In this event at Church For All Nations, Lori Napoleon aka Meridian7 performed an analog audio excursion that brings original telephone equipment back to life. This event was part of 2013 New York Electronic Art Festival, in partnership with Church For All Nations and Hells Kitchen Cultural Center / Rhythm In The Kitchen Festival.
[Video] Lori Napoleon – Meridian7
Wed, June 5, from 7pm on
Church For All Nations in partnership with Hells Kitchen Cultural Center
417 West 57th Street (Between 9th and 10th avenues), New York, NY
Subway: Columbus Circle station (A, C, B, D, 1, and 9), 57th Street station (N/R/B and Q), 7th Avenue station (B, D, and E)
Meridian7: Intercept Tone/Vacant Level
Meridian7 will perform Intercept Tone/Vacant Level, an analog audio excursion that brings obsolete telephone equipment back to a life of patching signals by transforming vintage switchboards into modular synthesizers and sequencers. The piece is inspired by the cryptic sounds of archival DIY field recordings of analog switching systems captured by a subculture of audio explorers with reel-to-reels called phone phreaks. This piece explores sonic textures using comb filtering, a technique that creates evolving timbres through a process of time-delayed feedback that forms “notches” of positive and negative interference, and other endless modifications of the signal path.
Meridian7 aka Lori Napoleon is an artist/synthesist inspired by creative expression using science and technology. Driven by her love of electronic music and a primordial urge to “build stuff,” Lori relocated from Chicago to New York to complete a Master’s degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. Her work has spanned holography, transmission arts and analog circuitry, leading her to exhibit at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, lecture at the Sigma Pi Sigma Congress for physics students, install interactive work in Trinity College’s Science Gallery in Dublin, and transform light waves into sound at Boston’s Computer-Human Interface Conference. Lori is currently focused on transforming antique telephone switchboards into a patchable, modular synthesizer system, and recording audio excursions under the guise Meridian7. Her work and influences are featured in forthcoming film “I Dream of Wires: The Modular Synthesizer Documentary.” She is currently creating a series of new synthesizers and producing music under the 2012-2013 New Works Residency Program at Harvestworks Digital Media Center in New York City. http://www.meridian7.net
Rhythm In The Kitchen Festival
The Hell’s Kitchen Cultural Center, Inc. is very pleased to present its seventh annual “Rhythm in the Kitchen” Music Festival, showcasing the artistic talents residing in one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The four – evening concert series (one in collaboration with the New York Electronic Art Festival) will be held at the Church for All Nations, 417 West 57th Street, (between 9th and 10th Avenues), in Manhattan, from Wednesday, June 5th through Saturday, June 8th 2013.