Saturday, Sep 19, 9pm: Adam Matta
Following Hans Tammen’s “Dark Circuits” Festival in June 2014, Spectrum’s “Dark Circuits Series” features performers who work in contemporary electronic music practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, plus other instruments we may have never heard of yet.
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121 Ludlow Street, #2, New York, NY 10012
July 2015: Matthew Ostrowski – Negative Differential Resistance
A New York City native, Matthew Ostrowski has been creating art with electronic and digital media for over twenty years, having worked as a composer, performer and installation artist, exploring work with multimedia, alternative controllers, video and theater. Using digital tools and formalist techniques to engage with quotidian materials — sonic, physical, and cultural – Ostrowski’s work explores the liminal space between the virtual and phenomenological worlds. At Spectrum’s Dark Circuits Series he will present a live performance for amplified and processed fluorescent lights.
March 2015: LoVid – Back In the Frame Series
LoVid presented a special audiovisual performance for Spectrum combining analog and digital handmade tools. The performance featured LoVid’s hardware A/V instrument; Color Wheel. Color Wheel contextualizes explorations in image processing and analog signals that started in the 1960’s, particularly within the context of institutions such as Experimental TV Center. Influenced by the dawn era of media art, LoVid has been producing handmade analog synthesizer instruments with which they produce experimental, noisy, video and sound concurrently.
January 2015: David Simons – Theremin Is Reading My Thoughts
Taking a few steps beyond Leon Theremin’s invention, Simons uses motion and proximity to activate and manipulate audio samples. This non-linear compositional method is a unique and hyper-sensitive interactive design. Two electro-magnetic spheres of possibility are created by the instrument’s antennae. He also performs his recent compositions for solo Theremin, Pythia and Occupational Therapy (2013-14). Guest vocalist Lisa Karrer joins with Dear Officer, their nightmarish collaboration from 1998 on a suicide note which made headlines.
October 2014: Marco Donnarumma – A Night Of Biophysical Music
In this concert, Marco plays with the Xth Sense, a new musical instrument he created 4 years ago. By performing whole-body, physical gestures, his body emits bioacoustic sounds which are amplified using wearable microphone sensors, interactively live sampled and diffused through loudspeakers and subwoofers. In this way, he creates music by literally composing in real time the sounds emitted by the muscle tissue of his body. The natural sound of the flesh and its virtual counterpart blend together into unstable sonic objects. This is what he termed Biophysical Music, music that is a joint result of bioacoustic body mechanisms and physical, visceral performance.
August 2014: MSHR (Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper)
MSHR is a collaborative project by Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy based in Portland, Oregon. The duo produces installations, sculptures and ritualistic performances that place the human body into a dynamic relationship with sound and light, generating expanded sensory experiences. MSHR’s live performances currently revolve around a unique system of light-audio feedback that employs hand made analog synthesizers and sculptural interfaces.
June 2014: Phillip Stearns – Interferences into Fluorescene
A graded two-part set featuring two improvised works exploring the raw materials of electronic media: electricity, electronics, signal, light, and sound. Each work deals with the basic elements of rhythm, pitch, spatialization, and compositional form as derived from systems of feedback. The performance will contain stroboscopic visuals and may not be suitable for individuals with photosensitive epilepsy.
May 2014: Levy Lorenzo
Electronics Engineer and Experimental Percussionist, Levy Lorenzo plays his own custom designed musical instruments and performs embodied electronic sound expressions through new sonic idioms.
April 2014: Terry Dame’s Science Music Road Show
Instrument inventor Terry Dame performs on original sensor driven controllers fabricated from recycled objects. In a interactive dance with her instruments Dame weaves musical soundscapes and takes you on a unique sonic odyssey. Haunting, humor tinged and beautiful.
March 2014: Radio Wonderland
RADIO WONDERLAND turns mass culture into recombinant funk, LIVE, with computer processing of live FM radio controlled by a real steering wheel, old shoes hit with sticks, knobs and gizmos. Hear award-winning composer Joshua Fried build his grooves, step by step, out of recognizable radio, and even UN-wind those grooves back to the original source.