Art and Music

PublisherdOCUMENTA (13)2012
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….

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2014
4’33” was John Cage’s most famous and disruptive composition, and now it can be performed by you! Cage’s work, which teaches us that there’s no such thing as ‘silence’ (and that there’s joy to be found in paying close attention to the sounds around), is available in this official release from the John Cage Trust and Cage’s long-time publisher, C.F. Peters. Users are able to capture a three-movement ‘performance’ of the ambient sounds in their environment, and then upload and share that performance with the world. They’re also able to listen to the performances of others, and to explore a worldwide map ...

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PublisherRibbon Music2012
When John Maus (not to be confused with the John Maus of Walker Brothers fame) wasn’t playing keyboards for Animal Collective, Panda Bear, and Haunted Graffiti, he was writing and recording his own hermetic, experimental, and oftentimes misunderstood compositions. Drawing on artists like David Bowie, Scott Walker, and Joy Division, Maus’ swollen, distorted, and unabashedly strange debut, 2006’s Songs, was more or less reviled by any and all music critics within earshot. CMJ wrote, “It took this Ariel Pink cohort five years to write and record his debut album, and only five minutes to become more annoying than Ariel Pink.” ...

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PublisherEditions Mego2009
Low art/high art — the culture world will have a hard time shaking off that distinction. Hecker’s artistic process on this album could be tracked down to it, too (or at least that’s what he wants us to believe): acid house on the one hand, modern composition on the other. However, his music has been working on that both-sides-of-the-fence mode from the beginning, as he has been using the raw power of electronic music in increasingly circumvoluted processes and formulas. Acid in the Style of David Tudor may be marginally easier to listen to than Sun Pandämonium or PV Trecks, ...

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PublisherMego2014
Articulação sees avant-garde electronic musician Florian Hecker continuing the collaborative work he began with author/philosopher Reza Negarestani on the 2012 album Chimerization. The album’s three lengthy pieces see different manipulations and the electronic processing of human voices reading texts by Negarestani that explore themes of nature and the culture man creates around it, interrupted and often side-lined by Hecker’s blasts of digital noise and skittering, computer-generated mayhem. Opening track “Hinge” features two stereo-panned readings by noted poet and sound artist Joan La Barbara, known for her groundbreaking work with the human voice as instrument. A second, much noisier track breaks ...

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PublisherRadio Web Macba2009
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.

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PublisherPan2014
New York based conceptual artist James Hoff returns to PAN with ‘Blaster’, a document of his explorations of computer viruses as agents within the composition process. Specifically, Hoff used the Blaster virus to infect 808 beats and then utilized the mutated results as building blocks for seven new compositions. Hoff’s interest in computer viruses lies in their ability to self distribute through (and ultimately disrupt) networks of communication and Hoff’s agency as an artist centers on placing these parasitic forms into pre-existing genres, such as dance music. BLASTER is a timely exploration of the infectious qualities of sound, and how it ...

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Publisher2016
Blepharospasms is two dreams, their manic interpretation and their hypnogogic secondary elaboration. Six parts over 32 pages. It becomes a story in which 2Pac is transformed into a jellyish-like “speculatively enlarged protist” reliant on the care of an ageless and beautific Georg Meissner. This is the best thing I’ve ever written. Also includes a central Excursion on a Wobbly Face.

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PublisherOpal2008
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 ...

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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

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Constance DeJong, Jim Fletcher
PublisherBureau2017
APRIL 2017 CONSTANCE DEJONG SERIES ONE On a Street, 2015, 9:27 Jewelry, 2015, 7:53, performed by Jim Fletcher SERIES TWO Nightwriters 7, 2016, 3:03 Nightwriters 9, 2016, 3:21 SERIES THREE In a Cabin 3, 2016, 5:02 In a Cabin 7, 2016, 2:31

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PublisherBureau2017
FEBRUARY 2017 VIVIENNE GRIFFIN SK (4:48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, 1999) 2012, 33 min. 41 sec. I As In Us, 2017, 6 min. 44 sec. Release Your Inner Dolphins, 2016, 7 min. 44 sec.

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PublisherBureau2017
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

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Ellie Ga
PublisherBureau2017
In September of 2007 Ellie Ga joined the Tara, a research vessel drifting in the upper reaches of the Arctic. The Tara was the second boat in history constructed to purposefully drift indefinitely in the frozen sea. Ellie joined the crew of ten, as the only artist on board, for the last half-year of the expedition. She maintained a close conversation with us, reporting with sounds, images and texts via email and the occasional satellite phone call. These are some excerpts from Ga’s sound dispatches from the Arctic. Last Day of Sun, October 2007 Map Intro, October 2007 Map Part 2, October 2007 Map Part 3, October 2007 Le ...

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PublisherBureau2017
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” / ...

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PublisherPAN2012
Catching Net is a collection of selected installations and compositions Eli Keszler created during the last two year. The double-CD set includes both stand-alone recordings of the installations and the integrated ensemble scores performed in conjunction with those installations. The first disc features two ensemble versions of Cold Pin, previously released in a 2011 LP of the same title on PAN, plus a 26-minute, previously unreleased live ensemble recording (mixed sextet and piano quintet; these are captured in contrasting acoustical spaces). The personnel for all three tracks is Eli Keszler drums, percussion, crotales, guitar; Ashley Paul, alto saxophone, bass harp; ...

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Mark Fell, Joe Gilmore, Connie Treanor, et alFlorian Hecker, Ryoji Ikeda
PublisherRadio Web Macba2010
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 ...

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PublisherRadio Web Macba2009
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.

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PublisherAm Nuden Da2013
with assumed responsibility of Pascale Berthier & Cerith Wyn Evans and a response by David Cunningham Slope Deviation from the horizontal or vertical Recline Fifty balloons read as a score in an afternoon Da is published by Am Nuden Da. It takes its name after the magazine Da founded by Isidore Isou and Serge Moscovici in 1944.

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PublisherAm Nuden Da2014
Revenge is the emotional equivalent of economic recompensation. The creditor-debtor relationship is abusive, it is the production of high and low self-esteem through hurting and being hurt.

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PublisherErased Tapes2015
Dawn of Midi is a Brooklyn-based acoustic ensemble made up of Aakaash Israni from India on double bass, Amino Belyamani from Morocco on piano and Qasim Naqvi from Pakistan on drums. Formed in 2007, the band name was happened upon after Naqvi casually uttered the phrase by chance as a non sequitur for the improvised music the trio was making at the time. With Dysnomia, Dawn of Midi abandon improvisation in favour of composition, utilising sophisticated rhythmic structures from North and West African folk traditions to weave a sonic tapestry of trance-inducing grooves. From close up one may see only dots, ...

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PublisherPAN2015
Deceptionista is a new audio-visual work by composer and artist Aaron David Ross (ADR). Realized as both an album and a fully immersive virtual ecosystem, Deceptionista unpacks and further mystifies the spiralling inconsistenciesthat permeate our globally networked lifestyles. Released through PAN via digital and a limited edition SD card as well as a series of live performances, Deceptionista combines the relentless unknowability of the real-time internet with ADR’s distinct compositional approach. As a classically trained musician with a propensity towards contemporary art & technology practices, ADR’s work has distinguished itself through its formal deliriousness and playful tenor. Deceptionista seeks to accelerate ...

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PublisherEBM(T)2014
“Bifurcating a Resounding No!” compounds a variety of prepared acoustic situations, computer synthesis & field recordings developed in the software bidule. It strives to create a multidimensional listening experience both subtle & engaging. It is intended for listening in quiet environments through headphones or monitors with little distraction. The photograph is a book (The Queen’s Gambit), a bookmark (acid) & one of Ingmar Bergman’s favorite quotes “We come into this world with sealed orders”. All of this is inspired by smothered mate (chess) which is a checkmate delivered by a knight in which the mated king is unable to move because ...

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PublisherEBM(T)2015
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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PublisherEBM(T)2015
RHSM is a crystallization of MSHR’s live performance- an electronic ceremony that glides through four movements. Each movement acts as a virtual scape, defined by a distinct system for improvisation between the players and their handmade analog electronic instruments. MSHR’s pathway through the possibility matrix of each scape was mapped to an 8-track tape machine and digitized multiple times per track. These tracks were interwoven to create the iridescent effect of tape phasing as a compositional element, augmenting the psycho-acoustic content of the original improvisation. Scape 1: Unfolding Hyper-Shape Alap This track was recorded live in an electronics array in our bedroom ...

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