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Applications are now being accepted for the MFA Sound Arts program, an interdepartmental program offered by Columbia University School of the Arts’ Visual Arts Program in association with the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center: http://arts.columbia.edu/sound-arts
Application deadline is January 15th, 2015.
Tomorrow Is the Question
Following the idea of a black radical tradition, African and African diasporic futurism refers to practices of technological agency to reimagine the past and enact alternative possible futures in the material world. This convening considers the sonic and spiritual dimensions of futurism throughout modern black culture, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by sound technologies that enable the creation of an alternative tomorrow, real or mythic. Presenters will consider the intersection of sound technology, spirituality, and Africana studies in a wide-ranging discussion tracing relations between colonial legacies, technologies of liberation, and social movements in the modern world.
Alexexander Weheliye, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University
The discussion will include a sonic performance by Haitian composer, percussionist, and turntablist Val-Inc.
This event is free and open to the public.
James Memorial Chapel
“Culturally diverse individual participants’ reaction to sound in an acousmatic space” is the central theme in our integrated audio-visual installation “Play_algorithm.” The project utilizes a wall-to-ceiling projection programmed by Alice Emily Baird and a live percussion and electronic composition by Chatori Shimizu. The space encourages audience participation in which their reactions to the sound directly reflect the real-time visual display.
A Recital for Terry Adkins (2014)
Interactive Media World Premiere: A Recital for Terry Adkins is a large-scale open-form ritual
Please visit www.columbia.edu/bearden for details, the most up-to-date schedule, and information regarding how to register to attend programs.
TWO (count ‘em, 2!) PARTIES IN ONE!
featuring performances and installations by:
Brad Garton (book-reading)
Operator Emz aka Michael Greene
… and others!
Saturday, Dec. 6 7-10 PM
THIS WILL BE THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER! EVER!!!!!!!
click here for the MemoryBook App link
Sound Arts MFA candidate Cameron Fraser is performing at the First Person Plural Reading series!
(Featuring Sound Arts and CMC friends, faculty, and students)
Hayden Planetarium Programs
November 17, 2014
Earthquakes happen frequently—but what causes them? Why are they unpredictable? What do they tell us about Earth’s deep interior? Explore these questions with collaborating Earth scientists, astrophysicists, and sound artists as they bring to the Planetarium dome immersive displays of earthquakes through time and also seismic waves moving through and around the planet. Through sight and sound, explore four earthquakes from the last decade, viewed from space and then from deep inside the globe. Experiencing these dramatic events in the Planetarium will transform the way you think about our planet.
Dates: November 17, 2014
(Featuring CMC alums, friends, and equipment!)
Creamcheese: with Luke Dubois & Zach Layton, Brock Monroe & Oneida
ZERO scholar Tiziana Caianiello provides an introduction to Creamcheese (1967–76), a psychedelic discotheque and artists’ meeting place in Düsseldorf. Conceived by ZERO artist Günther Uecker and decorated by other network artists, including Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Gerhard Richter, and Daniel Spoerri, it became known for its progressive music as well as its synthesis of art, film, music, and performance. Creamcheese provides the inspiration for an event in the museum’s rotunda following Caianiello’s talk. Developed by R. Luke DuBois and Zach Layton, the playlist features Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, and others. A special performance by Brooklyn-based psychedelic rock band Oneida with accompanying visual effects by Joshua Light Show artist Brock Monroe will end the evening. Tickets include an exhibition viewing of ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s, and a cash bar will be available.
$25 general, $20 members, $15 students.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
Columbia University School of the Arts
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
* Sound Arts Open Studios is concurrent with Visual Arts Open Studios. Come early, there’s a lot to see and hear!
The Association for the Promotion of New Music (APNM) is hosting a concert at Dixon Place, 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
An Evening of Electronic Music featuring Maurice Wright’s robot opera GALATEA_RESET
Ionel PETROI: Huit Danses Surprise
$20 regular admission
Featuring David Broome and Meaghan Burke
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 8PM
Saint Peter’s Church @ 619 Lexington Ave (E/M trains to 53rd St., 6 train to 51st St.)
Qubit is excited to announce the program for its first concert of season five, a return to Saint Peter’s Church, with its beautiful sanctuary and incredible organ, built and installed by Johannes Klais Orgelbau, Bonn.
On the program are five epic works for organ and electronics, including two world premieres by Mario Diaz de Leon and David Bird, along with the US premiere of Lisa Streich’s haunting piece for organ and cello, Seraph. Also on the program will be a rarely performed work by Peter Ablinger, and only the second performance ever of Alec Hall’s terrifying portrait of New York City in the dying days of the Bloomberg era, Boehner, Barack, Bloomberg.
Organ: David Broome
$15 General Admission
Victoria Estok (CMC alum) and Ryan Pratt (DMA composition student) present their collaborative project Overtones & Undercurrents as part of Under the Viaduct in Harlem’s White Light, curated by Savona & the West Harlem Art Fund.
Utilizing the viaduct tunnel’s peculiar acoustics they will fill the space with filtered sounds from field recordings of the surrounding area.
Date & Time: Saturday, October 4th, 4pm
MemoryBook is an interactive text/music/graphics application developed by Brad Garton for iPads and Android tablets (Kindle Fire HD/HDX readers in particular). From the app description:
“The “MemoryBook” is recollection of memories, but memories enhanced by music and graphics. Past stories act as a springboard for random speculations about life, memory, existence, all that fun stuff. The music and graphics are algorithmically-generated within the app. They are synchronized with the text at any point (and no matter what reading speed). Essentially it is a ‘book with a soundtrack’.”
for links to the Apple App store and the Amazon App store to download it.
CMC affiliates presenting at the 2014 joint meeting of the International Computer Music Conference and the Sound and Music Computing Conference in Athens, Greece (September 14-20):
September 15, afternoon session — Christopher Trapani (CMC) and Jose Echeveste (IRCAM): Real time tempo canons with Antescofo
September 17, morning session — Aaron Einbond (HUSEAC) Christopher Trapani (CMC), Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM), Andrea Agostini (HEM Geneva) and Daniele Ghisi (HEM Geneva): Fine-tuned control of concatenative synthesis with CataRT using the Bach Library for Max
September 17 — Paul Clift, Le détour permet le retour for string quartet and electronics
September 19 — Christopher Trapani, Five out of Six for six players, live electronics and live video by Things Happen (Madrid)
Rocket Science (Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, Peter Evans, Sam Pluta)
TUNNEL is a collaborative environmental sound installation by CMC/Sound Arts community members Victoria Estok, Dylan Kario, Nolan Lem, Jess Malcom, Ryan Pratt, and Douglas Repetto. Ambient and environmental sounds from the streets, the viaduct, the river, and the park are filtered and played back inside the tunnel while visitors explore the curious acoustical properties of the large curved space.
TUNNEL was created as part of the Under the Viaduct show, with support from the Computer Music Center and the West Harlem Art Fund. The installation is in the large tunnel just up the hill from the Cotton Club on Riverside Drive. Enter via the stairs across the street from Floridita. Bring your ears!
Under the Viaduct
SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology
Earthquakes happen frequently—but what causes them? Why are they unpredictable? What do they tell us about Earth’s deep interior? Explore these questions with Earth scientists, astrophysicists, and sound artists, as present the sights and sounds of seismic waves moving through and around the planet. Through movies and sound, explore five earthquakes from the last decade, as observed from space and deep inside Earth.
Speakers include Ben Holtzman, of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Jason Candler, of NYU; and Matthew Turk, of Columbia University.
(The CMC’s Ben Holtzman, Nolan Lem, and Douglas Repetto are all part of this!)
Sunday May 18, 8pm
Ensemble Pamplemousse : Repetitions/Recursions
Six works investigate the concept of repetition across broad aesthetic boundaries, reconsidering the usual categorization by surface material.
Andrew Greenwald : A Thing is a Hole in a Thing it is Not (iii)
Carolyn Chen : Tragedy : Love duet for Clint and Ian
George Lewis : Mnemosis
Thomas Meadowcroft : Pretty Lightweight
Simon Steen-Andersen : Rerendered
Alec Hall : NEW WORK
Performed by Ensemble Pamplemousse : Natacha Diels, flute; Jessie Marino, vcl; Dave Broome, keys