[Dark Circuits Festival] Main Event: littleBits & Third Eye Dark Circuits Orchestra at Eyebeam’s CT-SWaM

Hans Tammen’s “Dark Circuits” Festival 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. http://www.darkcircuitsfestival.com

Sunday, June 22nd, 8pm

Eyebeam Art+Technology Center
540 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011
Suggested Donation: $10

APHERESIS is a large multi-movement piece by Hans Tammen for 14 performers of custom-made electronic instruments. The piece is inspired by Earle Brown’s Available Forms, uses a score that is rearranged every time it’s performed, and fuses various contemporary electronic music styles and techniques. It combines contemporary electronic music practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers and synthesis to produce sounds electronically. It is performed by internationally renowned performers Matthew Ostrowski, Andrea Parkins, Dafna Naphtali, Miguel Frasconi, Phillip Stearns, Philip White, Joshua Fried, Shoko Nagai, Maria Chavez, Satoshi Takeishi, Joker Nies, Mario DeVega, Lars Graugaard and Michael Vorfeld.

littleBits Orchestra

Prior to the APHERESIS performance, the ensemble will present their own version of “live coding” by creating a littleBits orchestra from 22 kits of the popular Korg littleBits synth. Starting with an empty table, the participants will create a piece by slowly connecting the modules, gradually assembling over 200 modules into an infinite maze of sonic possibilities, propagating in all directions, growing from the middle and springing up, unannounced, in seemingly impossible places. A camera from above will project the maze on the walls for the audience to follow the development, the music is distributed through a quad sound system.


Andrea Parkins https://soundcloud.com/andreaparkins
Phillip Stearns http://phillipstearns.wordpress.com
Joker Nies http://www.klangbureau.de/Studio/Joker.html
Dafna Naphtali http://www.dafna.info
Shoko Nagai http://www22.ocn.ne.jp/~hot-jazz/
Miguel Frasconi http://frasconimusic.com
Maria Chavez http://www.mariachavez.org
Phillip White http://prwhite.net
Joshua Fried aka Radio Wonderland http://radiowonderland.org
Lars Graugard aka Lars From Mars http://l–l.dk
Matthew Ostrowski: http://www.ostrowski.info
Mario deVega http://www.mariodevega.info
Hans Tammen http://www.tammen.org
Michael Vorfeld http://www.vorfeld.org
Satoshi Takeishi http://home.earthlink.net/~takeishi/id1.html


CT-SWaM (Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music) is Eyebeam’s late night concert series curated by Eyebeam Alumni Daniel Neumann, happening intermittently in Eyebeam’s Main Space. The series focuses on contemporary sound experiments, electro-acoustic multi-channel performance, social-sonic relations, improvisation, lowercase artistic presence, and topology – study of place/space with a spatial concept that goes beyond linear, geometrical understandings of space.

Michael Vorfeld Light Table

Michael Vorfeld Light Table


All events are part of Dark Circuits Festival June 14 – 23 (http://www.darkcircuitsfestival.com) organized by Hans Tammen, at venues such as HarvestworksREVERSESilent BarnOutpost Artists ResourcesSpectrumMakeMusicNYThe FirehouseEyebeam and Shapeshifter Lab. The festival culminates on June 22 in the performance of APHERESIS at Eyebeam, a large multi-movement piece by Hans Tammen for 14 laptop and electronics performers. APHERESIS was commissioned by Harvestworks with funds from The Multi-Arts Production Fund. The MAP Fund is a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This work is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Wave Farm Fiscal Sponsorship. littleBits Electronics supports MakeMusicNY and the Dark Circuits Festival by providing their LittleBits x Korg Synth Kits. Eventide supports MakeMusicNY and the Dark Circuits Festival by providing their Eventide H9 Stompboxes.

Korg littleBits

Korg littleBits