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Net_Music_Weekly: The Sound of Touch

soundpaint_zoom.jpgThe Sound of Touch, by David Merrill and Hayes Raffle (2007), is a new instrument for real-time capture and sensitive physical stimulation of sound samples using digital convolution. Their hand-held wand can be used to record sound and then playback the recording by brushing, scraping, striking or otherwise physically manipulating the wand against physical objects. During playback, the recorded sound is continuously filtered by the acoustic interaction of the wand and the material being touched. A texture kit allows for convenient acoustic exploration of a range of materials. Continue reading


Jul 24, 2007
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Digital Art Week’s Soundscape Contest

banner_soundscape.jpgSoundScapes by Rachael Watts 10/7/07 :: An article on the 2007 Soundscape Contest for the Zurich Digital Arts Week (DAW).

The word SoundScape conjures notions of sounds that range from the passive wallpaper variety to that of something engaging, interactive and assertive. Here SoundScape could be seen as according to Brian Eno, ‘music for everyday living’ or, sounds for potential or future living. For the Zurich Digital Art Weeks (DAW), 2007 a SoundScape programme was developed. The works selected, according to the DAW website, display an ability to ‘evoke the presence of things or beings in space to the extent that each work ‘immerses the listener into a real or imaginary sonic environment’. Immersion and engagement are key characteristics of all works to be presented.

We become easily affected by sound. It permeates the body through the ear, which is essentially a hole in the head, a fact Kahn and Whitehead remind us in their text “Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio, and the Avant-Garde”. It is how we choose to consume and compute this phenomena in conjunction with specific production techniques that dictate how immersive sound can be. It is important to understand how individually, we come to listen and interact with the sounds and what perspective and associations we bring to the sounds that determine our opinion of the quality and ingenuity. Continue reading


Jul 24, 2007
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Live Stage: Plac.Art.X [de Regensburg]

placard.jpgCall for Participants: Plac.Art.X [the placard headphone festival → 2007 → Plac.Art.X]: FOUND SOUNDS – experimental, electronic and acoustic sounds [blog].

On the 18th August Plac.Art.X is taking place at Städtische Galerie im Leeren Beutel, Regensburg, Germany. This will be a 12 hour festival, starting in the afternoon at 3 PM (CET) and ending 12 hours later in the night at 3 AM (CET). Plac.Art.X will be a mix of on location artists and virtual remote artists. The theme of this placard is “Found Sounds” (including field recordings), but don’t let that keep you from doing what you want. If you play the nose flute or the cither – please go ahead! We are now accepting applications and suggestions. Please email us: miulew at gmail dot com or just sign up and login here. Continue reading


Jul 24, 2007
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Live Stage: Circuits Maximus [us NYC]

scanner.jpg Circuits Maximus @ SCANNERS – The NY Video Festival :: July 27, 2007; 9pm.

Circuits Maximus – A special live music and interactive video event :: We are pleased to present an evening of performances by three musician/video duos. Bobby Previte’s manic drums, played in real time with no loops or laptops, match VJ veteran Benton-C (Benton Bainbridge), painting with light. Ben Neill will play his hybrid electro-acoustic “mutant trumpet” in the liminal spaces created by video artist Bill Jones’ conjunction of performance and installation art. And composer Dorit Chrysler’s Theremin will join with media artist c.h.i.a.k.i. (Chiaki Watanabe) on muxology v.2, a media project that combines electro-acoustic sound with kinetic images. As if that weren’t enough, a special fourth-set encore will place all six artists onstage in a multi-media super jam. Do not miss this one––even if we tried, it will never happen the same way again.


Jul 23, 2007
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Live Stage: Dafna Naphtali, Ursel Schlicht, Peter Zummo [us NYC]

cropped1.jpgDafna Naphtali (live audio processing, electronics, voice); Ursel Schlicht (piano, prepared piano); Peter Zummo (trombone, electronics, voice) :: July 24, 2007 8pm :: The Stone, corner of E. 2nd street and Avenue C in the East Village, Manhattan, New York City :: Admission is $10.

A trio specially convened for this event, each artist has a seasoned and unique attitude toward her / his instrument as both extended sound source and a musical extension of the self in continual stylistic experimentation and boundary pushing. With her well-honed vision of live audio processing (using Max / MSP programs she’s been writing and performing with since 1993), Dafna performs her manipulations of improvised trombone, piano and voice, as any instrumentalist would as the trio reacts, listens and designs playful interactions, deep soundscapes, general mayhem. Continue reading


Jul 23, 2007
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Upcoming: Oliver Sacks’ “Tales of Music and the Brain”

h20-sacks.jpgMusicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks will be published in October. In this new book by ‘one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century’ (NYT), Sacks subject is music: “our relationship with it, our facility for it, and what this most universal of passions says about us. In chapters examining savants and synaesthetics, depressives and musical dreamers, Sacks… locates the musical experience in the human brain. He shows that music is not simply about sound, but also movement, visualization, and silence. He follows the experiences of patients suddenly drawn to or suddenly divorced from music. And in so doing he shows, as only he can, both the extraordinary spectrum of human expression and the capacity of music to heal. Wise, compassionate and compellingly readable, Musicophilia promises, like all the best writing, to alter our conception of who we are and how we function, to lend a fascinating insight into the mysteries of the mind, and to show us what it is to be human.” (from Amazon’s review).


Jul 23, 2007
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Live Stage: Ouest Sound @ Soto [us Boston]

soto.jpgOuest Sound @ Soto #2Howard Stelzer, Jay Sullivan, and Brendan Murray :: July 26, 2007, 8pm :: Free (suggested donation $5-$10) :: Studio Soto, 63 Melcher St. Boston, MA 02210 :: 617-426-76786.

Ouest is a trio formed in 2004 to establish large bodies of static music. Ouest works slowly and patiently to build a sound field that is the product of activation of objects and amplification, not the deliberate interaction of players or instruments. Howard Stelzer plays in many live situations and records solo compositions, usually involving the manipulation of cassette tapes. He is the sole proprietor of Intransitive Recordings. Jay Sullivan makes music with amplified turntables, microphones, field recordings and occasionally a harmonium, and runs the We Break More label. Continue reading


Jul 23, 2007
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Live Stage: Roulette: The Public Sounds [us NYC]

kaffematthews.jpgRoulette presents: THE PUBLIC SOUNDSA Festival of Sound Art in Public Space, Curated by Jessica Feldman. Free!

Kabir Carter – Aug. 11 & 12, 18 & 19 (details to come); Jessica Feldman – Aug. 11 & 12, 18 & 19, at the intersection of Frankfort & Gold Streets; Kaffe Matthews – Aug. 15 –19 from 11:30am to 3pm each day, at the World Financial Center Plaza; Leslie Ross – Randomly will ride through the streets of lower Manhattan during the Festival; Stephen Vitiello – Aug. 18th, 8pm at the Would Financial Center Plaza or Winter Garden.

For two weeks this August, Roulette will present THE PUBLIC SOUNDS Festival: a group show of interrelated, public sound pieces throughout downtown Manhattan. The festival includes new pieces by Kaffe Matthews, Kabir Cater, Jessica Feldman, Leslie Ross and Stephen Vitiello with Molly Berg, all artists whose work is concerned with site-specificity, social issues and the engagement of the public. Continue reading


Jul 23, 2007
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The Wall Piano

wallpiano2.jpgThe Wall Piano by Hon Lam (Patrick) Li – from the writers of Creative Review:

“As we traipse around the summer’s degree shows on the hunt for the hottest, brightest, tastiest new talent, some projects just leap out and slap us about the head with their all-round neatness. Like this: a little bit of tech-trickery that turns an ordinary wall into, you guessed it, a piano.

The Wall Piano is the work of Hon Lam Li (Patrick to his friends), who has just graduated from the London College of Communications’ Interactive Design BA. Continue reading


Jul 23, 2007
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Live Stage: Tranzducer.007 [us NYC]

tranzducer007.jpgTranzducer.007 :: July 27, 2007; 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm :: LEMURplex, 461 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn (between 9th and 10th streets) :: $5 at the door.

For Tranzducer.007, we’re bringing a threesome of wonderful fellows over from the City of Neighborhoods for a Baltimore, MD showcase at LEMURplex. Timothy Nohe will join Andy Hayleck and Steve Bradley in a set of solo concerts of new electro-acoustic works. Come listen. Season of the Bit video-game tune selections between sets. TRANZDUCER is LEMURplex’s music, art and performance series curated by Eric Singer and Jamie Allen. Continue reading


Jul 20, 2007
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