[July 12-14] Lost in the Labyrinth: Sound Art in China

Since its import into China, the evolution of and the practice of Sound Art, like the art of New Media, has been completely re-shaped by the political system, social structure, and market economy of contemporary China. Sound Art in China – as it’s been greatly affected by the local culture – has very little in common with its original reference in Western art history. Most Chinese practitioners in this field usually avoid classifying their creations as “Sound Art”, as it’s difficult to summarize the complexity of the media evolution in China with such a simple word. Curated by Xiaoying Juliette Yuan, Harvestworks presents artists who are among the most representative figures in the experimental music (i.e., Sound Art) field in contemporary China. Continue reading

[July 7] Hans Schüttler: Talking Sounds / Workshop & Performance

In this workshop, fluxus influenced German composer Hans Schüttler will create a live radio drama based on experimental poet Ernst Jandl’s sound poem “Eating”. Up to 12 participants will create an evening length piece using kitchen devices, food items, musical instruments, and more. The participants and listeners witness a live radio drama, in which voice, sounds, noise and music equally have a role in the creation. Continue reading

[June 8] Get closer to your audience: Multichannel and Spatialization Concepts in Max/MSP

For decades the attempt to do spatialization has been focused on a “virtual sound source” being moved around the space. The result we recognize as an audience is almost only “circles” as movements, even if the virtual sound source is doing much more complex moves – unless you are in the sweet spot of a given speaker setup. In this workshop we will learn various spatialization concepts using the Max/MSP programming environment, then learning different approaches to look beyond “sweet spot” concepts. Participants receive lab time out side of the class to experiment in Harvestworks 8-channel TEAMLab. Continue reading

[July 6] Hans Schüttler: Talking Sounds / Radio Drama

The radio drama is a dramatized play with different actors speaking different roles, plus sounds and music. With its emphasis on sound, and in experimental radio plays and non-linear storytelling the borders between radio drama and sound art are fluid. In this lecture Hans Schüttler, composer from Hamburg, will talk about his productions for German public radio and how he approaches sound and music, and various dramatization techniques in radio drama and its current internet version, the podcast. Continue reading

[Video] Juraj Kojs, Marco Donnarumma, Mari Kimura & Tomoyuki Kato

Juraj Kos’ TOUCH EM HEAR is an experimental multimedia work that explores the relationship between touch, sound and movement. Marco Donnarumma’s OMINOUS embodies before the audience the metaphor of an invisible and unknown object enclosed in the composer’s hands. Mari Kimura’s & Tomoyuki Kato’s ONE is an interactive audio/graphic multi-lingual opera, with the theme of “love, humanity, faith and global solidarity”. Continue reading

[July 13/14] Making Max Make Music with Markov Chains – ONLINE CLASS

Make Max make music for you! Make Max make music like you! Make Max make music without you! Do the beginnings of your performances always start with you predictably building layers? Get the party kicking *immediately* with Markov chains! Are you sick of making music with static loops that never ever ever ever ever change? Not with Markov chains. Do you tweak one thing at a time while everything else just sits there repeating over and over and over and over? Never again! Maybe you just want a friend to jam with when there’s no one around. This weekend ONLINE class will teach you to make your Max patch improvise on it’s own! You’ll walk out with ideas and strategies for making melodies, chords progressions and especially drum parts write themselves and only repeat when you want them to! Continue reading

[June 28] Channel 16 – Brown Cuts Neighbors

In this screening and talk inter-disciplinary artist Jason Martin presents his work with the expansive collective Brown Cuts Neighbors, a band and Public Access TV program that ran from 1989 to 2002 in Schenectady, NY. In these years, Brown Cuts Neighbors created more than one hundred videos that revel in the liminal spaces of late night television. Bringing together bizarre fables, a cast of imaginary characters, and a channel-surfing montage, these intensely chromatic films unveil a submerged media satire and wonderment. Continue reading