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Quiet American: Global Field Recordings

tickets.jpgAaron Ximm made his first work from field recordings in the fall of 1998. He recorded musicians, trains, moving water, crickets, monks, markets, metalwork, tired animals, and drunken tourists. The earliest work on his Quiet American site is the result of his discovery of ways of working with that sound as sole medium.

“Later,” as he writes on the site, “it became clear that it was important for me to apply the techniques I was learning to the sounds that define my home, the San Francisco Bay area. In 1999 I recorded during a trip to Fiji. Continue reading


Apr 20, 2009
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MP3 Player for the Unborn

ipod220_1386062f.jpgMP3 player for unborn babies Via Positive Technology Journal

Canadian design student Geof Ramsay has invented a MP3 player for unborn babies – the “BLABY”. By wearing the device, pregnant mothers will be able to play their favourite music to their children. The player consists of a contoured belt that wraps around a mother’s waist with three inbuilt vibration speakers playing music into the womb. Its inbuilt speakers transmit the vibrations of music and voice through to the baby in a safe manner, and the mother wearing it can also benefit from three tiny massage mechanisms.


Apr 20, 2009
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Interview: Natasha Barrett

Natasha BarrettNatasha Barrett is a freelance composer, performer, and installation artist. The composition and manipulation of space is a central element in much of her work, and it is the focus of this interview. Barrett completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Birmingham, where she studied with Jonty Harrison and became practiced in the art of live sound diffusion using Birmingham’s renowned BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre) system. She completed a Doctoral degree in composition at City University in London in 1998, studying with Denis Smalley. Her body of work includes large architectural installations, electroacoustic concert pieces, works for instruments and performers, and live improvisation. Barrett’s works have won international acclaim and numerous awards, including the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2006, a first prize at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (1998 and 2001), and most recently, a commission from the 2008 Giga-Hertz Award. Barrett was born in the UK, but currently lives in Oslo, Norway. She has released numerous CDs, available through her website. Continue reading


Apr 19, 2009
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Live Stage: Nostalgia [us Cambridge, MA]

pieces-of-8-xs.jpgMegapolis Festival:: Deb Todd Wheeler and David O’Brien :: April 25, 2009; 9:00 am – 6:00 pm :: April 26; 10:00 am – 4:00 pm :: Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

Dust off your old 8 tracks (anyone have any Neil Young?) because David O’Brien and I have reached into this nostalgic technology, along with the sound stylings of Wayne Newton and Pink Floyd, to let YOU determine the running speed, and thus the soundscape, of this blown apart 8 track player by pedaling a tricked-out stationary bike that also functions as the power generator. Come on down! I will be at the gallery … hanging out, shooting some video, testing out the new 8 tracks Lucy just gave me, like Solid Gold Rock’n’Roll and Barry Manilow Live! Continue reading


Apr 19, 2009
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DIY 6: 2009 Call for Proposals

caros_variety_pilgrim1.jpgDIY 6: 2009 :: Call For Proposals — Deadline: May 11, 2009.

DIY 6 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. DIY 6 builds on the strengths of previous DIY schemes which have been rewarding experiences for project leaders, participants and organizers alike. Reports on previous DIY schemes can be found at here or here.

We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something new and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts. Continue reading


Apr 19, 2009
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Live Stage: Machine Improvisations [us Pittsburgh, PA]

machine.jpgMachine Improvisations — curated by Telcosystems & Martijn van Boven :: April 24 – June 20, 2009 :: Opening: April 24, 2009; 5:00 pm :: Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA.

Machine Improvisations brings together a body of work created by an international group of artists, musicians, designers and filmmakers who share a common interest in exploring unseen and unheard audiovisual territories. By means of hacking, coding and soldering, they built their own tools and instruments tailored to their specific needs and wishes. These tools allow complete freedom when interacting with the electronic signals and digital processes. Continue reading


Apr 19, 2009
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“The Internet Symphony” Global Mash Up

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They called for professionals and amateur musicians of all ages, locations and instruments to audition for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra by submitting a video performance of a new piece written for the occasion by the renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun. Continue reading


Apr 15, 2009
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Live Stage: Trimpin [us Somerville, MA]

trimpin3.gifIndependent Film Festival of Boston presents TRIMPIN: The Sound of Invention :: April 23, 2009; 10:15 pm and April 26, 2009; 8:00 pm. :: Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA.

Trimpin is an artist, inventor, composer, and MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient who designs, builds, programs, and composes for outrageous automatic ensembles of musical instruments. Working out of a studio that resembles both Frankenstein’s lab and Santa’s workshop, Trimpin has devised unique ways of playing everything from whistles, generators, and giant marimbas to stacks of electric guitars via home-grown computer programs. Trimpin himself, along with producer/director Peter Esmonde, will be on hand for discussions with audience members after each screening.


Apr 15, 2009
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Mobile Music: Band Geeks Play iPhones…

st_iphoneorch_f.jpgOnce upon a time, orchestras required instruments. Then computers reproduced the sounds of symphonies. Now, band geeks are playing iPhones.

Stanford University’s newest ensemble is called (MoPhO), short for Mobile Phone Orchestra. Its conductor, Ge Wang, is a veteran of Princeton’s Laptop Orchestra (see issue 14.04) and is obsessed with making electronic music as mobile as possible. “The iPhone holds a lot of potential for what kind of music can be made and how it can be made,” Wang says. Continue reading


Apr 15, 2009
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Reblogged Wearable Forest

wearable-forest.jpgWearable Forest by Ryoko Ueoka and Hiroki Kobayashi from the University of Tokyo is “bio-acoustic” clothing which is networked with a subtropical forest of the southern Ryukyu Islands of Japan. Equipped with embedded speakers, LEDs, an embedded CPU system and a wireless internet connection, the dress processes and remotely plays the soundscape of the jungle through the speakers and uses the LEDs to create patterns reflecting the activity level of jungle life. More than just a receiver sensors also let the user transmit pre-recorded acoustic data back to the forest installation, creating a bioacoustical loop. Continue reading


Apr 14, 2009
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