Benjamin Thigpen and Stefano Bassanese are Paris-based electroacoustic composers working regularly at GRM and fascinated by electromagnetism and gesturality. Their recent sonic experiments involve the use of inductors, coils, small metallic objects and computers to generate silent magnetic feedback loops. At Harvestworks, following a concert in the Experimental Intermedia Festival, they will explain and demonstrate these techniques.
[Mar 14] Les Frères Bobine: Induction
Benjamin Thigpen and Stefano Bassanese
Friday, March 14 2014, 7pm
Admission : FREE
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleecker
Les Frères Bobine use inductors, coils of wire, small metallic objects, amplifiers and computers to generate silent magnetic feedback loops. These gesturally-controlled electromagnetic oscillators are our instruments – at once material and virtual, digital, analog and acoustic. They behave like natural processes that we can influence and interact with but not fully control; and the sounds they produce are fascinating, unpredictable and often quite beautiful.
At Harvestworks, they will perform some music with these instruments; explain the principles behind them, show how they are constructed, and demonstrate how they work. They will also discuss some of the aesthetic and musical issues involved in playing these kinds of instruments; their approach to “instant composition,” and the interdependency of the musicians, the instruments and the sound.