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Net_Music_Weekly: Shotgun Architecture at P40

shotgun.jpgFILTER and ONOMATOPEE at P40 in Hamburg present Shotgun Architecture at P40A sound and light installation by Justin Bennett :: until 11th of January 2009 :: Alte Pathologie/P40, Friedrichsberger Strasse 32, D-Hamburg.

Can one make sound visible? What happens to our thought processes and emotional perception when sound and its movement is performed or even manipulated in space? Mapping urban space and its architecture through the sound of a gunshot, the method Justin Bennett is currently using, entails numerous domains of expression.

P40 is a turn of the century building with an ornamental red brick facade, a cupola roof and spaces with high ceilings. Built as pathology department for the Eilbek hospital until its privatization, the space has been used and redefined for different purposes over the last decade. Bennett analyzed this piece of architecture with a gunshot and recorded its echoes. Continue reading


Dec 31, 2008
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Live Stage: MiniOptoSonic Tea [us Brooklyn]

andre2.jpgMiniOptoSonic Tea — Live sets by André Gonçalves (Portugal) (live visuals and sound) and Richard Garet (live visuals and sound) :: December 4, 2008; 8:00 pm :: Diapason, 882 Third Avenue, 10th floor, Brooklyn (Sunset Park).

André Gonçalves (Portugal) works across the fields of visual arts, music, video, installation and performance. Originally trained in Graphic Design alongside his commercial work he has been developing several applications in Max-MSP, flash, java and C++ along with various experimentations in the analog world. Since 2002, he has been refining his ‘do it yourself’ approach to electronics, experimenting with sensor interfaces, old and new hardware and various techniques to create intermedia pieces. Continue reading


Dec 2, 2008
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Net_Music_Weekly: “Babble” by Alex McLean

ursonata.jpgBabble — by Alex McLean — is a system for authoring mechanistic sound poetry. It occupies a space between speech and music, allowing play with the structure and form of simplified phonetics. The visitor is encouraged to enter nonsense verse, which is then immediately played back as synthesised sound. Although Babble’s phonetic system is quite unlike that of any natural language, when faced with the text that generates the sound, the listener has the sensation of ‘hearing’ speech.

Alex McLean is a programmer and live coding musician. He is co-founder of the dorkbotlondon meetings on electronic art, the TOPLAP organisation for the proliferation of live algorithm programming and the runme software art repository. He is also a PhD student at Goldsmiths College, within the Intelligent Sound and Music Systems group. Continue reading


Dec 1, 2008
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Live Stage: Rolf Julius [us Brooklyn]

warumgrun.jpgDiapason gallery for sound and intermedia presents Music, under your Feet by Rolf Julius — installation with objects, sound, and video :: November 22 – December 20, 2008; 2:00 – 8:00 pm :: Opening: November 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm :: 882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street), 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY.

Rolf Julius integrates acoustic and visual coordinates in his installative, synaesthetic concepts. Far removed from elaborate electronics, he works with simple things and sounds of everyday life, an aesthetic and acoustic minimalism with the simplest use of cassettes and loudspeakers, effecting a concentrated perception…” – Rudolf Frieling Continue reading


Nov 17, 2008
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Live Stage: Music and the Body [us Providence]

lahav.jpgMusic and the Body Colloquium: Amir Lahav – Music and the Brain: Bridging Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Medicine :: November 12, 2008; 6:00 pm :: Brown University Music Department, Orwig 315 (Corner of Hope St. and Young Orchard Ave.), Providence, RI.

Amir Lahav is a Visiting Scientist in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.

The Department of Music presents a year-long interdisciplinary lecture series entitled “Music and the Body” in the coming academic year. Broadly-conceived, the series is designed to inform contemporary and historical music-related questions concerning ritual and dance; display and gesture; gender and sexuality; and perception and memory. Continue reading


Nov 10, 2008
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Live Stage: Kenji Kojima’s Subway Synesthesia [us NYC]

nys020102-1.jpgSubway Synesthesia by Kenji Kojima — the first exhibition in AC [Direct]’s Unearthed series :: November 6 – December 13, 2008 :: Opening: November 6, 2008; 6 – 8:00 pm :: AC [ Direct ], 547 W. 27th St, #519, New York City.

Since 1990, Japanese artist Kojima has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, mathematics, technology, music and art. Kojima’s series of photographs, New York City Subway, are presented as diptychs that become the material for his moving image and sound installations. These photographs, along with simple text overlays, act as a sort of eye-to-mind primer that are then dissolved into hundreds of pixels of flowing color and sound. Through RGB Music, these digital photographs are further reduced to their color pixels that are then transformed into a series of musical compositions.

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Nov 3, 2008
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Live Stage: On the Science of Hearing [us NYC]

science.jpgWhat is Music to Your Ears? The Science of Hearing:: April 29, 2009; 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm :: The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St (at Barclay St), 40th Fl, New York.

McGill University music perception expert Daniel Levitin and Grammy-winning singer Rosanne Cash explain how the brain processes aural information and how our perception of sounds can inspire emotion. Cash will also give a live musical performance during this spectacular final senses event.

Learn More — Buy Tickets Now: scienceandthecity.org | nyas.org | or email: nymeetings [at] nyas.org.


Oct 20, 2008
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Live Stage: beyond by MASH [se Gävle]

idkafront0703.jpg[beyond] by MASH (Magnus Alexanderson and Sachiko Hayashi) :: October 28, 2008; 7:00 – 8:30 pm :: IDKA – Institutet för Digitala Konstarter, Gävle, Sweden.

[beyond] is an interactive audio-visual performance. Its interactive components (audio – visual) are linked via a computer programme (Max/Jitter) as well as via human perception to achieve flexible and yet complex structural audio-visual composition. Moreover [beyond] is an amalgam of various human expressions both on personal and collective levels. The divisions that have been inherent in our world – tradition / new, composition / improvisation, West / East, machine / human – are all fused in [beyond] as essential part of personal histories of the performers.

The audio, EAM performed live via midi-guitar, sampler, signal processor and looper, is based on various existing practices and experiences to compose and perform music. Continue reading


Oct 20, 2008
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“The Voice” by Art of Failure

voice1.jpgThe Voice by Art of Failure (Nicolas Maigret and Nicolas Montgermont) – The Voice arises from the diversion of a software for blind people, allowing to transform a video image into sound. The concept is used to design a tool for a performance / installation, where some objects chosen on the place become a series of instruments producing tones according to their shape and color. The performers stage objects of everyday life in a concert where the spectator is immersed « in an almost utopian relationship between visual and sound ».

The Voice software has been designed by Peter B. L. Meijer to propose an alternative way of perception for blind people. With the use of a webcam or a mobile phone, a sound transcription of the visual scene recorded by the device is synthesized. After a learning phase, this set-up allows blind people to recognize some elementary objects, and then a real space movement (link). Continue reading


Oct 14, 2008
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Jacob Kirkegaard – Labyrinthitis

labyrinthitis.jpgJacob Kirkegaard – Labyrinthitis :: Touch # Tone 35 :: CD – 1 track – 38:10 :: Special wallet limited edition :: Commissioned by Medical Museion in Copenhagen, Summer 2007.

Jacob Kirkegaard has turned his ears inwards: His new work LABYRINTHITIS is an interactive sound piece that consists entirely of sounds generated in the artist’s auditory organs – and will cause audible responses in those of the audience. LABYRINTHITIS relies on a principle employed both in medical science and musical practice: When two frequencies at a certain ratio are played into the ear, additional vibrations in the inner ear will produce a third frequency. This frequency is generated by the ear itself: a so-called “distortion product otoacoustic emission” (DPOAE), also referred to in musicology as “Tartini tone”. Continue reading


Oct 13, 2008
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