hop by Megan Taylor, PBS-MediaShift.


Feb 7, 2009
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Live Stage: Theremin – An Electronic Odyssey [us Brookline, MA]

leon_theremin300c.jpgTHERAMIN: AN ELECTRONIC ODYSSEY — with talk and Q&A by composer and MIT Professor of Music and Media Tod Machover and performance by orchestral thereminist Dalit Hadass Warshaw :: January 19, 2009; 7:00 pm :: Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA.

Leon Theremin made music as strange as the life he lived. In 1918, using newly discovered vacuum-tube technology, the Russian-born scientist invented a musical instrument unlike any the world had seen before: one that utilizes electronic oscillation to produce its sound and is played entirely without human contact. Theremin toured the United States and Europe giving public recitals, and became the toast of New York City’s artists and intellectuals during the roaring ’20s, rubbing elbows with such luminaries as Albert Einstein and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Continue reading


Jan 15, 2009
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