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“SHRINE: a Torii Gate” by Benoit Maubrey

benoit_maubrey_shrine.jpgSHRINE: a Torii Gate (where the spirits are more likely to hear your prayers) opens at the Kobe Biennale, Japan on September 19, 2015. It is a public interactive sound sculpture that allows spectators to express themselves and play music and messages directly through it.

200 recycled loudspeakers are mounted on a 4 -meter high Torii Gate structure and connected together. Four people can simultaneously be connected to a 8-channel speakers system that allows them to express themselves directly via a microphone input or their smart phones with Bluetooth technology. At the same time the sculpture amplifies “recycled“ electromagnetic waves (white noise): the low-volume sounds are permanently hearable as a “background” sound that changes throughout the day: this is the “pulse” of the sculpture. Additionally SHRINE can also be used as a sound system for concerts, formal occasions and open-air events.


Sep 17, 2015
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Live Stage: Sound sculptor Timo Kahlen at Mediations Biennale [pl Poznan]

image.jpgTimo Kahlen @ Mediations Biennale :: September 14, 2012 to October 14, 2012 :: at the Mediations Biennale in Poznan, Poland :: with Bill Viola, Martin Creed, Stephan Baumkötter, Misha Kuball, Corinna Krebber, Magdalena Jetelová, Tadeusz Kantor, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Oscar Munoz and others :: Curated by Tomasz Wendland, Fumio Nanjo, Denise Carvalho, Friedhelm Mennekes :: Opening: Friday, September 14, at 6:00 p.m. :: See Timo Kahlen’s work at the Muzeum Archidiecezjalne

Current exhibitions:

“Sound Art. Klang als Medium der Kunst” (Sound as Medium of Art), ZKM Karlsruhe / Germany 16.3.2012 – 6.1.2013
With Steve Roden, John Cage, La Monte Young, Ryoji Ikeda, Rolf Julius, Carsten Nicolai, Timo Kahlen, Iannis Xenakis, Douglas Henderson, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag and others. Curated by Peter Weibel and Julia Gerlach. Continue reading


Sep 3, 2012
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“Junction” by Micah Frank

Junction by Micah Frank is a sound sculpture generated by thousands of New York City taxi cabs as they move through the city. Continue reading


Sep 13, 2011
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Bill Fontana and Surface Reflections [us Lexington, KY]

installsite.jpgArtist Bill Fontana is opening a public art sound installation in the landscaped passageway between the Financial Center Tower, 250 W. Main Street and its parking garage in Lexington, KY on July 29, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. The project will make audible the underground Town Branch River along with the toll of the bell in the Old County Courthouse.

Speakers have been installed along the passageway between the Lexington Financial Center, the city’s blue high-rise, and an adjacent parking garage. Microphones dip beneath to pick up the sounds of Town Branch rushing by. Most people would never know the Town Branch of Elkhorn Creek runs under downtown Lexington if they were not told. There has long been no visual or audible evidence of the rushing water that runs just below the high-rise buildings and busy streets of the city — until this week.

The project will be on permanent exhibit after Thursday afternoon. Continue reading


Jul 30, 2011
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“Soundw(e)ave” by Christy Matson

soundweave_installation1.jpgFrom The New Materiality by Nathaniel Stern, Furtherfield.org; a review of the exhibition The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft:

Soundw(e)ave, (Christy Matson’s) piece on show, is a self-referential textile, where the actual sounds of computerized Jacquard looms were used to create woven compositions. Her noisy sound waves were turned into three patterned pieces of fabric, made by hand-operated, computer-assisted and fully automated (Jacquard) looms, respectively – each weave growing progressively denser with the more advanced technologies used in their production. The piece, says Matson, was a huge turning point in her practice; it pointed her towards a kind of digital craftsmanship, where she was better able to place value on the ideas, materials and skillfulness needed to be an artisan across contemporary digital, craft and art domains. Continue reading


May 19, 2011
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Reflection II – augmented sound data sculpture

augmented_sound_sculpture.jpgAugmented Sound Data Sculpture :: Reflection II by Andreas Nicholas Fischer ::

Reflection II is an augmented sound data sculpture representing a musical piece, which is characterized by 12 musical motives that appear in an almost linear succession.

An FFT frequency spectrum analysis was performed on all audio clips. The resulting intensity values were arranged in a coordinate system consisting of frequency and time. Higher intensity values for a given frequency at a given time resulted in an elevation of the generated mesh. This produced a height-field representing the spectral structure of the music. The sculpture is augmented by way of a projector: when the music starts playing, each sample is visualized by a scanline passing over it. Each time the scanner passes a motif, it gradually receives more light, where the amount is defined by the number of occurrences in the song. Continue reading


Sep 20, 2010
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Call: International Symposium on Soundscapes [it Florence]

soundscape.jpgInternational Symposium on Soundscapes :: Deadline: September 30, 2010 :: The deadline for the submission of proposals is: October 30, 2010

FKL and TempoReale invite you to submit scientific and musical contributions related to the theme of soundscape to the fifth symposium of Forum Klanglandschaft to be held in Florence (Italy), May 20 – 22, 2011.

The conference is held in cooperation between the two institutions, together with the contemporary art center EX3, and offers the opportunity to present, in the conference, papers, sound-works, installations and videos.

The title “keep an ear on …” suggests, as the specific theme for this edition, the need to pay attention to and also to control what we all hear, both from the point of view of the danger of noise pollution, and from the one of the aesthetic quality of our sound environment. Continue reading


Aug 25, 2010
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Live Stage: Electroshop [uk Plymouth]

2086914880_c6ba3c3092_m.jpg Electroshop [Concrete sound workshop] :: February 28, 2010; 6:00 – 7:15 pm :: Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom.

Performers: Anna Troisi: sounding sculptures and theremin; Antonino Chiaramonte: live electronics and audio sequencing; Giorgio Distante: trumpet and electronics; Roberto Paci Dalò: bass clarinet and electronics.

Electroshop [Concrete sound workshop] is a performance/workshop involving musical sculptures and compositions created at ICCMR. The sculptures are fitted with sensors that connect to computers and synthesizers. Performers play the sculptures by running their fingers over the sensors, and can even change the sound quality by subtly turning and moving the whole structure. The signals are then relayed to synthesizers, which produce the music. Acousmatic interludes with original text by Gerard Maroney. Continue reading


Feb 21, 2010
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Net_Music_Weekly: “Chirps” by Joao Vasco Paiva

chirps.jpgVideotage is proud to present Hong Kong-based Portuguese artist Joao Vasco Paiva as the first selected artist-in-residence of fuse:: residency program 2010. The objective of fuse:: residency program has always been encouraging individuals interested in the field of new media art, be it art & technology, art & science or art & anything, to create new works. With the support from Videotage, Joao Vasco Paiva will bring the audience a new sculptural sound installation Chirps, through which he creates a score by determining rules.

The prototype of the work (v1) was presented in the Microwave International New Media Art Festival 2009 in which a set of toy birds performed a sequence of calls and movement interfered by the passers-by at the lobby of Langham Hotel, while this time, Vasco has made the toy birds migrate to the raw space of Videotage where they would react to the motion and sound of a new player – a real mynah bird. Continue reading


Jan 10, 2010
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Trimpin: The Sound of Invention

trimpin.jpgOne of the articles in the new Digimag 49 / November 2009 is TRIMPIN: THE SOUND OF INNOVATION by Alessandra Migani.

[image: by Peter Esmonde ]

He writes about the film, Trimpin: The Sound of Invention, an homage by the director Peter Esmonde to the creative genius, artist, inventor and musician Trimpin, and about Trimpin’s life and work: Among his works of art, I would like to remember Sheng High, i.e. an installation created in 2009 for the Ojai Music Festival, in which the author make use of a principle typical of the Chinese world of thousands of years ago. It is a sound sculpture that interacts with a natural element, in this case water, and whose main character is a sophisticated system of shaking bamboo woods. Another project titled Klompen, developed for The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, is made of 96 Dutch clogs with a little hammer inside hanging in the air through a thread and which diffuses a rhythmical symphony controlled form a PC. Continue reading


Nov 30, 2009
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