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Early Experiments: Ebb and Flow (1998)

ebbandflow.jpgEbb & Flow was a series of three performances streamed live over the web that explored the relationship of technology, sound, and biological processes. Conceptualized by web-artists Nina Sobell and Jesse Gilbert, Ebb and Flow consisted of weekly webcasts of electronic experiments carried out using musical instruments, electroencephalographic devices (EEG), MIDI, and video.

Drawing on Sobell’s experimentation with EEG feedback, which dates back to her residency at the VA Neuropsychology Lab, Sepulveda, CA in the early 1970s — Brainwave Drawing (1973) — the team used IBVA software to translate the brain wave data into sound, via a MIDI bridge. Continue reading

Nov 15, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College

lucier.jpg[Image: Still from Mary Lucier’s Summer, or Grief] On November 15, 2007, the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College will celebrate its 40+ year with works by Robert Ashley, Maggi Payne, John Bischoff, James Fei, David Behrman, Chris Brown and Pauline Oliveros. The event will take place at Roulette, New York City at 8:00 pm.

Since its inception (1966), the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM) has played a leading role in the development of electronic music practices in the US. It was the first publicly accessible electronic music studio on the West coast, and in the early 70s the first site where computers were used in musical performances, predating the laptop music era by over three decades. Continue reading

Nov 14, 2007
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Live Stage: stationary æmotion II [co online]

tremor4.jpgstationary æmotion by æther9 in the frame of Tremor_ 4: Live.doc :: Online :: November 9, 2007; 7:00 pm Columbia time (UTC/GMT -5) Performance duration: 15:00 min [Check your local time here]

The æther9 group presents stationary æmotion: 4 remote performers from 4 different locations united in a real-time broadcast. Remote performers: N3krozoft Group Brussels (BE), Paula Vélez (CO), N3krozoft HQ Geneva (CH) :: Live audio: Christiaan Cruz (California) :: Original screenplay: Nicola Unger & Audrey Samson Continue reading

Nov 9, 2007
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Live Stage: Net vs. Net [ie Belfast + Stanford, CA]

image2.jpgDivertimento Ritmico for Two SynthesizersTwo Locations, and One Acoustic Network of Four Channels by Net vs. Net (Juan-Pablo Cáceres @ Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) & Alain Renaud @ Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC)) :: November 9, 2007, 8:00 (PST) pm, CCRMA Stage, Department of Music, Stanford University, Stanford, CA :: and Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.

This piece is a structured improvisation that explores multi-channel feedback delays on the network. The delay path between Stanford (California, USA) and SARC (Belfast, Ireland) is used as a variable feedback comb filter for each of the four channels. Continue reading

Nov 8, 2007
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Live Stage: Disparate Bodies [ie Belfast, Hamburg, Graz]

avatar_pink_3.jpgUpcoming on November 29th, 2007 at 8pm [UK Time] a novel network performance concert called Disparate Bodies between three different sites in Europe. The sites are: Belfast (Sonic Arts Research Centre); Hamburg (Hochschule für Musik und Theatre); and Graz (Insitut für Elektronische Musik and Akustik).

Disparate Bodies will be also be streamed into Second Life. This unique event showcases strategies for performance over the network including instrumental, audio-visual and laptop work. The event features music by John Cage, a network piece by Pedro Rebelo and structured improvisations with a distributed instrumental sextet and a laptop trio. Continue reading

Nov 2, 2007
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Live Stage: Brain Avatar [us NYC]

5m3sch_werk.jpgBrain Avatar – Concert & Resonance Experiment, Part 1 with Mario Diaz de Leon, Zeljko McMullen, Doron Sadja :: November 1, 2007; 9:00 pm :: Roulette, 20 Greene St. (between Canal and Grand) 2 blocks west of Broadway

Musicians in Hang Zhou, Bangkok, Durban, Brussels, New York, and Braunschweig will each begin a solo concert, transmitting the music real-time to each city. During the concerts, brain activities of each musician will be recorded by the Brain Avatar which, created by Martin Schoene, is the first analogue visualization of real-time brain activity. The brainwaves, in their direct form as sound are projected as resonance in water and light. Emerging shapes and processes allow for visualization of mental states and movement of thought. Continue reading

Oct 31, 2007
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Live Stage: stationary æmotion [nl online + Rotterdam]

aether9.jpgstationary æmotion by æther9 :: Online :: Or @ WORM, Achterhaven 148, Rotterdam :: Performance: 22:00 Central European Time (UTC+2 – Bravo Time Zone) Performance duration: 15:00 min [Check your local time here]

The æther9 group presents stationary æmotion: 4 remote performers from 4 different locations reunited in a real-time broadcast. This performance is part of an evening presenting several works focusing on the theme of streaming, brought to you by the Labouretum Lumbrici, tonight at WORM (Rotterdam, NL). The æther9 group is interested in exploring the performative aspect of the infosphere. They make use of existing ‘lo-fi’ communication tools to experiment with the integration of dramaturgical elements linked to the constraints of working with a delocalised group to develop an audiovisual performance. Continue reading

Oct 26, 2007
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Live Stage: Chicago Calling Arts Festival [us Chicago]

chicago.jpgDuring the 2nd Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival – October 24 – 27, 2007 – Chicago-based artists will showcase performances and projects that involve collaborations with artists living in other locations—here in the U.S. and in other countries worldwide. The collaborations between Chicago-based artists and those living elsewhere will be prepared, improvised, or a combination of both. For instance, a Chicago-based poet will be collaborating with a visual artist from Virginia, a Chicago-based ensemble will be collaborating with a musician from New York, and so on. Some of the performances will involve live feeds between Chicago and elsewhere. Continue reading

Oct 22, 2007
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index.jpgIN[ ]EX is a distributed audio sculpture in which thousands of wooden blocks with embedded technology are released into the city to engage the public as active agents. IN[ ]EX invites audience activity, movement and interaction, as well as engages with the larger urban context as the blocks are dispersed throughout the city and culture in general.

The blocks are distributed through an array of interventions that reference early models of instruction-based participatory works. As the blocks circulate, they transmit data which is collected by mesh networks and processed to create a constantly remixed sound environment in a shipping container. Continue reading

Oct 1, 2007
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21 cities – Simultaneous Performances

crowd1.jpg21 cities at once performed: a performative, global network where participants create public intersections to occur simultaneously around the world :: CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: ATLANTA | BARCELONA | BERLIN | CAIRO | CHICAGO | LEIPZIG | HELSINKI | JOHANNESBURG | LOS ANGELES | MEXICO CITY | NEW YORK CITY l PORTLAND | REYKJAVÍK | SAN FRANCISCO | SANTIAGO | SAO PAOLO SEOUL | SINGAPORE | STOCKHOLM | WASHINGTON DC | TOKYO.

On Friday, September 14, 2007, at 6pm EST, we invite you to participate in a global performance event. Please consider contributing to a series of projects happening simultaneously in 21 cities around the world as part of Conflux Festival. It doesn’t need to be difficult: you could sweep your kitchen, read a story to a group of children or have a party. You might sneak love notes into the pockets of jeans at the Gap or direct a walking tour of your neighborhood (further examples are listed in the project description below). It’s less about what you do and more about the doing, and the awareness that every participant is contributing a project at the same time. Each project will be documented and presented on www.21citiesatonceperformed.
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Aug 30, 2007
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