Hz #14 December 2009
Ephemeron: Control Over Self-Organised Music
by Phivos-Angelos Kollias
"The present paper discusses an alternative approach to electroacoustic composition based on principles of the interdisciplinary scientific field of Systemics." Composer Phivos-Angelos Kollias discusses the approaches of Xenakis and of Di Scipio as well as his own composition Ephemeron in relation to Systemics.
Metal and Wind: Bertoia and the Space of Reverie
by Michael Filimowicz
"Offering to the Wind, as the Bertoia sound sculpture is now known, offers one possible solution to the problem of soundscape design for the city's places of leisure and reverie...It reverses a certain urban deafness, returning the possibility of silences between sounds, producing a quietude in the midst of the city roar. "
Embodiment and Technology: Towards a Utopian Dialectic
by Belinda Haikes
David Rokeby's A Very Nervous System and Steve Mann's Wearable Computer are discussed in this essay as examples of "Utopian quest for technological embodiment... ... that seeks to move beyond the anxiety of new media and to position our culture to examine the space between the ultimate dialectics, that of man and the machine."
"There is some debate whether cases of sensory substitution are the results of imaginativeness, psychological effects or neurological (mis-)wiring....We have evidence such substitutions do happen....Whether or not Wagner, Klee or Kandinsky actually had synesthesia, there is a rich history of people equating one type of sensory stimuli for another."
Chong! A Parallel Environment
by Joaquin Gasgonia Palencia
"Chong! endeavors to showcase an interfacial encounter between humans and robots, much like human peers meeting for the first time, without the robot having to fulfill a function.... The end purpose of this environmental installation is to give the human a small window into how a robot may perceive humans and how it processes that information."
Artistic Textual and Performative Paths in New Media Correlations: An Interview with Annie Abrahams
by Evelin Stermitz
Evelin Stermitz' interview with net artist Annie Abrahams, whose "works are structured on both digitized hyper and on site realities. She constructs forms of collective writings on the net and reconstructs them into offline perceptions, which leads to creations of net-operas and other web based interventions."
Progressions: Toward a Poetic Improvisation of Listening
by Brian Schorn
Brian Schorn's poems here "...are an attempt to create a writing environment parallel to that of musical improvisation...by using the Surrealist technique of automatic writing while listening to a representative number of improvised recordings....Six classifications of improvisation and nine composer/performers were used to generate the writings..."
Buffalo weekly videos by Alysse Stephanian
The Natual "High-Times" Sound Shuttle by Rudi Punzo
Baptize by Aaron Oldenburg
In His Memory (Starman) by Aaron Higgins
Keyword Intervention by Owen Mundy
Radiant Copenhagen by Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum