[Video] Meridian7, Peter Edwards, Denman Maroney & Hans Tammen, Phillip Stearns

In this event at Church For All Nations, Meridian7 will perform an analog audio excursion that brings original telephone equipment back to life; Peter Edwards uses sound and the light to reveal different layers of complex electrical systems which are then manipulated by hand to create audio visual patterns; Denman Maroney & Hans Tammen celebrate their collaboration with a new work for hyper piano and live sound processing; and Phillip Stearns is exploring the physiological dimensions of electronic media reduced to their elementary components: light and sound. This event is part of 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival, in partnership with Church For All Nations and Hells Kitchen Cultural Center / Rhythm In The Kitchen Festival.

[Jun 5] Meridian7, Peter Edwards, Denman Maroney & Hans Tammen, Phillip Stearns

Wed, June 5, from 7pm on
Admission: $15

Meridian7: Intercept Tone/Vacant Level
Peter Edwards: Analog sound and light performance
Denman Maroney & Hans Tammen: Arson
Phillip Stearns: Imminent Shift

Church For All Nations in partnership with Hells Kitchen Cultural Center
417 West 57th Street (Between 9th and 10th avenues), New York, NY
Subway: Columbus Circle station (A, C, B, D, 1, and 9), 57th Street station (N/R/B and Q), 7th Avenue station (B, D, and E)

Admission: $15 - For tickets contact: dwhook@att.net

Meridian7: Intercept Tone/Vacant Level

Lori Napoleon Photo by Seze Devres

Lori Napoleon Photo by Seze Devres

Meridian7 will perform Intercept Tone/Vacant Level, an analog audio excursion that brings obsolete telephone equipment back to a life of patching signals by transforming vintage switchboards into modular synthesizers and sequencers. The piece is inspired by the cryptic sounds of archival DIY field recordings of analog switching systems captured by a subculture of audio explorers with reel-to-reels called phone phreaks. This piece explores sonic textures using comb filtering, a technique that creates evolving timbres through a process of time-delayed feedback that forms “notches” of positive and negative interference, and other endless modifications of the signal path.

Peter Edwards: Analog sound and light performance

Edwards uses sound and the light to reveal different layers of complex electrical systems which are then manipulated by hand to create audio visual patterns. The patterns align at times and not at others, but are generated by a shared electronic core so their connection is implicit. The outcome is a sort of evolved synesthesia where sight and sound are always linked but not always in sync.

Denman Maroney & Hans Tammen: ARSON

Denman Maroney Photo by Sheila Schonbrun

Denman Maroney Photo by Sheila Schonbrun

Denman Maroney and Hans Tammen have been regularly working together since 1998, as a duo and in other formations. In 1999, they released their first duo CD “Billabong” on the French label Potlatch. This year, they celebrate their collaboration with a new release on OutNow Recordings, “Arson”, to be premiered in concert at this year’s New York Electronic Arts Festival. In this work, Denman Maroney’s dizzying and diverse palette of piano sounds is electronically captured by Hans Tammen, and processed into radically contrastive and fascinating noises emanating from Tammen’s interactive software.

Phillip Stearns: Imminent Shift

Imminent Shift is a performance exploring the physiological dimensions of electronic media reduced to their elementary components: light and sound. An instrument fashioned from analog mixing boards and custom hybrid digital electronics will activate the performance space both sonically and visually. Electronic signals originating from the interaction between fixed oscillations and dynamic feedback loops will form the basis all for sonic and visual material as control signals for speakers and fluorescent lights. The performance takes as its subject the technological conditions which make it possible. This circularity places the medium itself, the instrument, the performer, and the space as the content. Immediacy of experience is favored over the construction of mediated illusion.

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Bios

Meridian 7

Meridian7 aka Lori Napoleon is an artist/synthesist inspired by creative expression using science and technology. Driven by her love of electronic music and a primordial urge to “build stuff,” Lori relocated from Chicago to New York to complete a Master’s degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Her work has spanned holography, transmission arts and analog circuitry, leading her to exhibit at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, lecture at the Sigma Pi Sigma Congress for physics students, install interactive work in Trinity College’s Science Gallery in Dublin, and transform light waves into sound at Boston’s Computer-Human Interface Conference. Lori is currently focused on transforming antique telephone switchboards into a patchable, modular synthesizer system, and recording audio excursions under the guise Meridian7. Her work and influences are featured in forthcoming film “I Dream of Wires: The Modular Synthesizer Documentary.” She is currently creating a series of new synthesizers and producing music under the 2012-2013 New Works Residency Program at Harvestworks Digital Media Center in New York City. http://www.meridian7.net

Peter Edwards

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Peter Edwards

New York/Amsterdam based artist Peter Edwards has been designing and performing on experimental instruments and musical environments for over a decade under the nameCasperelectronics. His work explores the definition of intended functionality and consistently challenges the process of performance. He works extensively with interlinked sound and light generation to create immersive musical experiences. http://casperelectronics.com/music/

Denman Maroney

“There are few minds as agile and inquiring as that of pianist, composer and educator Denman Maroney. Over nearly 40 years, he has managed to rethink the piano’s vocabulary, creating a readily identifiable language on the instrument. He calls his contribution ‘hyperpiano,’ a method of playing inside the piano that is characterized by a dizzying and diverse pallet of sonorities that make the instrument into an orchestra. He has also developed an equally unique compositional language involving combined pulses, employing the phrase ‘temporal harmony’ to describe it. Yet, there is a directness, at times almost a simplicity, in his music. With his playing and in his compositions, Maroney combines musical genres and transforms sounds we think we understand, adding depth and color, often at great speed, while never sacrificing clarity.” Mark Medwin, All About Jazz. http://www.denmanmaroney.com

Hans Tammen

Hans Tammen photo by Lauren Camarata

Hans Tammen photo by Lauren Camarata

Hans Tammen creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He produces rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating noises, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible sounds – through means of his interactive software programming, by working with the room itself, and, as a critic observed, with his “…fingers stuck in a high voltage outlet”. Signal To Noise called his Endangered Guitar works “…a killer tour de force of post-everything guitar damage”, AllAboutJazz called the music of his Third Eye Orchestra “nothing short of breathtaking”, and “a masterpiece of musical evocation”. http://tammen.org

Phillip Stearns

Phillip Stearns received his MFA in music composition and integrated media from the Cal Arts in 2007 and his BS in music technology from UC Denver in 2005. Deconstruction, dissection, and reconfiguration are methods he commonly employs in his hands-on approach of using electronics to create phenomenological works of light and sound. Through the application of extended techniques for electronic media, the circuit is explored as a means for sculpting electricity and a site for critical inquiry. http://phillipstearns.com

Rhythm In The Kitchen Festival

The Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center, Inc. is very pleased to present its seventh annual “Rhythm in the Kitchen” Music Festival, showcasing the artistic talents residing in one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The four – evening concert series (one in collaboration with the New York Electronic Art Festival) will be held at the Church for All Nations, 417 West 57th Street, (between 9th and 10th Avenues), in Manhattan, from Wednesday, June 5th through Saturday, June 8th 2013.

http://www.hkculturalcenter.org/rhythm13.htm

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