THE ART OF SOUND IN SAN DIEGO
opening 8/25/2012 6-10PM @ Space 4 Art
INSTALLATIONS & INTERACTIVE
Giant Meter is a sound sculpture that displays the level of sound it hears, much like the light emitting diode displays on modern mixing boards. The piece is made of salvaged stoplights riveted to an aluminum frame, with custom circuitry that senses and analyzes sound amplitude in order to illuminate the lights.
Ringtones is an interactive sound sculpture that generates algorithmic music based on any ten digit number dialed by a participant. Ten digits equates to ten billion unique phone numbers which means the phone is capable of creating ten billion unique pieces of music. The phone's original circuitry was modified and a microcontroller was grafted into useful parts such as the keypad, hook, indicator light, and speaker. The microcontroller senses the state of the earpiece, waits for a phone number, then configures and plays the synthesis algorithm to create a piece of music.
Primal Screen is an interactive multimedia experience that offers no content other than what the visitors provide. It presents a series of brief but intimate encounters with the inner lives of the friends and strangers that surround us, encapsulated in a single moment of expression, vulnerability and catharsis.
Visitors are encouraged to contribute to the work by recording a scream according to the instructions found in the recording area. The scream itself can be one of happiness or frustration, joy or anger, tension or release. Recorded screams are played back in random order in the viewing area.
Universal Original Instruments & Electronics Atelier (UOIEA)
Vegetation Gathering Prohibited
Vegetation Gathering Prohibited is an experimental sock puppet show. Its physical components, including a tree harp and a suspended metal stage that both amplifies and picks up sounds, combine the functions of a theatrical set, a listening chamber, and a sound system. The puppet performances will feature extended, occasionally processed vocal technique. Musical performances and installations will share the space with the show's episodes.
FREIGHT addresses the sound producing properties of metals with traditionally non-musical functions, as well the sonority of metals removed from their traditional musical context. The electroacoustic component of the installation consists of sounds culled from a square bed of layered metals -- foil, chains, and cut up guitar strings -- lain on the floor, suggesting an illusion that the sculpture is emanating sound on its own. Observers are encouraged to walk on the sculpture, as their recorded footsteps assimilate into the electroacoustic piece.
Geometric shapes rotate, and eventually collapse in on them selves. Certain shapes rotate at different rates, so over time they collapse at different rates, which then create evolving patterns and colors. The user can control the visuals and audio with the controller provided. After experimenting, let the piece evolve on it's own for a bit and see what happens.
WiiCycle: Sonification of a Mountain Bike
WiiCycle is the sonification of a mountain bike using the accelerometer data from two Wiimotes attached to the bike frame. The left channel is from a Wiimote attached to the front fork and the right channel is a Wiimote on the seat post. The video was taken with a webcam attached to a bicycle helmet. The raw data is passed through a resonator bank whose parameters can be modified in real-time using a dual analog game controller.
Cacophony #2: The Past Is A Bastard
Remixing 25 years of my own music into an audio collage, exploring the way sounds from the past interact with sounds from the present.
Tonescape microtonal music software is an application which I developed, presenting two simultaneous views of the notes in a musical piece: a Pitch-Height window using a simple pitch-vs-time graph, and a Lattice window showing a multidimensional geometrical model of the mathematics of the tuning system. Both views follow the audio and highlight the sounding notes in real-time. The Lattice (and tuning) may use from 1 to 7 dimensions.
In this piece, the double bass's sound, processed by a computer, slowly builds into an undulating, resonant chord. Glimpses of brief melodies emerge from this semi-static texture. During the performance, the audience is encouraged to wander about the space. Every location will offer a unique interaction of sounds.
Liquid Bells Singing Bowls
Contrasting vibrations create a gentle "pulse" that grounds us in a relaxed state of alpha brain waves. Bell tones reverberate and then slowly dissolve into the ether, as other bell tones are struck and merge together, creating new pitches and frequencies, each dissolving with the arrival of the next, like waves along the beach. The bowls sound at times like the calling of some universal church, no melody or tune, just the sense of powerful, vibratory resonance.
The Origin Of Things explores cultural roots and heritage.
In his book ‘Vesturfaraskrá’ published in Reykjavík in 1983, Júníus H.
Kristinsson records 14,268 Icelanders who emigrated to North America
between 1870 and 1914. However, only emigrants for whom there is
reliable documentary evidence have been listed. It is agreed that all
records of emigration have not been preserved and that many emigrants
somehow avoided being registered. Thus, this record is certainly not
complete and may in fact exclude thousands of emigrants. It is
generally estimated that somewhere between 16,000 and 20,000
Icelanders emigrated; 20 – 25% of the total population of Iceland at
(The Icelandic Emigration Center at Hofsós, Iceland)
Reproductions of old postcards
Stills from an upcoming documentary
Filming in Iceland: Sæmundur Ari Halldórsson
Filming in California: Frankie Martin
LIVE STAGE PERFORMANCES
Trans-Classical — instrumental grooves, soaring melodies & multi-level syncopations that draw from rock, jazz, the Yoruba music of Nigeria, Eastern European Klezmer, Surf music, Indonesian gamelan, electronica, hip-hop, vaudeville, European classical and more.
starvelab (Michael Trigilio)
Live modular electronics
Little Live Stories
In 2003 we released a project entitled "Little Kid Stories." The concept was to give people texts they haven't seen before, make them cold read it in the manner of someone reading a book to a child for the first time, then create audio that matches their readings.
For this show we will create a live version of this experience. We will request volunteers to do readings, then invite them onstage and provide them with an iPad. The iPad will display the text they need to read at the times they need to read it, while a live audioscape will be created around them.
Preteen Pornstar is a California based art collective that has challenged the definition of performance since 2002. A historical archive of their releases is available for free at preteenpornstar.com, and a copy of the 'Little Kid Stories' is available at preteenpornstar.com/lks.
Kristopher Apple and Blair Robert Nelson
Who's here, what are we doing?
Violinist, composer, and improviser, Kristopher Apple teams with Blair Robert Nelson composer, sound designer, and sound artist DJ to traverse the worlds of live electroacoustic performance, collaborative composition, and improvisation.
Illustrator and musician Susie Ghahremani has combined her interests into this ongoing series of paintings in which anthropomorphic animals train for an imaginary marching band. Painted in gouache on wood, paintings from the series titled "Musical Chairs" have shown in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and now here in the artist's own city, San Diego.
Digital Prints Based on Xenharmonic Music Theory. These works depict the melodic and harmonic transformations of musical scales based on triads, Mediants, and Dominants as the tuning of their constructing intervals changes over the span of an octave.
Paintings exploring universal human behavior including laughter, crying, tears, and orgasm (sometimes all 4 at once).
My project highlights the visual aspects of the important phrases we utter in life, along with a few other natural sounds - in wave form, and reflects the mood of said phrases with textures and colors, creating unique prints based around the sound waves.
The Confidant / The Blabbermouth
The Confidant: "Are you OK? You look like something's bothering you. Why don't you tell me all about it...your secrets are safe with me."
The Blabbermouth: "Have you heard the latest? You are NOT going to believe this! Let me tell you all about it!"
"Pispireto" piece #9 and #15: Untitled Pieces: I defer to experience the ordinary. Ritualistically this takes the form of: teeth brushing, hair brushing, dressing undressing, cooking, and the like. I grew up in Tijuana, Mexico where noise is a routinely occurrence; I am accustomed to color, chaos, movement sound/noise and to a culture of constant migration between the US and Mexico. I made a series of pieces in reference to the sound that the pedestrian crossing gate makes along the US and Tijuana crossing border fence. In conjunction with Mexican household materials, soap, gelatine, textiles and flour; the relationship of utilitarian objects and humans is captivating effect of beauty and idealization. A ‘thing,” such as a brush, soap, flour has an imperceptive importance and significance in relationship to daily routines. I try to emulate sound as a “thing-object art,” since sounds and objects share a common significance likewise the brush, due to the level of necessity, desire, and importance that is dictated by the and not by the piece of art per se.
THANK YOU to Manor House Quarterly
Thank you to Manor House Quarterly for their grant to help with the August show!
PAST EVENT: OAC - 4/19/2012 - San Diego Arts & Music Salon @ 3rdSpace
First off, a tremendous "thank you" to everyone who participated in "Do Art Daily" 3/24/2012! Most pictures are up on our Facebook.com/openartscollective page; lots of people, standing and conversing among local visual and sound art.. seems like everyone's works combined made for a really fun night all around!
This "salon" will be an opportunity for artist participants in the last show to get together, along side artists and volunteers interested in the next show. In addition to "debriefing" on the "Do Art Daily" experience, we'll share insight in planning for the summer show, "The Art of Sound in San Diego."
Have ideas for anything from music programming to placards; anything from sound installation design to art pieces that visualize sound? Join us on Thursday, April 19th @ 3rdspace.co - co-working and club for the creative - for Open Art Collective's San Diego Art & Music Salon. Libation refreshments & snacks provided; you can bring songs.
PAST EVENT: DO ART DAILY 3/24/2012 PROJECT OVERVIEW
From dead honeybees entombed in paraffin to a catalogue of photographs capturing people consuming food, the upcoming Open Arts Collective (OAC) Do Art Daily event will showcase 26 select artists in a debut exhibit to be held from 6 to 10 p.m., March 24, at Space 4 Art, 325 15th St.
San Diego's Open Arts Collective brings together a diverse emporium of artists whose works extend to myriad mixed media that will also feature a blind artist's take on “containers”; a musically-interactive iPad; pop-up musical performances including found sound manipulations, live-audience “feeding”, and guitar/dance; fanciful takes from an imaginary dictionary; sculptures comprised of driftwood and seaweed and crochet-covered pebbles randomly distributed throughout the gallery.
Also included in the lineup is a series of acrylic paintings depicting the "concept of growth" by acclaimed artist Victor Angelo, a San Diego native whose colorfully complex paintings have graced gallery walls in Brazil, Japan and throughout Europe.
We feel that San Diego is sprouting in the arts area, demonstrating much potential for a larger arts identity. The Open Arts Collective aims to provide a voice to our most innovative artists.
The Do Art Daily exhibit will be free of charge; donations are encouraged to cover show costs.
PAST EVENT: FUN-A-DAY 03/2011
The website for last year's event: ArtClash-SD.com
Press from our 3/2011 event:
ALSO SEE: Voice of San Diego, Web Coverage of participating artists' works