Waveforms – Friday, May 10

Posted in Current Grad Students, Events, Listen, News on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Friday, May 10
Design Cloud
118 N. Peoria, Suite 2N


Weekly Colloquium: May 2 – John Bischoff

Posted in Events, News, Visiting Artists on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 522,

Thursday May 2 at 4:15 p.m.

Free Association: Snapshots of an Electroacoustic Musical History

John Bischoff

Composer John Bischoff will present a slideshow with audio examples outlining his 40-year history creating electronic music for solo performance and in network bands. He will also discuss his recent piece for laptop and analog circuit titled Field Transfer. Discussion is welcome.

JOHN BISCHOFF (b. 1949, San Francisco) is an early pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his development of computer network music. Bischoff studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman. He has been active in the experimental music scene in the Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. His performances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals, Roulette and Experimental Intermedia in New York, and Lampo in Chicago to name a few. He has performed in Europe at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Fylkingen in Stockholm among other places. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world’s first computer network band, and co-authored an article on the League’s music that appears in Foundations of Computer Music (MIT Press 1985). From 1985 to the present he has performed and recorded with the network band The Hub. In 1999 he received a $25,000 award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York in recognition of his music. He was also named a recipient of an Alpert Award/Ucross Residency Fellowship in 2002. In 2004, noted media theorist Douglas Kahn published A Musical Technography of John Bischoff in the Leonardo Music Journal (Vol. 14, MIT Press). Two important retrospective CD packages documenting network music were released in 2007 and 2008: The League of Automatic Music Composers: 1978-1983 (New World Records 2007) and 3-CD set of recordings by The Hub titled Boundary Layer (Tzadik 2008). Recordings of his work are also available on Lovely Music, 23Five, Centaur, and Artifact Recordings. A new solo CD titled Audio Combine was released on New World Records last year and was included among the Best of 2012 by The Wire Magazine. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.

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Annotations at JFABC – Monday, April 22, 2013

Posted in Current Grad Students, Events, Listen on Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Monday April 22nd (4-6 PM) in Sharp 508

The Department of Sound and the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection present a collaboration: Annotations. The event will be next Monday April 22nd (4-6 PM) in Sharp 508. Performances by Troy Schaefer, Peter Speer and Stephen Germana, Jonny Farrow, and Milad Mozari with collaborator from Depaul University Ania Kucia.

For this installment, we took the musical score as a starting point from which to consider the possibilities of interpretation and translation. Throughout the semester, mentioned MFA Sound students explored the range of scores, instruction pieces, and scenario works held in the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection. Each artist or pair has selected one work to interpret and perform for the event.


Surround Sound: Prairie and Beyond Panel Discussion, Thursday April 18

Posted in Events, News, Visiting Artists on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Thursday, April 18
6:00 pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.

From cities to environmental ecosystems to musical notes, how things fit together and influence one another to shape patterns and systems is a topic of limitless discussion and a site of continuous innovation. This panel convenes some extraordinary thinkers across discipline to consider ideas such as organizing sound, planning dynamic spaces and innovative environments, improvising and self-organizing systems, and convening natural and manipulated environments.

Panelists: Roscoe Mitchell, Ken Vandermark, Pamela Jennings
Moderator: Dieter Roelstraete

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Surround Sound: Prairie and Beyond Panel Discussion, Thursday April 18.

Weekly Colloquium: April 18 – Takehisa Kosugi

Posted in Events, News, Visiting Artists on Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Takehisa Kosugi
Thursday, April 18
Room 522
Maclean Center

“Takehisa Kosugi (b. 1938, Tokyo, Japan) is a composer for mixed-media music, and an early member of Fluxus. In 1960, he co-founded Group-Ongaku (“music group”), with Yasunao Tone, Mieko Shiomi and others, the first collective improvisation group in Tokyo. And by the early 60s, Fluxus was performing his event pieces in Europe and the U.S. Kosugi stayed in New York from ’65-’67, creating new works and collaborating with Nam June Paik and other Fluxus members. In 1969 he co-founded the Taj Mahal Travellers, an itinerant septet for mixed-media improvisation that toured England, Europe and the Near East in 1971-72 and visited the Taj Mahal in India before returning to Tokyo. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1977 as a composer and performer, toured with John Cage and David Tudor, was appointed its music director in 1995, and worked with the company until 2011.”

Jonny Farrow – interview for Gallery 400 about Myth Nowhat? flag project.

Posted in Current Grad Students, News on Friday, April 5th, 2013

Jonny Farrow is an artist working with sound and objects at the intersection of sculpture, installation, radio, and performance. His work investigates cultural and architectural spaces through interventions created with found and made objects, sound, and light. He is most interested in using space in which to juxtapose sound and sound-related concepts with objects in order to reframe these spaces and objects where meaningful, culturally critical dialogue can evolve. Farrow has taught music, culture, and sound art classes for several years in New York. He hosts a monthly radio show, The Distract and Disable Program, for WGXC in Greene/Columbia Counties, New York. He is currently studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Farrow recently created a flag for Gallery 400’s Temporary Allegiance project— an artwork conceived by Philip von Zweck that provides a platform for the freedom of expression— and was interviewed by Jane Elizabeth Ross.


FETA Prize in Sound Art 2013

Posted in Call for Works, Opportunities on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

FETA Prize in Sound Art 2013

Presented by Foundations for Emerging Technologies and Arts


The inaugural FETA Prize in Sound Art 2013 aims to promote a broad range of contemporary American sound and installation arts. Artists working within the sonic arts such as sound installation, sound sculpture, sound poetry, soundscape, robotics, net art and similar may submit one work each for consideration. The prize is open to any individual of any age who is a permanent resident or citizen of any North, Central and South American country. All submissions must be anonymous. The prize will include $1,000 USD and a feature in the online art magazine Gwarlingo.

A link to the electronic submission page can be found at:

Submission fee: $10

April 10, 2013 Electronic submissions deadline
June 30, 2013 Prize Announcement

Judging Procedure:
A committee of three preliminary judges selects 5 finalists. The recommendations are forwarded to the main judge who selects the winner.

About FETA:
Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA) is an organization established to cultivate composition, performance, production, and research of emerging electronic music, art and multimedia forms. FETA seeks to expand our understanding of the world around us through exploration and promotion of novel expressions that fuse arts with technologies. Current FETA’s programs include 12 Nights of Electronic Music and Art series, Acoustica 21 series, SofIA and cybermusik.com.

For more information contact us at info@fetafoundation.org.

With the support of Foundation of Emerging Technologies and Arts, Harold Golen Gallery, Gwarlingo and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Weekly Colloquium: April 3 – Syntjuntan

Posted in Events, Listen, News, Visiting Artists on Monday, April 1st, 2013

April 3
Room 522
Maclean Center

Syntjuntan make music especially composed for electronic textile accessories. A tangled music with lace and long stitches, embroidered with electronic sounds, square waves and curled noise.

Syntjuntan is an ensemble of female musicians, composers and instrument makers that was formed in 2009. They started syntjuntan to meet women’s curiosity for technology and electronics, to encourage them to build instruments and other means to facilitate their own experimentation. Besides giving concerts they also offer workshops. By simple means, such as a needle and thread, the workshop will teach you the basics of the art of sewing synthesizers!

Syntjuntan want to help women have better self-esteem, so they can take the place needed to implement their ideas, develop their music and meet the audience. In the Syntjunta they create their own synth and get over their possible fear of any technology.

It should familiarize themselves with the experimental art music by listening to and talking about or perhaps even to perform a new work to an audience.

Syntjuntan appear in different configurations, sometimes in extended format with invited artists, composers, musicians and others.

Two CD’s has been released during 2012: ”Early years”(elektron records) and ”Syntjuntan”(Schhh… records).

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Lecture: Milad H. Mozari – Early Electronic Music from Iran (March 28)

Posted in Current Grad Students, Events, Listen, News on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Thursday, March 28
12:00 PM
Maclean Room 608

Milad H. Mozari will be presenting his talk on Early Electronic Music from Iran this upcoming Thursday (March 28th) at 12:00 PM in Maclean 608. This talk will focus on the influence of the Radif in early works from the small group of composers around the time of the Iranian Revolution, the Shiraz Arts Festival, and contemporary composers .

Weekly Colloquium: March 28 – Ricardo Lira

Posted in Events, Listen, News, Visiting Artists on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Ricardo Lira
Valparaiso: Architecture, Politics and Sound Art
Thursday, March 28 4:15pm
Room 522 5th Floor 112 South Michigan

Using architecture as a point of relevance to connect with the history of urbanism, power and people, Ricardo Lira presents ideas encompassing urban sound installation and guerrilla graffiti in response to the political development of Valparaíso Chile.

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