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Incessant Spring

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Incessant Spring

a project with Kedrick James selected for the virtual gallery exhibit at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay 2015-2016 Featured Artist Researchers The Featured Artist Researchers are selected by the jurors from open submissions. These researchers represent innovative arts integrated research from around the world.  Kedrick James & Giorgio Magnanensi ​ Series Title: Incessant Spring Medium: Transformed video data and stills University of British Columbia, Vancouver New Music, Laboratio Arts Society, and Vancouver Community CollegeLink to more information: http://www.kedrickjames.net https://giorgiomagnanensi.com/ Biographies Kedrick James uses procedural techniques to create poetry in text, sound, image, video, and environmental installation formats. With a focus on ecological sustainability and poetics of information environments, his work treats raw data to processes of cultural recycling, regeneration and iterative remix. He works at the University of British Columbia.Giorgio Magnanensi is a composer and conductor. His diverse artistic practice includes electroacoustic improvisation, circuit–bending and video art. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music, Laboratorio Arts Society and lecturer at the School of Music of The Vancouver Community College. Abstract Incessant Spring is a collaborative project inspired by natural spring water. Using video footage of a spring head, this digital imagery is transformed through a variety of processes in order to visualize the life force of natural water. Conveying the notion of data transformation as an aesthetic practice, our work follows data through multiple iterative remixes, the breakdown and reconstruction of mediated expression. As an ecological art form within the context of digital environments, this project examines how water as image data can be aesthetically transformed in the same way that water as a molecular substance can be biologically transformed. About the Musical Soundscape The music accompanying this video was collaboratively composed by Giorgio Magnanensi and Kedrick James. One evening, while visiting Giorgio at his home on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, we were discussing poetry, the music of the human voice as it appears in print and if it would be possible to get the mood and tone of a poem across in a way that transcends the semantic load of the lyrics. I (Kedrick) had brought with me a well-loved and worn copy of the Axion Esti by Odysseas Elytis (1972), a poem that I first was introduced to by my father who was of Greek heritage. I had previously recorded my seriously ill father reading this poem in Greek, but had lost the recording when my computer was stolen shortly thereafter. So we decided to record me reading it in English using his intonations. We began with “Sixth Reading: Prophetic” and Giorgio began to work his electro-alchemical magic, using various processors, including the granular synthesis software created by another close friend, Chris Rolfe. Although some of the versions we produced that night bore closer relation to the actual text, this one, I feel, accomplished what we set out to do. It stirs up memories for me: memory is a key theme of the poem, and also the key motivation of why we were reading and reworking that poem in particular. It is also the memory-scape that came to light while I was creating the original images that Giorgio processed and are incorporated in the video. The video, created by Pauline Sameshima, allows these sounds and images to articulate, like the hinges of a door that swings open both ways, to the...

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big joy

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big joy

Playing a set at Big Joy • Remington Gallery • Saturday, December 5th with 4 cedar flat audio panels Big Joy is a music festival that in it’s third year will be showcasing current experimental acts from Vancouver and abroad. Hoping to present a broad spectrum of what Vancouver’s eclectic music scene has to offer, Big Joy encompasses everything from drone and harsh noise, through to ambient and electronic music. Festival passes ($40.00 CAD) available at select local record stores Selectors’ Records, AUDIOPILE RECORDS, Horses Records, Red Cat Records, Neptoon Records as well as Big Joy Barber & Salon (2132 E. Hastings St.)   #bigjoyfestival #giorgiomagnanensi wood speakers A post shared by @awamorikaiju on Dec 5, 2015 at 10:43pm PST     bigjoy clip   – Wednesday December 2nd – Selectors’ Records – $10.00 – Doors 7:30pm – Show 8:30pm * Featuring DJ sets by DJ Tapes 11:45pm: Bardo: Basho (SEA) soundcloud.com/bardobasho/from-nothing 11:00pm: Joda Clément (w/visuals by C130) noticerecordings.bandcamp.com/track/part-1 INTERMISSION 10:00pm: Strangling Fruit stranglingfruit.bandcamp.com/track/raft-without-paddle-2 9:15pm: Phantom Head Trip phantomheadtrip.bandcamp.com/album/nether 8:30pm: The Butter City Poster Boys soundcloud.com/butter-city-poster-boys/untitled – Thursday December 3rd – Selectors’ Records – $10.00 – Doors 730pm – Show 8:30pm * Featuring DJ sets by Nxc Hxghxs 11:45pm: Souns soundcloud.com/souns-3 11:00pm: The Clear Channel theclearchannel.bandcamp.com/ INTERMISSION 10:00pm: Fortresses soundcloud.com/fortresses/winter 9:15pm: Nathan Shubert’s Pirate Ship soundcloud.com/nathanshubert/nathan-shuberts-pirate-ship-captain 8:30pm: Common Vernacular soundcloud.com/common-vernacular/nausea – Friday December 4th – Remington Gallery – $15.00 – Doors 7pm – Show 8pm *Featuring DJ sets by LVT soundcloud.com/lolavutru 12:00am: Panabrite (SEA) panabrite.bandcamp.com/album/pavilion-2 11:15pm: Flatgrey (Vancouver Island) youtu.be/FBOe5mYZur8 INTERMISSION 10:15pm: Mass Marriage massmarriage.tumblr.com 9:30pm: Derivatives soundcloud.com/the-rapidman 8:45pm: KR75 vimeo.com/134908397 8pm: Forever & Sunsmell soundcloud.com/forever-sunsmell/summer-sometime – Saturday December 5th – Remington Gallery – $15.00 – Doors 7pm – Show 8pm *Featuring DJ sets by Nancy Dru soundcloud.com/nancy_dru 12am: Daniel Menche (PDX) danielmenche.bandcamp.com/album/catalepsy 11:15pm: Davachi/Smith soundcloud.com/sarahdavachi/davachismith-collaboration-with-richard-smith-live-91814-nff14 10:30pm: Giorgio Magnanensi giorgiomagnanensi.com/circles-and-squares/ INTERMISSION 9:30pm John Brennan & J.P Carter 8:45pm OKPK soundcloud.com/okpk/twinned-live 8pm: Midden midden.bandcamp.com/album/glory bigjoyfestival.tumblr.com twitter.com/bigjoyfest * All Big Joy events are Safer Spaces. To find out more about what this means: https://saferspacesnyc.wordpress.com/ Venue accesibility information available via individual show FB events.      ...

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SPUN SPECTRA

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SPUN SPECTRA

  I’m very happy to work again with Nic on this new exciting project. We plan to get the light/audio boxes ready early next year and install the project in various gallery spaces. Check some of the early experiments here    ...

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BENT

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BENT

BENT: A Showcase of Circuit Bending at VIVO Saturday, November 7th . Doors at 7pm. Featuring over 15 artists/hackers and musicians, this evening is a showcase of Vancouver artists and makers exploring the art of circuit bending.  There will be a circuit playground, a “Show and Tell” of different projects, and performances throughout the evening.    …a nice reunion, ten year later… Shawn Cashin, Kedrick James, Giorgio Magnanensi, Andrew Scott, Jayson Thiessen    ...

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The Story of Cedar

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The Story of Cedar

  ART and the six senses of Cedar Curated Art Exhibition OCTOBER 16-25 SEASIDE CENTRE, 5790 TEREDO ST. SECHELT This experiential art exhibition will feature ‘multi-dimensional’ visual and sensory perceptions of how a select group of coast-based artists interpret the subject of CEDAR. Influenced by different cultural backgrounds and the senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, and spirit, visual artists, sculptors, fibre-artists, writers, musicians, and multi-media artists will come together to collaborate in a journey of self and collective discovery for this special Sunshine Coast community curated art exhibition.  OPENING PUBLIC RECEPTION:  Thursday, October 15, 7-9PM Festival Schedule   CYCLES AND RINGS         ‘Cycles and Rings’ is a truly ambitious piece of work by Giorgio Magnanensi. The artist has painstakingly mapped the rings of a cedar, and translated it into both visual beauty and stunning audioscape – you’re literally listening to the cedar, and this is through cedar flat audio panels hand planed and sanded down to 5 millimeters. There is no way to adequately describe it. You simply must be in its presence and you will experience cedar in an entirely new and unexpected way. (Laurie McConnell)          ...

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Steve Roden

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Steve Roden

striations & distance piece     Steve Roden – striations (2011) and distance piece (striations) (2011) Exhibition opening reception September 25, 2015; 5–7PM Live performance by Scant Intone Exhibition continues Monday to Friday September 28 – October 23, 2015; 9AM–5PM Canadian Music Centre – BC-Creative Hub (837 Davie Street) Free admission   striations (6 min.) is a two-channel video made by Steve Roden with artist Mary Simpson. It was originally part of a larger exhibition that included painting, drawing, and sculpture related to an unfinished stone sculpture made by Roden’s grandmother. The film attempts to use fragments of “stilled” information whose meanings are unknown or unresolved, to become active again through engagement and use. The imagery includes Roden’s grandmother’s half carved stones, as well as images related to Henry Moore and artifacts of his grandmother’s objects left behind, such as the crayons used in the rubbings, and the photographs of birds she used as inspiration/study for sculpture never realized. striations is accompanied by distance piece, a soundwork that intertwines with the silent film.     striations is part of Nomadic Streams – A festival of Ambient Music.     About Steve Roden Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. his work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Roden’s working process uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through self invented systems into scores, which then influence the process of painting, drawing, sculpture, and composition. These scores, rigid in terms of their parameters and rules, are also full of holes for intuitive decisions, failures and left turns. The inspirational source material becomes a kind of formal skeleton that the abstract finished works are built upon. In the visual works, translations of information such as text and maps, become rules and systems for generating visual actions such as color choices, number of elements, amounts of time and form building. In the sound works, singular source materials such as objects, architectural spaces, and field recordings, are abstracted through humble electronic processes to create new audio spaces, or possible landscapes. The sound works present themselves with an aesthetic roden has described as lower case – sound concerned with subtlety and the quiet activity of listening. inbetweennoise.com    ...

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ambience

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ambience

an Ambient Sound Event  with: Elisa Ferrari • voice, books, zither and singing bowls Andrew Bate & John Brennan • resonant percussions Giorgio Magnanensi • sinewaves and cedar flat audiopanels The Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek – October 10, 2015 • 8PM   Some info about and images of the Cedar Flat Audiopanels: CEDAR PANELS...

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nomadic streams

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nomadic streams

Vancouver New Music Festival 2015 Nomadic Streams – a festival of Ambient Music October 22 – 24, 2015; Doors at 8PM, show at 9PM each night VIVO Media Arts (2625 Kaslo Street, Vancouver) Single tickets $25 regular, $15 students; festival pass $60 (taxes included) Available at brownpapertickets.com and 1.800.838.3006  Presented in association with VIVO Media Arts. download brochure HERE...

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anne-f

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anne-f

    September 6, 2015 • The Gumboot Cafe, Roberts Creek 8pm anne-f jacques anne-f is a sound artist and bike mechanic, working with amplified objects, electricity, scratching, rubbing and sound collages. She lives in Montréal and she is interested in amplification, erratic sound reproduction devices and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. She often performs, alone and in various collectives (including Minibloc and Fünf), creates sound installations and makes soundtracks for Julie Doucet’s animated films. http://anne-fff.tumblr.com        ...

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noise in the key of D

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noise in the key of D

  Thank you Lee for the great video! Noise in the Key of D   On a beautiful summer evening members of VEE (Vancouver Electronic Ensemble) gathered in the spaciousness of the VCC Atrium to make noise in the key of D, at the suggestion of Matt O’Donnell. Players arranged themselves throughout the space, utilizing multiple balconies over 3 levels and a large main floor. Both audience and players were encouraged to move freely through the space during the performance to experience it from different perspectives. I spent a week with the original footage transforming a run and gun document into a 30 minute art piece intended to give the viewer a first-person active-participant sense of the two hour performance with the occasional surreal passage. Featuring the talents of: Daryn Cassie – Roland SH-201 | Merlyn Chipman – video feedback, drone | Justin Devries – cello + FX | Soressa Gardener – vocals + laptop | Lee Hutzulak – acoustic guitar + FX | Dan Karrasch – electric guitar + FX | Dave Leith – Buchla Easel clone + FX | Giorgio Magnanensi – Max MSP | Angelo Moroni – headphone goggles | Matt O’Donnell – sitar | The Mystery Man – electric guitar, bell samples | Dan Potter – electric bass | Andrew Scott – electronics | prOphecy Sun – voice + FX, glockenspiel With apologies to anyone I’ve missed. Lee Hutzulak    ...

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55

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55

    Here is a random image search for the number of my birthday; today, my 55th birthday, August 5, 2015 (click on the images for links)             “Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” Epictetus   A gift from my dear friend Sammy   The Sage is occupied with the unspoken and acts without effort. Teaching without verbosity, producing without possessing, creating without regard to result, claiming nothing, the Sage has nothing to lose. Laozi • Tao Te Ching 老子...

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deep dreaming

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deep dreaming

    original image   deepdreamed 1   deepdreamed 2      ...

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deepdreamed butterfly

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deepdreamed butterfly

  deepdreamed butterfly ; ) (Neural Network)   Oscilloscope original image:  ...

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emerald

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emerald

    I’m playing with Kenton Loewen at the Emerald on July 29. It’s always great making music with him.     When I play with Kenton I am always enjoying the energy and the ephemeral beauty of our musical encounters, plus Kenton’s ability to dialogue and commit with me to wander into unpredictable sonic paths. Beyond that I simply aspire to be speechless, without the urgency of communicating anything. If I “express” anything at all, that is pure character, essence more than intentionality....

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soundscape

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soundscape

  Volume 14, number 1 • Winter/Spring 2014- 2015 Review of Jennifer Schine’s film documentary Listening to a Sense of Place & radio documentary The End of the Line for Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology   Download PDF   Link to film, “Listening to A Sense of Place.” http://summit.sfu.ca/item/13703   Link to CBC piece, “The end of the line.” http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Living+Out+Loud/ID/2625495018/   Link to audio piece, “Conversations with Billy Proctor.” http://front.bc.ca/events/conversations-with-billy-proctor/   MOVEMENT, MEMORY & THE SENSES IN SOUNDSCAPE STUDIES The Vancouver Soundwalk Collective  ...

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ISEA 2015

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ISEA 2015

  DISRUPTION • ISEA 2015      ...

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soundgarden

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soundgarden

soundgarden, an audio visual installation by Giorgio Magnanensi and Nicolas Teichrob along the lower reaches of Malcolm Creek, in Roberts Creek. An interactive performance environment using multiple video projections, live interactive video and live electronics.   soundgarden, an audio visual interactive installation I’m doing in late June/early July with Giorgio Magnanensi (a sound wizard). !#teaser #sunshinecoastbc #robertscreek #nature #bcac A video posted by NicolasTeichrobPhoto (@nicolasteichrob) on Jun 3, 2015 at 7:57pm PDT                  ...

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listening?

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listening?

    Relational Listening : The Politics Of Perception LAWRENCE ENGLISH     Sound, Listening, and Public Engagement BRENDA HUTCHINSON     ...

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A 480

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A 480

    Kara-Lis Coverdale A 480 by Kara-Lis Coverdale      ...

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beautiful soul syndrome

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beautiful soul syndrome

Timothy Morton • Beautiful Souls Syndrome     Timothy Morton’s Ecology Without Nature’s blog   […] Ecomimesis is a pressure point, crystallizing a vast and complex ideological network of beliefs, practices, and processes in and around the idea of the natural world. It is extraordinarily common, both in nature writing and in ecological criticism. Consider Lawrence Buell’s The Environmental Imagination: ” The grove of second-growth pine trees that sway at this moment of writing, with their blue-yellow-green fiveneedle clusters above spiky circles of atrophied lower limbs.” Or James McKusick: “As I write these words, I peer out of the window of my study across open fields and gnarled trees crusted with ice. Beyond those trees I see cars and trucks dashing along a busy interstate highway past dirty piles of melting snow that still remain from last week’s snowstorm. This is the city of Baltimore, where I live.” For ecological criticism to be properly critical, it must get a purchase on ecomimesis. Ecomimesis is a mixture of excursus and exemplum. Excursus is a ” tale, or interpolated anecdote, which follows the exposition and illustrates or amplifies some point in it.” Exemplum also known as paradigma or paradiegesis is ” an example cited, either true or feigned; [an] illustrative story.” What then, of the specific features of ecomimesis ? Paradiegesis specifically implies narrative. But first some remarks about the descriptive properties of ecomimesis are in order.   Ecomimesis involves a poetics of ambience. Ambience denotes a sense of a circumambient, or surrounding, world. It suggests something material and physical, though somewhat intangible, as if space itself had a material aspect-an idea that should not, after Einstein, appear strange . Ambience derives from the Latin ambo, “on both sides .” Ambient poetics could apply as easily to music, sculpture, or performance art as it could to writing. Ambience, that which surrounds on both sides, can refer to the margins of a page, the silence before and after music, the frame and walls around a picture, the decorative spaces of a building (parergon), including niches for sculpture-a word that was later taken up in ecological language.  Ambience includes more than a particular version of it, the nature rendered by ecomimes is. In the realm of music, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is ambient, as is Vaughan Williams’s Fifth Symphony; but so are the works of Brian Eno (and explicitly so). Eno’s own case for ambience employs ideas that are commonly associated with artifice rather than with nature, such as the notion that music could be like perfume or a “tint.” But as we have seen, ecomimesis is not necessarily on the side of nature.   I choose the word ambience in part to make strange the idea of environment, which is all too often associated with a particular view of nature . Am bience has a very long history in Western philosophy and literature. Leo Spitzer has tr aced the jagge d evolution of the senses of “ambience ” from the time of the pre-Socratic philosophers to Heidegger and beyond. Throughout this history the environment has been associated with a surrounding atmosphere, more or less palpable, yet ethereal and subtle. It is the job of ecomimesis to convey this sense of atmosphere. […]   from Timothy Morton’s Ecology without Nature • Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics, Harvard University Press...

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subcodes 04

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subcodes 04

    Friend viola player John Kastelic will be on the Coast this weekend. We are going to have an earthy and sounding evening.   The Gumboot Café • Roberts Creek Saturday, April 25 • 8pm       beardy John and his Brother Tony (No Mothers)    ...

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Róisín Murphy

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Róisín Murphy

  I loved Moloko and Róisín a lot, …stumbled on these tonight:       I dreamt that I was dreaming I was wired to a clock Tickled by the minute hand Tick tock tick tick tock I dream I’m on a train And it is making music I don’t remember getting on Clickity click clickity click I dreamt that I was very tall I was bigger than King Kong I heard the bells The bells are ringing A ding-dong a ding-dong I dream that I am sitting in the devil’s company He gave a solemn promise Fe-fi-fo fun for me I dreamt that I was chasing the monster out of me I caught him in the corner Ha ha hee hee hee hee I dream I’m in a tunnel between here and now Scooby doobie where would you be? Bow-wow wow wow I dream I’m at a crossroads No place left to go I look in each direction Eenie meenie miny mo I dream that I am spying It’s you I’m looking at There’s a knocking at the window Rat-tat tat tat rat-tat tat I dream I am an ostrich Head deep in the sand There’s a rhythm that’s playing Fantastic elastic band I dreamt that the bogeyman went down on Mr. Spock Sugar was a flowing Sock it to ’em sock I dreamt I saw a moo cow jump across the moon Just a flight of fantasy Zoom zoom zoom I dreamt I met a spaceman He took me to his ship You know he cut my hair off Snip snip snip I dreamt that I was sleeping Asleep for heaven’s sake The dream that I was dreaming It caused me to awake Fe-fi-fo fun for me Fun for me Fe-fi-fo fun for me Fun for me I dreamt I was way up I was standing on the top With the feeling I was falling Bop beep bop I dreamt that I was jumping in a circus through a hoop Someone shut the lights off Shoo-be-doop I dreamt that I was fast I was never shutting up I was going in a hurry I was giddy-up giddy-up I dream I’m in the park I’m standing in the nudey I’m getting what I wanted Tootie fruity tootie fruity Fe-fi-fo fun for me Fun for me Fe-fi-fo fun for me Fun for me Fe-fi-fo fun for me Fun for me Fe-fi-fo fun for me Fun for me Fe-fi-fo fun for me Fun for me Fe-fi-fo fun for me Fun for me    ...

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open mind

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open mind

      This is an edited collection of 39 original papers and as many commentaries and replies. The target papers and replies were written by senior members of the MIND Group, while all commentaries were written by junior group members. All papers and commentaries have undergone a rigorous process of anonymous peer review, during which the junior members of the MIND Group acted as reviewers. The final versions of all the target articles, commentaries and replies have undergone additional editorial review. Besides offering a cross-section of ongoing, cutting-edge research in philosophy and cognitive science, this collection is also intended to be a free electronic resource for teaching. It therefore also contains a selection of online supporting materials, pointers to video and audio files and to additional free material supplied by the 92 authors represented in this volume. We will add more multimedia material, a searchable literature database, and tools to work with the online version in the future. All contributions to this collection are strictly open access. They can be downloaded, printed, and reproduced by anyone.  Thomas Metzinger    ...

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the future of the idea of the left

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the future of the idea of the left

    IDENTITIES Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture Vol. 11 / 2015 The Future of the Idea of the Left      ...

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Voices and Strings

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Voices and Strings

    Commissioning new works to creative minds such as Peggy Lee, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Linda Bouchard means to focus on very uncompromising ways of sound thinking and composing. With Voices and Strings we wish to create a poetic series of sound panels and songs identified by the original work, reflection, poetry and composition of these exceptional Canadian artists. Together with the transparent works of Linda Catlin Smith and Jay Schwartz this performance offers, through an intentional “reduction” of means (string orchestra), an opportunity to share an exciting exploration of sonic, musical and poetic ideas. The different styles and techniques of these five composers are here at the service of rich and engaging soundscapes which, while freeing themselves to escape any possible classification, present sounds and voices in ways somewhat similar to the process of creating an essence, a special, embodied and musical one. We look forward to sharing the beautiful works of all the composers. Mary Margaret O’Hara and Peggy Lee’s new project is going to be an exciting one: new songs and improvisations stemming from Peggy and Mary Margaret’s long standing collaboration. Both Linda Bouchard and Linda Catlin Smith compositions will offer original and sonically rich textures, lyrical and formal architectures which enhance the transparency of the string ensemble’s palette. Finally, Jay Schwartz’s slowly evolving composition follows a formal plan where harmonic resonance is produced while blurring textures and sound bands in large and evocative metamorphoses that reveal sound energy in the process of its forming.   Voices and Strings Works by Peggy Lee and Mary Margaret O’Hara, Linda Bouchard, Linda Catlin Smith, and Jay Schwartz Saturday, April 18, 2015; 8PM Free pre-show chat at 7:15PM Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor) [map] Single tickets $35 regular, $15 students (includes taxes and venue surcharges) Advance tickets available at voices-and-strings.brownpapertickets.com and 1.800.838.3006 Vancouver New Music invited Linda Bouchard, Peggy Lee and Mary Margaret O’Hara to create new works that consider the idea and form of a rich and variable musical form: the song. From the original canzona, Lied, chanson, up to the most creative assemblage or paradoxical expression, this flexible, fluid and omnipresent form has been an inspiration the world over for centuries. Works by Linda Catlin Smith and Jay Schwartz complement the program. Featuring Peggy Lee (cello) and Mary Margaret O’Hara (voice) with a string ensemble of some of Vancouver’s finest string players performing their new piece 2 cans and a string thing. Programme: Linda Catlin Smith – Les fleurs anciennes (2000, 10′) Conductor:  Giorgio Magnanensi Violin 1: Cam Wilson, Domagoj Ivanovic, Yun Jung, Molly MacKinnon Violin 2: Elyse Jacobson, Janna Sailor, Erin Dorfer Viola: Reg Quiring, Manti Poon, Peter Ing Cello: Marina Hasselberg, Stefan Hintersteininger Double Bass: Laurence Mollerup Jay Schwartz – Music for Orchestra III (2010, 20′) ** Conductor:  Giorgio Magnanensi Violin 1: Cam Wilson, Domagoj Ivanovic, Yun Jung, Molly MacKinnon Violin 2: Elyse Jacobson, Janna Sailor, Erin Dorfer Viola: Reg Quiring, Manti Poon, Peter Ing Cello: Marina Hasselberg, Stefan Hintersteininger Double Bass: Laurence Mollerup, Anne Duranceau Linda Bouchard –Réfraction (2015, 20′) *† Conductor:  Giorgio Magnanensi Violin 1: Cam Wilson, Domagoj Ivanovic, Yun Jung, Molly MacKinnon, Meghan Van Cleave, Boris Ulanowicz Violin 2: Elyse Jacobson, Janna Sailor, Erin Dorfer, Zuzana Uskovitsova, Meredith Bates Viola: Reg Quiring, Manti Poon, Peter Ing, John Kastelic Cello: Marina Hasselberg, Stefan Hintersteininger, Finn Manniche, Doug Gorkoff Double Bass: Laurence Mollerup, Anne Duranceau Peggy Lee & Mary Margaret O’Hara – 2 cans and a string thing (2015, 25′)* Conductor:  Giorgio Magnanensi Voice: Mary Margaret O’Hara Cello Solo: Peggy Lee Violin...

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spectra and labyrinths

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spectra and labyrinths

This Saturday JACK will perform three works by very different composers, who nonetheless share some commonalities and affinities. What I find most exciting in Saturday’s program is the labyrinthine quality of these works, and the exploration of sound territories in which microtonality, non-linearity and a concentrated sculptural sonic investigation offer as many rich and different forms as they do different ways of perception. I will let everyone enjoy and discover the original voice of each of the composers, but I would like to point out the peculiar “sculptural” quality that is embodied in these works through an intense investigation of the microtonal characteristics of sound spectra. Here, hearing is actually well suited to the task of sculpture, and in both Georg Friedrich Haas’ and Horațiu Rădulescu’s quartets, sound achieves the potential to be in the round, simultaneously avoiding the limitation of the discontinued and sequenced frontalisations of seeing. Taylor Brook adds another dimension to all of this with El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan. With his labyrinthine and multidimensional approach inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ short novel that lends its name to the piece, Taylor’s music seeks to capture the listeners’ (and performers’) imagination with the perplexities of interpretation. He meanders in possible directions that while confounding the subject, also allow for an open dialogue between many ears searching among many possible centers. In these great works we discover that in spite of the differences of their compositional endeavors and their original valorization of timbre, all three share an interest in ‘difference’ and ‘hybridity’ as compositional prerogatives. On one level, the sound of these works participates in “forming”, but in doing so also blurs the dichotomies of orthodox parametric thinking, leading us toward another way of understanding: a way that, paraphrasing Gérard Grisey, “possesses a priori a correlated ensemble of energies”. So let’s walk in these wonderful labyrinths while listening to this music. JACK Quartet is here to guide us with intense and exuberant musicianship through liminal spaces in which we will wander on the verge of discovering (or revealing…) ourselves.  http://newmusic.org/events/jackquartet/ Artist Chat: 00:00-32:30 • Georg Friedrich Haas: 51:30-1:12:24 • Taylor’s remarks: 1:13:30-1:21:24 Taylor Brook: 1:22:30-1:47:08 • Giorgio’s remarks: 1:51:43-2:04:08 • Horațiu Rădulescu: 2:10:10-2:39:42   JACK Quartet (NYC) Saturday, March 14, 2015; 8PM Doors at 7PM, FREE pre-show chat at 7:15PM Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd floor) [map] Single tickets $35 regular, $15 students (includes taxes and venue surcharges) Advance tickets available at jackquartet-vancouver.brownpapertickets.com and 1.800.838.3006 An internationally lauded ensemble of “explosive virtuosity” (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet wowed Vancouver audiences at the 2011 Vancouver New Music Festival with their performances of Iannis Xenakis’ string quartets.  They return to Vancouver in March 2015 with a phenomenal program of featuring a new work by emerging Canadian composer Taylor Brook (El jardin de senderos que se bifurcan *), alongside pieces by Georg Friedrich Haas (String Quartet no. 8 *), and Horațiu Rădulescu (String Quartet no. 5 “before the universe was born” *). * Canadian premiere   Radicalizing: listening is attention, not apprehension; to listen is evidence of what happens as sound, not knowledge of what happens with sound. So: sound is the presence of an absolute, his annunciation is its own revelation, listening then it certainly is not the act by which you come to a discursive apprehension, but the moment at which perception mediates and joins the...

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Northern Convergence

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Northern Convergence

  January 31, 2015 • 8pm @ The Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek  with Sissel Vera Pettersen...

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happy new year

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happy new year

   HAPPY NEW YEAR!    ...

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inflated balloons

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inflated balloons

Here is a nice piece of garbage from an “eminent” contemporary “artist”: German Artist Georg Baselitz: ‘My Paintings are Battles’ Years ago when asked what role he believes art plays in society, Baselitz replied, “The same role as a good shoe, nothing more.” And he has stated elsewhere: “The idea of changing or improving the world is alien to me and seems ludicrous. Society functions, and always has, without the artist. No artist has ever changed anything for better or worse.” (sic, …and sick). So what would you expect from someone like him? Too bad his words are probably expressing the opinion of many other contemporary wannabe “artists”. In such a garbage dump they feel good in the service of $$$, as their pompous egos only serve the cancerous capitalism devouring our planet. Let’s hope these inflated balloons will soon disappear, exploding in the stratospheric cosmos of their crap; society will finally function in fact without this kind of people and their ideas.  ...

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The Field Of Stones

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The Field Of Stones

  Dallas Simpson • The Field Of Stones         Aspects of Environmental Performance    ...

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Aventa

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Aventa

  Sunday, November 30, 2014  8:00PM (Pre-concert talk 7:15PM) Phillip T Young Recital Hall (University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building) Aventa Ensemble Bill Linwood, conductor   Tristan Murail, La Chambre des cartes Giorgio Magnanensi, améya II Giorgio Magnanensi, es soll alles schweben Hans Abrahamsen, Schnee (Canadian premiere)      ...

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onyx, introduzione and tableaux

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onyx, introduzione and tableaux

This Saturday the Onyx Trio performs onyx, introduzione and tableaux, a new piece for flute viola, harp and electronics I wrote for this fabulous Vancouver’s trio   Open Space and The Blue Moss Ensemble present The Onyx Trio      Mark McGregor (flute), Joy Yeh (harp), Marcus Takizawa (viola) Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. Admission: $16/$11 advance; $20/$15 door Advanced Tickets: OnyxOS.bpt.me or by calling 1-800-838-3006              ...

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destroy vancouver XI

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destroy vancouver XI

I’m very happy I’ll be playing with Hayato Kubo at DESTROY VANCOUVER XI   also featuring ✖ STEFAN SMULOVITZ & SAMMY CHIEN ✖ ROOT & BRANCH ✖ BUBBY ✖ NERVOUS OPERATOR ✖ BRIAN BEAUDRY + DJ SILK   DESTROY VANCOUVER XI  2625 KASLO Street FRIDAY NOV 21 | DOORS 〓 8.30PM CONCERT 〓 9.30PM-1AM ADMISSION: $10                ...

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Halloween Plastic Acid Orchestra

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Halloween Plastic Acid Orchestra

Come out to see the full-sized Plastic Acid Orchestra perform music by Plastic Acid, Giorgio Magnanensi, The Living, The Whiskeydicks, The End Tree and Anita Eccleston. Costumes welcome! ALL AGES Oct. 31   |   Doors 7:00pm   |   Concert 8:00pm $5 Beer / Wine / Cider Tickets $25 (pre-register now, pay in cash at door) Performance Works, Granville Island, 1218 Cartwright Street Download and share the full poster...

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GRADIENT 2

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GRADIENT 2

  Tomorrow VEE performs Homage to David Dunn at the VCC Atrium   Here is an excerpt of a sonification of Gradient 2: GRADIENTS 1 GRADIENTS 2 GRADIENTS 3 for computer generated sounds David Dunn 1999   Gradients 1,2,and 3 are a set of pieces for computer generated sounds all based upon a common structural transformation of three different graphic images. The lefthand images were translated into sound using an image to sound conversion program. These translations were for a variety of different time durations in both forward and retrograde versions. The time durations were determined by golden mean proportions and sequenced as follows: (F=forward, R=retrograde, values are in seconds) Left channel: F1,R2,F3,R5,F8,R13,F21,R34,F55,R55,F34,R21,F13,R8,F5,R3,F2,R1 Right channel: R55,F34,R21,F13,R8,F5,R3,F2,R1,F1,R2,F3,R5,F8,R13,F21,R34,F55 The right-hand images are spectral displays of the three resultant compositions, time displayed from left to right.  (David Dunn)    ...

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woodshed

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woodshed

  In the last couple of weeks Heather and I built a nice woodshed , fun and sweat.              ...

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Homage to David Dunn

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Homage to David Dunn

Homage to David Dunn   part of Alternative Energies • Vancouver New Music Festival 2014              ...

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psych fest

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psych fest

art signified   I’m very happy I’ll be playing again with the great Kenton Loewen On October 4 • PSYCHFEST at Red Gate • after 10pm Though, make sure to  check it all as psych fest will go on day and night with a fantastic lineup of great sound-psyched people   Here is Sab Kay‘s great poster        ...

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vnm festival 2014 • sonic topographies

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vnm festival 2014 • sonic topographies

SONIC TOPOGRAPHIES Oct 16-19 plus an exciting series of other events VNM Festival 2014 brochure  Only on condition of a radical widening of definitions will it be possible for art and activities related to art [to] provide evidence that art is now the only evolutionary-revolutionary power. Only art is capable of dismantling the repressive effects of a senile social system that continues to totter along the deathline: to dismantle in order to build ‘A SOCIAL ORGANISM AS A WORK OF ART’… EVERY HUMAN BEING IS AN ARTIST who – from his state of freedom – the position of freedom that he experiences at first-hand – learns to determine the other positions of the TOTAL ART WORK OF THE FUTURE SOCIAL ORDER.   (Joseph Beuys 1973, first published in English in Caroline Tisdall: Art into Society, Society into Art, ICA, London, 1974, p.48.)   The truth is perhaps that Beethoven’s music has in it something inaudible (something for which hearing is not the exact locality), and this brings us to the second Beethoven. It is not possible that a musician be deaf by pure contingency or poignant destiny (they are the same thing). Beethoven’s deafness designates the lack where all signification is lodged: it appeals to a music not abstract or interior but endowed, one might say, with sensuous intelligibility, with an intelligibility somehow perceivable to the senses. This category is specifically revolutionary, inconceivable in terms of the old aesthetics; the oeuvre which accepts it cannot be received according to pure sensuality, which is always cultural, nor cultural according to an intelligible order which would be that of (rhetorical or thematic) development; without it, neither the modern text nor contemporary music can be accepted. (Roland Barthes, from “Musica...

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54

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54

    Here is my usual random image search for the number of my birthday; today, my 54th birthday, August 5, 2014 …inspiration by numbers Plotinus, Lion Heart, Studio 54 and some pretty Cellular Automata grids     PLOTINUS: I.7 [54] ON THE PRIMAL GOOD AND SECONDARY FORMS OF GOOD [OTHERWISE, “ON HAPPINESS”] […] Remember that the good of life, where it has any good at all, is not due to anything in the partnership but to the repelling of evil by virtue; death, then, must be the greater good. In a word, life in the body is of itself an evil but the Soul enters its Good through Virtue, not living the life of the Couplement but holding itself apart, even here....

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tapegerm

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tapegerm

  Tapegerm is a group of recording artists who share sounds and create new sonic experiences with them. We are a close-knit community and we welcome evolving ideas which explore new ways to collaborate. Tapegerm was formed in May 2000 and after fourteen years of online collaboration, resulting in over 100 albums of music we decided to start fresh July 4, 2014. It was time for another revolution. – See more at: http://tapegerm.com/about   HERE is a new remix I made using project 3 source files      ...

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a history of sound art

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a history of sound art

A HISTORY OF SOUND ART      […] “this playful and metaphorical collage of sound arts genealogy is not only broader, but more literally plausible than what Heidegger calls the received or “vulgar” view of orderly, progressive, linear time. Language itself, the splintering of sounds into signs, into embodied and disembodied representations, signals and signifiers, call into question my subjective image of the past: a schizophrenic plane of signification, a neurotic creativity, the disunity of the singularity of becoming sonic” […]   Listen following the timeline in the pdf below a history of sound...

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Geoffrey Smedley

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Geoffrey Smedley

Geoffrey Smedley is a fantastic artist living on Gambier Island, very near where I live. A wonderful man of wondrous skills and fantastic vision. Finally he is online with a great website.       “I am not alone in thinking that one can only know, understand, and take possesion of that which one has oneself made.” (Geoffrey Smedley)   Geoffrey’s work is not only beautiful but also magically sonorous smedley sound sample [Download]    ...

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shame

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shame

Our Prime Minister on Wednesday blamed Hamas for the heavy loss of civilian life caused by Israel’s deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip: “Obviously, no one likes to see the suffering and loss of life that has occurred” he stated, “That said, we hold the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for this. They have initiated and continue this conflict, and continue to seek the destruction of the state of Israel.” It’s very sad to see that no media outlet in Canada can address with any meaningful and objective spirit the tragedy under everyone’s eyes. Read this to understand what I mean. Again, Cesare Lombroso come to mind:     and here another proof he was right: “The state of Israel provides full equal rights, individual rights, to all its citizens, but it is the nation state of one people only – the Jewish people – and of no other people. And therefore, in order to bolster the status of the state of Israel as a nation state of the Jewish people, I intend to submit a basic law that will anchor this status.” (Binyamin Netanyahu) …recycling history ? Nazi Germany, you may remember, was also nation state of one people only,  the German people,  and no other people.Very sadly, history has taught him, our Prime Minister and many other absolutely nothing. SHAME       Hypocritical minds won’t take a stance in the large dark shadow of anti-semitism(*). But here is not a question of political correctness, as no one should forget what Nazi Fascism was. Though, dear Binyamin, it seems that a basic sense of human decency (to say the least),  has  been totally and irreparably lost. Shame. (*) it is in fact possible to criticize israel without being anti semitic   PS And here another great example in support of Lombroso’s theory:  ...

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favourite classical pieces

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favourite classical pieces

  I picked up these interesting cards at the West Vancouver Memorial Library the other day. I found the choices of the various people and music professionals very telling about the slim appreciation (…knowledge?) of  contemporary – or whatever newer – repertoires. All the listed composers are European with a couple American, no Canadian composers at all. The only recent work mentioned in the various lists is Alfred Schnittke’s String Trio,* written in 1985. Thank you Marc ; )     *)  Connoisseur of Chaos: Schnittke          ...

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sonic topographies

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sonic topographies

    SONIC TOPOGRAPHIES – VNM FESTIVAL – OCT. 16 – 19, 2014       Vancouver New Music Festival 2014 Sonic Topographies Sound, music and sustainability October 16 – 19, 2014   “Only on condition of a radical widening of definitions will it be possible for art and activities related to art [to] provide evidence that art is now the only evolutionary-revolutionary power. Only art is capable of dismantling the repressive effects of a senile social system that continues to totter along the deathline: to dismantle in order to build ‘A SOCIAL ORGANISM AS A WORK OF ART’… EVERY HUMAN BEING IS AN ARTIST who – from his state of freedom – the position of freedom that he experiences at first-hand – learns to determine the other positions of the TOTAL ART WORK OF THE FUTURE SOCIAL ORDER.” [1] (Joseph Beuys)   Beuys’ statement well represents the impetus that many artists all over the world have been embracing in the last few decades: an impetus for art and creative activities as a transformative path, not only as an expression of the individual, but as the expression of a need and a demand for both social and ethical changes. With this year’s festival we wish to reflect on and listen to similar energies, also inspired by the awareness that “many composers and sound artists all over the world are turning their ears to the music of the earth”[2] and people to reconsider what artistic creation really means in a context that fosters sustainable ideas about creativity, culture and tradition.   In presenting this very diverse group of musicians, composers and performers we wish to instigate discourse and activities around the specific questions of what and how contemporary music practices can contribute to the larger discourse about sustainable systems in a post-aesthetic world. We wish then to connect with those ideas and soundscapes that are suggesting ways of thinking in terms of patterns or sonic ideas emerging from – or transducing into – natural interlocking cycles and aural resonances (John Luther Adams, Michael O’Neill), reveal alternative systems of thoughts arising by the re-definition of timbre as a correlated ensemble of energies (Georg Friedrich Haas, Tristan Murail), consider social, listening and ecological practices (Annea Lockwood, Akio Suzuki, Hildegard Westerkamp), and acknowledge the possibility of transdicliplinary approaches and perspectives (Raven Chacon, Leslie García).   Finally, we wish to thank all of the fantastic musicians, composers and performers who are going to share their creative spirit in this year’s VNM festival, together with all the community partners and organizations which are sharing programs and ideas resonating with the festival’s focus during the month of October. All of them embody the larger community of artists and creators offering the opportunity to appreciate and meet with wonderful expressions of human creative power in the hope to further nurture and treasure the evolutionary-revolutionary power of creativity, beauty, personal expression and the power of imagination.   [1] Joseph Beuys statement dated 1973, first published in English in Caroline Tisdall: Art into Society, Society into Art, ICA, London, 1974, p.48. [2]John Luther Adams: Resonance of Place, Confessions of an Out-of-Town Composer, The North American Review, January/February, 1994, pp. 8–18.   Thursday, October 16, 2014 8PM concert | 7PM artist talk with Annea Lockwood Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd...

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sounds you love • sounds you hate

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sounds you love • sounds you hate

    sounds you love/sounds you hate    ...

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in ludere • il suono viola

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in ludere • il suono viola

  Thank you Plastic Acid Orchestra for sharing great power in forming highly charging sonic energy.  The more, the better.      Thank you Rod Matheson for the video     and here a slowed-down snippet of concentrated sonic energy (for Chris)      ...

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Gaza

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Gaza

 It is very telling that the most credible comments on this recurrent massacres are found in these cartoons. And it is also very telling that the Arab League has not being discussing yet about all this, while just posturing with the usual anger, …distractions of socially mediated/google(y) eyed tribes. Maybe the revolution(s) have actually failed.    cartoon by Jabertoon, an Israeli tank is shown being refuelled at a petrol pump marked “Arab silence“     Arab armies moving toward Gaza     “I am an Arab and I support Germany,” says one man in a cartoon by Hamzeh Hajjaj. “I am an Arab and I support Brazil,” says another. But a third man, carrying a bloodstained child in his arms, says: “I am an Arab and I want the Arabs to wake up.”              ...

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K & G @ Red Gate

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K & G @ Red Gate

 I’m thrilled to play with the great Kenton Loewen:   K & G [Download]        ...

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Canada Day

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Canada Day

    It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.   (Emily Carr)      ...

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action plan

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action plan

http://www.economicactionplan.ca...

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Franco Donatoni • Orchestral Works

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Franco Donatoni • Orchestral Works

  A great recording of Franco Donatoni‘s orchestral works conducted by Yoichi Sugiyama, including his very last and beautiful composition, Esa (In Cauda V)    Franco Donatoni Orchestral Works read more »     [01] In Cauda II (1993/1994) 18:18 [02] In Cauda III (1996) 13:27 [03] Esa (In Cauda V) (2000) 10:33 [04] Prom (1999) 12:33 [05] Duo pour Bruno (1974/1975) 19:25 total time: 74:22 Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Yoichi Sugiyama conductor LIVE RECORDINGS Suntory Foundation for Arts’ Summer Festival 2012 Franco Donatoni’s Orchestral Works – Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of his Birth      ...

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noise in the key of D

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noise in the key of D

  Noise in the Key of D   Vancouver Electronic Ensemble   Saturday, June 28, 2014; 7PM   Vancouver Community College Atrium (1155 E. Broadway; near VCC skytrain station)   Admission by donation...

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Plastic Acid Orchestra

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Plastic Acid Orchestra

  PLASTIC ACID ORCHESTRA   A dazzling full-sized symphony orchestra of some of Vancouver’s most sought-after musicians paired with some of the most innovative and energizing composers!   Come out to see the full-sized Plastic Acid Orchestra perform music by Plastic Acid, Giorgio Magnanensi, The Living, Martin Reisle, Elliot Vaughan.   ALL AGES July 11, 2014   |   Doors 7:30pm   |   Concert 8:30pm Tickets By Donation Performance Works, Granville Island, 1218 Cartwright Street   Download and share the full poster here.      ...

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closer to the noise

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closer to the noise

Morton Feldman and Iannis Xenakis In conversation (for full text click the title above)     excerpt: […] Xenakis: There are three reasons why I use quarter-tones. The first reason is to enrich the sound with the beats that they produce and with the impossibility to distinguish pitches when they are very close, especially when you have many string instruments because they are able to vary the pitch in very small differences. Another reason concerns the problem of scales. The scale is a fundamental thing that most of the contemporary musicians don’t consider. They take it for granted but in the past and in other cultures like Asia and Africa the scales are very differentiated. When you have chosen your scale it’s like producing your style already. For instance an octavating scale means from some point of view repetition: what you do in one range is the same thing in a lower range. You could enrich this by making a completely different, non-octavating scale. I’ve observed that if you transcribe the music of China, Japan or India it immediately looks like western music. Western notation is an inaccurate notation, there’s a loss of information due to very small differences in the tuning of the scales. So I tried to produce a kind of theory that would be able to produce any kind of scale. The third reason that I might use, not only quarter-tones but also differences in pitch, sometimes up to the comma, is that they might produce a sound more alive. lf you listen to the music from Java, you will hear that it is tuned in such a way that it looks false to our ears. Why? Because they want that. It’s not by chance, it’s because they feel that the unison shouldn’t be there at all. This kind of discrepancies are very alive. They think there’s no need to have absolute unisons or to have a regulated scate like we have in the West, which not only is a theoretical trend, but also has very practical reasons: when you have many instruments playing together, you need some identity. These conflicts are general and deep problems of music and we have the same problems with rhythm and intensities. Feldman: But you noticed the score of the trio and the string writing where I don’t use quarter-tones but I use different spellings. For instance, I might have an octave out of tune, like an E flat and a D sharp. The reason I do this—I’m ashamed to tell you, but I’ve got a very good piano and I purposely keep it out of tune—is because it is warmer. I also use it tor the same reason that Mr. Xenakis mentioned, to differentiate within small intervals to get more clarity, say in a cluster. I think of it as. . . I use the word “turpentine”, it’s like thinning out the music with turpentine. Xenakis: To get closer to a more complex sound — Feldman: Yes. Xenakis: closer to the noise. […] Concret PH [Download]    Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. The sound of a truck at fifty miles per hour. Static between the stations. Rain. We want to capture and control...

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Distribution Religion & COPY-IT-RIGHT

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Distribution Religion & COPY-IT-RIGHT

Dan Sandin and Phil Morton  began to work together to create the schematic plans for the Sandin Image Processor, a document they called the Distribution Religion. Through the Distribution Religion, Sandin open sourced his Sandin Image Processor, giving the plans away for only the cost of making Xerox copies and mailing them while incorporating any additions or modifications made by those who built their own Sandin Image Processor into any further releases of the Distribution Religion Morton* developed an approach he called COPY-IT-RIGHT, an anti-copyright approach to making and freely sharing Media art. The Distribution Religion and Morton’s individual and collaborative Media art works were released under his COPY-IT-RIGHT license. COPY-IT-RIGHT encouraged people to make faithful copies, caring for and distributing the work as widely as possible.     (*) Scroll down the alphabetic archive to find Phil Morton’s documents        ...

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GLI.TC/H

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GLI.TC/H

GLI.TC/H                 digital PDF download:   20111 GLI.TC/H READER[ROR]   &   Glitch Art Historie[s] (contextualizing glitch art) <——–*//==||==\\*——–> by Nick Briz            ...

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red art

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red art

  Red Art: New Utopias in Data Capitalism, Leonardo Electronic Almanac   Volume 20 Issue 1        ISBN: 978-1-906897-28-4 ISSN: 1071-4391 Date of Publication: January 15, 2014 Number of Pages: 250 Volume Editors: Lanfranco Aceti, Susanne Jaschko and Julian Stallabrass Editor: Bill Balaskas The publication investigates the relevance of socialist utopianism to the current dispositions of New Media Art, through the contributions of renowned and emerging academic researchers, critical theorists, curators and artists. From the early stages of its development, New Media Art readily adopted a variety of means of artistic engagement and expression that aim at serving modes of utopian social being: from multi-modal collaboration to unrestricted public participation and from open software applications to hacktivism, the germs of leftist political thought seem to abound in the art of the Digital Age. Prompted by the economic crisis, New Media Art appears to increasingly employ the tools provided by new technologies in order to penetrate all aspects of global social living and assert the need for socioeconomic change. New Media artworks and art projects have gradually formed a common practice whose objectives allude to utopian theories of social organization lying closer to certain visions of communism, direct democracy and anarchism, rather than to the realities of neoliberal capitalism within which new media are produced and predominantly operate. Red Art: New Utopias in Data Capitalism explores this multifaceted context in an attempt to demystify whether and to what extent the art of the Digital Age could be the result of the seemingly paradox combination of capitalism’s products and communism’s visions. The Leonardo Electronic Almanac is a collaborative effort supported by New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; OCR, Operational and Curatorial Research; Leonardo; Sabanci University and Goldsmiths, University of London.   TABLE OF CONTENTS Commonist Red Art: Blood, Bones, Utopia and Kittens Introduction by Lanfranco Aceti Click here for full article. Changing the Game: Towards an ‘Internet of Praxis’ Introduction by Bill Balaskas Click here for full article. Suggestions for Art That Could Be Called Red Introduction by Susanne Jaschko Click here for full article. Why Digital Art Is Red Introduction by Julian Stallabrass Click here for full article. Grounds for the Political Aesthetics of Cultural Commons in the Post-Medium Condition: The Open Source Cultural Object by Boris Čučković Click here for full article. Powered by Google: Widening Access and Tightening Corporate Control by Dan Schiller & Shinjoung Yeo Click here for full article. Hackteria: An Example of Neomodern Activism by Boris Magrini Click here for full article. Communism of Capital and Cannibalism of the Common: Notes on the Art of Over-identification by Matteo Pasquinelli Click here for full article. Material Conditions of Production and Hidden Romantic Discourses in New Media Artistic and Creative Practices by Ruth Pagès & Gemma San Cornelio Click here for full article. Taus Makhacheva by Taus Makhacheva Click here for full article. From Tactical Media to the Neo-pragmatists of the Web by David Garcia Click here for full article. Dissent and Utopia: Rethinking Art and Technology in Latin America by Valentina Montero Peña & Pedro Donoso Click here for full article. The Thing Hamburg: A Temporary Democratization of the Local Art Field by Cornelia Sollfrank, Rahel Puffert & Michel Chevalier Click here for full article. Artists ad the New Producers of the Common (?)...

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stochastic poetics

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stochastic poetics

  click the image below to download Johanna Drucker‘s book     and HERE another great book by Johanna Drucker about the meta-language of diagrammatic thought in graphic form.        ...

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random vimeo

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random vimeo

Vimeo corrected for TV-style viewinby Daniel Temkin   Vimeo in TV aspect ratio See random video     read also   Glitch && Human/Computer Interaction Daniel Temkin, 2014    ...

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net.art

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net.art

  a few great sites to check:   http://fa-g.org/2013 http://www.maadonna.com/ http://kimasendorf.tumblr.com/ http://claudiamate.com/2013/projects/threejs-playgnd/ http://www.emiliogomariz.net/ http://www.rollinleonard.com/ http://www.manuelfernandez.name/ http://miyovanstenis.tk/ http://bmruernpnhay.com/ http://www.geoffreylillemon.info/ http://timefly-exist.tumblr.com/ http://gifwrapping.net/ http://yearoftheglitch.tumblr.com/ http://www.birdog.es/#en/ http://nznzweb.tumblr.com/          ...

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circuit bending workshop

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circuit bending workshop

While in Halifax next week I’ll be presenting a circuit bending workshop at The Centre For Art Tapes (CFAT). Here some toys I’ll be bringing there. Hidden under La Dictée Magique (French version of the Speak & Spell) Nicolas Collins’ great book Handmade Electronic Music.     CIRCUIT BENDING WORKSHOP WITH GIORGIO MAGNANENSI Circuit bending is the art of creatively short circuiting audio electronics in order to uncover exciting new functionality and invent novel new sound/noise interfaces. It is a fun and experimental process, which is especially appealing to artists and musicians who wish to work with electronics but find the math and physics of traditional engineering unappealing.More info on circuit bending can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circuit_bending Location: Centre for Art Tapes – 2238 Maitland Street, Halifax Date: Thursday, May 15 Time: 6 – 8 pm  What: You must bring a cheap thrift store battery powered electronic sound toy and batteries. The older the toy the better! Eg. Battery operated transistor radios, keyboards, toys that sing etc. Where to look: Salvation Army, Goodwill, Value Village, Frenchy’s, etc. CFAT will provide the rest of the components needed to complete this workshop.  Why: Our culture seems often too worried about people only as consumers. Many of us live according the principle that “if it’s broken or old you must buy a new one.” Circuit bending helps to empower people to creatively engage in sound exploration, listening and in collaborative sound creation. Registration: $20 – Register at: http://bit.ly/1m2EYMC     In this workshop participants will be introduced to the basic principles and practices of circuit bending. We will talk about what to look for when opening circuits and how to find the best modifications as well as how to use the necessary tools correctly. Our goal is to guide every participant through the process of modifying a simple sound-making device. Devices must be simple, battery powered and must already make some sound. Children’s toys work the best. CFAT is pleased to collaborate with Suddenly Listen to offer this workshop.  The workshop is made possible through Mr. Magnanensi’s visit to Halifax to perform in Suddenly Listen’s upcoming concert, Waves, Strings and Wires on May 16, 8 pm, at The Bus Stop Theatre. 
http://www.suddenlylisten.com/event-listing/waves-strings-and-wires/ Giorgio Magnanensi was born and raised in Italy. He currently lives in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.  His diverse artistic practice includes composition, conducting, improvisation, circuit bending and video art. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music and Laboratorio, and he is lecturer at the School of Music of the Vancouver Community College.   …a little experiment with the picture of the toys ; )  ...

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24 Hours of Radio Art 2013

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24 Hours of Radio Art 2013

On January 17, 2013 artists around the world celebrated Art’s Birthday and CiTR transmits local Radio Art to the world. Our celebration, 24 Hours of Radio Art was broadcasted Midnight to Midnight on CiTR 101.9FM and www.citr.ca.   Listen to the podcast I recorded at CiTR to celebrate VNM 40th anniversary last year: CiTR podcast [Download]   The concept of giving art a birthday was introduced by French born artist / peacenik Robert Filliou (associate of John Cage, by the way). In 1963 Filliou asserted that 1,000,000 years ago, there was no art. But one day, on the 17th of January to be precise, Art was born when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. Filliou championed a continuing playful anarchy as a way of rejecting “the fascism of the square world”: the world which refuses to break free of conventional wisdom and the inevitable war it falls into again and again. During 24 Hours of Radio Art we reject the conventional wisdom of radio and open the airwaves to the weird. CITR’s 24 Hours of Radio Art has its roots primarily in the sound experimentations of Peter Courtemanche. Peter hosted the Weekly program “The Absolute Value of Noise” from 1988 to 1992. This program featured a wide variety of radio-art and experimental audio – often generated live on the air. This radio show developed into the annual 24 Hours of Radio/ART program (1992-96), collaborative event that explored the concept of a “radio-art” station and posed the question: What would happen if your local FM pop-rock station suddenly decided to go to an all audio-art format?   Podcast Excerpts Playlist 1  Koichi Makigami (Japan) 2  Vancouver Electronic Ensemble (CA) 3  Magali Babin (CA) 4  Complaints Choir (CA) 5  David Shea (US) 6  Francisco Lopez (Spain) 7  Feral Choir (CA) 8  Soundwalks (CA) 9  Michael Gordon (US)   Artists Koichi Makigami (Japan) Voice Michael Gordon (US) Percussion (Mantra Ensemble) Magali Babin (CA) Radio frequencies from underwater David Shea (US) Sampler Francisco Lopez (Spain) Prepared piano and electronics   Community Ensembles The Vancouver Soundwalk Collective (CA) Below the Surface led by Kristen Roos Community Workshops (CA) Feral Choir • Phil Minton (UK) Complaints Choir (CA) Veda Hille Vancouver Electronic Ensemble (CA) Taikotroniks            ...

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IGNITE! 2014

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IGNITE! 2014

  Every year, for one week in May, The Cultch is taken over and transformed by young people. Hundreds of youth are involved in what has grown to be Vancouver’s largest youth-driven arts festival. The festival includes showcases in music, dance, and spoken word, the world premiere of three one-act plays, a visual arts exhibit, variety shows featuring improv, drag, circus arts, and much more. All of this is created by local artists between the ages of 13-24. Literally every aspect of the festival is youth-driven, produced by the Cultch’s Youth Panel.        ...

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dontpostme

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dontpostme

  dontpostme.com   Another nice text about glitch by Kim Cascone HERE   ...

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random sounds

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random sounds

listen to RANDOM SAMPLES from the freesound.org archive playing all the samples simultaneously on a Remix Groups page: remixgroup freesound...

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waves, strings and wires

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waves, strings and wires

On May 16 I will be in Halifax playing at Suddenly Listen‘s Waves, Strings and Wires with Norman Adams – cello, live processing John DS Adams – electronics Lukas Pearse – bass, video processing I am really looking forward to meeting Norman, John and Lukas this May in Halifax. I look forward to the different ways in which our creative process will unveil itself while playing, listening and creating together. I will bring my best energy and some of my rewired toys: noisy machines full of surprises and nonsentimental energy, as noise is the alter ego, Ianus Bifrons, a Philosopher’s Stone: a golden stone is still a stone.        ...

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Musicworks #117

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Musicworks #117

Giorgio Magnanensi in the Sonic Playground   by Nancy Lanthier Admirers of Giorgio Magnanensi—composer, conductor, teacher, and the artistic director of Vancouver New Music Society—tend to be lavish in their praise of him. “Giorgio is singularly the best conductor of modern music, period,” says composer and Capilano University jazz instructor Bradshaw Pack. Vancouver music critic Alex Varty calls him “one of the most outgoing, provocative, and multifaceted musicians on the local scene.” And music scholar David Gordon Duke writes that he has “an exhaustive knowledge of the international scene, yet his strong identification with—and enthusiasm for—more North American ideas, gives him the broadest of perspectives.” But if you had been among the dozen or so audience members at Magnanensi’s performance at the Roberts Creek Arts Festival this past spring, you may have imagined that you were hearing the lacerating cacophony of an angry, rock-wielding child attacking a blackboard, amplified into bucking feedback. Hunched in the back corner of the home studio where the show occurred, a mad-scientist-like figure complemented this savagery with some alarming behaviour aimed at his laptop, including waving a flaming lighter at it. A halo of Einstein-like grey hair and an unruly beard shrouded furrows of concentration and, occasionally when the screen went blank, bewilderment. Granted, the performance wasn’t so much about the music as it was about watching sound: the focus was not Magnanensi but rather the large screen at the front of the room projecting an array of geometric and psychedelic images created by the sound. Or was the imagery creating the sound? In any case, our eyeballs were listening. Part of an annual alternative-arts festival set in the artsy, ferry-commute town of Roberts Creek, B.C., where Magnanensi lives with his artist wife and two sons, the strange spectacle was part of the musician’s continuing exploration of what happens when you try to translate sound into light. The project allows him to manipulate the abstract patterns generated by sounds, through the layering of effects such as delay and phase-shifting, to produce moving art that’s sonically synesthetic. Magnanensi calls this work “theatre for the ears.” Picturing sound is just one of the offbeat, investigative concerns of the fifty-three-year-old musician. As part of a trenchant vision to foster new ways of thinking about sound, new ways of listening, and especially to engage the community in creative activity, Magnanensi has initiated scores of workshops, performances, and public projects, none of which result in the kind of music most of us are attuned to. With Vancouver New Music, for example, he launched the free, ongoing series Soundwalks, which invites participants to open their ears to the acoustics of the natural environment. He produced a four-day Circuit Bending Cabaret (2012) for which participants young and old rewired various sound-producing children’s toys for a toy-symphony performance (“a delightful, thought-provoking, and very weird experience,” confirmed one blogger). The Complaints Choir, founded in 2008, invites all to kvetch in unison. Among the dozens and dozens of international performers he’s invited to perform in Vancouver, one of the more memorable was young Japanese musician Atsuhiro Ito, who plays a sound and coloured light-producing neon light bulb with virtuosic skill. But for all this unfettered pioneering on the sonic fringe, Magnanensi’s early career was steeped in tradition. He was subject to a highly formal...

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fuori luogo in ogni luogo

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fuori luogo in ogni luogo

FUORILUOGO  IN  OGNI  LUOGO  –  OUT OF PLACE IN ANY PLACE     Wo gehen wir denn hin? Immer nach Hause. (Novalis) Where are we going? Always home    ...

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beautiful musics

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beautiful musics

A friend’s email and listening to this music tonight, made me think about this… I could write very “beautiful” musics but I’d rather make noise. That is in a nutshell. The longer story is simple, I don’t dislike “beautiful” musics, they are in a way great hyper oniric tools, enhancing high level of sentimental responses. So, I agree that in such a disastrous world such musics are at times highly needed, (just to “escape” / not always a bad thing), but as the bus goes down the cliff, I’d rather look out the windows… than think it’s still a dream....

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six concepts

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six concepts

  Bernard Tschumi – Six Concepts   excerpt from Architecture and Disjunction …re-reading this text from a sound perspective. I especially realate to Chapter V […] “Function does not follow form, form does not follow function – or fiction for that matter – however, they certainly interact.” […] and […] “Crossprogramming,” “transprogramming,” “disprogramming” […]      ...

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MMM

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MMM

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53

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53

  This is the best picture I could find in a random image search for “53”… …also a very nice piece by Chopin: Frederic Chopin – Polonaise Heroic op.53 (1842) Maurizio Pollini, 1975 And here another great op. 53: Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonate op. 53 Waldstein (1804) again performed by the great Maurizio Pollini in 1974   I’m 53 on Aug 5th. An odd number in any sense, not so much to it really, maybe just the opportunity to start thinking about late years, the “style” of late years… (?) What does it means though, how does it play out? The world will be still unreconciled, like in the late years of Beethoven, when he refused to reconcile into a single image what is not reconciled – Ode an die...

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Earth Day 2013

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Earth Day 2013

Happy Earth Day!!   Finnegan:     Max:...

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amusing ourselves to death

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amusing ourselves to death

…thinking about art, spectacle, creativity, engagement, future, beauty… Can spectacle be reconsidered, beyond entertainment, as a re-enchanting tool? How?                                   From Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman   […] What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.   As Huxley re marked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us. […]...

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Resilience

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Resilience

sprouting on a rotten daisy.     in 3D (use RED & CYAN glasses)  ...

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pioggia notturna

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pioggia notturna

  beautiful nocturnal West Coast rain     Mario Luzi Nell’imminenza dei quarant’anni   Il pensiero m’insegue in questo borgo cupo ove corre un vento d’altipiano e il tuffo del rondone taglia il filo sottile in lontananza dei monti. Sono tra poco quarant’anni d’ansia, d’uggia, d’ilarità improvvise, rapide com’è rapida a marzo la ventata che sparge luce e pioggia, son gli indugi, lo strappo a mani tese dai miei cari, dai miei luoghi, abitudini di anni rotte a un tratto che devo ora comprendere. L’albero di dolore scuote i rami…   Si sollevano gli anni alle mie spalle a sciami. Non fu vano, è questa l’opera che si compie ciascuno e tutti insieme i vivi i morti, penetrare il mondo opaco lungo vie chiare e cunicoli fitti d’incontri effimeri e di perdite o d’amore in amore o in uno solo di padre in figlio fino a che sia limpido.   E detto questo posso incamminarmi spedito tra l’eterna compresenza del tutto nella vita nella morte, sparire nella polvere o nel fuoco se il fuoco oltre la fiamma dura ancora....

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leaves of grass

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leaves of grass

I will not make poems with reference to parts, But I will make poems, songs, thoughts, with reference to ensemble, And I will not sing with reference to a day, but with reference to all days, And I will not make a poem nor the least part of a poem but has reference to the soul, Because having look’d at the objects of the universe, I find there is no one nor any particle of one but has reference to the soul.   Walt Whitman, from: Starting from Paumanok on Leaves of Grass              ...

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7th sense

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7th sense

7th sense by wen wei dance March 20-24 2013, l’Agora de la danse, Montréal music by Giorgio Magnanensi (electric guitar and live electronics) and Walter Zanetti (acoustic and electric guitar)                                                 Here a list of Wen Wei Dance’s works I composed the music for: Wen Wei Dance...

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HBD VNM

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HBD VNM

VNM is 40! see some great posters in Image Gallery below...

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subcodes 02

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subcodes 02

Melbourne trumpeter and electronic musician Peter Knight is visiting Vancouver on Wednesday, February 27. Come to the KOZMIK ZOO for sounds and noise with a great group of Vancouver musicians:                                                           Here is an excerpt of a project in Banff in 2007 with Peter and a number of fantastic young musicians tdubanff07PKnight [Download]   Luciane Cardassi • Piano Amelie Chauvette • Groulx • Violin Elinor Frey • Cello Raquel Gorgojo • Piano Eric Hunter • Piano Kara Keith • Voice, Piano & Synth Peter Knight • Trumpet & Electronics Nicole Strum • Saxophone Yves Leveille • Piano Jennifer Reimer • French Horn Fernando Rocha • Percussion & Electronics Nicole Strum • Saxophone Alliszon Zaichkowski • French Horn Giorgio Magnanensi • Conduction and Live Electronics    ...

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SOHO

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SOHO

Sun activity from the SOHO website check also other pages HERE        ...

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electronic panorama

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electronic panorama

To celebrate Vancouver New Music’s 40th anniversary I’m assembling a series of electronic panoramas remixing excerpts by artists who performed at the VNM Festival bewteen 2003 and 2012, recordings from members of the Vancouver Electronic Ensemble (VEE), Vancouver Soundwalk Collective’s archival recordings and more. Thanks to all the wonderful artists and spaces for their sonic gifts!...

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perpetual frontier

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perpetual frontier

a great book by Joe Morris                         Perpetual Frontier / The Properties of Free Music describes the way free music is constructed through the processes of synthesis, interpretation, and invention. With descriptive sections of four seminal methodologies Unit Structures, Harmolodics, Tri-Axium Theory, and European Free Improvisation, as well as sections on how specific properties are consistently used and re-formulated in the construction of free music. This material, which the author developed through years of performing and teaching, is concise and coherent, making it clear for listeners and musicians alike, and thereby setting a new standard for the understanding and study of the most inherently forward-seeking musical form of our time. Read Morris’ short essay on the book HERE ...

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

Here some sound waves for the New Year. The world is still here, but I’ll still wait for the end of “a” world, daring to hope we can live in a different and newer world, possibly a very peaceful and joyful one....

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work for peace

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work for peace

Gil Scott-Heron http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Scott-Heron     Work for Peace   Back when Eisenhower was the President, Golf courses was where most of his time was spent. So I never really listened to what the President said, Because in general I believed that the General was politically dead. But he always seemed to know when the muscles were about to be flexed, Because I remember him saying something, mumbling something about a Military Industrial Complex. Americans no longer fight to keep their shores safe, Just to keep the jobs going in the arms making workplace. Then they pretend to be gripped by some sort of political reflex, But all they’re doing is paying dues to the Military Industrial Complex. The Military and the Monetary, The Military and the Monetary, The Military and the Monetary. The Military and the Monetary, get together whenever they think its necessary, They turn our brothers and sisters into mercenaries, they are turning the planet into a cemetery. The Military and the Monetary, use the media as intermediaries, they are determined to keep the citizens secondary, they make so many decisions that are arbitrary. We’re marching behind a commander in chief, who is standing under a spotlight shaking like a leaf. but the ship of state had landed on an economic reef, so we knew he was going to bring us messages of grief. The Military and the Monetary, were shielded by January and went storming into February, Brought us pot bellied generals as luminaries, two weeks ago I hadn’t heard of the son of a bitch, now all of a sudden he’s legendary. They took the honour from the honourary, they took the dignity from the dignitaries, they took the secrets from the secretary, but they left the bitch in obituary. The Military and the Monetary, from thousands of miles away in a Saudi Arabian sanctuary, had us all scrambling for our dictionaries, cause we couldn’t understand the fuckin vocabulary. Yeah, there was some smart bombs, but there was some dumb ones as well, scared the hell out of CNN in that Baghdad hotel. The Military and the Monetary, they get together whenever they think its necessary, War in the desert sometimes sure is scary, but they beamed out the war to all their subsidiaries. Tried to make So Damn Insane a worthy adversary, keeping the citizens secondary, scaring old folks into coronaries. The Military and the Monetary, from thousands of miles in a Saudi Arabian sanctuary, kept us all wondering if all of this was really truely, necessary. We’ve got to work for Peace, Peace ain’t coming this way. If we only work for Peace, If everyone believed in Peace the way they say they do, we’d have Peace. The only thing wrong with Peace, is that you can’t make no money from it. The Military and the Monetary, they get together whenever they think its necessary, they’ve turned our brothers and sisters into mercenaries, they are turning the planet, into a cemetery. Got to work for Peace, Peace ain’t coming this way. We should not allow ourselves to be mislead, by talk of entering a time of Peace, Peace is not the absence of war, it is the absence of the rules of war and the threats of war and the preparation for war....

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100 x John Cage

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100 x John Cage

EAR TO THE EARTH IN COLLABORATION WITH MA.P.S AT WHITE BOX PRESENT 100X JOHN: A GLOBAL SALUTE TO JOHN CAGE IN SOUND AND IMAGE DECEMBER 20 – 23, 2012   listen HERE   Ear to the Earth website HERE...

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quid

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quid

for ensemble, live video and electronics Redshift Music presents
THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC Performed by the Aventa Ensemble 9:00 pm, Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Vancouver Aquatic Centre (1050 Beach Avenue, Vancouver)   Live recording HERE Videos HERE     Redshift Music commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a one-of-a-kind poolside performance inside the Vancouver Aquatic Centre. On December 4, the Vancouver-based new music organization will transform the deck of the enormous indoor pool into a stage for Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble, who will perform British composer Gavin Bryars’ 1969 masterpiece “The Sinking of the Titanic”. 2012 marks one hundred years since the “unsinkable” British passenger liner collided with an iceberg on its maiden voyage, resulting in the deaths of more than 1500 of its 2223 passengers. In the intervening century, countless artists have sought to explore the many facets of the historic maritime disaster including Bryars. Bryars drew his inspiration for The Sinking of the Titanic from reports that the Titanic’s eight-piece orchestra remained on the deck, playing their instruments, as the liner sank into the sea. The multimedia work weaves recordings of survivors describing the Titanic’s final moments with Bryars’ evocative, hymn-based composition. Audience members are encouraged to bring their swimsuits and towels and listen while floating in the olympic sized pool. The evening will also feature video projections by Giorgio Magnanensi, and premieres of new instrumental works by Giorgio Magnanensi, Jordan Nobles, and Jennifer Butler.   Aventa Ensemble was founded in 2003 under the artistic direction of Bill Linwood. The group recently completed its third international tour and is gearing up for its seventh national tour. The Sinking of the Titanic marks Aventa’s first appearance in...

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The Living Building Challenge

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The Living Building Challenge

  produced & directed by: David Henderson-Hean & Todd Brooks co-producer: Isabelle Swiderski editor: David Henderson-Hean director of photography: Corey Robson music: Giorgio Magnanensi sound design: Latham Elle   additional photography: Shawn Seifert (2nd Unit Director of Photography) Hagen Leschanz Metro Vancouver Climate Solutions Marina Dodis (courtesy Perkins+Will) Richard Bentely (courtesy Shutterstock Images) Spotmatik (courtesy Shutterstock Images)   Van Dusen Visitor Centre – Vancouver...

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10 rules for students and teacher

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10 rules for students and teacher

from John Cage   from this page by Daniel Edward Roberts  ...

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the 1878 St. Louis Edison Tinfoil Recording

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the 1878 St. Louis Edison Tinfoil Recording

 Optical Imaging Study of the 1878 St. Louis Edison Tinfoil Recording   Tinfoil sound: tinfoil [Download]                                ...

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mouse music

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mouse music

  http://www.xcult.org/B/beam-me/Shibuya/mousemusic/ check also this Audio Diary by evala   Keichiro Shibuya            ...

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destroy vancouver III

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destroy vancouver III

https://www.facebook.com/events/369747646443651/...

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hacking and circuit bending

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hacking and circuit bending

I have been asked a few times in the past weeks why I think is important to present these forms of sonic (but not only audio) explorations. One of the reasons why I think is important to pay attention to this kind of activity is that hacking and circuit-bending – like exploring – are the glitchy metaphors resonating with John Cage’s invitation to embrace the noise and the silence, while fostering to consider and to explore “different” connections, real and dreamed circuits, and to imagine, create and discover something new, maybe even unexpected. More importantly though, that means to re-enfranchise ourselves (I mean everybody) to a more proactive kind of “productivity”; one that privilege exploration over consumerism, action and critical modes of thought over apathy, playfulness over assertive monologues. Enjoy the Cabaret!  ...

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Ryoji Ikeda

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Ryoji Ikeda

in Montréal till November 18     Ryoji Ikeda’s website      ...

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circuit cabaret

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circuit cabaret

VNM festival 2012 Vancouver New Music Festival         Circuit Cabaret Thursday, October 18 to Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 8PM each night Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St.) Tickets $20 regular, $15 students/seniors, 3-day passes $50/$35 Available at www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006, and at the door. Circuit Cabaret, the 2012 VNM Festival, will explore the world of hacked and homemade electronics and DIY glitch. The festival will feature international, national, and local artists who transform consumer electronics and toys to create new instruments and unique sounds. Featuring: Peter Blasser (US), Frederick Brummer (Vancouver), Merlyn Chipman (Vancouver), Nicolas Collins (US), Cracked Ray Tube (US), Peter Edwards (US), Emma Hendrix & Julie Gendron (Vancouver), Matt Rogalsky (Kingston), Andrew Scott (Vancouver), Ryan Smith (Vancouver), Vancouver Hack Space, Vincent van Haaff (Vancouver). Nicolas Collins – Vancouver New Music Festival (Circuit Cabaret) – Oct 18th, 2012 by Arts Report On Citr 101.9 on...

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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects

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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects

a great book authored by Jeffrey Jerome cohen, Animal, Mineral, Vegetable examines what happens when we cease to assume that only humans exert agency. Download it HERE more interesting books...

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richter 858

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richter 858

Richter 858 858 Quartet (Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang, Hank Roberts, Jenny Scheinman) Saturday, November 24, 2012 | 8PM Vancouver Playhouse (601 Hamilton St.) Tickets $35 regular, $25 students & seniors (plus venue surcharge) Available through www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006, and at the door. In honour of acclaimed painter Gerhard Richter‘s 80th birthday, Vancouver New Music brings Richter 858 to the Vancouver Playhouse for it’s premiere Vancouver performance. Eight abstract paintings by Richter are the starting points for Richter 858, a series of compositions by guitarist Bill Frisell inspired by Richter’s work. The 858 Quaret turn brushstrokes into sounds in this live, multi-media event, which will also feature music from Sign of Life: Music for the 858 Quartet    ...

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hard drive failing sounds

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hard drive failing sounds

lots of great sounds of failing/glitching hard drives HERE mp3 [Download]...

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