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Alan Licht at MICA

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Sound Art at MICA presents a conversion about Sound Art with Musician and Author Alan Licht. Licht has lectured widely on sound art and served as faculty in the Music/Sound department at the Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. He is a contributing music editor at BOMB magazine and writes frequently for Artforum, Art Review, Parkett, Organised Sound and the WIRE.

His new book Sound Art Revisited was published last year by Bloomsbury Academic and can be purchased at all good book retailers. Alan will also have copies available for sale after the talk.

Sound Art Revisited at AMAZON 

Free Admission
Fred Lazarus IV Center Auditorium
131 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201

Sound Art@MICA Presents the only area screening of:
Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay.

Industrial Soundtrack is the first film to trace the origins of industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.

Industrial music emerged in the mid 70’s, providing a vibrant, provocative and artistic soundtrack to the picket lines, economic decline and cultural oppression of the era. Whether factory workers, students or unemployed, industrial music pioneers were all educated, artistically minded and politically aware artists who started with little to no musical background and went on to change musical history.

Industrial musicians found inspiration in Krautrock bands Kraftwerk, Faust and Can, 20th century art movements Dada, Futurism and Surrealism and post-modern writers William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and J.G. Ballard. Combining the do-it-yourself attitude of punk with mail art and underground fanzines, these pioneers were also among the first bands to incorporate tape loops, homemade synthesizers, factory field recordings and cut-up techniques in their music.

Discover the personal story of industrial music founders Throbbing Gristle, Sheffield’s prolific Dada inspired band Cabaret Voltaire, award-winning soundtrack composer Graeme Revell of SPK, noise music inventor Boyd Rice of NON and fifteen other of the genre’s most influential figures, exposing their incredible stories for the first time on film.

Maryland Institute College of Art
Fred Lazarus IV Center Auditorium – L115
131 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD

Friday September 18th at 8pm.

Free Admission

We’re very excited to present a live performance by electronic musician and sound artist JesterN a.k.a. Alberto Novello on October 8, 2013 at the Wind Up Space in Baltimore.

The show begins at 9pm and is $5.
Support will be provided by Baltimore electronic artists:

- Liz Meredith
- Brune

Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN is a scientist, composer, sound and video artist born in Udine (Italy) in 1977. He studied piano and double bass at the Conservatory of Udine, and played electric bass with several Italian bands. In 2002, he graduated in Physics at the University of Trieste (Italy), he then joined his passion for music experimentation and science completing in 2004 the master “Art, Science and Technologies” at the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble (France), under the guidance of J.C. Risset, J.B. Barriere, and C. Cadoz. He was teacher of electronic music composition at the Conservatory Ghedini of Cuneo form 2004 to 2006. From 2004 to 2009 he worked at the Philips Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands in the field of Music Perception and Music Information Retrieval with several publications in international conferences and journals. In 2009 he received a PhD degree at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands) with A. Kohlrausch. In 2012 he graduate in electroacoustic music composition at the Institute of Sonology, Royal Conservatory of Den Haag with P. Berg, J. Ryan, and R. Barret. Since 2004 he produced several electronic audio visual pieces that can be found on his website.
His works have been presented in international festivals and institutes such as Rewire Festival, ToolKit Festival, NIME Conference, ICMC and CCMAS.


Sound Art students and concentrators, Sasha de Koninck, Shawn Cook, Andrew Scotti, Tyler Tamburo, Faith Bocian, along with IDA/Sound Art faculty members Jason Sloan and Erik Spangler visited STEIM [STudio for Electro Instrumental Music]  in Amsterdam for a week-long residency over Spring Break. Through workshops with STEIM staff and independent work in the studio, the students developed their own electronic instruments that they used in a public performance at the end of the week. An excerpt from the final performance can be streamed below.

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This fall, the Sound Art concentration at MICA is excited to be hosting performances, workshops and lectures by three leading artists in the field of electronic music and sound art.

Kaffe Matthews
Wednesday September 21, 2011
Artist Talk 6:30-7:30pm Brown 206 – Live Performance Brown Center Atrium 8-9pm – Free
Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition, Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music worldwide with a variety of things and places such as violin, theremin, Scottish weather, desert stretched wires, NASA scientists, melting ice in Quebec and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is researching 3D composition for outdoor enjoyment through Hammerhead sharks in Galapagos and sustainable vibratory interface design with ‘music for bodies’. Kaffe has released 6 solo CD’s on the label Annette Works and has collaborated and performed with agf, Ryoko Kuwajima, MIMEO, Sachiko M, Ikue Mori, Marina Rosenfeld, Oren Ambarchi and Christian Fennesz.
Kaffe Matthews appear courtesy of the High Zero Foundation, Baltimore.

Pamela Z.
Monday October 10, 2011
Artist Talk 1pm Brown 206 – Free
Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. One of the pioneers of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers in her solo works that combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrète sounds. In her current performance work, she uses MAX MSP and Isadora software on a MacBook Pro along with custom MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound and image with physical gestures. Her performances range in scale from small concerts in galleries to large-scale multi-media works in flexible black-box venues and proscenium halls. In addition to her performance work, she has a growing body of inter-media gallery works including multi-channel sound and video installations.

Matthew Burtner
Friday October 14, 2011 – 12pm.
Performance and Workshop
– Falvey Hall – Free
Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan composer and sound artist specializing in concert music and interactive media. His work explores ecoacoustics,(dis)embodiment, and extended polymetric and noise-based systems. Burtner invents and develops new technologies for creative and educational applications. In 1999, he invented the Metasaxophone, an acoustic/electric/computer instrument extending the saxophone into the world of electro-acoustics. Paul Wagner of the Saxophone Journal describes the Metasaxophone as “a new instrument with innovative and exciting possibilities for the saxophone world… the music is as mysterious and fascinating as the instrument itself.” His work with imbedded computer systems and sensor technology led him to create other unique instruments, most notably the theatrical ecoacoustic instruments for his large-scale staged multimedia operas. As an Invited Researcher at IRCAM in Paris he developed sensor-based software/hardware interfaces for multimedia performance. In 2008 he invented NOMADS (Network-Operational Mobile Applied Digital System), a system now developed by the Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG) at UVA in collaboration with David Topper and Steven Kemper.