[June 1 – 9] Russian Sound Art Showcase New York: ZVUKI VZLOMA \ the SOUND of HACK

Russian Sound Art Showcase (RSAS) – is a standardized exhibition of multi-channel works of Russian sound artists, who are currently active in scene of mainly Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Most of them are centered around the SoundArtist.ru ( aka SA)) ) community. The first version of RSAS was shown in 2015 at Ars Electronica festival in Linz Austria. It became the first ever collective exhibition of Russian sound artists abroad. The RSAS NY – is the second one.

Open to the Public from June 1-9 2019

Friday Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm
Nolan Park Building 10A, Governors Island

Russian Sound Art Showcase (RSAS) – show is entitled “ZVUKI VZLOMA” (eng. “The Sound of Hack”). On the first stages of it’s forming – the SA))-community had a distinctive attraction to the aesthetic of “d-i-y” and “music hacking”. So historically, a lot of young Russian sound artist’s practice was derived from this approach. From pirated software to self-developed interfaces and instruments then evolutionary raised into interactive installations and more. Including educational activities, stimulating next generations to learn coding and electronics. You will listen to the works of artists, who started their way more than 20 years ago, and were a vital part of Theremin Center for Electroacoustic Music of Moscow State Conservatory, as well as works of the last generation of Russian sound explorers, who has just graduated from the course at  Moscow Sound Art Studio (SA))_studio).
The topic of the show is also a satire on a narrative of Russian hacking and meddling with American technical and social systems. Come to the space of RSAS and let yourself be hacked with sound. We mean it.

Curator: Sergey Kasich

The Showcase is organized in partnership with Eleventh Festival of Experimental Sound Podgotovlenniye Sredy 2019.
Official page for the ShowCase:www.SoundArtist.ru/RSAS

Bios and Pieces

Alex Pleninger
Was produced by southern lands in the year 1974. Studied a lot, got rid of most. Do custom devices as Keen Association Moscow, exhibit some of them. https://www.facebook.com/traffkin

Pterygio (2012)
microtonal composition with the semitone multiplier x1.08
The piece was composed for 22 channel surround system where every particular tone must be produced from the dedicated loudspeaker. It combines several composing technics like minimalism, musique concrete, allophonic slices and some others.


Yulia Glukhova
Yulia was born in 1989, based in Moscow. Graduated VGIK (Russian film school) sound department in 2012, now working as freelance sound designer for movies, also doing personal projects connected to experimental music, sound art, technological art and field-recording. www.holohz.com

self-boil (2019)
This is 8 channel sound piece produced with no-input mixer technique. The conception is to set a self limitation and use just no-input mixer technique reflecting the topic of hacking through the hacking of analogue circuit.


Viktor Chernenko
Composer, programmer. Styles: experimental electronic, contemporary composition for symphonic and chamber orchestra. Assistant professor in Moscow Studio for Experimental Sound and Multimedia Technologies. Co-founder of the Laptop Orchestra “CybOrk”. https://acousmatic.000webhostapp.com

Hack O’Tone (2019)
rendered from generative algorithm; precomposed There was a seminar with my students, where we discussed the potential of generative algorithms for creating music. Suddenly the electricity switched off. When the power supply was restored, the point of view of many participants changed. The work represents the development of student’s ideas and the abrupt gap in sensory experience, which led to a rethinking of the role of generative algorithms in music creation.


Boris Shershenkov
Engineer and sound artist, media archaeologist and musical instrument designer from Saint-Petersburg.
He is engaged in a variety of activities in the field of experimental electronic music and known as the author of sound installations and audiovisual performances and as curator of concert programs, exhibitions and educational projects.
As a musician he actively works in the areas of live electronics and electroacoustic improvisation, both solo and in collaborations with local and foreign musicians. Participant of numerous festivals and concerts of experimental and electronic music.” http://shershenkov.com/

Phonotron Alpha (2018)
8-channel acousmatic composition played on Phonotron Alpha no-input circuit Documentation of the Alpha model phonon synchrotron operation. Phonon synchrotron is a closed system of audio processors, representing a single oscillator and it is used to search and identify in a sound signal elementary quanta of acoustic oscillations – phonons. The signals are recording simultaneously from eight different points of the system, each of which corresponds to a separate audio track.


Vlad Dobrovolski
Vlad Dobrovolski is a sound artist. Born in Russia in 1974. In the 00s, he was involved in international cooperation work in Japan. Through this experience, he had opportunities to listen to rare Japanese musics and learned a lot. He was especially inspired by music, ceremony and culture based on Far Eastern sun worship basis, then he had come out with collage musics and field recordings. The music includes elements of ambient, experimental, electro-acoustic, new age and contemporary music. Dobrovolski is also a band member of Kurvenschreiber, tape duo S A D participant and Piam trio synthman. https://dobrovolski.net

Voice Of Conscience Is The Quietest (2019)
As 8 channel sound installation “Conscience” is a state in which a person immediately feels everything that he usually feels or can feel. And since each person has thousands of contradictory and diverse feelings — from a deeply hidden understanding of his own insignificance and all kinds of fears to stupid self-delusions, complacency, self-confidence and self-praise — to feel all this together is not only painful, but literally intolerable.
“Voice Of Conscience Is The Quietest” opens the inner world of a person through a polylog with himself.
He feels all the contradictions at the same time, if he suddenly felt that he loves everything that he hates, and hates everything that he loves; that he lies when he speaks the truth, and speaks the truth when he lies; if he could sense all the shame and horror of his existence, this would be the condition that is called “”conscience.””
Man cannot live in this state; he is forced to either destroy the contradictions, or destroy the conscience. But he cannot destroy his conscience, but he can put it to sleep, separate one self-perception from another with insurmountable obstacles and not see them together, not feel their incompatibility, not notice the absurdity of his “”still small voice”.


Anastasiya Alekhina
An artist from Moscow. Born in 1989. Graduating from the Laboratory of Media Performance (MOMMA) and Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia (faculty of New Media Art). She works in technological genres of art, creating media installations, wearable devices and electronic musical instruments. Works with sound in experimental directions. www.Alekhina.cc

proj#48 (2019)
Multichannel piece based on using self-made analog instruments, computer algorithm, records of voice and found sounds with ASMR effects. The composition explores the ASMR phenomenon and seeks to combine elements of spatial sounds with reference to hacking (in all senses of the word) and the effect of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.


Sergey Filatov
Sergey Filatov – sound artist, musician, inventor, author and developer of musical instruments and sound sculptures.
Winner of the international Kuryokhin contemporary art Prize in the nomination “Best media object” (2016). Winner of the international contemporary art Prize “Premio COMEL” (Italy, 2018)
Founder of experimental music label Omniauris (omniauris.bandcamp.com).
Participant of international exhibitions and festivals of contemporary art: Ars Electronica 2015 (Linz, Austria), Performative Sound Sculptures 2018 (Mayhem, Copenhagen), PSS 2018 (Inter Arts Center, Sweden), På Den Anden Side 2018 (Corbella, Denmark), V Baltic Biennale of contemporary art, International cultural forum 2017 (State Hermitage, St. Petersburg), etc.
www.sergeyfilatov.com

Cold treatment (2018)
Multichannel piece based on transformed field recordings: mainly electromagnetic interference of various electronic control panels Any system needs to be cooled. Plunging into the inner sound of the world of machines and various technological devices, I am inspired by the timbral colors and rhythm formation within the systems. The composition is based on prepared field recordings of the disc installation process, operation of control panels, activation of coolers, etc.


Sergey Kostyrko
Sergey Kostyrko is an Associate Professor of St. Petersburg State University with an expertise in solid mechanics. He is also active as a musician and sound artist. His recent interests focus on the design of sound algorithms based on techniques of mathematical and physical modelling as well as on the data sonification principles. As a musician, he works in the area of improvisational and noise music.
http://www.facebook.com/kostyrko.sergey

Single signal (2019)
Spatial sound composition based on the field recordings and sound synthesis techniques Taking into account methods of electronic composition and field recording, presented work focuses on a construction of new sound environment through complex sound situations involved artificially synthesized and naturally produced sounds.


Nikolay Golikov
Sound/science/tech artist. Software engineer at Keen Association – Moscow.
https://www.facebook.com/nikolay.golikov.9

Hacker ethic (2019)
Open source multichannel algorithmic composition “This project aims to recall the correct meaning of the term “”hacker.””
“Hacker – a person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.” Jargon File

The main tenets of the hacker culture are:

– Creating software and sharing it with each other
– Placing a high value on freedom of inquiry
– Hostility to secrecy
– Information-sharing as both an ideal and a practical strategy
– Upholding the right to fork
– Emphasis on rationality
– Distaste for authority
– Playful cleverness, taking the serious humorously and humor seriously
The project demonstrates the principles of hacker ethics. It is open source software. Anyone can get access to the source code, explore it, modify it and use it at its discretion.
Source code published under MIT Licence:
https://github.com/decaprox/hacker-ethic-composition”


Andrei Bundin
Composer and Media Artist, PhD in Arts History, creator of digital tools for artistic performance and musical expression, docent at Herzen University, teacher at the New Media Laboratory (New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre). www.Bundin.info

Defragmentation (2018)
Octophonic electroacoustic fixed-media piece based on various sound processing and generation algorithms. Duration: 10:56. St. Petersburg, Russia. 2018 Human feeling of time depends on many factors: environment, age, condition and others. This work is a sound exploration of time and space, based on the principle of fragmentation and comparison of the duration, intensity and timbral qualities of various sound objects. Like in a computer process of defragmentation, which operates with the disk memory, the author concatenates small citates from his own previous works into a new whole. This stochastic piece is created using digital sound processing algorithms, developed by the author during the past few years.


Alexander Senko
Alexander Senko was born in Moscow, Russia. Graduated from Gnesins Institute as a sound engineer. Composer, sound producer, Alexander runs an artist-run laboratory “Acoustic Images” (research and production of interactive installations) and actively exhibits and performs. Alexander’s interests include visual programming language Pure Data, electronic and electroacoustic music, sound art, audio-visual interaction.
http://acousticimages.net

Secret transmissions (2019)
Multichannel  algorithmic composition (fixed).
Created with visual programming language Pure Data.
Using the microphones and speakers that come standard in many of today’s laptop computers and mobile devices, hackers can secretly transmit and receive data using high-frequency audio signals that are mostly inaudible to human ears.
Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz, researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing, and Ergonomics, recently performed a proof-of-concept experiment that showed that covert acoustical networking, a technique which had been hypothesized but considered improbable by most experts, is indeed possible.
Importantly, the researchers were able to emit and record the ultrasonic and near-ultrasonic frequencies, which cannot be detected by humans, using the sound processor, speakers and microphone that came standard with the laptops.””  Inside Science.
“We construct a covert channel between different computing systems that utilizes audio modulation/demodulation to exchange data between the computing systems over the air medium.” Michael Hanspach and Michael Goetz.
“Secret transmissions” is an audio piece which exposes secret audio signals through shifting their frequency from ultrasonic to hearing range.


Yerofeyev
Ivan Erofeev is a Moscow-based artist. His releases on French, Dutch, Canadian, and Russian labels under the alias Aleph are diverse in sound, incorporating elements of IDM, ambient, and techno. Ivan released two vinyl EPs under his own name in 2017-18, one on GOST Zvuk sub-label INSTRUMENT and another with Resonance Moscow. Now he studying Sonology in the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and work with programming languages like SuperCollider, Max/MSP, CDP with digital synthesis, building algorythmiс compositions and work with recordings. In free time he playing on drums and do sound design.
https://soundcloud.com/yerofeyev

Sidereal (2019)
Musical piece made in Supercollider and Izotope RX. Created for WFS Game of Life (192 channels), the Hague. Decoded into 8 channels.
Fantasy of fixed space with a different passage of time at one point.


DARK BLACK noise
Academic musician who betrays an ideas of gleichschwebende Temperatur, SA student, tempted by sonification of all what we can observe.
https://www.instagram.com/darkblackcrew

virgin (2019)
an  8 channel sonification of the magnetic fields in data center (server room)  which is never been hacked yet.
The main idea is my very presence in this place, as this is an absolutely closed object, manifesting itself as the most secure super-modern data center with an increased level of security. Unhackable, but i am in. The name of my work is Virgin – like a correlation with Immaculate Conception. i took a mic for electromagnetic field recordings n walked through a huge server room of a very well known n strictly closed data center (can’t say the name of it on public).


Masha Molokova
Born in Izhevsk in 1993. Lives in Moscow (Russia).
Masha Molokova specializes in printmaking, photography, video, installation, sound art, and teaching contemporary art. Masha’s artistic interest is focused on exploring the feeling of “time” in various states: historical, human, physical, and medial through visual and sound images. Current projects are focused on sound installations and performances in which unusual sound and body contexts appear.
https://soundcloud.com/katerina-trubina-sculpture/11111a/s-phccs

Affective meditation(2018)
The composition uses sounds recorded during sound meditation; sounds of fear processes. The sounds scattered on 8 channels are developed in space, creating at the same time unstable and safe sensation.
Meditation is a process where you focus on one thing very much. You are trying to hack your brain, to become proportionate, harmonious, calm, mindfullness. After several sessions of meditation, you suddenly feel that you have been hacked – you are lost, depressed, in your head there is a complete mess.
The more you strive for self-development, the faster it flows from your hands, it becomes elusive. In such a meditative pursuit, sounds bite you.
The score in this case is the transfer of experience into the structure of the composition. Here lies the holistic experience of the transformation of fear and instability. A piece of art as a therapy and at the same time a knock down, which does not allow is in nirvana. After relaxation comes irritation.


Trubina Katerina
Born in Perm Russia in 1987. She graduated from The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia / video art, sound art, Institute of contemporary art / Moscow, Academy of painting, sculpture and architecture of Ilya Glazunov, Department of sculpture.
Current projects are focused on sound installations
Her artistic works have been shown in exhibitions in the Russian such us «Variantology of sound» The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, «Reference point» CTI Factory, Moscow, 2016  parallel program of the International Biennale of young art, Moscow «Expanding Space » HPP-2, V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, Mad diary « Ground gallery» ets.
https://soundcloud.com/katerina-trubina-sculpture/11111a/s-phccs

seven steps behind the horizon (2018)
I used a recording from the personal archives and found sounds. Through the creation of the musical form, I wanted to work with the concept of collective memory. I think through the sound association is possible  to break the barrier between the structures, under the protection& barrier, that exists in all of us.


Andrew SuperBelov
Was born in the East of Moscow in 1984. The leader of the band “Parts of the Whole”. Soundartist.

Сarpet (2017)
Field recordings at the bell tower (55.771943, 37.632005). Modular synthesis. Transitions between different music-forming levels. The power of prayer. Work dedicated to Easter. In the first week after Orthodox Easter, anyone can go to the bell tower and try himself as a toller (many of the bell towers are open to the public these days). The 7-channel sound canvas explores the possibilities of interaction between human created and divine uncreated energies. The name of the composition reflects the property of the carpet to absorb sound waves and retain heat, as well as the requirement of constant care for them.


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