((audience)), a traveling festival of 5.1 surround sound art, was awarded a temporary office space by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program. In keeping with our mission to provide and establish new contexts for sound art, ((audience)) established SOUND OFF as a venue for artists and performers to visit our HQ in order to imagine aloud and together ways to acoustically activate the defunct office space.
This month, Twisty Cat (Ed Bear, Lea Bertucci, Anastasia Osipova) will be visiting ((audienceHQ)) to present a sketch for the setting of “Akousmatik Overdub” – a concert which ((audience)) will present in January featuring Twisty Cat, mudboy, Gil Arno and others.
“Akousmatik Overdub” explores projection and shadow as a visual analogy to audio effects used in electronic music. “Akousmatikoi” was a term used by Pythagoras for uninitiated students who, in an effort to relieve them of visual distractions, were made to sit behind a screen while the master lectured. The screen was a barrier between performer and audience, allowing the audience to focus solely on the content of the lecture. In the 20th century, Pierre Schaeffer adapted the term “Acousmatique” to musique concrete philosophy by “referring to a sound that one hears without seeing the causes behind it,” generally, to any sound generated from a loudspeaker. For “Akousmatik Overdub”, Twisty Cat is installing a dynamic set of front and rear projection screens, changing the screen from a barrier into a medium, as in shadow-puppetry. Lea Bertucci (bass clarinet) and Ed Bear (baritone saxaphone) use microphones and delay pedals to create rich tonal atmospheres, while video/projection artist Anastasia Osipova, Twisty Cat will be recording and reprojecting their silhouette as stills and live video.
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Sound Off begins at 7pm this Wednesday, October 28 at ((audienceHQ)) – 125 Maiden Lane, NYC
Twisty Cat’s performance will begin around 7:45.
(Yes, refreshments will be served.)
This month we’ll also be planning for January’s concert, reporting on the ((audience)) premiere at The Red House in Syracuse this month and confirming guests for our new radio series, SPEAKERS, to be broadcast on Red House Art Radio.
This event is open to the public.
RSVP to Lauren Rosati at email@example.com.
Attendees must bring photo ID.
2/3/4/5 to Wall Street or J/M/Z to Broad Street. Exit onto Wall Street. Walk East on Wall Street to the corner of Pearl Street. Walk three blocks North on Pearl Street to Maiden Lane. 125 Maiden Lane is between Pearl and Water Streets. ((audience)) HQ is on the 9th floor.
((audience)) is an unprecedented project that explores the cinema as a 21st century concert hall. Currently, sound artists often must “perform” what are essentially multi-track recordings, interpreting the playback of their compositions to account for technical and acoustic variations in different sites. ((audience)) bypasses this problem by considering the cinema-hall as a standard technical and acoustic platform and site. The centerpiece of ((audience)) is a 2 ½ hour “film” of 5.1 surround sound works by seven international artists intended for presentation in movie theaters as “cinema in the dark.”
((audience)) is dedicated to the advancement of aural arts by providing wide distribution and new contexts for works by emerging and established sound artists and composers. For our first decade, ((audience)) will focus on the cinema as a technical and distributive platform, organizing a biennial nomadic art festival in partnership with select arts organizations worldwide.
Conceived in 2006, our inaugural festival ((audience09)) recently premiered in Syracuse, NY and will continue to travel internationally through 2010. We aim to hold 12 screenings/festivals of ((audience09)). Curatorial lectures, performances, artist presentations and exhibitions will coincide with screenings on a city-to-city basis.
((audience)) is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program.