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Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper 1.0.0.b9

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 22:25

ATK for Reaper v.1.0.0.b9 is now available. Some key changes:

- Binaural decoders at all sample rates
- New encoders and decoders for bridging between FuMa and AmbiX (useful for VR authoring)

And two changes that breaks backwards compatibility:

- Azimuth is now positive in counter-clockwise direction
- Quad decoder now has 4 channels out only

For more info and download:

http://www.ambisonictoolkit.net/publications/2016/07/24/atk-reaper-1.0.0b9.html

BEK at NIME 2016

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 22:37

Marieke Verbiesen will travel to NIME 2016 – New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2016 to present BEK, projects we have worked with, and her own project Mayhem Machine, in Brisbane, Australia.

New Interfaces for Musical Expression, also known as NIME, is an international conference dedicated to scientific research on the development of new technologies and their role in musical expression and artistic performance. Researchers and musicians from all over the world gather to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design.

NIME 2016 is taking place at Griffith University Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia.
Marieke Verbiesen will present BEK and the projects we have been working with as well as her experimental interface “Mayhem Machine” an instruments that blends together sound, image and animations and offers experimental tools to inlfuence the compositions made with the machine.

https://vimeo.com/131047926

Time and place:
  • griffith - 13/07/2016 to 18/07/2016

New video work by Magnhild Øen Nordahl

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 13:39

In her solo exhibition “Standard Primitives”, Magnhild Øen Nordahl presents three new works made especially for this exhibition at Hordaland kunstsenter: A sculpture series, an animation film and a video work. Filming and editing is supported by BEK.

In the video work The Distance to the Horizon, we find ourselves at sea, with only waves and the horizon in sight. The work documents traveling from a given point at sea, all the way to the point one initially could see as the horizon.

Is it possible to experience the roundness of the earth, to sense it through our corporeal perception and ability of movement? Could you get closer to understanding taught theory and cosmic proportions through the use of tools in your hands?

More info from HKS

Time and place:
  • HKS - 10/06/2016 to 15/08/2016

Static Theatre - Those That Have Been Left Behind

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 13:26

The performance Those that have been left behind will be shown at the Penghao Theater in Beijing as part of the avant-garde theatre festival Beijing NLGX Art Festival on July 9 and 10. BEK is co-producer of the performance.

Static theatre challenges the essential role of actor and actions in the performance and the constant time flow as a convention in the performance. It explores the interference between visual art and theatre, at the meantime, carefully examines the boundary between a performance and exhibition to seek the performance’s essences as a live art.

The concept of static theatre was initiated by Jingyi Wang in 2014, and the first performance Those that have been left behind was successfully realised on May 3rd, 2015 in Studio USF, Bergen. It was produced by BIT-Teatergarasjen and BEK, and supported by Art Council Norway and Bergen Kommune.

Time and place:
  • Penghao Theater - 09/07/2016 to 10/07/2016

Line Horneland: The sound in-between

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:37

“Lyden i mellomrommet” (The sound in-between) is the master thesis by Line Horneland, completed at Stord/Haugesund University College in the spring 2016. The text is a critical reflection on various aspects of artistic development relating to the interactive vocal installation “Lyden i mellomrommet”. The installation was open to public at Sola ruinkirke January 2016.

Main supervisor has been Magne Ingolv Espeland, and Trond Lossius at BEK has been assistant supervisor.


Lyden i mellomrommet / The sound in-between from Line Horneland on Vimeo.

http://www.linehorneland.no/

Last ned teksten her (111 Mb)

Sammendrag

Denne teksten er en kritisk refleksjon over ulike aspekter ved et kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid, den interaktive vokalinstallasjonen ”Lyden i mellomrommet”. Installasjonen var åpen for publikum i Sola ruinkirke 14.-17. januar 2016. Prosjektet bygger på en produksjon der vokale lydlandskap, spatialitet og lytteopplevelse sammen danner en helhet, der lytteren utløser vokale komposisjoner ved å trø på sensorer, og musikken høres gjennom høyttalere. Lytteren blir en musikalsk medskaper og spiller en avgjørende rolle for uttrykk og opplevelse. Konseptuelt tematiserer prosjektet rom og lyd i en kunstnerisk kontekst, som erfaringssted for en lytters prerefleksive opplevelser. ’Mellomrommet’ utgjør en sentral metafor, og gjennom refleksjonsbilder ser jeg på det som grunntone, konsept, prosess, og resultat, samt erfaring og læring. Til grunn for teksten ligger følgende problemstilling: Hvordan kan prosessene i den kunstneriske produksjonen ”Lyden i mellomrommet” belyses, der loop som kompositorisk virkemiddel, spatialitet og interaksjonsdesign søker å gi rom for lytteopplevelsens ’sensuous knowledge’?

Jeg plasserer prosjektet mitt innen rammen av ’kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid’ eller ’artistic research’ (Borgdorff, 2009). ’Sensuous knowledge’ er forbundet med lytterens opplevelse, og Kjørup (2006) er referansen min i denne konteksten. Et fenomenologisk perspektiv gjør seg gjeldende gjennom teksten. I gjennomgangen av komposisjonsprosessen har Kruse (2011) vært en sentral referanse, ikke minst på grunn av det tverrkunstneriske fokusets relevans for mine tanker rundt ’mellomrommet’. Når det gjelder interaksjonsdesign refererer jeg til Franinović og Serafin (2013). Metodisk beveger jeg meg mellom metode i tradisjonell forstand, metode i kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid, og refleksjon over metode og kunstneriske prosesser. Dokumentasjon har foregått ved prosjektlogg, foto, videoopptak og lydfiler. Komposisjonene er utviklet blant annet gjennom improvisasjon og looping av vokal i flere lag, samt redigering av lydfiler i Garageband. Interaksjonsdesign ved bruk av Max software og sensorer, samt den konseptuelle utforming av kirkerommet inngår i de kunstneriske metodene. Arbeidet med prosjektet er mangefasettert, og har vært en vandring frem og tilbake mellom ulike felt og måter å jobbe på. Min kreative prosess i dette prosjektet har på mange måter vært en kunstnerisk mellomromstilværelse, noe jeg reflekterer over om det er rom for i andre sammenhenger, ikke minst pedagogisk.

Time and place:
  • Høgskolen Stord/Haugesund - 15/06/2016 to 15/07/2016

Video and DSLR Basics with Gabriele Mariotti

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 15:58

A one afternoon workshop with filmmaker Gabriele Mariotti(IT) who will show the basics and everything there is to know about filming with a DSLR camera, 4k, Record sound and more

Friday 24th of June kl. 14:00
Bergen Senter for Elektronisk kunst

Garbriele Mariotti is a filmmaker that has done camerawork for videoclips and documentation of projects and exhibitions, such as the MU Artfoundation in Eindhoven

http://www.mu.nl/nl/tv

He is an expert on documentation of installations and video works.
Gabriel will show us the basics on the various ways to record art exhibitions, installations, in low light conditions and more handy tips and tricks.

The course is free of charge.

Please send email to marieke@bek.no if you want to join

Time and place:
  • BEK - 24/06/2016 14:00

Playful Interventions at Østre Hus for Lydkunst

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 15:39

On thursday 23. June, “Playful Interventions” will show sound installations & live performance revolving
around playful use of sound at Østre Hus for Lydkunst. Produced by BEK.

On the 23. of June, “Playful Interventions” will show both sound installation and live performances revolving around sound at Østre Hus for Lydkunst.

PLAYFUL INTERVENTIONS
23. JUNI
ØSTRE HUS FOR LYDKUNST – BERGEN

An evening with sound installations & live performance revolving
around playful use of sound at Østre Hus for Lydkunst.

LYDINSTALLASJONER:
-
Marieke Verbiesen
-Njål Leinan Clementsen

-Mattias Arvastsson

-Gabriel Martiotti

LIVE from 21:00
-
Tijs Ham

-Njål Leinan Clementsen

DJ:
Helene Rickhard

Food:
Dutch snacks!

FRA KL. 19:00

Sound installations
New soundinstallations by
Mattias Arvastsson, Marieke Verbiesen, & Njål Leinan Clementsen,
that revolve around playful use of sound.
 
Live Performance: Njål Clementsen
Njål Leinan Clementsen has been active in various bands, and makes soundinstallations. At Playful interventions he will do a combined installation / liveperformance centered around sound.

Live Performance: Tijs Ham
Tijs Hams performance ‘States’ investigates the balance between controlling or playing these processes and letting go. Allowing the complex structures to collapse into their own states of being. To let go of the steering wheel.
 
Videoworks: Gabriele Mariotti
Italian Gabriele Mariotti will document the evening and show some of his cinematic audiovisual works, short films & videoclips.

DJ: Helene Rickhard
DJ Helene Rickhard mixes vinyl records ranging everything from strange beats by artists
from the 80s, digitalo, neofunk and other heard or unheard of genre´s.
She regularly dj´s at Oslo´s “Club Cosmic”.

Time and place:
  • Oestre Hus for LYdkunst - 23/06/2016 to 24/06/2016

Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 13:25

I have left you the mountain presents ten new texts written by contemporary writers and thinkers on the architecture of displacement. These texts have been set to music and sung by some of the last remaining groups of Albanian iso-polyphonic singers, an art form now protected as “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO.

Pavilion sound design and programming by Peter Meanwell and Trond Lossius.

http://www.albanianpavilion.com/2016/

A living art form in step with generations of migration and transition, “singing migration” has been a core part of processing departure, longing, and return. The Albanian Pavilion is a space of collective listening, of “individuals in company.”

I Have Left You The Mountain initiates a conversation about the urbanism of displacement, projecting the Albanian case onto an international stage, with the express intention to transmit that dialogue and its speculations back into Albania.

Foto: Špela Volčič.

On the technical realisation

Performances have been captured as eight channel audio recordings with separate channels for each voice. Using eight speakers at the pavilion each of the voices is reproduced individually. Playback is controlled by a vinyl record player playing a special vinyl record containing timecode information. A Max patch interprets this information in order to control playback of the 8 channel tracks.

 

Commissioner
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Albania

Curators
Simon Battisti
Leah Whitman-Salkin
Åbäke

Sound design and technical consultation
Peter Meanwell
Trond Lossius

Furniture design
Max Lamb

Pavilion construction
Luigi D’Oro & Arguzia S.r.l.

Location
Arsenale (Room 5), Venice

Sponsors
Meyer Sound
BEK
Sigal Uniqa
Spring
AlbaRent
Savatours

Time and place:
  • Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 - 25/05/2016 to 27/11/2016

Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper 1.0.0.b7

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 09:57

ATK for Reaper v.1.0.0 beta 7 is now available for download. This version improves the graphical user interfaces for a number of decorders. It introduce monitoring of decoded sound levels for a number of decoders: Stereo, Quadrophonic, 5_0, Pantophonic 2D and Periphonic 3D. Additionally it displays the channel configuration for these plugins, making it easier to get channel routing right. The new Periphonic 3D decoder decodes to two rings of speakers.

The new version can be downloaded here.

These additions are the outcome of a short-term residency and workshop that Trond Lossius had at SCRIME in Bordeaux last week. The GUIs for the decoders are inspired by user interfaces from HOALibrary for Max. Peak level metering is based on code by Phil Burke.

Ambisonics workshop ved SCRIME

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 07:55

As part of a short term residency at SCRIME Trond Lossius participates in a three day workshop on ambisonics and field recording. The workshop will be used to test out new ambisonic recording gear at SCRIME, field recordings and listening sessions, and offer an introduction to how to work with ambisonics in Reaper using the Ambisonic Toolkit.

SCRIME bridge science and the arts, and is organised in collaboration between Université de Bordeaux, CNRS, Bordeaux INP, Ministry of Culture and Communication , the City of Bordeaux and the Aquitaine County. It is administered by the Bordeaux Laboratory for Computer Science and affiliated with the Image and Sound team .

SCRIME activities range from scientific research to artistic creation , and includes education , dissemination of contemporary music and pedagogy in schools and universities . It is primarily a meeting place for researchers, artists and teachers, where everyone can exchange their knowledge, skills and expertise.

SCRIME is supported by the General Directorate of Artistic Creation of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Program

Tuesday 17/05

10-12.30 am
- introduction to the AETA 4MinX and SoundDevice 788T recorders, and to the SoundField microphone
- field recording in the park of the Haut-Carré (near the University)
- studio recording sessions (SCRIME – Maison d’Elise ?)

2-5 pm
- first listenings of the recorded material in the octophonic studio

Wednesday (Hemicyclia) – 18/05

10-12.30 am
- Calibration of the ambisonic setup (loudspeakers placement, software mappings)

2-5 pm
- Introduction to Reaper
- Introduction to the Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper

Thursday (Hemicyclia) – 19/05

2-5 pm
- commented listening of the recordings
- spatialization with the ATK plugins

6.30 pm – opening of the SCRIME’s Arts/Sciences Cycles – open to public

- global presentation on ambisonics (Trond Lossius & Sylvain Marchand) – 1/2 hour
- listening of some selected materials recorded & spatialized during the workshop – 1/2 hour

7.30 pm – cocktail

Time and place:
  • SCRIME, Bordeaux - 17/05/2016 to 19/05/2016

Future DiverCities // announcement

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:43

Future DiverCities : artistic connection builds a creative union!
As a key partner of the international collaboration between 9 cultural organisations, BEK is proud to announce that “Future DiverCities” has received the official support of the European Commission as part of the Creative Europe Program.

The partnership, formed of organisations spread across 8 European countries, will spend the next four years exploring new models of artistic creation and distribution that promote cultural diversity.
What shall we do with the explosion of creativity brought to us by the new digital era? It has provided tools for interaction and collaboration, but at the same time global corporations have imposed their own rules and economy on the creative industries and public. The consequences? Vital elements of the cultural industry, such as diversity of artworks, fair remuneration for creators and visibility of independent or emerging artists, have suffered.

Future DiverCities will focus on these issues, working to build and develop new ways of thinking and experiencing culture as an alternative to mainstream, globalised attitudes.

The project will centre around the artistic domains of music, electronic art and urban culture.

Future DiverCities deeply believes in and aims to reinforce social bonds through the arts. We want to enable culture to reside in our pockets, on our screens, in our hearts, in front of our eyes and through our fingertips because culture is the most real and tangible part of Europe that connects and binds us.

Led by the UK not-for-profit organisation Superact, the nine partners have been working for years to bring this project to fruition. The organisations that will be sharing their collective experience and complementary skills comprise:

·Superact – Wellington, England
·1D Lab – Saint Etienne, Lyon & Paris, France
·Public Art Lab – Berlin, Germany
·CitiLab – Cornella, Spain
·Seconde Nature – Aix en Provence, France
·ANTI Festival – Kuopio, Finland
·BEK – Bergen, Norway
·Kontejner – Zagreb, Croatia
·Liepaja City Council – Latvia

Future DiverCities is proud to have been selected from 127 projects and see this as a major acknowledgement of the value of partners’ collective work to date.

Twitter: (at)FutureDCities
For more information:
Anne Marthe Dyvi, artistic developer
anne.marthe.dyvi(at)bek.no

Time and place:
  • BEK - 18/05/2016 to 18/06/2016

Maximum information per unit of time

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:18

Anne Marthe Dyvi and Gisle Frøysland have created new works for the exhibition «Maksimal informasjon per tidsenhet!» at Bergen Art Museum, KODE. A grand presentation of the artist Rolf Aamot. Dyvis Perseptuell cycle, video, have been created at BEK. BEK have also been engaged in conversations about the Rolf Aamot exhibition in general.

Rolf Aamot (b. 1934) is a different thinking artist and an ‘unknown’ pioneer in Norwegian electronic art that have left his footprints throughout our contemporary art and media history. The exhibition “Maximum information per unit of time,” explores Aamot oeuvre from debut exhibition at the mid-sixties to the present day. Especially his ‹‹bildende tonekunst›› have paved the way to our visual time.

- Aamot’s oeuvre tells a different story about contemporary Norwegian art, and also puts our own times in perspective. Decades ago he discussed issues that are more relevant than ever now in our hectic information society, says curator Frode Sandvik.

The exhibition presents a wide range of both early and new works by Rolf Aamot. In addition, the two newly produced works of artists Anne Marthe Dyvi and Gisle Frøysland who each in their own way commenting Aamot project.

Opening on KODE 2 Friday May 13th at 19 with refreshments and free entry to the exhibition.
The exhibition will be open all throughout the summer.

With a researcher’s attitude Aamot have for years adopted new technology in his artistic expression. The main project has always been his “bildende tonekunst”, whether it has been in terms of lighting and television art, film or electronic painting. Aamot explores light and color, with a particular interest for the art experience.

From the 1960s until the late 1980s he made television works shown on NRK in collaboration with composers Arne Nordheim, Bjørn Fongaard, Bjørg Lødøen and Olav Anton Thommessen. Aamot’s art has been shown in Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Asia.

Today Aamot is very concerned with the climate change and the planet’s vulnerability. The exhibition raises questions about art’s political potential and how we can understand art as research.

(Photo: from Perseptuell syklus, AM Dyvi, 2016)

Time and place:
  • Kode 2 - 13/05/2016 to 28/08/2016

CRiSAP Soirée: Ximena Alarcón & Trond Lossius

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 18:32

CRiSAP Soirées are monthly events for CRiSAP’s members, PhD students and visiting researchers to share and discuss topics of sound art research. This April Ximena Alarcón and Trond Lossius will be leading the evening’s discussing on their current research.

CRiSAP is a research centre of the University of the Arts London based at London College of Communication, dedicated to the exploration of the rich complexities of sound as an artistic practice.

The centre’s aim is to extend the development of the emerging disciplinary field of sound arts and to encourage the broadening and deepening of the discursive context in which sound arts is practised.

Trond is a sound and installation artist visiting CRiSAP as part of a collaboration initiated between CRiSAP and the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts – BEK, in Bergen. Derived from the experience with the project Sound Matters Framework, Ximena and Trond are envisioning possibilities for the creation of interfaces for relational listening accessing to archives of field recordings and speech, and to work creatively with them using the Jamoma platform. Trond will offer a talk to CRiSAP members about his work at the CRiSAP Soirée on April 26th, at 5pm.

Ximena Alarcón: CRiSAP Research Fellow, Dr Ximena Alarcón is an artist who engages in listening to migratory spaces, connecting this to individual and collective memories. Her practice involves deep listening, sonic improvisation, and the creation of online environments to expand our sense of belonging and place. She is interested in creating telematic performances, derived from listening in interstitial spaces, such as dreams, underground transportation, and the ‘in-between’ space in the context of migration.

This event is for CRiSAP Members and PhD students only, it is not a public event.

Time and place:
  • CRISAP, London College of Communication - 26/04/2016 17:00

Presentation at BEAST:FEaST

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 18:20

Trond Lossius presents Ambisonic Toolkit for Reaper at BEAST: FEaST 2016. The presentation takes place in the Doom Room Saturday 30 April 11.00.

BEAST: FEaST 2016
http://www.ambisonictoolkit.net/

BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) is the concert sound system of the University of Birmingham’s Electroacoustic Music Studios. It was founded in 1982 by Jonty Harrison, and over the decades since its launch BEAST has become established as one of the leading systems for the presentation of electronic music in the world. BEAST: FEaST 2016 is a three day festival with concerts, installations and presentations.

Time and place:
  • BEAST, Birmingham University - 30/04/2016 11:00

Guttorm Glømså

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:01

BEK hjalp Guttorm Glomså med projeksjonsutstyr til sist helgs utstilling på Galleri Fisk. Mer om arbeidet her

New Web Site for Ambisonic Toolkit

Sat, 04/23/2016 - 14:24

http://www.ambisonictoolkit.net/

For close to four months we have experienced database problems with the previous CMS of the Ambisonic Toolkit web site, leading to frequent error messages when accessing the web site. In the end we concluded that we might just as well make a fresh start.

The new website has been set up using Jekyll and Bootstrap.

There are probably still a few wrinkles to iron out, and we’d like to develop the tutorials further, but as a start the downloads are finally available again. If you notice any issues with this site, please add an issue at GitHub in order to let us know.

Magnhild Øen Nordahl at HKS

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 14:20

The exhibition “Make Default” at Hordaland Kunstsenter, is showcasing works by Marco Bruzzone, Jan Freuchen, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Linn Pedersen, Phillip Raiford Johnson, Sigmund Skard and André Tehrani.

Magnhild Øen Nordahls video work, “How to Make a Utah Teapot” shows ceramist Anne-Lise Karlsen in action, making a Utah Teapot. The video is shot with equipment from BEK, and edited in our video studio.

The exhibition is up until the end of May.

BEK presentasjon at FAQ festival

Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:47

At the FAQ festival i s-Hertogenbosch Marieke Verbiesen gives a presentation of sound and music projects produced at BEK.

FAQ festivalis a festival for electronic music.

Den syvende utgaven av FAQ Festival for elektronisk musikk vil finne sted den 7. til 10. april 2016 i ’s-Hertogenbosch, Nederland i selskap med W2 Poppodium, Playful Arts Festival og Willem II Factory.

FAQ Festival utforsker grenser hvor populær og avant-garde musikk utfordres, med fokus på elektronisk musikk.

Festivalen finner sted ved “De Toonzaal”; en liten, koselig konsertsal som holder til i en gammel synagoge i s-Hertogenbosch. Siden 200 har De Toonzaal vært en arena for klassisk og samtidsmusikk, jazz og world music.

Time and place:
  • De Toonzaal s-Hertogenbosch - 09/04/2016 to 09/04/2017

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Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:47

Time and place:
  • De Toonzaal s-Hertogenbosch - 09/04/2016 to 09/04/2017