The electro-music festival, sometimes called the “Woodstock of electronic music,” is the world’s premiere event for experimental electronic music. Now in its tenth year, the gathering this year features three “mind-bending” days of innovative electronic music concerts, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, jam sessions, video art, a laptop battle, and a swap-meet. The festival will run from Friday, September 5, through September 7.
A wide variety of instruments and musical styles will be represented, ranging from theremin to analog modular synthesizers to home made devices, from classic space music and ambient to abstract electronica, glitch, electro-pop and beat-oriented music.
Cicadas is a sound art project, created by Berlin-based musician/sound artist Bob Meanza, that explores the idea of creating artificial ambient soundscapes with robotic insects.
The project is based on small, battery-powered ‘insects’, which are built using programmed AVR microcontrollers and sound emitting components (relays, piezos, buzzers…). Continue reading
Developer Alexander Zolotov has introduced a new app that explores using graphics as tool for manipulating sound, PhonoPaper.
PhonoPaper is a free platform for representing sounds as graphics. It combines a PhonoPaper-code generator to convert sounds into images that you can print on paper and a realtime reader that runs on smartphones (iOS & Android).
Because PhonoPaper turns audio into a tangible object, it lets you tangibly control playback. You control playback speed by the way you move the smartphone ‘playback head’. You can play it forward, backward or ‘scratch’ it. Continue reading
Sunday Electroacoustic Performance: This video, via Thierry Frenkel, captures a live electrocoustic performance of Bernard Fort’s Le miroir des oiseaux (The Mirror of the Birds), on Ondes Martenot, prepared piano and theremin. Continue reading
American composer Robert Ashley – who reinvented opera with electronics and avant garde techniques – died yesterday at the age of 83.
Ashley (March 28, 1930 – March 3, 2014) was known for radically rethinking the concept of opera – reimagining it for TV and for recordings. and incorporating electronic instruments and electronic manipulation of speech.
In one work, Automatic Writing, Ashley recorded his involuntary speech (from Tourette’s Syndrome) and used it as one of the characters in his opera. The other three ‘characters’ were:
- a French voice translation of the speech:
- a synthesized version of the speech; and
- Polymoog harmonies.
Theometrica is a generative sound synthesis instrument inspired by acupuncture.
Created by Oscar Palou & Alexander Müller-Rakow, Theometrica is a sound interface designed to explore “the relation of ethnologic, geometric graphics and generative sound synthesis”. Continue reading
Dutch reader Rene Splinter has been experimenting with a Moog Etherwave Theremin for use in a new composition.
Instead of recording the traditional sound of the theremin, he decided to use it as a starting point for further sonic exploration: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures an experimental drawing-controlled synth jam, via TheAuralab, with the Korg MS-20.
Performance by Ottavia Cimmino & Daniele Principato.