((audience)) Empire Service: Derek Holzer

((audience)) EMPIRE SERVICE presents Derek Holzer
Friday, April 16 – Saturday, May 1, 2010

NEW YORK – ((audience)) co-curators Alexis Bhagat and Lauren Rosati announce ((audience)) EMPIRE SERVICE, a New York project by ((audience)) which brings local and international artists to audiences in Upstate New York. The first artist presented by ((audience)) Empire Service is Derek Holzer, an American sound artist based in Berlin.

Holzer will be performing Tonewheels, an experiment in converting graphic imagery to sound, inspired by early inventions in electronic music. Transparent tonewheels with repeating patterns are spun over light-sensitive electronic circuitry to produce sound pulses and light textures. This all-analog set is performed live without the use of computers, using only an overhead projector as a light source and performance interface.

Lectures and workshops coincide with performances on a city-to-city basis. His Empire Service tour will precede an appearance at the Bent Festival in New York City, as well as additional shows in New York City and across New England.

More information, including dates and venues for all of Holzer’s US shows, are included below.

((audience)) is pleased to be collaborating with SoundLab in Buffalo, New York and the Red House Arts Center and SPARKS Gallery in Syracuse, New York on this inaugural run of Empire Service.


DEREK HOLZER is a sound artist with a background in radio, webstreaming and environmental recording. His work focuses on the often-unpredictable details to be found in field recordings and self-built analog electronic sound synthesizers, as well as strategies for collaborations and free and open source software. He has released tracks under the Nexsound, Mandorla, Sirr, and/OAR and Gruenrekorder labels, and has co-initiated several Internet projects for field recordings and collaborative sound-scapes including Soundtransit.nl. For more information on Derek Holzer and his work, visit http://www.umatic.nl.

Friday, April 16, 2010 – Buffalo, NY
110 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY / 716-440-5907
Tonewheels performance; other artists TBA

Saturday, April 17 – Syracuse, NY
Sparks Contemporary Art Space
1005 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY
Tonewheels performance; other artists TBA

Tuesday, April 20 – New York, NY
Electronic Music Foundation
307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1402, NYC / 212-206-1505
Tonewheels lecture

Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22 – New York, NY
596 Broadway, #602, NYC / 212-431-1130
Field recording workshop

Friday, April 23 – Sunday, April 25 – Brooklyn, NY
Bent Festival
81 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tonewheels performance and workshop
For more information on Bent Festival, visit http://www.bentfestival.org.

Monday, April 26 – New York, NY
Electronic Music Foundation
307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1402, NYC / 212-206-1505
TunedCity.de lecture
Tuned City is a platform that proposes an examination of the relations between architecture and sound. The project melds critical discussions about urban space within the architecture and urban planning discourse–as well as its strategies and working methods–into the context of sound art.

Thursday, April 29 – Providence, RI
Rhode Island School of Design
Tonewheels workshop

Friday, April 30 – Providence, RI
115 Empire Street, Providence, RI / 401-831-9327
Tonewheels performance, with Black Pus, Humanbeast, Shawn Greenlee

Saturday, May 1 – Somerville, MA
The Starlab
32 Prospect Street, Somerville, MA
Tonewheels performance, with Karlheinz, Shawn Greenlee, Sharpwaist,
Brandon Terzakis, Benjamin Nelson, Bombings

((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.

((audience)) / mail: 39 Ave. A, Box 103, NY, NY 10009 / curators@au.dience.org
temporary HQ: 125 Maiden Lane, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10038

((audience)) is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program.

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