Dance of the Angels

Published: Apr. 19th, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Laos, Music, Thailand

En busca del silencio-Escorpion en ascendente


This is an LP recorded by the eclectic Mexican Theater Director Juan José Gurrola in the early Seventies with various friends (Victor Fosado: Percussion, Roberto Bustamante: electric Guitar, Eduardo Guzman: Trumpet). It is an unknown record, only a few copies were made. It is a rare example of Mexican experimental music, free jazz, alternative music, at that time. I consider Gurrola a pioneer of sound art in Mexico, along with Alejandro Jodorowsky who was a good friend of his back in the sixties.

On 2007, the curator Mauricio Marcin did an exhibition of Gurrola's artistic works and he asked me if we could make a CD of this forgotten LP, but inviting electronic composers to do remixes, sound interventions or works inspired in the different tracks of Gurrola's LP. I had already suggested this to Gurrola, and so he agreed and I invited 20 Mexican people to participate. It became sort of homage to this grate interdisciplinary artist, that sadly died recently, just after the CD was published. I present also here the works of these composers.

Sample: Nay Happiness

Juan José Gurrola | En busca del silencio Escorpión en ascendente

Ivan Naranjo is a sound arranger and composer from Morelia, Mexico. A fan of composers from Kevin Drumm to John Cage, Naranjo creates experimental compositions with a predilection for original sound textures.

Via The Hippodrome.

Published: Feb. 6th, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Experimental music, Mexico, Sound art

Advanced Beauty


Advanced Beauty is an ongoing exploration of digital artworks born and influenced by sound. Curated by Universal Everything and Freeform, this is an ever-growing collaboration between programmers, artists, animators and architects. The first release will be a collection of Audio-Visual Sound Sculptures, on High Definition DVD and 5:1 Surround Sound.

Published: Feb. 6th, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Sound art, Visualizations

Miles Davis and John Coltrane

Published: Feb. 1st, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Jazz, Music

Marc McNulty sound art

A selection of his work:

Live on rare frequency performing "going blind" (2aug07): mp3
Live @ swieta krowa in krakow, poland: mp3
Live @ sQuareone studio: mp3
Live @ diapason (nyc) 01aug04 ( mp3 39.4mb
Live @ new works studio (toronto) 10jun05 ( mp3 26.2mb

Marc McNulty - digital visual and sound artist

Published: Jan. 31st, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Sound art

Silent Ringtone


An interesting commentary on technology by an artist who doesn't own a cell phone. Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats has created the world's first silent ringtone - an homage to Cage's 4'33", performed live before an audience in 1952.

A remastering, "My Cage" is also a remix, introducing serendipity into the equation, delivering performances unpredictably, whenever calls come unexpectedly. The silence may take place without the listener being aware of it. Or the listener may hear a call - phantom silence - when there's no one on the line. "My Cage" all-encompassing: Even those who don't use it as a ringtone have the potential to experience it, in the silence of an unanswered call. Note: To fully enjoy this work, and to give callers the opportunity to enjoy the complete silence as well, it is recommended that you turn off your voicemail.

While noting that Mr. Keats doesn't have a cellphone of his own, and may be less-than-qualified to make global pronouncements about them, Start Mobile CEO John Doffing believes that "My Cage" may be a platinum hit. "People want a respite," he says, "and not everybody has the time or money to go to a spa. The virtues of silence are unsung.

My Cage. Via Wired. Repost.

Published: Jan. 15th, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Ringtones, Sound art

Disinformation "The Beat Room"

Noise DJ and sound artist Joe Banks interviewed for BBC Scotland music programme "The Beat Room" in 1998. The content of the interview relates to recordings of (usually VLF band) radio noise produced by electric storms, the sun, live mains electricity, VLF "whistlers", domestic appliances, IT technology and industrial hardware, railway and metro systems etc, produced by Disinformation (and released by the record company Ash International) on CD and LP between 1996 and 1999... "the musical signature of the urban environment". See (video and text) for more details.

Published: Jan. 11th, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Sound art

Kaini Industries

By the Boards of Canada, also known as BoC, a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin. Their music is reminiscent of the warm, scratchy, artificial sounds of 1970s television and contains recurring themes of childhood and nostalgia. Michael and Marcus admit to being inspired by the documentary films of the National Film Board of Canada, from which the group's name is derived. [source]

Published: Jan. 8th, 2008. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Boards of Canada, Electronic, Music

Japanese Whispers

Japanese Whispers is "an experiment into the way information is changed by being digitally processed and transmitted through electromagnetic space, up to 20 mobile phones were laid nose-to-toe in a circle. During the performance event, calls between the phones were initiated in a variety of patterns (neighbour to neighbour or across the circle) and the ambient sounds and voices of participants were input into the mouthpieces to be propagated through the phones and mobile phone network.

The resulting feedback loop delayed and distorted the sounds through the iterative process of being digitised, transmitted, output and re-digitised, creating echoes of the room and nearby people that sounded much like chirping birds."

It's complex and a bit rough around the edges but I bet it was great. This might be something to try again in the near future.

Japanese Whispers is the work of Haque Design + Research, who specialize in the design and research of interactive architecture systems.

Published: Jan. 5th, 2007. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Art, Installation

Traffic Sound Art


I'm back in Taiwan from Bangkok and traveling to beautiful center of the island to install a series of sound art installations in Puli, Nantou County. A very unlikely location for somewhat strange sounding work.

This series of work is something that I have been playing with for years. It brings together a number of different interests of mine including mobile networks, sound as art ( I was a musician way way back which is part of my underlining love of the 'road'), and autonomous creation.

I described traffic 2 (the second in a series of 3) as, a sound art installation that attempts to create spontaneous real time auditory compositions or improvisations using data gained from network traffic. A secondary aim is to test our understanding of the usage of network data in the public and private sphere. We treat the network as an unseen life form - a body in constant change - born from the usage patterns of the users of the system. By using network traffic as a tool for creating music we in effect illustrate this unseen form.

Unlike traditional musical performances, Traffic 2 does not exist over a set period of time. It is in effect never ending and never the same at any given point in time.

Some sound examples can be found here.

Published: Jan. 5th, 2007. Categorized: Auditory. Tagged: Sound art

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