David Galbraith
Since 2003
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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BIO
David Galbraith is an artist and composer and based in Brooklyn, New York. Galbraith explores the couplings between art, music, technology and the body through his installations, compositions, sound works, and performances featuring custom electronics and video animation software. Galbraith received a 2009 Distribution Grant for New York State Artists from the New York State Council on the Arts and was a 2009 and 2010 Artist In Residence at Harvestworks Digital Arts Center and The Experimental Television Center, respectively.

In 2005 Galbraith’s 10-channel sound installation Composition 2005 No. 1: Two Straight Lines Displaced, Nudged and Gently Spun was shown at Diapason Gallery. In 2006 Galbraith received a Finishing Funds grant from the Experimental Television Center to complete a single-channel video work produced with his custom software for sound and image. Galbraith enhanced the software in 2007 to interface with analog synthesizers at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam.

Galbraith’s work has been presented internationally at P.S.1/MoMA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), among others.

Galbraith is currently creating a video work to accompany performances of Trio (288 Three-Note Chords), a composition by the Paris-based, American composer Tom Johnson.
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EVENT

David Galbraith Installation at Gridspace


Dates:
Sun Apr 10, 2011 07:00 - Thu May 12, 2011

 David Galbraith
KenKen GS
April 10 - May 12
Viewing hours
Daily, 8 p.m - 10 p.m.
 
Gridspace is located at 112 Rogers Avenue, between Park and Sterling in northern Crown Heights. Take the 2,3,4,5 to Franklin.
Gridspace will be open during the opening and closing reception for the exhibition, during which time Galbraith's 2011 video entitled Composition 2010 ETC will also be on view. The exhibition be visible through the window of the storefront gallery daily, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
About the work
KenKen GS is a new installation work that continues Galbraith's exploration of a tightly-coupled yet non-linear and generative relationship between image and sound. The work's compositional basis includes the structure and expanded numerical content of four KenKen puzzles, historical color scales that propose different mappings from musical pitch to color hue, and 15 resonant acoustic frequencies taken from various locations within Gridspace.
KenKen GS is generated in real-time by custom software, and features abstract graphics formatted with reference to the wooden grid of 12 two-foot-square "cubicles" normally used for exhibitions at the Gridspace storefront gallery. The piece has a linear temporal structure and loops after the 19-minute video animation sequence completes.
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KenKen GS, still from an installation for projected image and stereo sound


EVENT

Chiaki Watanabe / David Galbraith live audiovisual performance (Visual Music Marathon)


Dates:
Sat Apr 11, 2009 00:00 - Tue Apr 07, 2009

Location:
United States of America

2009 Visual Music Marathon: Live audiovisual performance

Chiaki Watanabe (image)
David Galbraith (sound)

date: Saturday, April 11th, 2009
time: 7 PM
where: Visual Arts Theater - 333 West 23rd Street, NYC
more info: www.2009vmm.neu.edu


EVENT

Diapason presents: A Mixt Event, featuring DRAW and Padtech


Dates:
Thu Feb 26, 2009 00:00 - Mon Feb 23, 2009

Diapason presents:

A Mixt Event, featuring
DRAW and Padtech

Thursday, February 26
8PM
$10 suggested donation

882 Third Avenue, between 32nd and 33rd Streets
BROOKLYN (Sunset Park)
10th floor
info: 718-499-5070
www.diapasongallery.org

N, D or R to 36th Street
Bus: 35, 37, 63, 70

Google Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=882+3rd+Ave,+Brooklyn,+NY+11232,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title

DRAW

Sound: Michael Schumacher
Visuals: Nisi Jacobs
DRAW, founded in 2007, is a multimedia audio-visual collaboration between Michael J. Schumacher and Nisi Jacobs. DRAW creates multi-channel multi-projection large-scale works in performances and installations. DRAW's architectonic sound-image-scapes utilize found and new footage, field recordings, analog synthesizers, DSP, and A/V processing tools. Coming out of the 60's tradition of happenings and experiential art, performances engage audiences with an almost overwhelming physicality. In performance, DRAW works with live musicians, poets, and singers to create immersive live sets that saturate performance spaces. When possible, they perform with multi-channel systems.
Recent performances include evening length programs curated by DRAW at East Coast Aliens and Monkeytown in Brooklyn, and an Ear to the Earth festival commission. An interview with DRAW and Charlie Morrow about the festival is here: http://drawnyc.com/wbai_cat_radio.html
http://www.drawnyc.com

Padtech

Padtech is the electroacoustic duo of David and James Galbraith. Founded in 2005 with D.I.Y. electronics sensibility and drummer’s precision, their debut performance at The Chocolate Factory was a short trip through spare and smooth terrain on a custom analog rig. Padtech’s music—veering into muscular out improv at times—is created with self-built electronics, analog synthesizer modules, and Drum Workshop drums.

David Galbraith is a composer, performer and media artist who explores the couplings between art, music, technology and the body through his sound installations, sound performances, video works, and self-developed software. Galbraith is a 2009 Artist In Residence at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center. In 2008 Galbraith showed an installation of sound and projected digital animation at Diapason and was included in the launch of soundmuseum.fm: Museum for Contemporary Sound Art. In 2006 he received a grant from the Experimental Television Center for lgOpre, his sound/image software which he enhanced in 2007 at STEIM (Amsterdam). A 2005 NYSCA-supported installation was shown at Diapason and is included in the forthcoming Diapason DVD archive. Galbraith’s work has been presented internationally at P.S.1/MoMA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), Tonic, The Stone, Art in General, and Garage Festival, Stralsund, Germany, among others. Since 2004 he has performed with Analogos, the analog synthesis collective.
http://www.soundsokay.com/djg.html

James Galbraith is a drummer/percussionist living in Brooklyn. He has established himself a go-to drummer on the art-rock scene performing with Discoteca Flaming Star, Eastern Front Orchestra, Von Galbraith, Iron Lap, Sounds Okay Super Session, and The Brides of Wiggenstein among others. He has studied privately with Billy Martin, and in addition to Padtech, currently plays regularly in a duo with DJ McNany (Run Roc Records), L’Silhouette of Noise, and in the funk outfit Out of Pockets.

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Diapason is a non-profit performance and exhibition space for sound and intermedia. As the sole project of its kind, Diapason provides a space for the public, artists and composers to engage with contemporary music and sound practices through two listening environments, a gallery and a lounge, with two advanced multi-channel sound systems. Established in 2001 by composer Michael J. Schumacher and choreographer Liz Gerring, Diapason continues the tradition of Studio Five Beekman, a sound gallery Schumacher founded in 1996, fostering experimentation and providing a forum for unique sound practices.

Diapason is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Meet the Composer, Experimental Television Center, Kirk Radke, and generous donations from individuals. Diapason is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.


EVENT

Analogos 12 - a night of analog synthesis


Dates:
Wed Oct 29, 2008 00:00 - Mon Oct 27, 2008

Location:
United States of America

Diapason presents:

Analogos 12
a night of "vintage" analog synthesis

Performances and informal discussions, with KABIR CARTER, DAVID
GALBRAITH, KATO HIDEKI, MICHAEL J SCHUMACHER, SERGEI TCHEREPNIN
AND ED TOMNEY

Wednesday October 29 at 8:00 pm


$5 suggested donation

Kabir Carter: MoogerFooger and Moog pedals and synthesizers
David Galbraith: self-built electronics
Kato Hideki: Octave "Cat" synthesizer, bass
Michael J Schumacher: Steiner-Parker Synthacon synthesizer
Sergei Tcherepnin: Serge modular synthesizer
Ed Tomney: EMS VCS 3 "Putney" synthesizer, various

882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street), 10th floor

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Subways: D, N, R to 36th Street


Phone 718.499.5070


EVENT

David Galbraith: lgOpre installation at Diapason


Dates:
Sat Apr 05, 2008 00:00 - Wed Apr 02, 2008

Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia presents

David Galbraith

lgOpre, an audiovisual installation

Saturdays in April: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26

2 - 8 PM

Opening Reception: April 5, 6 - 8 PM

Free

882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street)

Brooklyn, NY 11232

Subways: D, N, R to 36th Street/4th Avenue

Phone 718.499.5070 | Email info@diapasongallery.org

About the Installation


lgOpre (luh - GOP - ruh) is an audiovisual installation of multichannel sound and projected digital animation created with real-time software that links vintage grid pattern algorithms with vinyl record lock-groove samples. The software behind lgOpre, written by the artist, uses customized abstract image generation routines (c.1970), appropriated color schemes, and self-similar number patterns to create an animation that is also a visual controller for a modular digital sound studio. Each of the 34 grid pattern building blocks used for lgOpre is mapped to its own set of processed and unmodified lock-groove samples. The color of the underlying grid is used to select which sound will play as the basic grids from each animation frame are visually highlighted in turn for a determinate duration before advancing to the next frame. Aleatoric color scheme variants introduce a degree of chance to the sound-image mapping.

Compositionally, lgOpre first introduces each visual building block as a full-screen matrix using black and white, grayscale or a few saturated colors to create monochromes or relatively simple patterns accompanied by solo sound samples. The screen splits in half horizontally, then vertically, producing four quadrants with increasing pattern complexity. New color schemes and faster sequencing within a single animation frame trigger the look of blocky color video games or visualized computer core dumps and densely layered multichannel sound.

Locked grooves and the title of Galbraith's 2002 video Open Research which juxtaposed animated black and white ‘big bit’ grids with human-sized inflatable sculpture from the late-1960s helped give lgOpre its name: ocked roove en search.

About the Artist

David Galbraith is a composer, performer and media artist who lives and works in New York. Galbraith explores the couplings between art, music, technology and the body through his sound installations, video works, custom software and performances using self-built analog electronics. In 2005 Galbraith’s Composition 2005 No. 1: Two Straight Lines Displaced, Nudged and Gently Spun was shown at Diapason and will be included in a forthcoming DVD archive of works exhibited at Diapason.

In 2006 Galbraith received a Finishing Funds grant from the Experimental Television Center/NYSCA for lgOpre, his custom software for sound and image. Galbraith enhanced lgOpre in 2007 to support analog synthesizers at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam. His compositions and performances have been presented at The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Tonic, The Stone, Art in General, and free103point9, among other New York venues. Selected solo and group international performances include Erase & Reset: International Night Of Experimental & Electronic Music at Staatsbank Berlin; Garage Festival, Stralsund, Germany; and Musica Pro Nova, Bremen, Germany. Galbraith also performs with the analog synthesis collective Analogos at Diapason.

Galbraith’s visual work has been included in museum exhibitions at P.S.1/MoMA (New York), The New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), and KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin).

Galbraith holds an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts (1996) and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1988). Galbraith also participated in the studio program of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1996-97.

http://www.soundsokay.com/djg.html

About Diapason

Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia was founded by composer Michael J. Schumacher in 2001 and its program builds on the efforts of Schumacher’s previous sound space, Studio Five Beekman, founded in 1996. Diapason is the sole venue in New York City and one of few internationally dedicated to the presentation of multichannel sound installation where composers and sound artists can realize their work for an interested public. By providing an optimum listening environment, two high quality multi-channel sound systems, a regular audience, and a place for experimentation, Diapason seeks to engage composers and the public in dialogue about the place of contemporary music and sound practice in a broader cultural context. Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kirk Radke, and by generous individuals. Diapason is a 501(c)3 organization.

http://www.diapasongallery.org