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Two National Endowment for the Arts grants to support Turbulence.org

New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. receives two National Endowment for the Arts grants to support Turbulence.org :: Grants two of 817 NEA Art Works grants totaling $26.3 million in funding nationwide:

New York — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive NEA Art Works grants. NRPA is recommended for two grants totaling $47,000 to support commissioning new work for Turbulence.org and for continuing to archive Turbulence.org at the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media, Cornell University. Continue reading


Apr 25, 2013
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The Xth Sense Wins Guthman Prize

marco-donnarumma_xth-workshop-2.jpgThe Xth Sense,( Marco Donnarumma), a biophysical, wearable interactive technology for musical performance and responsive milieux has been awarded the first prize at the prestigious Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition as “the world’s most innovative new musical instrument.” The GNMIC is an annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering. It takes place at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, US.

This critically acclaimed event seeks to provide a fertile platform for the advancement of the studies on New Musical Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).

The Xth Sense is a new and original, biophysical interactive system based on free, open source tools. The project goal is to investigate exploratory applications of biological sounds, namely muscle sounds, for musical performance and responsive milieux.

Complete information and a blog documenting the research can be viewed on-line. Continue reading


Feb 21, 2012
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ChordPunch Infoburst

chordpunch.jpgChordPunch is a record label dedicated to algorithmic music: sound generated by or inspired by automated processes. Continue reading


Feb 9, 2012
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Transcripts Available for Composing with Process

radio_macba.jpgTranscripts are now available for Radio MACBA’s Composing with Process: Perspectives on Generative Systems Music (the podcast series by Mark Fell and Joe Gilmore on generative approaches to composition and performance):

Transcript episode #1.1. Continue :: Transcript episode #2.1. Systems :: Transcript episode #3.1. Determinacy and indeterminacy :: Transcript episode #4.1. Time :: Transcript episode #51. Duration

Generative music is a term used to describe music which has been composed using a set of rules or system. Continue reading


Feb 2, 2012
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Internet on Strike Against SOPA and PIPA Legislation

Artists!

The US Congress is about to pass an internet censorship bill written by the copyright and corporate music and film lobbies, claiming that this bill is written in your name to “protect creativity.” The law would allow the government or corporations to censor entire sites — they just have to convince a judge that the site is “dedicated to copyright infringement.”

In fact, PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are backed and largely written by the Hollywood film industry, namely the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which is trying to sell goods and ideas that are already free. Continue reading


Jan 18, 2012
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Patterns between spider silk/melodies linked

4-researchersl.jpgResearchers link patterns seen in spider silk, melodies:: a December article in Physorg.com by Denise Brehm

Graphic: Christine Daniloff

Using a new mathematical methodology, researchers at MIT have created a scientifically rigorous analogy that shows the similarities between the physical structure of spider silk and the sonic structure of a melody, proving that the structure of each relates to its function in an equivalent way.

The step-by-step comparison begins with the primary building blocks of each item — an amino acid and a sound wave — and moves up to the level of a beta sheet nanocomposite (the secondary structure of a protein consisting of repeated hierarchical patterns) and a musical riff (a repeated pattern of notes or chords). The study explains that structural patterns are directly related to the functional properties of lightweight strength in the spider silk and, in the riff, sonic tension that creates an emotional response in the listener. Continue reading


Dec 15, 2011
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Turbulence.org Relaunches SoundTransit Project

soundtransit.jpgAfter a 10 month hiatus the SoundTransit project is back, hosted by Turbulence.org.

SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography. Phonography is the art of recording sounds from the environment around us, with an emphasis on the unintentional sounds which often go unnoticed in our daily lives. An international community of phonographers collect and share their recordings, with interests ranging from recordings of natural or urban environments to improvised situations or soundwalks, to the resonance of solid objects or the Earth’s atmosphere. Continue reading


Nov 18, 2011
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The Fall of Pirate Cat Radio [us San Francisco]

radio.jpgFrom eastbayexpress.com: The Fall of Pirate Cat Radio by David Downs.

The Bay Area’s biggest pirate radio station is off the air, fined $10,000 for illegal broadcast, and its owner threatened with arrest if he returns. But Pirate Cat Radio isn’t going quietly into the night.

Not only is the thirteen-year-old San Francisco station still quasi-legally streaming to half a million listeners online per month, but the 1,200-watt station formerly broadcasting at 87.9 FM is fighting the Federal Communications Commission in federal court. While the station is raising funds to pay its fine with local events this month, it has joined a historic battle under way in Washington, DC over local control of the airwaves. Station owner Monkey (aka Daniel Roberts) says terrestrial radio has failed to serve the public interest, and Pirate Cat is fighting for consumer rights alongside pirates and politicians across America. Read more here .


Nov 23, 2009
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Maryanne Amacher (1943-2009)

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Maryanne Amacher (1943-2009)

[From: Post Classic, Kyle Gann on Music After the Fact at www.artsjournal.com]

The music world lost one of its most bizarre characters today, and I say that with the utmost affection. Maryanne Amacher was an amazing composer of sound installations, who occasionally taught courses at Bard. I first encountered her in 1980 at New Music America in Minneapolis. She had, as was her wont, fitted an entire house with loudspeakers, and the staff was in a state of jitters because at opening time she was still obsessively running around and changing things. She was a tireless perfectionist. Continue reading


Oct 26, 2009
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“News for Tomorrow” by Yan Jun [cn Beijing]

unknown.jpegBirdcage and The Invisible Generation present News for Tomorrow by Yan Jun — curated by: Daniele Balit :: October 9 – November 13, 2009 :: Beijing Youth Weekly, 8A, Julong Garden, Xinzhongjie, Beijing.

News For Tomorrow is a commissioned piece by Beijing-based artist Yan Jun for the Birdcage itinerant sound gallery. The artist picked one of the desks in the editorial office of Beijing Youth Weekly and placed recording devices, mp3 players and cassette walkman in it. The devices either reproduce the interview recordings of the magazine’s editorial staff, or record the soundscape of the office, which will be simultaneously played and processed in real time through headphones while creating feedback noise. Continue reading


Oct 9, 2009
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