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Seelenlose Automaten

benedict.jpgSeelenlose Automaten is a generative music visualization with an unusual approach: instead of analyzing the music for cues for visual change, MIDI control messages are sent simultaneously to the sound and image generators. Each mapping to a specific visual or sound effect, these messages are a vocabulary of rules giving structure to the composition. All change can be precisely predicted, and as a result the entire composition is perfectly synchronized.

Created in VVVV by Patric Schmidt and Benedikt Groß, the video uses minimalist forms to good effect. Polygons, lines and circles twist and turn in a gray void, responding to the smallest change in sound. Lacking depth cues, the images frequently read as flat 2D, only to become 3D once again upon the next movement. The total impression is of a glitch aesthetic, even though the deterministic nature of the system is antithetical to the glitch philosophy of creative breakdown. Continue reading


Aug 23, 2007
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Rare and Vintage Musical Electronic Toys

comp.jpgminiorgan: For all friends and lovers of rare and vintage musical electronic toys, this is the first museum of lost organs, damned keyboards, childish synthesizers, dusty voice transformers and singing calculators. Most of them are from the 70s and 80s.

Maybe you remember some from your own childhood, but I’m sure you haven’t seen most of them in your life. Enjoy watching the constantly growing collection of these little beeping creatures. There are 16 pages of toys, including MATTEL MAGICAL MUSICAL THING (1978), a masterpiece of the golden age of electronic musical toys. You can play it with your knee, hip or elbow! The collector (Eric) played it with his nose… very funny experience. This online collection includes over 120 toys, with more added several times a year. You can contact Eric from the site. With thanks to pixelsumo.


Aug 23, 2007
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An Invitation from Bavarian Radio

0707fe_2005_sujetausschnitt_001_artmix.jpgEverybody is an Artist. You have got three Minutes: “Everybody is an artist“, this was Joseph Beuys’ famous postulate at the beginning of the 1970s. It was connected to ideas of a direct democracy and a social order, which understood itself as a “Gesamtkunstwerk”. Of course, all this remained utopian and became art history. However, since digitization and networks have been creating new forms of play, game, art and distribution, as for example podcasting, it’s really possible, that everybody can be an artist, can be a sender. In this sense, Bavarian Radio’s Department of Radiodrama and Media Art invites everybody to submit audio or audiovisual works for publication. Continue reading


Aug 23, 2007
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Frank Niehusmann in Conversation with Sabine Breitsameter

0707_niehusmann200.jpg Sabine Breitsameter interviews contemporary German Composer, Frank Niehusmann, in the July AudioHyperspace. Niehusmann is one of the composers who began to use podcasting early — in May 2005. It was then he began composing ‘small forms” — 3 minute compositions almost every day — and rather than storing them on his hard drive, he uploaded them to the Internet.

You can listen to Frank Niehusmann’s Day Tracks here. “Day Tracks” are a series of compositions in the context of musique concrète, industrial and noise music, Elektronische Musik, sonic art, Klangkunst, Hörspiel and ars acustica: compositions with originally recorded machine sounds, sounds of nature, sounds of social life and sounds from musical instruments including synthesizers and drum-computers and all kinds of edited samples from the whole range of Frank Niehusmann’s archive of sounds.


Aug 23, 2007
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Visual Context of Music

cantorinus-ad-eorum-instructionem.jpg“A musical notation is a language which determines what you can say; what you want to say determines your language.” [Cornelius Cardew, 1961]

BibliOdyssey is a blog that deals in archival images from obscure sources (usually old books). Typically, it presents old scientific diagrams, pattern samples, anatomical studies, ancient maps or just anything that has a strong visual attraction combined with a sense of the obscure and arcane. All told, it is a delightful image resource for anyone with even a slight sense of the magical.

Today’s post on the visual context of music is of potential interest to Generator.x readers. It deals with unconventional visual forms of musical notation, from the illustrative to the conqrete, from the ancient to contemporary. It should prove intriguing and well worth the time to indulge in both the images and links provided. From: Art from Code – Generator.x


Aug 23, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Ken Gregory’s “Sun Suckers”

dragonfly.jpgSun Suckers are machines. They are classified in the order Real Artificial Life. Sun Suckers have stout flat bodies. Their skin is a large photovoltaic cell that is usually shiny, although in a few species they are dull and opaque.

Sun Suckers have one large compound eye (photoresistor) situated on the top of the body. This large eye can read how bright the sun is during the day and detect when night falls. Beside the eye is a thick whisker. This sensor (thermistor) measures the ambient temperature in close proximity of the Sun Sucker.

Sun Sucker’s sound and communicate with each other. They are notorious singers. Their song is a call produced by sensing the current light conditions and temperature. Each species has its own distinctive call and if you listen closely and get to know the calls you can find out what the weather conditions are. To learn more about Ken Gregory’s Sun Suckers–the only Real Artificial Life species to have developed such an effective and specialized means of producing sound–and where you can find one, click here.


Aug 22, 2007
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Susan Philipsz in Skulptur Projekte [de Munster]

grafik.jpgThis summer, the inhabitants of Münster, Germany and a stream of international visitors are traversing the city’s parks and cobblestone walkways in search of sculpture. Inaugurated in 1977 and recurring every ten years, Skulptur Projekte brings a series of outdoor sculptural interventions to this charmingly modest German town. For this fourth iteration, curators Kasper König, Brigitte Franzen, and Carina Plath have invited 36 international — but primarily Western European — artists to install site-specific works that reflect or disrupt life in Münster.

Scotland’s Susan Philipsz employs a bridge’s smooth, shaded underside to amplify and echo The Lost Reflection (Das verlorene Spiegelbild), one of the exhibition’s few audio pieces. Continue reading


Aug 22, 2007
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On Touch Radio

lasse6.jpgLasse Marhaug’s Into The Pandemonium (32:11) – A commissioned sound installation for the Hole In The Sky festival in Bergen, Norway August 21-25th 2007. The installation was made using six channels. This is an edit/simplified stereo mix made for Touch Radio. “Into The Pandemonium” is a de-composition/ celebration of 25 years of extreme metal music. Fragments of classic moments in death / thrash / black metal music have been mangled, disfigured and reworked into a festering pulp of distortion, doom and noise.


Aug 22, 2007
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LoVid at PS1 MoMA Warm Up [us Long Island City]

july-8-seze-devres.jpgPS1 MoMA Help Carry a Tune: LoVid at PS1 MoMA Warm Up :: Saturday, August 25, 2007 3–9 PM :: Cost: $10 :: 22–25 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City.

LoVid will be performing at PS1 MoMA as part of the PS1 Summer Warm Up series. The LoVid performance Help Carry a Tune will include audience participation. LoVid’s new synthesizer will produce electrical signals on stage, which will be sent on long wires passed through the audience. Members of the audience will help hold the wires and carry the signal of the music. The other end of the wires will be passed back to the stage, connecting and controlling the music being made.

Performers: Escort (live), Felix Dickinson (Cynic, Urban Myth, Bastedos; London), LoVid (live), David Linton (live).


Aug 22, 2007
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DAVID POGUE: Bluetooth and the end of audio wiring

16pogue2l.jpgThe disappearance of wires and the growing wireless technology industry is the subject of a David Pogue article in the New York Times’ Circuits: As Pogue writes, wires are disappearing at an alarming clip. The cord between your home phone handset and the phone body is gone. The wire between your cellphone and clip-on earpiece, also gone. The cable from your laptop to the network router. Yes, it too is gone.

Gone, gone, gone. Bluetooth was, of course, specifically invented to eliminate cables. It’s range is about 30 feet and it draws very little battery power. Continue reading


Aug 21, 2007
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