Henry Lowengard
Since 2005
Works in United States of America

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BIO
Henry Lowengard: (as of March 2011)
A nicer version is at : http://www.jhhl.net/who.html
In general, go to http://www.jhhl.net for contact and updated information!

Art shows and other artistic pursuits
2007.. now:
iPhone/iPad apps with an art/theoretical bent, mostly music related: SrutiBox and Droneo are two droning apps with a lot of configurability, Enumero counts in a variety of ways, Minute expands and compresses speech and other bursty sound in its own mysterious way, Tondo allows the construction of sound by drawing its corresponding sonogram .

2010: Powers Of One: a response to Powers Of Ten on www.core77.com. Also: Nest of Power (2011).

2005
Love Is So Sweet, a Valentine's Day animation.
The Daily Vapor, a new image created daily.

2004
October 20, 2004: Delicious Evening
An evening of music, readings and animation by Henry Lowengard and Nancy Graham at Deep Listening Space in Kingston NY.
Detailed information and media are here!
September 24, 2004: Listen with Your Eyes Workshop
Nancy Graham and I participated in the Listen With Your Eyes workshop on experimental video and devotional cinema. Here is the short video I made from that workshop, Seeing (2'55'', 13M).

2002
Animations for POLLOCK SQUARED
the experimental ultra-indie art biography/fantasy Pollock Squared, by Bill Rabinovitch features a few of my rather small animations.

1997-1999
Exhibitions at ECHO Headquarters
The Art Conference of ECHO, the venerable NYC online community, sponsored group shows when there was a place to hang them.
I showed works in:
December 1997: PERCOLATING INSIDE & OFFLINE
Showing the same triptych as was shown at Dong-Ah Gallery.

May 1998: THE SELF-PORTRAIT SHOW
showing this:

(actually something more sophisticated than that),
and a comic done with my wife, Nancy Graham.

October 1998: ABSTRACT ECHOIDS
Showing an hour long mix of my video work.

May 1999: SPRING FEVER
Showing a doll I made with my then 2-year old son Raymond.

October 1999: CURVES
Showing some ancient vertice-local warped curve pictures from the 70's that I made.

1996

ISEA'96 Rotterdam, The Netherlands
presented a poster session with Nik Williams: CYBERGOMI: Here Today Gone Tomorrow Featuring a Vapor Paint video and a live demo.

1995
October 1995:
TELECOM '95 (Geneva) VRML spaces for France Telecom

Summer 1995:
Dong-Ah Gallery, Seoul Korea Vapor Paint Triptych - 23x23 inch IRIS prints: one Vapor Paint (2-d) scene and two Inventor (3-D) scenes derived from the same data.

1994
Article in "Experimental Musical Instruments" newsletter: vol 9 #6, on "Software-o-phones," my computer based software instruments. and sound examples on the compilation tape for Volume 9.
[available at http://www.echonyc.com/softphones.html]

January 31:
Presentation/performance of sound and animation at Staedtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen Germany

October 24:
Presentation at Trinity College, Hartford CT.
Animations for WFMU-TV, another public access show.

1993
April:
New York Tension, group show at Gallery 450 showing "SOLD", a computer poem using FRAX.

September:
Release of CD "Transforms:the Nerve Events Project" on Cuneiform Records with "Sublime Message".

Spring and summer:
created animations for an interactive computer piece running at the Taejon Expo in Taejon,Korea.

1991
October:
Animation for ECO-WARRIOR, a one woman show at the Society for Illustrators by Sandra Filippucci.

October:
Animation TUNA WIGGLE, based on the paintings of Bill Rabinovitch, is produced over a period of about six weeks. It was shown fairly often on Bill's cable TV show ART SEEN.
Back in 1991, it took two days to render the 1100 images, to be shown at 10 fps, and they were at a special half video resolution. Now, it takes 20 minutes and 40 seconds to render the 3432 images, to be shown at 30 fps, at full video resolution.

1987
November:
For the first show at Mission Graphics Support in the East Village, NYC, of a new kind of art by Sandra Filippucci, I coined the term DIGITAL MONOTYPE. Art historians, take note!

1980
June:
Barnes Gallery, Loomis-Chaffee School:
One man show of altered Polaroid SX-70 pictures and Postcards.

Altered SX70 over Postcard
(this is a color Xerox of the original...)

April:
staged reading of my play "Touch Typing"

Performances and Radio

1996
June 12 and October 24-26,1996
Player with First Avenue's performance piece A CRITICAL MASS Washington Square Church

February 2, 1996
WFMU-WKCR radio war participant - "A radio simulcast war fought with cartoon sound bites."

1994
January 31:
Presentation/performance of sound and animation at Staedtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen Germany

April 18:
Radio Program WBAI-FM: Singing Science Records show

December 11:
Radio Program WBAI-FM: Found Sounds

I start singing with the Loser's Lounge
Eventual repertoire:

Brian Wilson, "Still I Dream of It"

Bert Bacharach, "San Jose"

Harry Nilsson, "There Will Never Be"

A. C. Jobim, "Aguas de Março", with Nancy Graham

Lee Hazelwood, "Poet, Fool or Bum"

1993
January and October:
WBAI-FM radio, "Oblique Strategies", processing live listener phone calls with HARM.
August:
co-wrote and acted in "A Tragic Occurance," video play as Egon Schiele. Manhattan Public Access Cable TV.

October:
"Naked and Not Ashamed," solo series at performance space bOb, played various computer instruments and processed poetry and television audio. Curated by David First.

Lots of times:
"Empty Orchestra Café," Perry Hoberman's crazy artistic version of a karaoke bar. I made about six karaoke videos for this project, and sang a lot of the others. The most notorious of them was "Madonna Mopey Lay," a mangled English "translation" of "La Donna è Mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto.

1992
October:
featured on radio WKCR-FM, "Transfigured Night"

1990

December:
Cyberspace party: Sound and Fury animation and sound effects

1989
October:
Sound and Fury Club Day of the Dead mutimedia computer jam.

February:
American Festival of Microtonal Music at Yamaha Showroom: Tape piece "Nov 13, 1987" and tape realization of Josip Slavenski's "Music for Natur-tone System"

November:
American Expressionism Panel: simulated Mark Kostabi via interactive computer animation. With Vincent Bilotta.

1988
May:
American Festival of Microtonal Music, realized a version of Tenney's "For Ann(rising)" in software.

1985
April:
American Festival of Microtonal Music at Roulette
Premiere: Just Autoharp Improvisations

Music Discography
2003: Sounds of the Northeast Freeform DJ, WFMU 2003 Premium
"Ultra Violets (short version)"

2002: Experimental Musical Instruments: the Later Years
"Software-o-phones (1994)." (Reissued from the original Cassette)

1993: Transforms:the Nerve Events Project
"Sublime Message"

Software in the service of art
Amiga, NeXT, SGI, Linux, Mac (OS 6 .. 10.3), Perl, PHP, Java, C, FORTH and more.
Interesting Amiga software

Read about some of these in this article
RGS - Realtime Graphical Synthesizer: instantly creates sound by painting its spectrogram.

BITE - Audio travesty program: develops a crude grammar for audio, then generates sound using the grammar.

LYR - MIDI autoharp simulation program, with sequencer and extensions for other stringed instruments.

HARM - audio effects program: Harmonizes, slows down, retriggers sound in real time.

BUZZ - 8 voice audio synthesis daemon. Commands can be sent to configure and control digital synthesis patches.

8PUS - simple eight voice MIDI controlled audio synthesizer.

WINK - more complicated eight voice MIDI controlled synthesizer.

FRAX - script controlled visual text blending and display program.

VAPOR PAINT - drawing and animation program. All drawing gestures on an infinite plane are stored and used to drive pen functions to create animated drawings.

EE - Tuning language for tuning different microtonal synthesizers.

LPCView2 (NeXT) - an upgraded and fixed up version of LPCView, it allows one to draw and revise Linear Predictive Code parameters to synthesize audio.

Internet Software
Various features of www.wfmu.org: the online catalog system, the "Crackpot / Visionary Card-of-the-day," the "Sound of the Day", the Candy Valentine Heart server, the Old Codger's Almanac, many Marathon pledging scripts, playlists and the amazing Internet Museum of Flexi/Cardboard/Oddity Recordings" .

http://www.wfmu.org
The Internet Museum of Flexi/Cardboard/Oddity Recordings

The Internet Synthesizer - which simulates an analog synthesizer via an HTML form and its own digital audio synthesis language.
Originally developed on a NeXT, it's been ported to SGI Irix, PC (NT), Solaris, Linux, and Mac OS X.
http://www.wfmu.org/~jhhl/sinth.html
http://www.echonyc.com/~jhhl/sinth.html

Blips - Dynamic VRML creator : jumbles up oddly shaped objects and links to a stock, yet cryptic phrases drawn in my own randomly warped typeface.

Primordial Computer Art

1970s
1969-1974
Loomis Chafee School, Windsor CT
PDP/8e programming and hacking.
Wrote the language MUCAL, a FOCAL variant with an extension to play music via the "kludge harp" method of placing an AM radio near the machine while running a tight loop.

1974-1980
Trinity College, Hartford CT:
Working on a PDP/8 and PDP/11, and school-built 8008 microcomputer
3D vector plotting program
local space warping 3D Warnock renderer.

Raster imagery on a Diablo daisy-wheel printer
I graduated from Trinity in 1980 with a BA in Computer Science Coordinated with English. I was one of two students graduated with this degree the first time it was established.

1980-1988
Information Builders:
I took over the graphics programming and maintenance in 1980; but also spent a lot of time playing with the HP7220 and 7221 plotters, driven by programs on the trusty SuperBrain (which I still have). I did one or two of the FOCUS 4GL Manual covers using this setup!
other research with the SuperBrain and HP7220 plotter:
contour drawing of arbitrary fractal landscape functions.

Contour slices of a fractal landscape (color added by hand)
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How Large is an Atom of Music? A Tour through Today’s Spectral Music and Software at UCSD


I've been doing spectral music for a pretty long time and have always had reservations about FFTs - they're kind of a solution, but not to the problem. I usually use DFTs or variants thereof (like Goertzel's algorithm) to watch for specific frequencies in a more flexible way.
Folks interested in spectral synthesis and music making should check out my iPhone/iPad apps: Tondo, real time spectral finger painting , Droneo for precisely setting musical intervals , and even Banshee, which is a messaging app that turns text into modem-like chirps that i decode with the aforementioned Goertzel's algorithm. I'm right now working on a polyphonic real time multitouch granular instrument, which is coming along very nicely. AND I'm also a staffer at WFMU, so you Rhizome readers should probably tune in some time!