April 29, 2009

hear John Cage’s Organ2/ASLSP in Minne

John Cage's Organ2/ASLSP will be played each Thursday evening at 7pm at Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis - beginning April 30th and concluding September 24th, 2009.

This performance series is held in conjunction with the exhibition The Quick and the Dead.

April 27, 2009

interesting electronic -sound art links

digicult posted info about Tech Stuff. Video manual of electronic music”, a book and DVD produced by Isbn Edizioni,

The Daniel Langlois Foundation hosts Ricardo Dal Farra's Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection which includes biographies and audio samples.

April 21, 2009

April 28th - Sonic Adventure details

On Tuesday April 28th, we will meet at the Student Center on the St Paul campus located at 2017 Buford Avenue. The campus connector stops nearby.

Meet at the student center at 6:00 pm to begin our sonic adventure.

Alejandro Velez at the Animal Communication Lab will introduce us to the anechoic chambers and his research as well.

Alejandro, guest scientist for the evening, is a graduate student and researcher in Prof. Mark Bee's lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior on the St Paul campus.

TJ Barnes, guest artist for the evening, will join us as well. TJ is an artist and graduate student in Experimental and Media Art area of the Department of Art. He will introduce us to some of his work including his use of the hydrophone.

Instructables has a guide for a DIY hydrophone.

April 3, 2009

New Musical Instrument Competition

A friend forwarded me this Wired coverage a while back and I forgot to post it.
Interesting videos to check out:

March 24, 2009


Special Guests :: March 24th :: Bring Sound Toys and other Battery Powered Audio Play things

will be introducing circuit bending with their unique style and verve.


March 9, 2009

3.11 Ann Marie Barry

Bert Fraher mentioned this upcoming talk @ UMN

"Understanding Body Image: Sense of Self, Media Imagery, and Visual Culture": A presentation by Ann Marie Barry

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

@ the Institute for Advanced Study

Where does our sense of self come from? How does our exposure to media images help to create that sense of self? Why is visual culture such a significant part of our sense of being and well-being? This presentation goes behind the "seen" to explore the role media and neurological factors - such as mirror neurons and emotional processing - play in both absorbing visual culture and creating self-image.

Dr. Ann Marie Barry is a professor of Communication at Boston College and Associate Director of the University Capstone Program. Honored with the lifetime Distinguished Research Award by the International Visual Literacy Association, and twice with the Visual Communication Research Award of the National Communication Association, she is the author of Visual Intelligence and numerous chapters and articles focused on the neurology of visual communication.

February 14, 2009

Listening In, Feeding Back

Listening In, Feeding Back is An Interdisciplinary Conference on Sound with special concert performance @ Columbia University, New York, February 13-14, 2009.

The impetus for the conference is described below.

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February 9, 2009

Max Neuhaus

This week we will honor Max Neuhaus

The NYTimes describes him as a percussionist who made Aural Artwork - site specific works of “sound sculpture?.

If you are a fan of Max Neuhaus and his work, feel free to bring in sounds, stories, ideas, reflections, to share.

I relate very strongly to this notion that he proposes at the close of his NYTimes obituary:

“Traditionally, composers have located the elements of a composition in time,? he once wrote. “One idea which I am interested in is locating them, instead, in space and letting the listener place them in his own time.?

There are some interesting Twin Cities connections:

Out text, Sound Art (pg 89) includes a photo of Water Whistle III – site in the Midway, St Paul YMCA in 1972 – that was produced by the Walker Art Center. Audible only underwater, this piece is experienced when people submerge their ears.

His site drawing:

1980 was the year in which ambient music composer Max Neuhaus installed 64 little loudspeakers around the base of the glass domo of the Como Park Observatory in St. Paul, Minnesota, so that visitors could supplement their appreciation of exotic vegetable forms below with relaxing, sustained electronic
tones. (from an Arthur Russell interview)

His site drawing: