((audience)) presents Cinema for the Ear at Unsound Festival NY 2011!

Dear Friends,

((audience)) is an unprecedented project and we have received some unprecedented support from the Unsound Festival New York, Electronic Music Foundation, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the Cinema for the Ear screening at  Walter Reade Theater on April 5th of this year.

Info for our program is below. We’ve got a diverse lineup ranging from Felix Kubin to Pamela Z to our gem from the open call–Clay Gold. Tickets for this event, and all Unsound Festival New York events go on sale today! Please advance purchase a ticket. It costs as much as a movie. Let’s sell this out! With a strong show of support, maybe our nomadic festival will find a “home” at Lincoln Center? (It happens to be the only cinema in New York with a DMA8+ decoder installed. That’s the box we’ve been trying to raise money to buy for the past year.)

Ok. That’s it for now. This is a “Special Announcement.” Tickets are on sale. And a request: Please buy one.

Lauren + Alexis


TUESDAY, APRIL 5th 2011, 8pm
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater,
165 West 65th St, New York, NY 10023 (212) 875-5610
$12 / Discount for Film Society Members and Students with ID
Please note: This program will be “screened,” not performed live.


About ((Audience)): Cinema for the Ear
Conceived in 2006 by curators Alexis Bhagat and Lauren Rosati, ((audience)): Cinema for the Ear is an unprecedented project that explores the notion of cinema as 21st century concert hall. The centerpiece of ((audience)) is a program of 5.1 surround sound works by international artists intended for presentation in movie theaters as “cinema in the dark” – audio only, without visual accompaniment. Tonight, selected works, all related to the theme of “Horror,” will be presented in a completely dark cinema environment without visual accompaniment.

RAIME is a London-based electronic duo whose music is dark, minimal and haunting. Inspired by 1980’s cold wave, new wave, no wave and obscure electronic bands, the duo released their debut single and a follow up on the new label Blackest Ever Black in 2010. They also made their European live debut at Unsound Festival Krakow in October 2010. Raime have produced a new piece of music for ((audience)).

DEMDIKE STARE is the distinctly British musical project of Manchester / Lancaster duo Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty. Whittaker and Canty took their musical moniker from the name of a 17th-century witch and also serves as an indication that their music reflects their interests in the occult, mysticism, and the unknown. Their recently released second album “Tryptych” (Modern Love, 2011) is an extensive three disc set full of soundscapes and rhythms that draw on vintage horror soundtracks, the work of Ennio Morricone, UK bass, 90’s techno and their own special mix of analog gear and samples. Demdike Stare produced a new piece of music for ((audience)).

PETER KUTIN is a sound artist, musician, composer and producer based in Vienna. His latest release, for Film Archiv Austria, is a DVD of original music composed and arranged for silent films. His work “Lucidity,” a composition for six channels, was commissioned for this program.

FELIX KUBIN is one of electronic music’s most dynamic and versatile performers whose activities include futuristic pop, radio plays, electroacoustic music, and works for chamber orchestra. Kubin’s music is saturated with enthusiasm for disharmonic pop, industrial noise, and 20th century avant-garde music. In the last 20 years, he has released a diverse array of albums and played over 70 electronic music festivals. Kubin was on the cover of the June 2010 issue of Wire Magazine. ((audience)) will present his work, “Nachtspeicher (Night storage),” a piece about night sounds – club noise, field recordings, whispering silence, encounters with strange people and drunken ghosts. Twilight talks on the edge of reality and illusion. Fading outlines. The piece premiered on WDR, Germany on December 27, 2003.

CLAY GOLD lives in Korolev, Russia and works in Macau, China. He is a recording engineer and a recording artist, contributing stereo, quadraphonic and 5.1 sound art works for SoundFjord Gallery in London, Sonic Art in Oxford and the Dragonfly Festival in Sweden. “Airtight Orange Plastic Coffin,” which was commissioned for this program, is a response to the horrors of the 21st century – pollution, overcrowding and the arrogance of mankind.

BRYAN JACOBS lives in New York. His composition “Within Scenes of Hurt” was created from snippets of audio taken from movies that display various states of human, nonverbal emotional expression. Sounds of actors in scenes of extreme turmoil were captured, then stretched, frozen, and examined from many angles. This piece is part of the artist’s investigations of innate understandings of the human voice.

The short film “Tell-Tale Heart,” directed by ROBERT EGGERS, is inspired by the work of the same name by Edgar A. Poe and features the sound design of DAMIAN VOLPE and MATT ROCKER. Created as a short, it will be played as a sound-only movie for this occasion. Within the smoldering chambers of a desolate house, a solitary manservant tends to his invalid master. Tormented by constant silence and the banalities of his duties, the servant’s fears gradually turn to violent obsession.

PAMELA Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist. She has composed a large body of work, from solo voice and electronics to large-scale theatrical, multimedia and performance works that involve electro-acoustic music, projected video, and movement. Her work also includes installations, fixed media works (or “tape music”), and commissioned works for chamber ensembles. ((audience)) will present her work, “De-Star Spangled Banner” which features samples of Z’s voice singing a bel canto rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The samples are processed to varied lengths and then densely layered. Pitch correction is consistently used whenever the time is expanded or compressed, resulting in a palate of sounds that remains completely within the pitch range of the original melody. Embedded in the texture are passages of the anthem stretched to as much as 35 times its original length; in other samples, the entire anthem is compressed to only five and half seconds.

Cinema for the Ear is presented by:  Unsound Festival New York LABS, Walter Reade Theater – Film Society of Lincoln Center, and ((audience)), in cooperation with Electronic Music Foundation.

Unsound Festival New York is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York

In Cooperation With The Trust For Mutual Understanding, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, City of Krakow, Krakow Festival Office, 6 Senses, Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, Instituto Cervantes de New York, Consulate General of Finland in New York, Royal Consulate of Norway New York, Pro Helvetia, BAMcinématek, Backspin Promotions, Bedroom Community, The Blackened Music Series, Beyond Booking, The Bunker, The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Electronic Music Foundation, European Cities of Advanced Sound, International Cities of Advanced Sound, Film Comment Selects, ISSUE Project Room, Kiss&Tell, (le) Poisson Rouge, Littlefield, No Fun Productions, RVNG Intl /FRKWYS, Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building.

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  1. I need to to thank you for this good read!! I definitely loved every bit of it. I have you book marked to look at new things you post…

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