[Oct. 18] Improvisation and New Media Showcase

A quintuple bill featuring Lucky Dragons, Joker Nies, Triple Point, Andrew Deutsch & Peer Bode, and Moritz Wettstein.

Los Angeles-based duo Lucky Dragons will create a performance by combining music, video projection and sound created in collaboration with the audience, while German musician Joker Nies will give a solo performance on Omnichord and other bizarre circuit-bent instruments. The improvising trio Triple Point featuring Pauline Oliveros (digital accordion) Jonas Braasch (soprano saxophone) and Doug Van Nort (electronics) will perform music guided by an attentiveness to ‘Deep Listening’.

Andrew Deutsch and Peer Bode will be premiering the live image and sound performance, UBER ORGAN / body of life . This performance celebrates what would have been electronic pioneer, Harald Bode’s 100th birth year. The piece is inspired by H. Bode’s many years of notebooks, instruments and recordings. The source sounds and images will be from 1940’s-1980’s electronic instrument demos and sound compositions, as well as texts culled from the Harald Bode archive. These will be looped, droned, mixed and performed live using original Bode instruments in combination with digital processors.

Moritz Wettstein will present Answering Machine, a sound performance with a modified analog telephone. The imaginary calls that “callboy” Moritz receives will be recorded and edited in real-time using the telephone dial pad. The transformed calls and telephone sounds will be played back live in a rhythmical composition. Moritz Wettstein’s performance pays tribute to the feeling of excitement that is stirred up by a telephone when it rings.

Sunday, October 18, 2009, from 8-11 PM at Roulette

About the artists:

Lucky Dragons, an experimental music/art group based in Los Angeles, is the moniker given to “any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and any sometimes collaborator.” Blending an organic approach to electronic music with a background in the arts, everything Lucky Dragons produces is released under a CC BY-NC-SA license, allowing others to share what they have made as well as rework it (much of their music is available for free download on their website.

Joker Nies lives and works in Cologne, Germany. He is a musician, sound-designer, sound-engineer, photographer and technical editor for the German Sound&Recording and Keyboards.

Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she has explored sound — forging new ground for herself and others. Through Deep Listening Pieces and earlier Sonic Meditations Oliveros introduced the concept of incorporating all environmental sounds into musical performance. In performance Oliveros uses an accordion, which has been re-tuned in two different systems of her just intonation in addition to electronics to alter the sound of the accordion and to explore the individual characteristics of each room. She now serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Darius Milhaud Composer in Residence at Mills College.

Jonas Braasch is an acoustician, musicologist, and sound artist who teaches courses in Acoustics, Music, and the Doctoral Seminar at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a soprano saxophonist and sound artist, he has on-going collaborations with Curtis Bahn, Chris Chafe, Michael Century, Mark Dresser, Pauline Oliveros, Doug van Nort, and Sarah Weaver – among others.  He is also a Board Member of the Deep Listening Institute (Kingston, NY) and holds a courtesy Adjunct Professor Appointment with the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.

Doug Van Nort is a sonic experimentalist currently living in Troy, NY. His work explores the sounds of technologically-mediated processes, from broken electronics to machine learning algorithms. Van Nort improvises regularly with electronic and acoustic musicians using his custom granular-feedback software and amplified objects, currently performing in the trio Triple Point with Pauline Oliveros and Jonas Braasch. He is currently a research specialist in music at RPI, working on intelligent systems for improvisation.

Andrew Deutsch is a composer, video artist and print design artist who refers to his work as “Electrodynamic Drawing & Electroacoustic Collage.” Since 1998 his, “Magic If”, record label has released over 20 CDR limited editions, which showcase his experimental music and cover art. In 1998 Deutsch formed Carrier Band with Peer Bode and Pauline Oliveros, producing the CDs “Carrier” and “Automatic Inscription of Speech Melody.” Andrew’s video work screens nationally and internationally, most recently at MOMA, NYC and at BS1, Beijing.

Peer Bode is a second-generation American electronic video artist. He is associated with the New York, Oswego and Alfred schools of new media making. Peer is represented in ”Surveying the First Decade, Video Art and Alternate Media in the United States.” Peer’s work presents spaces, times and transitions that are giddy, excessive, autonomous and poetic specifically through the synthesis of audio and video signals.

Moritz Wettstein is a Brooklyn-based sound artist and software developer. Originally from Switzerland, he is active in the interactive sound community Netpd which provides a platform for real-time collaboration over the internet using the PureData software platform. His work has been presented at MonkeyTown (Brooklyn), Brooklyn College, Museum Platte (Zürich) and others. magazines. Since the early 80´s, Nies experiments with all kinds of electronic sound-sources, like modular-analog synthesizers, individually designed electronic devices, DSP-based systems (like Kyma/Capybara or Clavia Nord Modular) and software-based sound-sources.

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