Mixology: Reshaping Roulette with Kenneth Kirschner, Daniel Neumann, Anne Guthrie, Mario de Vega, Ben Manley

Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Installation begins when doors open at 7:00pm

Roulette’s powerful 12-channel soundsystem is the common denominator of this year’s Mixology Festival. Each evening groups artists with a roughly similar approach, yet each offering a unique perspective on sonic space. The theme in all cases is immersion; participation through active, physical engagement with the medium.

Kenneth Kirschner will perform a live multichannel realization of his composition September 27, 2016. A composer in experimental music working at the intersection of avant-garde classical composition and contemporary electronic music, Kirschner’s work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context. His work has been released by labels such as Sub Rosa, 12k, and Room40. Kirschner was a 2015 artist in residence at Eyebeam and a 2016 artist in residence in Times Square.

Daniel Neumann’s FROM WITHIN A FIELD #05 is an ongoing electroacoustic live performance for multichannel speaker systems that uses loudspeakers and room response as an instrument to form a spatial field. Neumann is a Brooklyn-based sound artist, organizer and professional audio engineer, originally from Germany. He holds a master’s degree in media art from the Academy of Visual Art Leipzig and also studied electronic music composition under Emanuele Casale in Catania, Italy. Neumann’s main focus is how sound interacts with space and how spaces can be shaped by sound. Neumann is the curator and organizer of CT::SWaM, an event series in NYC and Berlin that engages in spatial sound works and focused listening.

Anne Guthrie premieres 3D field recordings and spatialized electronics that will be layered and processed in real-time to provide an immersive and flexible listening experience. An acoustician, composer, and French horn player, Anne Guthrie studied Music Composition and English at the University of Iowa and received her Ph.D. in Architectural Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her electronic music focuses on exploiting the natural acoustic phenomena of unique architectural spaces through minimal processing of field recordings.

Mario de Vega’s sound installation Target ZIP Code (Zone Improvement Plan), which features the exhibition space translated into a frequency value, will be on view each night throughout the festival. Exploring the physicality of listening and the threshold of human perception, Mario de Vega researches the materiality of sound, the vulnerability of systems, materials and individuals, and the potential of unstable systems.

Composer and experimenter Ben Manley explores the natural variability of wind, amplified small vibrations, and resonant objects as a means of generating dynamic electroacoustic environments. Manley has presented performances and installations at venues including Experimental Intermedia, The Kitchen, Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, Paula Cooper Gallery, Harvestworks, and more. He has collaborated with Connie Crothers, Jim Staley, Dan Evans Farkas, and has appeared with Composers Inside Electronics in David Tudor’s Rainforest IV at the Lincoln Center Festival 1998 and with Essential Music in performances of works by John Cage and Robert Ashley.

Wednesday, February 22: Olivia Block, Jason Lescalleet, Mario de Vega (Installation), Cecilia Lopez (Installation) and a Jim O’Rourke project
Thursday, February 23: Greg Fox, Eli Keszler, Mario de Vega (Installation)
Friday, February 24: Kenneth Kirschner, Daniel Neumann, Anne Guthrie, Mario de Vega (Installation), Ben Manley (Installation)
Saturday, February 25: Liz Gerring Dance Installation with Michael Schumacher / Leila Bordreuil / Ursula Scherrer