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Rehearsal - Kvien & Sommer

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:15

In our sound studio this week, it’s rehearsal time for Kvien & Sommer’s upcoming concert at Utmark. The preparations crystelize at Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, Friday 5. Dec. at 22.00.

KVIEN & SOMMER
 – A collaborative project with Mari Kvien Brunvoll and Espen Sommer Eide

Molde born singer Mari Kvien Brunvoll has created a major ripple of excitement on the Norwegian jazz scene, for she is a genuine original in the spirit of artists like Sidsel Endressen, with a voice that immediately captivates. Her singular career path embraces projects for children and theatre, and her intensely personal music straddles jazz, electro pop and acoustic blues, making use of everything from loops and pedals to zithers and thumb pianos to add detail to her intimate, soulful sound.

Espen Sommer Eide is a musician and artist from Tromsø, Norway. Since the end of the 1990s the projects Alog (with Dag-Are Haugan) and Phonophani have been among the most prominent representatives of experimental electronic music from Norway, with a series of releases from the label Rune Grammofon. Live he uses elaborate setups of custom made instruments, hybrids combining electronic and acoustic elements.In addition to touring extensively with his musical projects, Eide also has produced a series of site-specific pieces and artworks and has been involved in a series of art and archive projects with various topics connected to the Barents and arctic regions of Northern Norway.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 01/12/2014 to 05/12/2014

mens vi venter, fml. at Bergen Kjøtt

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 23:29

PAC wishes you all welcome you to a performance at Bergen Kjøtt 27, 28 and 29. november. All nights the show starts at 20.00, entrance at 19.45.

mens vi venter, fml. is a performance based on the attempt to break down hierarchies, both in the aetethics and the organisation of the work. The project started to be developed this summer, and we are now happy to invite an audience in.

Konsept: Elise Tunstrøm
Scenografi: Tora Troe
Lyd og musikk: Jonas Røyeng
Ida Jada: Elise Austad
Linn Strikkepinn: Sacha Slengesol Balgobin

BEK has supported the project with equipment.

cc: 100,-
reservasjon: eliseaustad@gmail.com

SPRANG at soft galleri, Oslo

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 23:18

Opening Thursday 27. November at 6PM.
Exhibition period: 27. November 2014 – 1. January 2015.

Artists Hilde Hauan Johnsen and Maia Urstad has for several years been working on joint projects and exhibitions where they use new technologies as artistic language and tools. This is also the case in the installation ESCAPADE; consisting of sound and fiber optics.

The starting point for the work is taken from ancient knowledge. In the exhibition, the ancient textile handcraft technique, “warp”, meets sonic phenomenons such as overtones, sound waves and vibration based on Pythagoras’ theories of acoustics and geometry.

The exhibition is supported by Kulturrådet, Kunst og Ny teknologi, BEK-Bergen senter for Elektronisk Kunst, KHiB and Atelier Nord.

The Iron Ring Project

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:46

Cecilia Jonsson wins second price for The Iron Ring Project in VIDA 16.0 Art and Artificial Life International Awards. Congratulations! http://vida.fundaciontelefonica.com/en/project/the-iron-ring/

HOSPICE LAZY - Bailing Out the Universe from Imminent Doom

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 15:14

Hospice Lazy is a new collaboration between the Alpaca Ensemble and Bergen-based British composer Alwynne Pritchard. BEK has supported the project with rehearsal space and equipment.

Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s idea of a “hospice des paresseux”, a place where lazy people can take refuge, the piece explores the many manifestations and implications of laziness through music, text, movement and specially constructed machines designed in collaboration with Vigdis Haugtrø and Trøndelag Ortopedisk Verksted. Lighting design by Sune Schjelderup.

Alpaca Ensemble is a flexible ensemble of varying size and composition, with a core consisting of Else Bø (piano), Sigrid Elisabeth Stang (violin) and Marianne Baudouin Lie (cello). Alpaca initiates both large and small innovative projects within genre-breaking contemporary music, and develop a repertoire across established art forms. For more information, visit www.alpacaensemble.com.

Alwynne Pritchard is an artist, performer and composer. Her compositions and performances have been heard across Europe, America and Indonesia and she has worked with leading musicians and ensembles across the globe. Alwynne Pritchard’s music is published by Verlag Neue Musik. For more information and material, visit www.alwynnepritchard.co.uk.

Commission funded by Arts Council Norway, FFUK and Trondheim Municipality. Thanks to ensemble recherche, Experimentalstudio des SWR, Bergen Dansesenter – regionalt kompetansesenter for dans, Thorolf Thuestad and BEK.

Tickets: kr 200,- / kr 100,- student, pupil, senior and members of nyMusikk (incl. ticketing fee)

links:
https://www.facebook.com/events/969193303095383/?fref=ts
http://www.dokkehuset.no

Time and place:
  • Dokkhuset Scene, Trondheim - 24/11/2014 19:30

Latest developments in spatial audio and computer aided composition tools from IRCAM

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 19:49

3 leading researchers from IRCAM visit Oslo for a series of presentations, workshops and round-table discussions relating to spatial audio and computer aided composition. The meetings take place at fourMs lab at University of Oslo and Norwegian Academy of Music, with additional participation from BEK, NOTAM and the Grieg Academy.

The meeting is a follow up to the collaboration between BEK, Anders Vinjar and Ircam over the past 1 1/2 year regarding porting OpenMusic to Linux.

Invited guests:

Jean Bresson: Leading the Research and Development part on computer­aided composition at IRCAM.

Thibaut Carpentier: Research and Development Engineer; Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces Team, responsible for Spat’s design and development.

Dimitri Bouche: Ph.D Candidate in Computer Science applied to Music.

Carpentier, Bouche and Bresson are deeply involved in the development of IRCAM’s spatial audio and computer aided composition tools. Recently, spatial audio within spat has grown to include very high order 3D ambisonics and wavefield synthesis in an efficient, flexible and powerful configuration. Likewise, OpenMusic has transformed as tool for instrumental composers to a tool that integrates signal processing. Our guests from IRCAM will present their latest developments in a morning of research­oriented presentations and in an afternoon of practical spatial audio demos and workshops.

Monday 24th November

Participation only by invitation

Location:

FourMs Motion Capture Lab
Department of Musicology
ZEB building
Sem Sælands vei 2 A

Schedule:

10.00 – 12.30: Formal presentations from the three guests:

10.00 – 11.00: Recent research and developments in spatial audio and
computer-aided composition.

Thibaut Carpentier, Jean Bresson, Dimitri Bouche

11.00 – 12.30: Presentation focusing on spatial audio

Practical spatialisation demos and workshops (in horizontal ambisonics up to 11th order over 24 speakers – a preview of the future norm.)

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 14.30: Short presentations from IMV on current spatial and motion research

14.30 – 16.00: Workshop continuation and discussions.

16.00 – 1700: Coffee

17.00 – onwards: Eventually; informal work and further demonstrations in the studio (Thibaut Carpentier)

Location:

NB! Norwegian Academy of Music
Slemdalsveien 11
Room: 01011

18.00 – 19.30: OpenMusic: General introduction (Jean Bresson & Dimitri Bouche) (first group)

[20.00 – : Dinner]

Tuesday 25th November

Open for participation

Location:

Norwegian Academy of Music
Slemdalsveien 11
Room: 01008

Schedule:

10.30 – 12.00: OpenMusic: General introduction (Jean Bresson & Dimitri Bouche) (second
group)

12.00 – 12.15: Coffee

Room: Auditoriet

12.15 – 13.45: Most recent development in OpenMusic

[14.30 – 16.00: Meeting (Bresson, Carpentier, Bouche and staff from the Composition
Department of the Academy.)]

16.30 – 18.00: From a composer’s point of view: To compose with OpenMusic; strategies in
Computer Aided Composition”
(Asbjørn Schaathun)

Room: 03005

[18.15 – 20.00: “Round Table discussion”; IRCAM meets Norwegian institutions:

  • J.Bresson, T.Carpentier, D.Bouche – IRCAM
  • Trond Lossius – BEK, Bergen Center for Electronic Arts
  • Natasha Barrett – IMV, University of Oslo, Department of Musicology
  • Notto J W Thelle – NOTAM, Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts
  • Øyvind Brandtsegg – NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Asbjørn Schaathun, Mats Claesson – NMH, Norwegian Academy of Music
  • Mediator: Anders Vinjar ]

[20.30 – : Dinner]

Wednesday 26th November

Open for participation

Location:

Norwegian Academy of Music
Slemdalsveien 11
Room: 01015

Schedule:

10.00 – 11.30: OpenMusic Workshop

11.30 – 12.00: Coffee

12.00 – 13.30: OpenMusic Workshop

13.30 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 16.00: OpenMusic Workshop

18.30 – : Reception

[20.00 – : Dinner]

BEK activities relating to OpenMusic have been supported by Norsk kulturråd, the Municipality of Bergen, Det norske komponistfond and PNEK.

Time and place:
  • IMV, UiO and NMH - 24/11/2014 to 26/11/2014

Build a CFO Synth Workshop

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:06

On sunday the 5th of October, artist & engineer Jacob Sikker Remin will give a workshop in building your very own synth; the CFO: Cheap, Fat & Open.

Want to build your own synthesizer? This is your chance.! Science Friction have been developing small modular electronic instruments for the last few years and have developed an amazingly powerful, creative tool. Come build one, it is free to attend and does not require any experience (though we need to charge 500kr to cover the cost of the electronics if you build a synthesizer). This is a self-contained instrument that can be played alone, or programmed and encorporated into a broader hardware/software based setup.

CHEAP, FAT and OPEN (CFO) is an open source synthesizer, mixed with a stylophone, a gameboy, a circuit bent toy, and then some software too it is open source and designed to be OPEN and hackable, and therefore the project is inherently messy. you can do a lot of things with CFO, but CFO has a lot of limitations as well. that’s the beauty of it, go with the flow. this is NOT a finished product. many (most) things are still under development, so expect bugs! errors! glitches! — treat them as features ;) or dig the code and change them for the better.

Synthspecs: Monophonic, 3 OSC with 8bit wavetable synthesis, FM, 2 Envelopes, digital filter

The workshop is free, but costs for the CFO synth which you get to keep = 500 NOK

The workshop will end with a collective jamsession, so feel free to bring equipment too!

Workshop from 12:00 to 17:00
with jamsession & pizza afterwords

the CFO homepage

CFO Video Demo

To join, send email to marieke@bek.no

The workshop is part of the project Sonic Game Space, supported by Art Counci Norway and Bergen kommune.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 05/10/2014 12:00

Computermusic4Kids Bergen Norsk Spilldag

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:02

Computermusic4kids will be part of Norsk Spilldag 2014 taking place at Bergen Biblioteket. Nordic spilldag is a joint project for libraries in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.There will be games for all ages, and we guarantee that everyone can find something they like!

ComputerMusic4Kids is an interactive electronic music installation for kids, inviting them to explore the history and sound of classic gaming consoles.

Gameconsoles have had an ever changing face ever since they were first introduced. It seems as if video games have been around forever. Almost everyone remembers the first game they played. But looking at the history of video game consoles, it’s really only necessary to go back to the early 1970s. That’s when it all started. Games such as Pong, Tetris and Space invaders, that have been created for early game consoles are ever as populair and can now be seen as symbols of contemporary culture. Computermusic4kids is meant to offer kids an insight in the relatively young history of the gameconsoles they play today.

The installation mainly focusses on the sounds that can be produced with classic gameconsoles and enables children to create music using classic gameconsole soundsamples. By using an intuitive interface children can navigate through a visual library, that contains a selection of gameconsoles produced between 1972 and 1990. By selecting a gameconsole they can produce music with samples that originate from the chosen gameconsole.

Time and place:
  • Bergen Biblioteket - 14/11/2014 10:00

SOLUND LIGHT ART FESTIVAL 2014

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:04

SOLUND LIGHT ART FESTIVAL 2014 focuses on light as a medium for art and experiences. The goal of the project is to create a local, national and international commitment for light and visual expression. Solund municipality is located where the Sognefjord meets the North sea, and much of the activities will take place in and around Hardbakke center, in the November darkness.

We have invited artists Viel Bjerkeset Andersen and HC Gilje to develop site-specific art projects and Ellen Røed to show existing work but in a new context. She has also created a new work in collaboration with people living in Solund. Solund as place place, light phenomena and light as a thematic point of contact should provide a platform for technological, artistic and social development during the festival and the artists’ artwork becomes the focal point for this.

The festival will have a seminar program Friday November the 14th in Solund apartment complex where artists will have self-presentations, and others will lecture about light.

It will in addition to being light art catering, party, music program, workshops, light traveling, and more during the festival.

The art program is put together by artist and curator, Anne Marthe Dyvi, artistic developer at Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, BEK.

Artist Leo CSKX vil have workshops all week on the theme light and shadows that will result in light and site specific works.

Musician Hildegunn Øiseth will have music workshops on the theme light and shadows that will result in a concert on Friday night in Solund Church.

More about Leo CSKX: http://www.cskx.org/leo
More about Hildegunn Øiseth: http://hildegunn.com

Solund Light Art Festival is supported by: Norsk Kulturråd, Solund kommune, Sogn og Fjordane Fylkeskommune, BEK/ Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst, Sparebankstiftinga Sogn og Fjordane, and local supporters.
More about the festival: http://www.solundlys.com

Photo: From the work, Collective fireplace, by Ellen Røed in collaboration with residents in Solund. Photograph by Stig Steinsund.

Time and place:
  • Solund - 14/11/2014 to 16/11/2014

Arduino workshop - Fully booked

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:38

Søren Andreasen will hold an Arduino workshop at BEK. The workshop fee is 500,- NOK, for this you get an Arduino Uno Kit to work on. New dates for the workshop is 24. NOV – 28. NOV. Beginners from Monday 24. and more experienced from Wednesday 26.

Beginners and those who need to brush up on the very basics, get a brief introduction to hardware KITs and the Arduino software Monday 24. and Tuesday 25. November between 16.00 – 21.00

Wednesday 26. – Friday 28. we follow up those who have a little experience with Arduino before and those who have their own projects they need help to get on with. Søren will also bring a proposal for a project for those who need some startspray. For this he use some solenoids, servo motors and a bunch of nobs and lights for you to work on. Wednesday and Thursday we also start at 16.00 and keep it going until we’re eighter finished or excausted, or both. Friday we sum up between 16.00 – 19.00.

This workshop costs 500,- NOK. For this you get a starting KIT and some things to work on (worth the workshop fee). If you need to use servos and solenoids, you pay the actual costs if you want to take them with you after the cource. You need to bring your own laptop. And it would be nice if you bring some power supplys (5 – 36 V) or some toy instruments or other electronic toys.

Workshop holder is Søren Andreasen, http://sorenandreasen.com
He did a similar workshop at BEK last year.
Join by mailing us at bekatbekdotno

Spread this information happily on to those you think might be interested.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 24/11/2014 to 28/11/2014

Call for Participants for Spatial Audio Questionnaire

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:31

Justin Mathew is investigating the use of audio spatialization in various projects to gain a broader understanding of how its techniques are implemented. To do this, he is conducting an online questionnaire to gather more insight. He asks for participants who are composers, sound designers, audio engineers, musicians, and artists who spatialize audio in their projects (i.e. compositions, live performances, studio recording/mixing, installations, interactive systems, etc.) to take part in our questionnaire.

The questionnaire will take approximately 20-30 minutes, but can be paused and continued at any time. Response can also be edited until 31-December-2014.

The results of this study will hopefully be used to design new interactive and visualization interfaces for audio spatialization.

To participate in this study please follow this link: http://goo.gl/forms/UMU0glqeI1

Thank you for you time.

For further information, please contact justin.mathew@inria.fr.

Justin Mathew
PhD Candidate
Université Paris-Sud, Inria-Lille, CNRS-LIMSI

Joost Rekveld - Presentation

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:00

Joost Rekveld will give a presentation of his work and underlying research interests. He will mostly talk about recent projects through the lens of his current thinking about ‘Open-Ended Machines’. He will show how his fascinations with complex systems, sensory augmentation and the materiality of computing underly his abstract moving image and light works.

Joost Rekveld (b 1970, Netherlands) is an artist who is motivated by the question what we can learn from a dialogue with machines. In his work, he explores the sensory consequences of systems of his own design, often inspired by forgotten corners in the history of science and technology. These systems combine temporary dogma’s in the form of procedures or code, with more open-ended elements such as material processes or networks of interactions that are too complex to predict. His films, installations and performances are composed documentaries of the worlds opened by such systems, and in their sensuality they are an attempt to reach a more intimate and embodied understanding of our technological world.

His films have been shown world-wide in a wide range of festivals and venues for experimental film, animation or other kinds of moving image. He realized several installations and did many collaborative projects involving composers, music ensembles, theatre companies and dance companies. Since 1990 he has been putting together many film programmes, he curated several exhibitions and he occasionally publishes essays. He has been giving lectures since 1993, has been teaching since 1996, and from 2008 to 2014 he was the course director of the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

At the moment he is starting his PhD research into ‘Open-Ended Machines’, investigating the dynamic between formalization and material agency by making a series of works that deal with the fundamentals of measurement and computing.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 13/11/2014 12:00

Viva Voce Ellen Røed

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 09:37

The Viva Voce of Ellen Røed, artistic research fellow at Bergen Academy of Arts and Design, takes place November 12th.

Her project has the title “Processing Change”.

Arrangementet vil foregå på norsk og engelsk, og er åpent for alle.

Bedømmelseskomité:
Inger Lise Hansen, professor, komitéleder
Kjetil Berge, førsteamanuensis
Anne Helen Mydland, professor

Ellen Røed forsvarer sitt prosjekt “Former for forandring” innenfor Program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid, ved Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen, Avdeling for kunst.

Et videokamera fungerer som et slags tredje øye og inviterer til å samle bevegelige bilder fra omgivelsene. Samtidig kan kameraet bli til et ondt speil som minner kunstneren om at hun ikke nødvendigvis får kontakt med verden gjennom å filme den. Denne spenningen er drivkraften som ligger til grunn for Ellen Røeds stipendiatprosjekt. Gjennom videokunst har Røed reflektert over hva som oppstår mellom natur og bilder, mellom instrumenter og opplevelser, mellom verden og representasjoner av den. Prosjektet resulterte i utstillingen Skyvelære som ble vist på Galleri 3,14 i Bergen sommeren 2013, samt en kritisk refleksjon der de kunstneriske resultatene ble diskutert og plassert i henhold til kontekst, med fokus på den innsikt som er utviklet gjennom prosjektet.

Veiledere har vært Joost Rekveld (NL), kunstner og instituttleder ved Art Science Interfaculty i Haag og Trond Lossius, kunstner og FoU koordinator ved Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst.

Kritisk refleksjon kan lastes ned her.

Time and place:
  • Auditoriet, Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek, Strømgaten 6 - 12/11/2014 13:00

Trond Lossius at 3,14

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:49

October 31. Trond Lossius opens his sound installation “The Place Sound Builds in Passing” in collaboration with Bergen Baroque at the Foundation 3.14 in Vågsbunnen. Recorded audio from different outdoor areas is moved into the gallery and transforms the sonic environment in a room that has its own history, its own soundscape and a distinctive acoustic.

Upcoming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, musicians will perform in the installation, and from November 4. Jeremy Welsh contriutes with his video works.

De senere årene har Trond Lossius gjort lydopptak i ulike utemiljø. Heller enn å være opptak av enkeltlyder og lydkilder, er dette opptak av lydomgivelser, og opptakene gir en fornemmelse av sted. Mange som arbeider med feltopptak fokuserer enten på det urbane, i en forlengelse av en futuristisk ”art of noise” tradisjon, eller gjør opptak i uberørt natur. Trond Lossius sine opptak er hovedsaklig gjort i bydeler og forsteder. Dette er steder som hverken er utpreget urbane eller uberørt natur, men hvor lydbildet i stedet blir en ”skitten” antroposcenisk miks. Opptakene kjennetegnes av auditive fellesnevnere som går igjen fra et sted til et annet, fra en bydel til en annen, og fra et land til et annet. Lydomgivelsenes kvaliteter er mer tidsspesifikke enn geografisk bestemte. Opptakene dokumenterer hvordan lydomgivelsene påvirkes av trafikk og andre kommunikasjonsmidler, og hvordan disse fremkomstmidlene har blitt en grunnleggende premiss for organiseringen av det moderne samfunnet.

Ansvarlige for produksjonen er Bergen Barokk og Trond Lossius som tidligere har samarbeidet i liknende prosjekt, – ”Lines Converging at a Distance”, under jubileet i Håkonshallen i 2011 og i konsertform som ”Brudd. Flate.” under Holbergdagene samme år. Produksjonen skjer i samarbeid med Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen kirkeautunnale og Ekkofestivalen, med støtte fra Bergen kommune, Norsk kulturråd og BEK – Bergen senter for elektronisk kunst.

Trond Lossius på nett

Time and place:
  • 3,14 - 31/10/2014 to 09/11/2014

Stine Omar and Max Boss at BLOKK

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 20:51

Stine Omar and Max Boss are Berlin based artists creating under the name of Easterjesus Productions in the fields of video art and pop music. At BLOKK they will show their 2014 serial drama Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me surrounded by new works in relation to the Sadness.

Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside of Me premiered in September 2014 in Berlin and since then has been screened at MoMA PS1, NYC and Night Gallery, Los Angeles.

The synchronization of EASTER’s work as both musicians and artists, blurs and questions the boundaries between artists’ video works and traditional music videos.

The inherent reflection of the traditional music video as itself and the blending of genres which nourish their visual canvas, make their work an exercise of postmodernism and an aesthetic innovation at the same time. There are traces of an intricate compound of heterogeneous elements in their videos, such as pop symbolism, surrealistic films, American drama series, advertisements, performance or contemporary dance. The human body works simultaneously as vehicle of their music and as a sensual narcissistic and ambiguous way of seduction. (David Armengou)

Trailer
Info
More info about their work as pop duo EASTER can be found on http://easterjesus.com/

BEK supports the exhibition with equipment.

Time and place:
  • Blokk - 31/10/2014 to 09/11/2014

Make Visuals with a Commodore 64 Workshop

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:27

On Saturday the 4th October, visual Artist Raquel Meyers will show various techniques for using the Commodore 64 for animation and live performance, by using a unique set of tools.

Saturday 4th October
kl 12:00 – 17:00
by Raquel Meyers

Create music and visuals focus on 8 bit aesthetics.
Raquel Meyers will show how to use the famous Commodore 64 for making illustrations, animations and use of live performance.

This workshop teaches you how to use these tools like Ascii and Petscii, languages used on the C64.

The purpose of the workshop is to find new ways of expression in these unique tools that are often misunderstood as limiting and difficult. New ideas don’t require new technologies. In fact, old technologies often spawn new procedures, ideas, styles and goals.

No previous experience is necessary and it is sufficient to bring a standard laptop. The goal of the workshop is that the participants make a music video or a live performance together.

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The workshop is free! To join, send email to marieke@bek.no

The workshop is part of the project Sonic Game Space, supported by Art Counci Norway and Bergen kommune.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 04/10/2014 12:00

BEK at Ekko — Bergen Electronic Music and Art Festival

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:22

Two commissioned works by BEK at this years Ekko Festival: Asbjørn Flø with Ratkje, Rishaug & Tafjord – ‘Analogikk’ and Stephan Meidell with Birk Nygaard – ‘Dialogues’

The festival also presents exhibition works supported by BEK: «Dialogues Prologue» by Stephan Meidell & Birk Nygaard and «Mayhem Machine» by Marieke Verbiesen.

Festival start is 17. October

Concert:
Flø, Ratkje, Rishaug, Tafjord «Analogikk» (N)

Clear your schedule and mark this date in your calendars. Why, you ask? Well: Four of Norway’s most important composers in the last decade will perform together on this special night. Asbjørn Flø is behind a series of sound installations, traditional compositions and explorations of the possibilities of electronic music – at home and abroad. While colleague Alexander Rishaugveien for many years has operated at the intersection of glitch, contemporary music and ambient, with album releases on Asphodel and Smalltown Supersound.

Hild Sofie Tafjord and Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje has been experimenting with noise music and improvisation in Fe-mail and spunk, but also pushed musical boundaries individually. In 2001, Kjelstrup Ratkje was awarded the Arne Nordheim Composer Award, and she has contributed in over 70 albums but is best known for his improvised voice art.

The four meet to perform Flø’s piece «Analogikk» based on an «archaeological» and self made electronic musical instrument consisting of analog circuits. The music will combine compositional ideas from contemporary music’s great pioneers, such as Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis, but will also take on the inspiration of modern particle physics and the romantic landscape paintings. Exactly how it will sound, however, no one knows until it is started.

The piece «Analogikk» is a new commission ordered by BEK and produced in collaboration with BEK.

Meidell & Nygaard ‘Dialogues’
Earlier this year guitarist and composer Stephan Meidell released the album “Cascades” (Hubro), where he improvised music by interacting with various rooms in Bergen. Architecture, reverberation and temperature affected the compositions he created on the electric guitar.

During this year’s EKKO Meidell takes his concept one step further; This time, he also brings a computer, for a work called “Dialogues”. Accompanying him is the multimedia sculptor Birk Nygaard, who will create a visuals to the music, based on signals from Meidell’s machine. This time the dialogue will therefore assume analog, digital, visual and musical forms.

The piece «Dialogues» is a new commission ordered by BEK and produced in collaboration with BEK.

Both commissioned works are supported by Art Council Norway. The premiere concerts are supported by Bergen kommune.

Festival exhibition:
«Dialogues Prologue» Stephan Meidell & Birk Nygaard

Nygaard and Meidell explores the intersection between fragility and precision – both aesthetically and technically – and the unpredictability that occurs when the analog is controlled digitally. In this installation the multimedia sculptor Birk Nygaard exhibits two wall clocks, programmed to interact with music from Meidell. The work is commissioned by BEK, and is performed in its entirety in concert format last Saturday during the festival.

“Mayhem Machine» Marieke Verbiesen
“Mayhem Machine” is an audiovisual instrument that allows one to compose, play and destroy by using its image plane, and then designing the new narratives by adopting sound, light, physical objects and animated video. The work is inspired by the “Instruments of the Future” by Giles Holst in “Poeme Electronique” at the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958. The sounds are composed of Bærtur by Ketil Mosnes. The project is co-produced by BEK.

Third work at the exhibition is “A Voyage to Arcturus” by Two Ruins

The exhibition is produced by Ekko in collaboration with Lydgalleriet, and supported by BEK.

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EKKO FESTIVAL NO. 11
OCTOBER 17th – 25th
ØSTRE – HOUSE FOR SOUND ART AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC IN BERGEN

The EKKO festival for electronic music and art kicks off at Østre and at Korskirken on October 17th and lasts over two weekends until the 25th. This year’s programme includes Nils Frahm’s explorations of the pianos sonic possibilities, Future Brown’s clash of genres, Shackleton’s resonant drones, Andreas Tilliander’s project TM404, and 80s synth pop from Finland by Jaakko Eino Kalevi. And Dj Harvey.

EKKO is known for it’s artistic profile who pushes the traditional boundaries, and the fine balance between music, art, and visuals. Every year the festival presents a piece of music specially commissioned for the festival. This year’s commission work is signed Biosphere and Skatebård, two pioneers who have worked in quite different corners of the Norwegian electronic music scene, and belong to their own generation, but with mutual respect and admiration for the art and for each other’s work.

The festival programme represents a mix between both local and international acts, and between more established artists as well as some up and coming artists.

LINE-UP:
DJ HARVEY (UK)
NILS FRAHM (TY)
BIOSPHERE & SKATEBÅRD (EKKO COMMISSION WORK)
FUTURE BROWN: FATIMA AL QADIRI, NGUZUNGUZU & J-CUSH (US)
SHACKLETON (UK)
FLOATING POINTS (UK)
LUKE ABBOTT (UK)
EVIAN CHRIST (UK)
JAAKKO EINO KALEVI (FIN)
SUZANNE CIANI & NEOTANTRIK (UK/US)
WALLS/ORAM «SOUND HOUSES» (UK)
TARJEI NYGÅRD & ARE FOSS
RROSE (US)
SILJE NES «MIRRORED/MIRROR»
DJ CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) (FIN)
ADMIR KENAN & GRAY CHALK
CAKEWALK & BLANK BLANK
FLØ, RATKJE, RISHAUG, TAFJORD «ANALOGIKK» (BEK COMMISSION WORK)
TM404 (S)
MEIDELL & NYGAARD «DIALOGUES» (BEK COMMISSION WORK)
DRIPPIN
PANDREAS
ANDREW CHRISTOPHER
U-TEQ «ELEKTRODYSSE»
ØDE ØYVIND
LYSGAARD
EKKO DJS
FAXVAAG & VJ BN

FILMS:
«THE DELIAN MODE»
«I DREAM OF WIRES»
«FANTASTIC MAN»

FESTIVAL EXHIBITION:
TWO RUINS «A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS»
STEPHAN MEIDELL & BIRK NYGAARD «DIALOGUES PROLOGUE»
MARIEKE VERBIESEN «MAYHEM MACHINE»

THE PROGRAMME IS PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH LYDGALLERIET, DOC LOUNGE AND ØSTRE.

For complete artist presentations and the playing schedule visit www.ekko.no
Gallery from Ekko no. 10 on Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/107204461@N02/

Ticket information
Buy tickets here: www.ekko.ticketco.no

Day pass on days with two venues:
Østre & Korskirken, Friday, Oct 24th: 300,- + fee

Day passes at Østre:
Friday Oct 17th: 280,- + fee
Saturday Oct 18th: 280,- + fee
Wednesday Oct 22nd: 150,- + fee
Thursday Oct 23rd: 90,- + fee
Friday Oct 24th: 280,- + fee
Saturday Oct 25th: 280,- + fee

Single concerts/ concerts packages
(some early night concerts, not including club programme from 21/22.30):
Nils Frahm,
Korskirken, Friday Oct 24th: 250,- + fee.
Suzanne Ciani + Neotantrik, and Stephan Meidell, Birk Nygaard «Dialogues»,
Østre, Saturday Oct 25th: 150,- + fee.

The exhibition opening plus Flø, Ratjke, Rishaug, Tafjord «Analogikk» on opening night Friday Oct 17th (18:30 – 21:00) is for free.

Time and place:
  • Østre - 17/10/2014 to 25/10/2014

Arduino workshop - Sign Up Now

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:15

Søren Andreasen will hold an Arduino workshop at BEK. The workshop fee is 500,- NOK, for this you get an Arduino Uno Kit to work on. New dates for the workshop is 24. NOV – 28. NOV. Beginners from Monday 24. and more experienced from Wednesday 26.

Beginners and those who need to brush up on the very basics, get a brief introduction to hardware KITs and the Arduino software Monday 24. and Tuesday 25. November between 16.00 – 21.00

Wednesday 26. – Friday 28. we follow up those who have a little experience with Arduino before and those who have their own projects they need help to get on with. Søren will also bring a proposal for a project for those who need some startspray. For this he use some solenoids, servo motors and a bunch of nobs and lights for you to work on. Wednesday and Thursday we also start at 16.00 and keep it going until we’re eighter finished or excausted, or both. Friday we sum up between 16.00 – 19.00.

This workshop costs 500,- NOK. For this you get a starting KIT and some things to work on (worth the workshop fee). If you need to use servos and solenoids, you pay the actual costs if you want to take them with you after the cource. You need to bring your own laptop. And it would be nice if you bring some power supplys (5 – 36 V) or some toy instruments or other electronic toys.

Workshop holder is Søren Andreasen, http://sorenandreasen.com
He did a similar workshop at BEK last year.
Join by mailing us at bekatbekdotno

Spread this information happily on to those you think might be interested.

Time and place:
  • BEK - 24/11/2014 to 28/11/2014

2015 NIME First Call for Participation

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:35

15th International Conference on
New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)
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May 31 – June 3, 2015
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
http://nime2015.lsu.edu

Introduction

NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) is the premier conference in designing human-computer interfaces and interactions for musical performance. NIME gathers researchers and practitioners around lectures, installations, concerts, and workshops.

Visual | Aural | Tangible

Experimental Music & Digital Media @ LSU

Louisiana State University and the city of Baton Rouge are excited to present the 15th edition of NIME. The LSU School of Music and Center for Computation & Technology will host the 2015 NIME conference, sharing all that we have to offer to the NIME community to creatively explore how music is made. The conference will bridge a bit of past and future, with opportunities to engage in the fantastic musical history of Louisiana, as well as make use of the newly opened facilities at the LSU Digital Media Center including our 92-speaker immersive sound theatre. We are also excited to have the LSU Digital Art program involved in an expansion of the sonic art installations category for extended exhibition at the Shaw Center for the Arts, LSU Museum of Art and Glassell Gallery.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Call For Participation

On behalf of the NIME 2015 Committee, we would like to invite you to be part of the 15th international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression.

We invite submission of new works in the following categories:

  • Papers and Posters
  • Performances and Installations
  • Workshops and Tutorials
  • Demonstrations

Important Dates

Artistic program: Performances & Installation works

  • Submissions due: December 1, 2014
  • Review Notification: January 30, 2015

Scientific program: Papers, Workshops, Demonstrations:

  • Draft submission (mandatory): January 23, 2015
  • Final submission: January 30, 2015
  • Review notification: March 20, 2015
  • Camera-ready paper deadline: April 17, 2015

The online submission system will open on November 3rd, 2014 and its address will be published at nime2015.lsu.edu

Please note the following:

  • The artistic program deadlines (installation and performance) this year do not coincide with the paper deadline!
  • The scientific program consists of a mandatory draft submission followed by full submission. This system is implemented to address the perennial deadline extensions. There will be no deadline extensions. On the date of the draft submission, the author must be registered on the online submission system and have submitted a full draft manuscript of their paper. Authors then have one week to make minor edits to previously submitted manuscripts.

Scientific Program

Call for Papers

We welcome submissions of original research on scientific and artistic use of new interfaces for musical expression. A non-exhaustive list of NIME related topics is found below. This list is inclusive and indicative. The thematic focus of this year’s edition is Visual | Aural | Tangible and is described in the introduction above. We also encourage submissions that extend, stretch, or challenge the NIME topics and themes.

Acceptance criteria: The paper under consideration must propose an original contribution to NIME research; it must cite prior related work and should demonstrate rigorous research methodology.

There are three different paper submission categories:

  • Full paper (up to 6 pages in proceedings, longer oral presentation, optional demo)
  • Short paper/poster (up to 4 pages in proceedings, shorter oral presentation or poster, optional demo)
  • Demo paper (up to 2 pages in proceedings, demonstration)

Submitted papers will be subject to a peer review process by an international expert committee. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISSN/ISBN reference, and will be archived online after the conference to be tracked by citation tools. A manuscript submitted for review cannot be already under review for publication elsewhere or be submitted for a second review elsewhere while under review for NIME 2015. Authors of both full and short papers are greatly encouraged to submit a video in support of their paper. A video is mandatory for demonstration submission.

A best paper award will be presented to the individual(s) judged by the scientific committee to have written the best paper appearing in the conference proceedings.

In the aim to constantly improve the conference, this year the papers and demos will go through a modified review, which was first employed by NIME last year. The complete process is detailed below.

Call for Workshops

We invite submissions for half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours) workshops and tutorials. These can be targeted towards specialist techniques, platforms, hardware, software or pedagogical topics for the advancement of fellow NIME-ers and people with experience related to the topic. They can also be targeted toward visitors to the NIME community, novices/newbies, interested student participants, people from other fields, and members of the public getting to know the potential of NIME.

Tutorial proposals should clearly indicate the audience and assumed knowledge of their intended participants to help us market to the appropriate audience. Workshops and tutorials can relate to, but are not limited to, the topics of the conference. This is a good opportunity to explore a specialized interest or interdisciplinary topic in depth with greater time for discourse, debate, and collaboration.

Review Process

After you submit your paper, it will go through a rigorous review process that has been changed compared to the previous years. Overall, the review process comprises three layers of evaluation: reviewer, meta-reviewer, and paper chair.

The process is as follows:

  • Each paper is assigned to one meta-reviewer who is a representative of the general research topic that the paper deals with.
  • The meta-reviewer together with the paper chair assign the papers to the reviewers that will evaluate it according to a set of criteria. Each paper has at least two reviewers.
  • The meta-reviewer writes a meta-review based on the reviewers comments. The meta-reviewer may ask the reviewers to provide further details for reviews that were too concise.
  • The paper chair gathers reviews and meta-reviews. He or she discusses with the meta-reviewers and finalizes a decision for each paper.
  • The anonymity of the submission is preserved among the reviewers.

Artistic Program

Call for Performances

We invite submission of proposals for performances and installations. Proposed performances should have a clear connection with the substance of the NIME conference. We expand the notion of NIME in the performance program to include the exploration of existing interfaces into new sounds, new methods, or new ways of being physical. These performances might re-insert the body into digital performance, or they might suggest new modes of performing and the presentation of live music that go beyond existing practices while exploiting the unique affordances of interfaces and technologies.

We encourage submissions that explore:

  • Novel and exploratory use of interfaces in performance
  • Both old and new interfaces
  • Use of innovative, imaginative and creative methods.

We invite you to consider fully what a performance can be: you should go well beyond demonstrating the interface and we will consider any performance that is in the realm of live, electronically-produced sound, where an interface is central to the realisation of the music.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by an expert committee. Preference will be given to submissions with strong evidence that the proposed performance has already been realized or is technically feasible and within the artists capabilities. We particularly invite premieres from performers with a track record, or with interfaces that have been well tested.

You should submit a PDF document, maximum 4 pages. The proposal must include the following:

  • Title and detailed description of the proposed performance.
  • A link to one primary video documentation of an example performance with the relevant interface. If video documentation is inappropriate for your performance, please explain why and instead send an audio file with accompanying photographs (these do not need to be to marketing standard, they are more for explanation of how your performance will look).
  • Links to any relevant supplementary supporting media files (audio and video).
  • Number of performers and the instruments and technologies that will be used.
  • Names of all participants/submitters, with a short bio for each (100 words).
  • Details of technical requirements for the venue. Diagrams of the preferred stage setup and signal routing are recommended.
  • Evidence of the feasibility of the performance. Include documentation and listings of past performances or related works that demonstrate the submitters capabilities to implement the proposed performance.
  • A list of any equipment that needs to be provided by the conference organizers.
  • Any instrumental performers that would need to be provided by the organizers. Note that the conference organizers may not be able to accommodate your request. Please also note that the organizers cannot provide funding to support performers travel or accommodation at the conference.
  • Please specify if the performance is a demo.
  • Please note whether performance would be better in club, bar or traditional concert environment.

Performance proposals in conjunction with paper submissions are encouraged, but each must be submitted separately and will be judged on its own merit.

Typical NIME performance pieces last for 5-15 minutes, but shorter and longer performance proposals may exceptionally be taken into consideration.

Within reasonable limits, we may be able to provide musicians to perform pieces but this would be negotiated on a piece-by-piece basis.

Documentation of the performances will be available online after the conference unless this is impossible due to the nature of the performance.

Special Call – Digital Media Center Theatre

  • The LSU Center for Computation & Technology’s Digital Media Center Theatre is a custom-designed immersive audio and video environment. The theatre hosts a Christie 4k digital projector, and a Meyer Constellation sound system, with 71 discrete channels and up to 40 directlyaccessibleaudiochannels. Weareinterestedinperformancesthatuse4kvideoand/or massively large loudspeaker arrays as essential components of the work. Also, demonstrations or papers that address massively large loudspeaker arrays are welcome. Contact us for more detailed specifications
    (nime-music@cct.lsu.edu).

Call for Installations

NIME 2015 seeks installation and sculptural work to showcase at several locations in Baton Rouge. The theme for all venues will focus on an amalgamation of NIME topics listed below. Special consideration will be given to projects that embody a combination of qualities that are visual, aural, and tangible. Submitted proposals will be subject to a peer review process by an international expert committee. Installations picked to be shown at the LSU Digital Media Center will be exhibited during the length of the conference. Installations picked to be shown at the LSU Museum of Art and the LSU Glassell Gallery will be invited to be part of a longer exhibition spanning a month. These pieces will be shown alongside several invited sound artists whose work addresses NIME.

In order to present an installation for NIME 2015, please submit a proposal in the form of a PDF document, maximum 4 pages, containing the following information:

  • The title of the work
  • Names of contributing artists
  • A clear description of the proposed installation that will provide reviewers with a sense of its motivation and proposed realization. Pictures, schematic diagrams and/or proposed floor plans would be helpful here. You may also provide any documentation of previous presentations of this installation (if they exist).
  • Describe the space needed and the adaptability of the installation in terms of possible venues.
  • Provide a list of equipment required for the installation, clearly indicating what you will bring and what you would require the conference organizers to provide.
  • Finally, indicate if your piece is able to be shown only during the length of the conference or if is able to remain for an extended exhibition.

Topics
Core topics central to NIME include the following. In addition to submissions that address specific themes of this year’s edition of the conference, original contributions are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Novel controllers and interfaces for musical expression
  • Novel musical instruments
  • Augmented/hyper instruments
  • Novel controllers for collaborative performance
  • Sensor and actuator technologies
  • Haptic and force feedback devices
  • Motion, gesture and music
  • Interfaces for dance and physical expression
  • Multimodal expressive interfaces
  • Interfaces for musical expression for hearing or visually impaired people
  • Interactive game music
  • NIME intersections with game design
  • Robotic music
  • Mobile music technology and performance paradigms
  • Biological and bio-inspired systems
  • Musical mapping strategies
  • Embedded musical instruments and embedded sound art installations
  • Interactive sound art and installations
  • Musical human-computer interaction
  • Interaction design and software tools
  • Interface protocols and data formats
  • Sonic interaction design
  • Issues in perception, cognition, computational musicology and music analysis
  • Performance analysis
  • Performance rendering and generative algorithms
  • Machine learning in musical performance
  • Experiences with novel interfaces in live performance and composition
  • Surveys of past work and stimulating ideas for future research
  • Historical studies in twentieth-century instrument design
  • Artistic, cultural, and social impact of NIME technology
  • Novel interfaces in music education and entertainment
  • Reports on student projects in the framework of NIME-related courses
  • Practice-based research approaches/methodologies/criticism
  • User studies/evaluations of NIME
  • Language and state in live interaction
  • Musicianship of new musical interfaces
  • Platforms and frameworks for musical interaction design

Organizing Committee

NIME 2015 is hosted by the Cultural Computing focus area, Center for Computation & Technology (avatar.cct.lsu.edu), and the LSU School of Music Experimental Music & Digital Media program (emdm.music.lsu.edu) at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

General Inquiries: nime@cct.lsu.edu
Academic Inquiries: nime-papers@cct.lsu.edu
Music Inquiries: nime-music@cct.lsu.edu
Installation: nime-art@cct.lsu.edu
Volunteers: nime-volunteer@cct.lsu.edu

Presentation at Lydgalleriet

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:47

Artists Marieke Verbiesen & Birk Nygaard will present their works at Lydgalleriet Thursday 23. October at 8PM.

“Mayhem Machine” by Verbiesen is an audiovisual instrument, and Nygaards «Dialogues Prologue» is two wall clocks, programmed to interact with music.

Join us @ Lydgalleriet for a behind the sceen and through the screen informal tour of the EKKO festival exhibition. Starts @ 8PM Thursday 23. October.

“Mayhem Machine” is an audiovisual instrument that allows one to compose, play and destroy by using its image plane, and then designing the new narratives by adopting sound, light, physical objects and animated video.

«Dialogues Prologues» is operated in the intersection between fragility and precision – both aesthetically and technically – and the unpredictability that occurs when the analog is controlled digitally. In this installation the multimedia sculptor Birk Nygaard exhibits two wall clocks, programmed to interact with music from Meidell. The work is commissioned by BEK, and is performed in its entirety in concert format last Saturday during the festival.

Its a prelude to this evenings konsert by Silje Nes «Mirrored/Mirror» .
Artists Birk Nygaard & Marieke Verbiesen will present their work.

Welcome, welcome!!

Time and place:
  • Lydgalleriet - 23/10/2014 20:00