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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.
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
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?”