Curating Contemporary Music

What are the roles of the curator in the music field, and how does the work materialize? What kind of practices are involved? Defragmentation – Curating Contemporary Music was a project that attempted to highlight some of the problems and urgent questions that we find in today’s contemporary music scene. Within the frame of ideas around gender, diversity, decolonization and technology, Defragmentation looked at – and tried to understand – structures in various institutions of contemporary music. The ambition was to investigate how the urgent sense of fragmentation and disconnection that exists in the public sphere at the moment is materialized ...

SUFI PLUG INS

SUFI PLUG INS is an interdisciplinary project by Jace Clayton. Version 1 is a free suite of music-making software apps, based on nonwestern notions of sound & a poetic interface. “it’s one of the few digital tools I’ve seen that I would also consider art. It’s a tool that is not only designed to help musicians make new sounds, but also to self-consciously influence what is produced. Interface design decisions are guided both by functionality concerns and the creative expression of its maker.” – Paddy Johnson, Art Fag City More than 15,000 people have downloaded Version 1, and the plug-ins have been ...

100 Notes – 100 Thoughts: Florian Hecker

There is no such thing as voice in literature. That is, we assign chimerical properties to characters’ voices; fictions based on voices we have heard in relation to the description of the characters’ personalities; identities we want to confer on the characters. Whilst we read and listen to this voice, it is neither true nor false. It is the product of a careful assembly of traces and features we believe represent a person – more physically even than their own body….

Blackout: Representation, Transformation and De-control in the Sound Work of Yasunao Tone

The conversations which form the basis for this interview took place in March 2002 (email interview by Anna Ramos) and July 2008, during Yasunao Tone’s visit to Barcelona, coinciding with his performance at MACBA, and were continued by email with Tone, Fell, Hecker and Held during February-March 2009. Tone’s work has also been featured on issues 1 and 7 of the Ràdio Web MACBA programme Lines of Sight.

Bloom

Developed by ambient pioneer Brian Eno and musician / software designer Peter Chilvers, Bloom explores uncharted territory in the realm of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen. A generative music player takes over when Bloom is left idle, creating an infinite selection of compositions and their accompanying visualisations. “Bloom is an endless music machine, a music box for the 21st century. You can play it, and you can watch it play itself.” – Brian Eno Features – 12 ...

Bureau Audio

Bureau gallery audio project series with gallery artists, running February-June, 2017.
February: Vivienne Griffin
March: Matt Hoyt
April: Constance DeJong
May: Ellie Ga
June: Wojciech Bakowski
http://www.bureau.audio/index.html

Bureau Audio (March)

Contributor Matt Hoyt
Bureau gallery audio program, 2017. MARCH 2017 MATT HOYT SIDE A Birds on Front St. Melting ice under BQE Drainage pipe in the woods Drainage stream in the woods  SIDE B Stream and crickets Ocean waves Eddy and small waterfall Stream medley Birds and rain

Bureau Audio 5 (June)

Contributor Wojciech Bakowski
JUNE 2017 WOJCIECH BAKOWSKI KOT ‘Intro’ Album: „Kły” / ‘Fangs’ 2007 Label: Pinkpunk Music: Wojciech Bakowski KOT „Kły” / ‘Fangs’ Album: „Kły” 2007 Label: Pinkpunk Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski „Ściana” / ‘The wall’ Album: „Kształt” / ‘Shape’ 2010 Label: Bocian records Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski „Widok pokoju” / ‘View of the room’ Album: „Telegaz” / ‘Tv – prog’ 2014 Label: Dunno recordings Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski “Ciemno” / ‘Darkness’ 2008 Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski „Zasypianie z nerwów 2” / ‘Falling asleep out of anxiety 2’ Album: „Telegaz” / ‘Tv – prog’ 2014 Label: Dunno recordings Music and lyrics: Wojciech Bakowski Wojciech Bakowski „Ukrycie w rogu szósej planszy” / ‘Hide out in the corner of level 6’ Album: „Duchy kotów” / ...

Call to Wait

Contributor Aaron Arntz
Call to Wait is a super-long-term project by Aaron Arntz. It’s a phone line that puts callers on hold for seven years. The system tracks callers’ progress, allowing users to hang up and call again without losing their time on hold. After seven years, something happens. Call to Wait is a super-long-term project by Aaron Arntz. On telephoning the number +1 (206) 456-0748, callers will be placed on hold for seven years. Holding callers are subject to listening experiments, until they hang up. On next phoning Call to Wait, callers will be re-identified, and before they are reconnected to the ...

Composing with Process: Perspectives on Generative and Systems Music #1.2

Generative music is a term used to describe music which has been composed using a set of rules or system. This series of six episodes explores generative approaches (including algorithmic, systems-based, formalised and procedural) to composition and performance primarily in the context of experimental technologies and music practices of the latter part of the 20th Century and examines the use of determinacy and indeterminacy in music and how these relate to issues around control, automation and artistic intention. Each episode of this RWM series is followed by a special accompaniment programme of exclusive music by some of the leading sound artists ...

Cuaderno de Yokohama

Contributor Llorenç Barber
In this Quadern d’àudio we publish the complete series of 17 graphic scores that Barber created in Yokohama (Japan) in 2005. This previously unpublished series brings together the visual exercises and/or pastimes that the composer compiled in a small notebook as he worked on Pocket Naumaquia, the closing concert of the International Triennale of Contemporary Art (ITCA) in December 2005. For this publication Barber has used these graphic notations as inspiration to write 17 texts that, like a game, readers can link to any score they wish.

Ear | Wave | Event (Issue 3)

Art is, has always been, as Bersani suggests, a kind of alternative to “sex,” another mode of modulating the most intimate relation between soma and psyche. And the stakes of that “other” mode, those “other relational fields,” would be toward the articulation of forms of life divorced from the literal and symbolic traces of white hetero-sexist patriarchy. Our contention is that musicians such as Oliveros, as well as authors featured in this issue, have inherently understood and been working on this all along. The current political moment demands that we not only perpetually recall the radical orientation of “the experimental” ...

EBM(T) ISSUE No 005 “85 CE 86 EE 4B B1 72 9B 0A AD 15 46 47 33 2C 30”

Contributors TCF, Lars Holdhus
Boids is an artificial life program, developed by Craig Reynolds in 1986, which simulates the flocking behaviour of birds.The name “boid” corresponds to a shortened version of “bird-oid object”, which refers to a bird-like object. Taking the position of the bird-like object, how does other creatures sound like? The limitation of labelling computer generated species after preexisting ones complicates our relation to the former. Digitally sythesized -oids lost in the deep sea, later found and played back in 2x speed. A group of dead -oids scattered along the timeline. It’s our choice to hear an -oid.

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