Critical Bands Revisited (Governor’s Island Remix)

Thomas Martinez will perform by broadcasting separate but interwoven field recordings made on the island to FM radio receivers placed in the grass outside of Building 10-B. The audio tracks, processed using custom made software by the artist, create a beautifully altered version of the island’s real sonic landscape by magnifying and coloring small moments in time. The recordings mix with the natural sound environment to create two related but wholly different realities.

Critical Bands Revisited (Governor’s Island Remix)

Thomas Martinez
Mon, Sep 5, 12-4pm

Location:
Governor’s Island, Building 10-B
Free ferry service from Manhattan and Brooklyn:
http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml

Critical Bands – A new multi-channel audio piece by Thomas Martinez.
Thomas will perform by broadcasting separate but interwoven field recordings made on the island to FM radio receivers placed in the grass outside of Building 10-B. The audio tracks, processed using custom made software by the artist, create a beautifully altered version of the island’s real sonic landscape by magnifying and coloring small moments in time. The recordings mix with the natural sound environment to create two related but wholly different realities. Guests are also invited to move the portable speakers around the field to help create a more relational and social environment in which to help each other discover new sounds from familiar material.

Critical Bands is a collaborative project between Thomas Martinez and Exitrip (www.exitrip.org). One iteration of the project was performed at Harvestworks on May 26th. Documentation of the project can be seen on the Exitrip website and www.thomasjohnmartinez.com/work.

Thomas Martinez is a NYC based composer and improvisational guitarist from Los Angeles, CA. He is the recipient of the Jacob Druckman Memorial Prize for “innovation in music composition’ and has given instruction on practices in digital media at Harvestworks and Stonybrook University. In July he performed in a group ensemble for Christian Marclay’s Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work consists of multi-channel sound installations, compositions for guitar/interactive dance instruments, and audio pieces using digitally processed field recordings. The music produced in these settings evolves slowly and stresses the ‘non-event.’ Texturized shades of various sonic elements are explored in order to re-configure and discover the audible world.

http://www.thomasjohnmartinez.com

 

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