sound art

SONIC BODY - sonic installations and video works by, through and for bodies

JOLT and West Space present SONIC BODY - sonic installations and video works by, through and for bodies. Artists are Brandon LaBelle (USA), Philip Samartzis & Marcia Jane, Bruce Mowson, and James Hullick. October 1-4 2008 at West Space. OPENING Thursday October 2, 6-8pm ::: with performance by James Hullick at 7pm (no entry fee) ::: CLOSING Saturday October 4, 5pm ::: with performance by Philip Samartzis & Lizzie Pogson ($5 entry) :::

Brandon LaBelle (USA) is an artist and writer working with sound and auditory issues. He is the author of Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum 2006), and Professor at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway. http://www.errantbodies.org/labelle.html

Marcia Jane is a video and film artist based in Melbourne. Her interests lie in flickering, pulsating, rhythmic abstraction; and audio-visual sensory experiences. Marcia lectures in visual art at Swinburne University and studies at RMIT's School of Art. http://www.permutations.net

Philip Samartzis is an internationally acclaimed electro-acoustic maestro and teacher to many of Melbourne's most successful sound artists through his work at RMIT. His current practice is dominated by the use of field recordings as source material for sonic works. http://www.microphonics.org "one of the leading lights of Australian experimental music" Rare Frequency 2006

Bruce Mowson is a Melbourne-based sound and video artist. He has conducted research into the phenomenon of absorption in audio-visual media though a series of exhibitions and performances and teaches at RMIT University. http://www.brucemowson.com

James Hullick is an installation artist, composer, pianist and electro sound-artist. Hullick is also Artistic Director for JOLT. http://www.jameshullick.com "...a highly reduced transparent psychogram, that shocks as much as electrifies the listener" Reutlinger Nachrichten (Südwestpresse) 2007

read more or visit http://joltarts.org and http://westspace.org.au for more details

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BODYTOK (the human instrument archive) - a sonicsfromscratch video and sound project

Starkwhite is pleased to present BODYTOK a sonicsfromscratch video and sound project
by Phil Dadson, with interactivity design by James Charlton.
(a 3 screen trial towards a larger public gallery installation)
Upstairs backroom, 510 Karangahape Rd, Auckland, from 10 to 26 September 2008.

Over the past three years, Dadson has been compiling the 'human instrument archive'. He says: "The first instrument is the human body and the human instrument is the most unpredictable and unique of all. From childhood worldwide humans explore the sonic potential of their bodies, often discovering a unique and/or individual sound. I had some expectations of this variety, but when I started asking people to show me their unique sounds, I was astounded by the invention."

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Writing postcards by the pool in KL

writing postcards by the pool in KL - listening to the Cuban musicians playing the guitar & drums whilst the sun sets and the city bustles below.

July? 2008

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Liquid Architecture 8

Listen. Deeply.
from Liquid Architecture's About page

Liquid Architecture, Australia's premier sound-arts festival, celebrates its eighth consecutive year with concerts, artist talks, workshops, forums, live performances, exhibitions, installations, audio-visuals and recorded work. Featuring our most imaginative musicians, composers, film-sound designers and media artists in a sense-specific feast for the ears.

What is 'Sound Art'?

2008 Next Wave Festival Presents Tracts : An Exhibition of Sound Installations

Tracts is a group show of sound installations at Melbourne's Blindside Gallery as part of the 2008 Next Wave Festival that examines the role of sound in the world. The exhibition explores how sound can shape our understandings of our surroundings and ourselves, bringing into question the nature of space within a gallery and the role of the subject in experience. Assembled by several of Australia's premier emerging sound artists, the exhibition invites the audience to enter, surround, and interact with the installations.

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Liquid Architecture 9, Brisbane Powerhouse July 4+5

Liquid Architecture 9, Brisbane Powerhouse July 4+5

Liquid Architecture, Australia's premiere festival of audio arts returns to Brisbane this July for an incredible line up of sound and exploratory music from across the globe.

This year, the festival pulls together artists from Germany, France, Portugal and Australia, all of whom test for the very edge of contemporary practices in sound.

Included on the line up are the likes of the influential Portuguese electronic music pioneer Rafael Toral, Australia sound artist Nat and French Musique Concrete composer and environmental recordist Toy Bizarre, who prepares a unique site specific concert in each location he visits, to name but a few of the guests attending this year.

Held in the Rooftop Terrace, the event will feature a spatial sound system to maximize the listening experience for all in attendance! Limited seats, book early. A true festival for the ears!

-- info via http://www.room40.org/events.shtml

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JUSTICE YELDHAM : BIRTHDAYS LP Launch : 25th May : Toff In Town (Melbourne)

Fresh from North American tour and LOAD records showcase at SXSW Lucas Abela is launching his new JUSTICE YELDHAM LP; BIRTHDAYS. The record consists of two live sets by the maverick amplified-glass player recorded during his & Keg's recent tour of Europe.

Side A was captured in Marseille on the eve of Justice's 35th birthday while side B was recorded on Kegs birthday in Porto, and to top off the birthday cheer Keg also drew the cover illustration as a gift for Justice's Birthday. The record has been collaboratively released in an edition of 600 copies across the world by Anarchymoon Recordings (North America), Turgid Animal (Europe) & All Thumbs Press (Australia). Of which only 25 or so are in the country as All Thumbs copies practically sold out during the aforementioned tour and will only be available at the show.

His sets have been described as "a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe". By pressing his face and lips against the glass whist employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries, he turns disguarded household windows into crude musical instruments. Resulting in a wide variety of cacophonous noises that are strangely controlled and oddly musical.

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Robin Petterd phone chat - sonic objects, art practice, water and built instruments 23/10/2002

Tending Networks: The 5th Aotearoa Digital Arts Symposium (NZ)

Tending Networks: The 5th Aotearoa Digital Arts Symposium will address new developments, connections, and opportunities in digital, new media and electronic art practice in New Zealand and internationally.

The symposium will feature presentations by major international artists Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries of Korea, and Adam Hyde, a New Zealander based in Amsterdam. A wide range of artists and researchers from Christchurch and around New Zealand will present current projects, and panel discussions will focus on the creation of new work, including the role of community networks, the value of collaboration, and the challenges posed by exhibiting digital art.

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field recordings and sound walks

a collection of audio recordings, field recordings and sound walks I've done over the years. most of these are on minidiscs or files not uploaded yet, so this is a work in progress as it's probably about time I sorted them out and uploaded some. not sure if they're of interest to anyone else, but they help recall memories for me.

20080215 ::: sound walk through the old city of jerusalem

right click to download the audio mp3 file

a sound walk through the old city of jerusalem

today I went to the western wall and left a note in the wall with my friend Angus' (RIP) name (this is what the Jewish people do - it's their holiest place being the last remnant of the Temple which was destroyed a couple of times) and then went to the Church of Holy Sepulchre (built over the spot where Jesus died so a holy spot for Christians) and lit some candles for him. and I went to Dome of Rock, one of the holiest places for Islam but because it's friday only Moslems are allowed in so I took a photo at the door. (this is the closest I've been able to get to Dome of the Rock - it's always closed when I go). I recorded video whilst walking but the camera was by my leg so most of it is of my legs walking on the stones, so I've extracted the audio. I felt so bad that I couldn't get home to Brisbane in time for his funeral. I've been thinking about him non-stop so I wanted to remember him and leave something for him in Jerusalem. if there is a God and he is close to this spot then I wanted to make sure he was looking out for Angus. I thought of other people close to me who'd passed away too, and lit candles for them too in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on my next visit. this walk was for Angus.

I always get a bit lost in the Old City. the market lanes and labyrinth starts looking the same and I often can't see above to get a sense of direction. so I tend to always go to the Wall first, then work my way in from there. today was the first time I found the quickest route to the Dome of the Rock - which is quite obvious in hindsight but I've always missed it and walked past. not knowing how to read Arabic has been part of the reason on other visits. the Christian quarter area is less marked too. some of the streets have recognisable names but I seem to miss the signs to the Church. today I was determined though and I had less offers from market stall owners to visit their shops. I went in the afternoon when most would be closing up soon. I was thinking of my friend the whole way, sometimes getting a bit teary.

the sound was recorded on a Nokia N95 8Gb phone - it was recorded along with video and I extracted the audio only later. I've left my mini-disc, microcassete recorder and microphone back home in Australia now so I carry less gadgets. I wondered how much disk space would be used up but it was less than 2Gb and I still have plenty left.

here's a flickr slideshow of the photos from the walk :
photos only

15/02/2008

The Audio Foundation CD Shop @ Auckland's Cross St Carnival

For those of you in Auckland over this weekend

As part of the Cross St Carnival
http://www.crossstreetcarnival.com/

The Audio Foundation presents the first AF CD Shop!
complete with badges...

We are selling on behalf and all profits will of course go back to the artists.

In stock we have:

* Lovely Midget
* Sci Hi and Audible 3
* PseudoArcana artists
* Alastair Galbraith
* CMR artists - including Richard Francis latest work
* CLaudia artists
* Nigel Wright
* Rosy Parlane
* Pumice
* Adam Willets
* Crude
* Agitated Radio Pilot
* Spacething stock

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Launch of Sound Travellers

Sound Travellers, established to support the touring of sound art/electronica, jazz/improvised and cont classical music. Sound art, electronic music touring funds available.

If you are interested in more info and live in Australia and want to tour visit www.soundtravellers.com.au

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Soundscapes @ Tower of David, Old City, Jerusalem

Soundscapes Exhibition, in the courtyard of the Tower of David, Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, wednesday 25/07/2007. Outdoor instruments play compositons as people walk around the grounds. there's a light show also which highlights the instruments playing. it's a beautiful space and the sounds are very melodic.

www.towerofdavid.org.il/

"Numerous oversized instruments, including a harp, drums, tambourines, bells and contrabass, are automatically played by computer command producing an original composition. Mechanical arms play the instruments and each creates its very own sound."

Paul Abad (bris), Alan Bamford, Steve Law @ Plug N Play (Melbourne)

nov 16 - Paul Abad ( bris ) & Alan Bamford & Steve Law

all kindsa microscopic sound shenanigans from these minimal glitch maestros

makin some noise... and poppin some pixels @ Plug N Play

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++++ 201 smith st, Fitzroy, 8-11pm FREE
++++++ http://www.plugnplay.skynoise.net/

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