[Sept 21-25] NoiseGate Festival: Environmental Noise Pollution Awareness Data-Driven, Art-Driven, Community-Driven

The inaugural NoiseGate festival is a five-day festival produced in collaboration and partnership with NYU Steinardt (http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/technology/iaps), United Nations Global Arts Initiative, Citygram (citygram.smusic.nyu.edu), Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center, Monthly Music Hackathon, Music of Reality, Kadenze, ThinkCoffee, University of Redlands, and generous grants from the NYU Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost.

The festival will feature concerts including the United Nations-SDSN “Music for a Sustainable Planet Concert” at Carnegie Zankel Hall, screening of award-winning documentary “Sonic Sea”, installations at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center, Music Hackathon at NYC Spotify, Panel Discussion by distinguished panelists from IRCAM, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Citygram, and more.

DATES AND TIMES:   September 21 – September 25

Meet The Artists on Tuesday September 20 @ 7 pm @ Harvestworks.  Suzanne Thorpe, Steve Wanna, Dafna Naphtali, Hugues Clement and Art Jones. At 8 pm we will experience Dafna’s sound art walk while we walk to NYU Steinhardt to see Matthew Ostrowski’s work.

Many of the events are free and open to the public! Please stay tuned for updates.

LOCATION : Installation Art at Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602 New York NY 10012. Phone: 212-431-1130 Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R to Prince, #6 to Bleecker

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NYU Steinhardt  35 West 4th Street, New York, NY 6th Floor

Other sites listed below:

The inaugural NoiseGate festival centers on the environment, and in particular, aims to bring awareness to spatial and urban noise pollution “in 3D” via Data-Driven, Art-Driven, Community-Driven efforts:

Noise pollution is the no. 1 complaint in megacities like New York City as quantified via its 311 non-emergency hotline introduced in 2003. The relentless honking, constancy of loud talking, and ubiquity of noise from machines, regardless of time and space, is something urbanites have learned to endure. Learning to deal with noise, however, comes with serious associated health risks: according to Bronzaft, one of the leading experts in environmental psychology, “It means you’ve adapted to the noise … you’re using energy to cope with the situation. That’s wear and tear on your body”. Studies show that such “wear and tear” does not just contribute to hearing impairment but also impacts non-auditory health risks and physiological disorders including children’s learning skills, hypertension, sleep deprivation, cardiovascular complications, as well as work productivity, and social behavior. This situation has only worsened with rapid population growth and expanding megacities worldwide, that are now, for the first time in history, inhabited by more than 50% of the world’s population. By 2050, the situation is projected to intensify to the point where 3/5 of the global population is expected to live in one of these megacities.

NoiseGate is a five-day festival produced in collaboration and partnership with NYU Steinardt (http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/technology/iaps), United Nations Global Arts Initiative, Citygram (citygram.smusic.nyu.edu), Harvestworks, Monthly Music Hackathon, Music of Reality, Kadenze, ThinkCoffee, University of Redlands, and generous grants from the NYU Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost. The festival will feature concerts including the United Nations-SDSN “Music for a Sustainable Planet Concert” at Carnegie Zankel Hall, screening of award-winning documentary “Sonic Sea”, installations at Harvestworks, Music Hackathon at NYC Spotify, Panel Discussion by distinguished panelists from IRCAM, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Citygram, and more.

– Day 0 – Tue, September 20, 2016
Installation Opening Reception:
Harvestworks
596 Broadway #602 NY NY 10012
212.431.1130

Day 1
Concert 1: Music for a Sustainable Planet with special guest Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
Carnegie Zankel Hall, New York, NY
Wed, September 21, 2016, 7:30 PM

The UN-SDSN “Music for a Sustainable Planet” concert at Carnegie Zankel Hall will feature works by Gloria Benedikt, Vladislav Boguinia, Yuri Boguinia, Peng-Peng Gong, Ronen Shapira, Tae Hong Park, and with special guest Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky. ÆON Music Ensemble, and the group Net, multimedia artist Tony Lim, along with conductor Ruth Reinhardt will performing works inspired by the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The concert will feature acustic, electro-acoustic and electronic works, as well as utilization of the Citygram real-time soundmapping system as part of the International Conference on Sustainable Development, the NoiseGate Festival, and Global Arts.

Day 2
Panel Discussion and Concert II
NYU Steinhardt, 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY
Thu, September 22, 2016, 7:30 PM

The panel discussion will feature speakers active in the fields of Government & Public Policy, Academia, including guest from Ircam, NYU, Citygram, and NYC DEP. The discussion will explore the complexities and opportunities that technology, art, policy-making, and community can contribute to improving environmental sustainability.

Day 3
”Sonic Sea” Film Screening and Concert III
NYU Steinhardt, 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY
Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30 PM

Sonic Sea is a 56-minute documentary about the devastating impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life.  Following the screening is a concert/talk in collaboration with Music of Reality (www.facebook.com/musicofreality) exploring the joyful discovery of noise and other beauty in our natural world with physicist Matthew Kleban (talk: “Pure Noise: Discoveries from the Cosmic Microwave Background”), music for piano by John Luther Adams, Stephen Cabell, and David Ibbett performed by pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and David Ibbett on electronics.

Day 4
“Noise Music Hackathon”
Spotify NYC, 45 W 18th Street 7th floor New York, NY
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Spotify in NYC will host a “Music Hackathon” on Saturday September 24th where musicians, programmers, artists, scientists, composers, hardware tinkerers, and others spend the last Saturday of each month hacking together projects exploring music.

Day 5
Concert IV
NYU Steinhardt, 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
The final concert will feature works from our call for works (www.unsdsnarts.org/#!call-for-works/h6t06) to bring awareness to spatial noise with a particular focus on urban noise pollution.

Day 1 – 5
Installation works by Dafna Naphtali, Matthew Ostrowski, Art Jones, Huges Clement, Suzanne Thorpe and Steve Wanna will be featured throughout the festival at Harvestworks and NYU Steinhardt 6th Floor.

@ Harvestworks 596 Broadway Suite 602 @ Houston

Art Jones: Remixcity 1.0: an audiovisual installation consisting of a series of sculpture/sounds, and occasionally mapped animation. The basis of the objects are sonic waveforms derived from field recordings of various New York City environments. Each object is accompanied by the stereo or multi-channel sound of it’s associated location. @ Harvestworks

Steve Wanna: in a single drop… One of the most common types of shrine offering in Tibetan Buddhism is water offering. The practice, called “yonchap” in Tibetan, involves filling seven identical bowls with water and has several significances in the tradition. in a single drop… offers a visual and sonic meditation inspired by this practice and offers a visually and sonically austere space that invites wakefulness and presence.

Dafna Naphtali;   Walkie-talkie dream Angles: a new music composition created as an interactive installation– constructed and delivered with a customized version of U-GRUVE, an Audio Augmented Reality system created by Richard Rodkin, a New York City-based creative technologist and composer. Utilizing the Unity Game Engine, U-GRUVE provides a relatively straightforward way for composers to create or adapt their audio works for location-based, Augmented Reality experiences. The music is consumed by listeners on their smartphones via a free app (iOS only for now, Android coming soon). The project is a soundwalk from Washington Square to Harvestworks (Prince/Broadway) in NY.   It is a creative outgrowth of the composers work in live audio-processing as performance, multi-channel audio, and site-specific sound. Pick up the app at Harvestworks, walk with the composer on Tuesday September 20th @ 7 pm. Meet at Harvestworks. 596 Broadway Suite 602 @ Houston Street.

Suzanne Thorpe: Phloq is a fixed media sound piece, written to be performed on a 3D/6 channel speaker system designed by Paul Geluso, a Harvestworks Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellow. For the piece to be effective, the speaker must be placed in a reflective space that allows for overhead reflection. The content of the piece conjures the sensation of birds taking flight to inspire an exploration of innate, linked movement among bird life. The piece also references manmade migration and flocking behaviors, which causes its own patterns of interference/noise.

Hugues Clement FAKE/REALITIES: a multiple channel video installation based on the exploration of synthetic yet organic textures, evolving into a physical/abstraction concept. Both sound and visual are computer generated, aiming to stimulate a thought on what new realities the digital realm impose: fake or real? huguesclement.com

@ Steinhardt: 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY 6th Floor

Matthew Ostrowski: Spectral City (In Memoriam Jane Jacobs). Every city has a chord resonating through it, below our range of hearing. It is the combination of the city’s acoustic signature and the activities taking place within it — life reverberating through architecture. This installation is an exploration of those chords, an attempt to extract the resonances, the pitches that remain, but are usually drowned out by overall levels of noise and activity. Sounds never completely dissipate, merely sinking below our range of hearing, and merging with the hum of the city. Spectral City listens to its location, using techniques of spectral extraction and accumulation to capture and suspend the most prominent pitches. By slowing down time to reveal space, this piece reveals the deep structures of sound which permeate us, the unique harmony underlying every location.

 

 

Related Event:
International Conference on Sustainable Development
Columbia University, New York, NY
September 21-22, 5:30 PM
http://ic-sd.org/
Festival Organizers and Team:
Tae Hong Park, Vlad Boguinia, and Yuri Boguinia

Vishnu Bachani, Leo Chang, Aaron Garcia, Evan Kent, Mohamed Kubbara, Jaeseong You and Carol Parkinson

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