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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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The Sound of the City [it Milan]

goingpublic.jpgGoing Public ’08 – Port City Safari: The Sound of the City by Zafos Xagoraris, Piazza Garibaldi, Sassuolo :: until December 21, 2008 :: aMAZElab Via Cola Montano 8, 20159 Milano, Italy.

Starting from the text by the famous writer Italo Calvino ‘Le città invisibili/The invisibile cities’, The Sound of the City intends to map the city through a collection of sounds / silence / noises which are typical of specific areas: the suburbs, schools, markets, squares. The project intends to create spatial and functional surveys for the definition of an idea of architecture and space referring to today’s acoustic ecology and sociology. Zafos Xagoraris’ work can be seen both as an architecture and a sculpture in the public space. His sound installation will be presented in the main square of the city Piazza Garibaldi with a transmission of sounds from different port cities. Continue reading


Dec 1, 2008
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Live Stage: Christian Marclay [ca Montreal]

replay.jpgDHC/ART presents the North American premiere of Christian Marclay REPLAY :: November 30, 2008 – March 29, 2009 :: 451 St-Jean, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

“Music like you’ve never seen before and art like you’ve never heard before.” — Interview magazine

Among the works presented in the exhibition are Gestures (1999), Crossfire (2007), Mixed Reviews (1999 – 2001) and the centerpiece of the exhibition Video Quartet (2002), a large, four-screen projection featuring hundreds of clips from old Hollywood films, with actors and musicians making sound or playing instruments. An elaborate audio-visual collage, Video Quartet is a visually stunning and aurally complex work, which builds masterfully to a proper musical composition. Continue reading


Dec 1, 2008
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A Philosophonics of Space: Sound, Futurity and the End of the World

sound-transmission.jpg“… In contemporary discussions of the body in space, of information highways and virtual realities, radiant sound establishes a `ground’ in the discourse of the future – be it utopian or dystopian – built from sound’s long history of transmission (telephony, radiophony) and `spirit’ (electrified by composers such as Cage, Varese and Stockhausen). This ‘ground’ has also been adopted to some extent by the contemporary philosophers Derrida, Baudrillard and Lyotard, who use aural, spatial and incinderal metaphors to raise questions about being, technology, and the future. Thus radiant sound becomes a figure in different but related cultural fields: as a trope for many of the great modernist reconciliations, its history in organicism, romanticsm and individualism, provides a model for the individual dispersed across the electronic field. Continue reading


Dec 1, 2008
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