“Something which wasn’t Said” Aki Onda, a composer and photographer, makes autobiographical works which imprints his personal memories. “Something which wasn’t Said” is an audio-visual piece, which he calls Cinemage (image for cinema, or homage for cinema). It’s composed of slide projection of still photo images and improvised music. What we experience in his work is immersing ourselves in a kinematic state which transcends both reality and imagination mutually. Sensual and hypnotic, words are not necessary. On this occasion, Alan Licht and Loren Conners play guitar along with Aki Onda’s visual images.
Geoff Matters and koosil-ja will perform the first stage of the exploration of a dance and mixed media work, Dance Without Body, which is a study of the chapter, "Body Without Organs" from the book "Mille Plateaux" by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. For Mixology Festival, they will perform "live processing," one of three main components of the work, in which koosil-ja dances following multiple self-prepared video source materials. The system is created as a tool to produce dance while abstracting herself from significances and subjectifications. Geoff will perform live video and sound score using a customized software environment conceptually relevant to the work. The Experimental Television Center's Presentation Funds program is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and mediaThe Foundation.
dL will present 2 new works - one a solo audio visual work - the other a collaborative realtime improvisational AV duet with video artist Chiaki Watanabe: "Stroboscopy: GODBOX 101" is a solo AV performance investigating the perceptual effects triggered by the manipulation of the barest sonic and visual elements - across the stereo audio visual field in realtime:
A pair of sine tone generators coupled with a pair of stroboscopic lamps will be employed to demonstrate and perhaps unlock some of the secrets encoded in the residual bicameral structure of human physiology as it pertains to audio visual perception and resulting states of consciousness. With so much emphasis -in recent years -on the technological tools of reproductive media in the digital (and now perhaps 'post' digital) era - we offer the modest proposal that perhaps - in aesthetic/cultural terms - we may actually have explored relatively little new perceptual territory in the past 40 (400 or 4000?) years. So we think it might be worthwhile at this point in time to re consider some of the raw elements of audio visual perception itself. (don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful - this is the only job i have at the moment... :~) anyway : this exercise is being enacted as the result of having recently read: "Chapel of Extreme Experience - A Short History of Stroboscopic Light and the Dream Machine"(2003) by John Geiger - Soft Skull Press
"The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" (1976) by Julian Jaynes - Houghton Mifflin Co.
Either of these works - particularly the Jaynes - if you've never read it - has a good deal more to offer on these subjects than this performance will - but we promise to make every effort not to waste your time.
This past February Chiaki Watanabe & David Linton began a series of collaborative realtime audio-visual performances around NYC venues which will continue through the spring & culminate in this performance @ Roulette Mixology '05 in June.
While Chiaki's and David's respective sensibilities are born of very different developmental paths and 'generational' proclivities their collaborative process has settled upon a very solid commonality in relationship to the processes and 'elemental' materials of their relative respective foci - namely: sound modulated abstract graphic animation - and hand manipulated electronically regenerative sound - and the cross-talk between them. Both artists are presently committed to working from concentratedly curtailed pallets of basic material elements at the input stage to make the clearest common vocabulary available for extended fluid realtime conversations in abstract audio and visual expression.
Memobile is a new media interactive performance by David Weinstein and Angie Eng that explores the transition of one's perception from a static life to a nomadic one. Interactive video and sound via Jitter/MAX/SP is used to recreate the poetics of mobility in this multi-projection project. From a library of sounds and images, Weinstein and Eng improvise within a score that evoke emotions inspired by journeys. Landscapes both imaginary and real pan across the screens constructed by experimental architects, Liminal Projects.
David Behrman will perform two quiet multi-channel pieces, "Acoustica," for small wind and stringed instruments, and "View Finder," a music / video sound installation here presented in a solo performance version. Both pieces have elements going back to the 20th century and both make use of recent digital arts techniques.
Prepared and processed slide projectors. The photoacoustic continuum of mpld's projection slowly flows into the performance space carrying fragments from unidentified places and times. Fades and cuts play with memory's subjective persistence, as light and darkness keep carving out each one from the other. The mechanical sounds of this projection are tapped and processed to become its own soundtrack. Color, density, texture, frequency become simultaneous qualities of the light and the sound, as they are explored in a way somewhat analogue to the distorted enlargement of a magnifying glass. mpld is Gill Arno's mixed media performance and installation project. Born in Milan (Italy), Gill studied art and typography before moving to NYC in 1997. He has been since then designing record covers and art directing small record labels, as well as creating multi-dimensional environments as part of mixed media experimental events and parties. http://m-i-c-r-o.net/mpld http://m-i-c-r-o.net/gill presented in association with Phonomena
Nicolas Collins returns to his old home-town for the premiere presentation of rev. 3.0 of his “Trombone-Propelled Electronics” (the original having been run over by a taxi at Schipol Airport, while its replacement chose to retire Garbo-ishly.) Live signal processing with a telltale whiff of the old Victrola. With Kato Hideki
Composer Mario Diaz de Leon and his recent works for strings and electronics, as well as collaborations with video artist Jay King. Mario's music blends acoustic and electronic instruments to create an ethereal yet percussively detailed unification as meta-instrument. King and Diaz de Leon will present videos that blur boundaries between narrative and musical performance, creating densely edited cinematic situations that often examine ritual process and diagesis. Zeljko McMullen - live electronics Amie Weiss - violin Erik Carlson - violin Justine Chen - violin Glenda Goodman - viola Miranda Sielaff - viola Chris Gross - cello Adam Friedberg - cello
"Landmarks" A bewitching white griot exploring world music, men at the heart of it, and their voice. Sounds, human sounds, inarticulate sounds, social sounds. Singing, a remedy to anguish, a longing to live and to rejoice while knowing nothing and knowing this and that.
In Fulminate Moon, percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Michael Evans and dancer Susan Hefner provide a wry glimpse of our struggle as men and women to reach each other. Through nonsensical movement and absurd interactions, they crash into what emerges as a noisy relationship full of playful humor. In spite of out-of-control falling, missed connections and bumbling slapstick, they arrive at accidental harmonies of movement and sound.
Two Projects with Live Electronics: The collaborative duo with Kato Hideki employs analog devices in various unstable configurations, also coupling them to the room through microphonic feedback and acoustic interference at low frequencies. Proun Space, a work for two violins (Maja Cerar & Jessica Pavone) and live electronics (oscillators and spring reverb), limits both the acoustic and electronic instruments to a limited palette of pure tones and noise.
"Atmospheres" One of the pioneers of extended voice (she could have patented her multiphonics, circular singing, ululation, and glottal clicks). Myriad colors, textured sonic atmospheres, spinning shapes and sound paintings. Her past associations include Bruce Nauman, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Morton Subotnick, Robert Ashley, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Cage.
Voice and cello. Language and singing reconfigured alongside traditional Korean music and shameless noise. One of the great imaginations, multimedia artists and storytellers of her generation with a fearless string player of dazzling technique who has sought out collaborators like Christian Marclay, Jim O'Rourke and Marc Ribot.
Playing in duo since 2000, their recent Mulhouse Festival concert was introduced with "It is so beautiful that one cannot speak about it." Nevertheless, Dana H. Geary, a paleobiologist at their Madison show wrote "In the first piece I heard a tropical jungle. Then it went back to the carboniferous, with giant insects and dark forests. And then it was a beautiful rendition of the Cambrian explosion". Improvisations for saxophone and drums/electronics - "abstract, even subliminal" - One Final Note. http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk http://www.gerryhemingway.com
Trilogy is an evening of music theatre for actress-singer, electronic sounds and electronic extensions, with digital synthesizers and lighting effects. An autobiographical cycle of songs evoking the composer's youth, growing political awareness and mature reflections, the piece makes extensive use of multi-lingual texts. This song cycle represents ongoing research by the composer in the area of new approaches in writing for voice and electronic media. Presented by Roulette in association with EMF. http://www.emf.org
Trombone (and all that implies and more) with electronic percussion (and all that promises delivered) by two incredible improvisers with a long history together. Since the early 1980's, the duo has performed and recorded with Bill Frisell, Zeena Parkins, Chris Cochrane, Richard Teitelbaum, Tenko and Davey Williams and many more.
Debut of a new piece for table-steel guitar featuring snare/cymbalist Sean Meehan, percussionist Tim Barnes and electric double-bassist Margarida Garcia. After many years of intrigue and experimentation with the ubiquitous 555 industrial timing chip, for use as a sound and light oscillator/modulator, Weisblat's new inspiration with this chip is to drive electronic switching relays to actuate the strings of a guitar. Commissioned by the Jerome Foundation for Roulette.
featuring- Pheeroan Ak Laff drums – Baikida Carroll trumpet – Oliver Lake sax. “This is a reunion of sorts, three old friends getting together to create some great music. Sounds ,colors, rhythms,life,intensity, warmth, strecthin’ out, stretchin’ in , havin’ fun!”
Sound artist/ engineer Daniel Smith works with multiple soundsystems; separate sound sources are played back in any combination from and to created spaces and inflated environments. Daniel will endeavor to entertain you on this night with a recontextualised selection of recordings he's made, mixed and interspersed with his own original compositions. He will play through a 4-channel sound system.
Practicing functional anarchy with a far-ranging textural diversity (due in part to the multiple wind instruments mastered by Daniel and Sabir), TEST are forward motion cutting pure and true through the presently ruling culture of destruction. The infamous NYC quartet has its roots in mid 70's loft jazz and these distinguished masters of sound and youthful hustle are far out!!
Sabir Mateen, Daniel Carter, Matt Heyner, Tom Bruno