Paradise Disko by Tasman Richardson
Puts the k in Disko like Magick. Illustrates the shift to the dark side of the dance floor and the end of the party as it was once known. Welcome to a world of hipster early adoption, endless irony, and rampant cultural entropy, all for the lulz of course. Music by Proxxy. Commissioned by Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 2010. Curated as part of a collaborative installation with Derek Mainella at The Social.
Until the middle of the 19th century, there was no recorded sound. A performance had to be seen to be heard, with no record left beyond the audience’s recollections. Much of music was forgotten by time.
Then, in 1860, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville captured the first sounds as waveforms. Still, the idea of actually hearing those sounds again did not seem possible. Instead, he imagined people would read waveforms like a new language, and hear the performances imaginatively in their “mind’s ears.”
A Brief History of the Waveform follows the evolution of sound recorded as a wave, from Scott de Martinville to SoundCloud.
Featuring the voices of: Patrick Feaster, sound media historian; Karen Topp, senior lecturer in physics, Bowdoin College; Jonathan Sterne, sound historian, McGill University; Carlene Stephens, curator, National Museum of American History; Eric Wahlforss, co-founder and CTO, SoundCloud.
from Alan Warburton
ERIKM, musician, visual artist //”SPIRAL DREGS” (2012, 34’35”)
"Soundwise, we can digitally enter the dregs. What interests me is to penetrate the elements.”
The musician, turntablist and visual artist eRikm plays and improvises on the Instants chavirés stage. Interviewed by Jacqueline Caux, he talks about sounds, installations, dregs and vinyls, accidents and ecotones.
Courtesy of eRikm & Instants chavirés
Video by Alessandro Mercuri & Haijun Park
Star Wars Imperial March with Floppy and Arduino
Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford and author of Sonic Wonderland, has discovered the world record for the ‘Longest Echo’. The 1970 Guinness Book of Records is the last claim for the ‘longest echo’, when the solid-bronze doors of the Hamilton Mausoleum in Scotland slammed shut, it took 15 seconds for the sound to die away to silence. In researching his new book Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound Trevor Cox discovered a place where the sound echoes around for a full minute longer, smashing the previous record.
Olafur Eliasson, Happiness, 2011
Black Rain is sourced from images collected by the twin satellite, solar mission, STEREO. Here we see the HI (Heliospheric Imager) visual data as it tracks interplanetary space for solar wind and CME’s (coronal mass ejections) heading towards Earth. Data courtesy of courtesy of the Heliospheric Imager on the NASA STEREO mission.
Working with STEREO scientists, Semiconductor collected all the HI image data to date, revealing the journey of the satellites from their initial orientation, to their current tracing of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Solar wind, CME’s, passing planets and comets orbiting the sun can be seen as background stars and the milky way pass by.
As in Semiconductors previous work ‘Brilliant Noise’ which looked into the sun, they work with raw scientific satellite data which has not yet been cleaned and processed for public consumption. By embracing the artefacts, calibration and phenomena of the capturing process we are reminded of the presence of the human observer who endeavors to extend our perceptions and knowledge through technological innovation.
Commissioned by Animasivo Mexico City, 2009
In 2005, Dan Deacon appeared on an NBC morning talk show in Savannah, Georgia. He performed his song “Ohio” while the entire news station watched on befuddled.
Dan Deacon will be playing at the Los Angeles and San Francisco stops of Station to Station.
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Locomotive - Place des Arts - Espace culturel from
“Locomotive”, the most recent addition to the mosaic screen installation in the foyer of Place des Arts, is a fantastical portrayal of a human machine. […
Hysterical Literature: Session One: Stoya http://hystericalliterature.com/
Turning Weapons Into Instruments -
Pedro Reyes ‘Disarm’
Pedro Reyes creates second generation instruments from dismantled guns. With a team of musicians and new media studio, Cocolab, Reyes has made mechanized instruments from these one-time harmful weapons. /more info
Toktek /live excerpt -
SIMULTAN Festival 2013 ‘Popular Unknown’
Glitch Codec Tutorial by Nick Briz
Nam June Paik’s works are fascinating me currently, and this audible piece is my favorite so far on the disc I have, Works. 1958-1979. As Paik plays piano and intermittently hums, the smooth atmosphere is interrupted by savage destruction of sculptures, courtesy of Takis. The balance is radically altered regularly but never falls into the self-parody that surely is possible within the avant-garde. The other longform piece, “Prepared Piano for Merce Cunningham,” might take more digestion, but between this and the small collages of TV and radio sounds, I think this disc is becoming my favorite audio artifact of Fluxus, standing alongside (or perhaps above) Charlotte Moorman’s oeuvre.