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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
Lecture by José Echeveste (IRCAM)
May 5 2014 at 5 pm
Computer Music Center at Columbia University
Prentis Hall (632 W 125th Street), room 320
This talk focuses on programming time and interaction in Antescofo, a real-time system for performance coordination between musicians and computer processes during live music performance. To this end, Antescofo relies on artificial machine listening and a domain specific real-time programing language. It extends each paradigm through strong coupling of the two and a strong emphasis on temporal semantics and system behavior.
The challenge in bringing human actions into the computing realm is strongly related to the temporal semantics of the language and the precision of live execution despite heterogeneous nature of time in the two mediums. Interaction scenarios are expressed at a symbolic level through the management of musical time (i.e. events like notes or beats in relative tempi) and of the ‘physical’ time (with relationships like succession, delay, duration, speed). The Antescofo approach has been validated through numerous uses of the system in live electronic performances in contemporary music repertoire by various international music ensembles.
Antescofo language features will be presented through a series of real-world music examples which illustrate how to manage execution of different musical processes and their interactions with an external environment.
Exhibition: May 4 – 12, 2014
Prentis Hall, 3rd Floor (632 W 125th St)
Join Carla Cisno and Nolan Lem, the first class of MFA Sound Arts students, for an exhibition of their work in celebration of the program’s inaugural year.
Sound Arts builds on more than fifty years of interdisciplinary and collaborative sound innovation at Columbia. The interdepartmental program was developed by Faculty from the Computer Music Center, along with colleagues from Composition, Visual Arts, and Engineering.
Exhibition curated by Deborah Cullen, Director & Chief Curator of The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.
Free and open to all.
RSVP & more info: arts.columbia.edu/sound-arts-exhibition
Monthly Music Hackathon NYC &
Sponsored by the Columbia University Electrical Engineering Department
WRITING AGAINST TIME
THU, MAY 1, 2014 – 8:00PM
Yarn/Wire/Currents, a new and ongoing collaboration of ISSUE and the acclaimed piano and percussion quartetYarn/Wire, continues with the premieres of newly commissioned works for the ensemble by Christopher Trapani and Pete Swanson.
Christopher Trapani’s new piece, Writing Against Time, inspired by Micahel Clune’s book of the same name, is about “stopping time”—the sensation of suspension in an enveloping present, prolonging the wonder and enchantment of a new aesthetic discovery. The piece unfolds as a long single line, always pulling forward, never referring back to earlier moments. There is repetition and variation, but no development—an emphasis instead on surface details and transformations in color. Interacting with live electronics, repeated patterns and irrational rhythms create an intricate, colorful collage that draws on a range of disparate sources.
At 7:00 pm Christopher Trapani and Author Michael Clune present a Pre-Concert Talk.
Michael Clune’s book Writing Against Time explores the techniques various writers have exploited to evoke the sensation of “stopping time.” Inspired by Clune’s work, Christopher Trapani extends these ideas to the musical realm in his new work. The two will discuss their collaboration and thoughts about “stopping time” in music and literature in this unique pre-concert event.
“Time seems to slow when we perceive something for the first time. The moment of perception swells; the ‘fraction of time’ expands… a gap opens between the time of the clock and neurobiological time… In such moments we get a glimpse of the splendor of eternal life, of unfading color, unerased sensation. But these dilations don’t last. What if they could?”
Narrative Through Flute and Electronics
Friday, April 18
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Thea Musgrave – Narcissus
Randall Woolf – Everything is Green
Rachel Susser – Piper
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Refreshments will be served.
Come see one of several performances of Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine at Schapiro Studio at Columbia University from April 11 – 13 (Friday through Sunday) at 7:30pm. CMC Sound Arts student, Nolan Lem, has created the sound elements for this contemporary production.
Sex. Violence. Media. Facebook. What is our modern-day revolution? Heiner Müller wrote Hamletmachine in Germany in 1977 but the question is still pertinent today.
Müller’s play already takes Shakespeare’s Hamlet and rips it to shreds; this April, we will make it a fully interactive experience in search of answers to questions like:
What does it mean to stage a revolution today, and what do we have to fight against?
Performances will take place April 11th-13th at Columbia’s Schapiro Studio. Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 1pm. Admission will be free.
On Friday, April 4th, 7:30pm pianists Tristan McKay and Jade Conlee will give the New York premiere of Nina C. Young’s Kolokol for two pianos and electronics at the LeFrak Concert Hall, Copland School of Music, Queens College.
The concert is hosted by the New York City Electroacoustic Music Society (NYCEMS), a new offshoot of the organization that hosts the (now annual) NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. (NYCEMF). Other works on the program include:
Prismes électriques (D’Amato Antonio)
On Friday, March 28th, Ghost Ensemble will premier “Robot Wedding” for voice, electronics, accordion, and bass by Sky Macklay. “Robot Wedding” takes the listeners to the wedding ceremony of two robots where the voices of today’s conservative talk radio pundits are recontextualized in the future.
They will also perform pieces by Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Luciano Berio, Damon Loren Baker, Alvin Lucier, and Joshua Morris.
The concert is Friday, March 28th at 7:30 at Spectrum (121 Ludlow, 2nd floor, between Delancy and Rivington, 2 blocks from the J and M trains at Essex/Delancy).
Sacred Court Music (Gagaku) and Secular Art Music (Hōgaku)
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00PM
The concert is free and open to the public, but please register online at www.medievaljapanesestudies.org
Ensemble Pamplemousse : Escaped Fragments
5 works revel in acoustic detritus- bursts of glitchy theatrical noisy copycat coupled with silent mimicry.
Ensemble Pamplemousse presents new and recent works for ensemble by Pamplemoussians David Broome, Natacha Diels, and Jessie Marino, alongside works by Joanna Baillie and Øyvind Torvund.Drawing the listener in with strange and disparate sound materials drawn from noisy everyday life, these works fashion soundscapes from a collage of found and repurposed objects, field recordings, electronics, tape, and instruments. They satisfy with traditional notions of beauty and excite with crackles of theatrics and curious perspectives. Staying true to the ensemble’s mission of experimentation within music to the fullest, each piece will be unique, exciting, and truly Pamplemoussian.
Dave Broome : Ominousty for keyboard
Joanna Bailie : Artificial Environments #1-5 for cl, vln, vla, perc, tape
Jessie Marino : New York 1ne for pianist, percussionist, audio-visual director, and two assistants
Natacha Diels : Second Nightmare, for KIKU for violin and two assistants
The Garden of Dreams
This musical and visual installation proposes to the visitors the interactive exploration of dreams coming from all over the world, in many different languages, recorded both on the Internet and at the two installation locations in New York and Lyon (France).
These dreams take part in a collective memory, which visitors of the installation can consult by traveling through oniric universes.
On a website specially designed for this purpose, http://thegardenofdreams.org, or in a “Dream Station” in another room of the exhibition’s building, one can video record herself/himself and share a dream. Once the recording validated, this dream is integrated into the installation (see below for dates and locations).
Dreams recorded in video will never be used as is, in a realistic way, but will be transformed and inserted in imaginary worlds.
A special performance, Distant Mirrors, will extend this singular experience by allowing two flutists, one in Lyon, the other in New York, to play together via the Internet, crossing the dreams and the oniric landscapes of the installation.
Maison française, Columbia University, New York
Conception, Composition, Computer Music and Graphics:
Realization : Grame, Image Auditive
We are delighted to celebrate the release of two new albums on Carrier Records
With performances by Jaime Oliver, On Structure (Natacha Diels & Jessie Marino), Aaron Einbond, and Bryan Jacobs.
Friday, March 14th, 2014 // 9pm // Exapno, 33 Flatbush Avenue
Or if you cannot join in person please purchase the discs at
Hope to see you there!
Aaron and Bryan
What music does the mind make? On Tuesday, March 11th, ArtLab tunes into the sound of synapses with Music + the Mind: a live music-infused experiment in neuroscience. The evening features the Brainwave Music Project, which translates brain activity into electronic music—a project conceived by Columbia professors David Sulzer and Brad Garton.
Singer + multi-instrumentalist Lora Faye and jazz drummer William Hooker will strap on mind-reading EEG headbands to record the electrical impulses coursing through their brains, making music with their minds as they make music for the crowd. As they perform, they’ll feed off neurofeedback, improvising to the beat of their neurons firing.
Rounding out the evening, ArtLab will explore the art and neuroscience of making brainwave music through moderated discussion and audience participation. What can we learn from listening to and playing with the music of the mind? What music does the brain make when it simply imagines making music?
Commensurate with the scale of the Noise Non-ference in March 2013, Machine Music is Qubit’s focal point of the 2014 season, highlighting the interstices of a variety of contemporary currents, including cutting-edge computer technologies, improvisatory instrumental practice and experimental sound installations.
The distinguished New York composer, trombonist and scholar, George Lewis joins us with a major new work, Spooky Interaction, for 2 pianists and 2 computer-controlled disklaviers. Composer and performer Courtney Bryan will perform live in New York, joined in a real time telematic connection from Melbourne, Australia, by renowned Australian musician, Paul Grabowsky.
Featured artists on the concert include Bryan Jacobs, Natacha Diels, Bjoern Erlach and David Bird.
Installations for 4 Disklaviers by Ranjit Bhatnagar and Alec Hall will be exhibited from February 12th to 14th between 4 and 7pm (6pm on the 13th).
Please join us for an opening reception on February 12th from 5 to 7pm. Concert February 13th at 8pm.
CUriosity3 at Columbia University presents Sound in Art and Science
DATE: 12-Feb-2014 7:00 — 9:00 pm
Sound is a concept that transcends the sciences, from the oscillations and energy
Speakers: Douglas Repetto, David Sulzer, Rafael Vargas-Suarez and Bradford Garton.
Location: Room 101, Prentis Hall, Columbia University, 632 West 125th Street
Qubit Season Opener
January 22nd, 2014 || 7:30pm || Dixon Place, NYC || $12/$10
More info at http://qubitmusic.com
Ensemble Pamplemousse plays Klaus Lang and Alvin Lucier
* denotes world premiere
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