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Meeting at the board

2004-02-06

There was a meeting at the board of BEK today. Per Platau was elected in as a new member of the board so now we are four. In addition all of the staff at BEK participate so it’s starting to get crowded.

Acousmatic music defined

2004-02-03

Finally I’ve found a short and concise definition of acousmatic music. It’s at the end of the announcement of “Métamorphoses” Competition – Acousmatic Music Composition Competition:

Acousmatic: recorded work composed in studio projected on loudspeakers in concert with no live intervention of instrumentalists.

Musiques &amp Recherches also provides a more thorough definition. This definition is rather interesting :

The acousmatic listening experience is independent of the visual domain and thus frees the mental images and creative forms of our imagination. Acousmatic sounds heard through a loud speaker with no clue as to what causes them are the basic elements of the acousmatic art and ‘musique concrète’ vocabulary. These sounds called “sound objects” are in fact impressions traces. Organised and liberated from an “explanatory” way of listening they offer us access to emotion sensation metaphor … Therein resides the work of the composer.

Having recently reread Einstein’ Dreams by Alan Lightman (in a Danish translation borrowed ad infinitum from a past composition teacher) I feel that according to this definition acousmatic music tries to free sounds from their physical origin (or the x y z-dimensions) while maintaining a sense of time (t-dimension). In my own music I’ve been striving to free sound from the time axis and the linear narrative setting. I’ve wanted my own music to be experienced in a similar manner to paintings or sculptures. I feel that if I’m to concentrate on the sensual qualities of the sound as an abstract phenomena I have to get inside of the sound not just pass through it.

RFF

2004-02-03

Eva Sjuve is one of several curators for the net-collaboration RFF [Remembering-Repressing-Forgetting]. RFF starts of at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Bukarest ( 20/2-15/3) and then travel to the New Media Festival in Bankok Thailand (20-28/3). It will then travel to different locations during 2004.000 Eva’s curating an audio art/electronic composition show that will be streaming from BEK with artists from Bergen and vicinity. The project has a provisional web site here.

Today I’ve been preparing several extracts for her from the Hacker project I did last year in collaboration with Frode Thorsen (recorders) and Gitte Bastiansen (dance with body sensors).

Human Ping

2004-02-03

Jill had a post earlier today about Friend of a Friend. I once saw a theory going something like this:

If I make a list of my friends and then ask them to make a list of their friends and their friends make a list of…etc. you’d only need to do 11 recursions to include the whole population of the world.

I just sat down and did some calculations (actually a small Max-patch). If current population worldwide is 5 billion people each of us should have a little more than 6 unique friends (6.373569 to be more accurate) in order for this to be true.

So who do I REALLY want to get in touch with……?

USF Artist in recidence

2004-02-02

USF in Bergen is announcing their international Artist in Recidence program with application deadline on May 1st.

 
 
 

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