Dark Circuits Orchestra

Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Orchestra uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, performed by an ensemble of contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more. Since 2005 the concept has been presented with various ensembles in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, in the US and even online. 

Dark Circuits Orchestra – which is in fact Third Eye’s all-electronic version – performed APHERESIS, a 1hr large multi-movement piece, at Eyebeam as part of Dark Circuits Festival 2014. 

In 2017 the Dark Circuits & Light Orchestra presented CROSSING THE LAGRANGIAN POINT, using a large collection of lightbulbs, A/V synths, LED structures and fluorescent lights that fight and clash with bizarre visuals projected onto objects, fabrics, ceilings and walls. The piece was performed at Knockdown Center during Dark Circuits Festival 2017.

Knockdown 2017

With: Michael Vorfeld, ChiKa, Benton C. Bainbridge, James Yuxi Cao, MSHR (Birch Cooper & Brenna Murphy), Dafna Naphtali, Eric Drasin, Jonas Bers, Matthew Ostrowski, Katya & Maya Naphtali, Daniel Neumann (spatialist) and Hans Tammen (concept, composing, conducting).

Knockdown 2017

With: Michael Vorfeld, ChiKa, Benton C. Bainbridge, James Yuxi Cao, MSHR (Birch Cooper & Brenna Murphy), Dafna Naphtali, Eric Drasin, Jonas Bers, Matthew Ostrowski, Katya & Maya Naphtali, Daniel Neumann (spatialist) and Hans Tammen (concept, composing, conducting).

Eyebeam 2014

With: Andrea Parkins, Joshua Fried, Phillip Stearns, Shoko Nagai, Joker Nies, Mario de Vega, Michael Vorfeld, Dafna Naphtali, Lars Graugaard, Philip White, Satoshi Takeishi, Miguel Frasconi, Maria Chavez and Matthew Ostrowski.

SugarCube 2015

With: Andrea Parkins, Miguel Frasconi, Dafna Naphtali, Matthew Ostrowski, Phillip White, Shoko Nagai, Joshua Fried, Chuck Bettis, Matthew Aidekman, Michael Schumacher and special guest David Watson (bagpipe).

Modular Synth Orchestra 2016

Make Music NY 2016: With Chuck Bettis, David Grant, Chrystal Penalosa, Rafael Carrasquillo, Laura Feathers, Michael Bazini, Nick Batty, Johnny Lancia, Matthew Gantt, Lorenz Fish and Sofy Yuditskaya.

PdCon16~ Orchestra 2016

At PdCon16~ conference at NYU 2016: With Sofy Yuditskaya, Matt Walsh, Adam Mirza (spatialization), Alex Porres, Derek Kwan, Julien Ottavi (Pd + ruler + plastic bag), Arthur Hureau, Edward Kelly.

CYBERFest 2009 St. Petersburg, Russia

Excerpt from November 2009 at CYBERFest St. Petersburg, Russia. With Pavel Cervy, Victor Piperov, Mikhail Chernov, Alexander Grabchilev, Carol Parkinson, Mikhail a crest sator arxenekrohen (bragophone), Sergey Komarov, Alexey Grachev, Dmitri Shubin and Igor Solncev.


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.

CROSSING THE LAGRANGIAN POINT was commissioned by Harvestworks with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Dark Circuits Offshoots

Workshops

Since 2005: All-star festival performances, workshops for colleges, and many more.

Festival 2014

Dark Circuits Festival June 2014: 10 days, 20+ performances, 8 different venues.

Festival 2017

Dark Circuits Festival November 2017: lightbulbs, A/V synths, LED structures, fluorescent lights, projection mapping and more.

littleBits Orchestra

An orchestra of players using the Korg littleBits synth.