((AUDIENCE)) July News

Friends and Listeners –

We’ve been abuzz since we returned from Megapolis in May. We’ve already begun receiving submissions for ((audience11)). And we’ve begun conversations with Unsound Festival in Krakow about a special program for their New York festival in April 2011.  (Big thank you to Suzanne Thorpe for the introduction!)

Astrologically, June is a big time for changes, and we’ve made some big ones this past month: We’ve moved the office, for better or worse. And we’ve moved fiscal sponsors–we are pleased to announce that by the end of this month, we will be a fiscally sponsored project of Harvestworks! Speaking of stars and planets, Libra is supposed to figure out the general shape of her career for the coming years this week! And Lauren is a Libra, so we are excited to receive inquires for ((audience11)) festivals this month. (And, if you are in Australia, Chile or Argentina, we would love to speak with you THIS SUNDAY — July 11 — about an ((audience)) Festival in your city next year.)

It’s very hot in New York, so we will get out of town a bit–we will be presenting ((audience09)) in Albany on August 7th. We’ll lay more groundwork for the Empire Service while we’re upstate–and we’re looking for an upstate intern who could help develop some more station stops and prepare for our next passenger – Murmer.

That’s the brief version. Details below.



((audience)) is now accepting submissions for the following two shows:
Horror Show, a selection for the Unsound Festival 2011
((audience11)), the next instance of our biennial selection of cinema-in-the-dark

((audience)) has been invited to participate in Unsound, a festival of experimental music and sound art. Founded in 2003, Unsound is an annual event held in Krakow, Poland; in April 2011, the festival organizers will present the second annual Unsound festival in New York City at venues throughout the five boroughs. SO ((audience)) is issuing a special call for 5.1 surround sound works for the 2011 Unsound festival. Selected works will be presented in a completely dark cinema environment without visual accompaniment at the Walter Reade Theater / Film Society of Lincoln Center. All works must relate to this year’s festival theme: “Horror – the Pleasure of Fear and Unease” (for example, one could submit a soundtrack to an imagined horror film; a radio play; a work dealing abstractly with the concept of horror, etc.) New works or newly contextualized works will be accepted. Artists currently located in Eastern Europe are encouraged to apply, and will receive special attention. We are especially interested in narrative or musical works that play with the traditional idea of cinematic surround sound, and/or with the concept of horror, and in works that emphasize temporal, narrative or spatial experimentation.

Conceived in 2006, ((audience)) is an unprecedented project that explores the cinema as a 21st century concert hall. It 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. The centerpiece of ((audience)) is a biennial program of 5.1 surround sound works by international artists intended for presentation in movie theaters as “cinema in the dark.” This program travels to partnering organizations accompanied by curatorial lectures, performances, exhibitions and screenings on a city-by-city basis. We are now accepting submissions for the second of our biennial programs, to travel in 2011 – 2012 festival. Works selected for ((audience11)) will be presented in a completely dark cinema without visual accompaniment.  We are interested in narrative or musical works that play with the traditional idea of cinematic surround sound, and in works that emphasize temporal, narrative or spatial experimentation. We are also interested in audio experimentation by film industry artists, engineers, Foley artists, and other craftspersons.
More information and submission instructions may be found HERE.


In June 2009, ((audience)) was awarded a temporary office space by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program. We were supposed to move out of 125 Maiden Lane 9 months later, but were allowed to stay for over a year! So big thanks to LMCC for providing ((audience)) with a year-long home and loads of support! !!

As the Recession drags on and as storefronts on the streets of New York continue to sit vacant, we keep dreaming that we will be able to move into a storefront in Downtown Brooklyn or Lower Manhattan. In the meantime,  we’ve moving to Alexis’ House in Bed-Stuy!

Want to see? You’re welcome to come for tea if you’d like to see inside: A/C to Utica or J/Z to Kosciuszko. We’ve got microphones waiting and can record an episode of Speakers.


((audience)) has been a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas for the past couple of years – but we’ve decided to move to a new fiscal sponsor, Harvestworks, as of August 1! It is very exciting to work with an organization like Harvestworks–which has helped musicians and sound artists since 1977. Mutual affinity is always mutually beneficial. And we’re also excited to have access to Harvestworks’ 5.1 surround sound studio for special screenings!

As a fiscally sponsored project, donors to ((audience)) will still receive a tax-deduction, but Harvestworks will not process donations under $250 as tax-deductible. For that reason, we are doing a Special Summer Appeal for last minute donations through Fractured Atlas. Your donations must be received by July 18. Any donation $10 or over will be tax-deductible. After that, small donations won’t be eligible for a deduction. Please donate this week by clicking HERE.


We had a KILLER show at Ramiken Crucible on June 5, 2010. It was a gorgeous (and hot!) day, and dozens of people came out to support us. After an intimate all-day screening of our ((audience09)) surround sound program, MV Carbon and Tony Conrad opened our evening of performances with an in-the-dark string set, featuring MV on cello and tape and Tony on violin and a swinging, glow-in-the-dark cannonball! Then DUBKNOWDUB came next, in costume!, with a shopping cart (literally) full of electronics – Loud Objects finished off the night with an acoustic set: What is acoustic noise music? In this case, a duet for fluorescent light chainsaws with “choral” accompaniment! Some audio will be posted to the blog soon. (Not much to see on video, as we operate in-the-dark.) (And, for better or worse, we cannot reproduce the gas fumes from the chainsaws… You just had to be there for that.)


((AUDIENCE)) is headed to Albany, NY for a one-day festival on August 7th at Grand Street Community Arts. We will be repeating the format of the Ramiken Crucible show, screening ((audience09)) all day-long long in the gallery, and with an evening concert to follow. Details have yet to be finalized. Confirmed performers so far are Ed Bear & Lea Bertucci, and Tianna Kennedy. We are still looking for more performers from the Albany-Troy area. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you live in the area and would like to be involved!

Also, we’d be happy to present the lecture “The Cinema as a Concert Hall for the 21st Century” in the days before or after the show, if there is an organization that would like to invite us.


Speaking of Upstate New York… the Empire Service is getting ready to ride again. Empire Service is our project to bring New York City and international artists to art centers and wider audiences in Upstate New York.

The first artist to be presented by ((audience)) Empire Service was Derek Holzer, an American sound artist based in Berlin who toured upstate New York in April and May 2010. And, our second ((audience)) Empire Service artist is murmer who will present workshops and performances across Upstate NY.

Patrick McGinley (aka murmer) is an American sound and performance artist who has lived and worked in Europe since 1996. In 2002 he co-founded framework, an organization that produces a weekly radio show on London’s resonance104.4fm. His work concentrates on the framing of sounds from our environment which normally pass through our ears unnoticed and unremarked, but which out of context become unrecognizable, alien and extraordinary: crackling charcoal, a squeaking escalator, a buzzing insect, or one’s own breath.

We are looking to find two organizations to host workshops by murmer, plus 2 additional venues for performances. Please let us know if you are interested and would like to see his workshop proposals, or might want to host a concert (at a venue, or in your home!) Tour dates and further information will be published in September.


((audience)) is seeking summer interns:

1. We need an intern to help develop station stops for the Empire Service. This would be a remote internship, and the ideal candidate would be based in Central New York or the Capital District. 4-8 hours per week plus a weekly phone chat.

2. We’re still looking for a summer intern who could produce a web-video of The Cinema as a Concert Hall for the 21st Century.

3. And we’re looking for a general intern who could spend one day per week in office. The major task for the next month will be receiving and cataloging submissions for ((audience11)) and Horror Show. And, listening, too! Of course.
An undergrad or recent graduate living in Bed-Stuy or Bushwick would be ideal. Sadly unpaid, but includes delicious lunch and fabulous tea-time.

If you are interested in any of these internships, please email Alexis Bhagat – alexis@au.dience.org – with either a bio or a brief statement of interest, and your contact information.
(And, profs! Please forward to any interested parties!)


Items featured in the Dub Shop @ Kleio Projects will be available for sale online soon.

Stay tuned.

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