A kinetic sound sculpture for two electric guitars and one electric bass. Taking its name from the classic rock combination of guitar, bass and drums, this fairground-esque installation invites the audience to navigate the space around and between the instrument-machine band members and wander through their perpetually aleatoric song.
Modeled after traditional Balinese and Javanese gamelan orchestras, the GamelaTron is an amalgamation of traditional instruments with a suite of percussive sound makers. MIDI sequences control 117 robotic striking mechanisms that produce intricately woven and rhythmic sound. Performances follow an arc similar to classic Indonesian gatherings, where stories from great epics, such as the Ramayana, are told and settings given in words that are continued in music.
1. Part I [listen]
2. Part 2 [listen]
Audio: Max Neuhaus, Radio Net, 1977
This week marked the passing of a true visionary of contemporary art, Max Neuhaus. Originally an accomplished solo percussionist who toured with Boulez and Stockhausen, in the late 1960's Neuhaus moved his practice out of the concert hall and into the public sphere, setting up numerous sound-based installations in and around New York City.
Perhaps his most famous installation is Times Square, consisting of a large speaker emitting a resonating drone from beneath a traffic island grate in the heart of the spectacular crossroads. The work is remarkable for its ability to carve out a meditative sonic chamber amongst the clamor and saturation of its surroundings.
Neuhaus's work spans many mediums and technologies, from installations to performances to network-based compositions, such as Public Supply, made for telephone lines, Radio Net, made for broadcast radio, and Auracle, a voice controlled instrument played and heard over the internet. He even designed and patented a unique siren system for emergency vehicles that creates an "aural image" of the vehicle so to inform the listener of the vehicles direction and proximity.
You can find his writings and examples of his work, including a great video about Times Square, here:
Processing, the open-source programming language and production environment developed by Ben Fry and Casey Reas, turned 1.0 yesterday. While it started off as tool for sketching and teaching the fundamentals of programing, Processing has developed into a full-fledged alternative to expensive proprietary software for the creation of everything from data visualizations and interactive installations to music and video. In just 7 years, Processing has grown into one of the primary tools used by contemporary artists working on digital projects, and stands as one of the finest examples of the power of open-source development.
Visit the Processing website to download the 1.0 version and start making things!
Read more about the 1.0 Release on Casey Reas' blog.
In this new series, Rhizome invites artists to explain the nuts and bolts of their work. Our first contribution comes from recent ITP graduate and Rhizome's dynamo former Technology Assistant Nick Hasty. Here, Hasty describes his project The EM Brace.
The EM Brace is a wearable device for physically engaging with electromagnetic radiation emitted by the consumer and communication technologies that constantly permeate our bodies. The device attunes the body to the presence of electromagnetic frequencies through amplifying these frequencies and turning them into powerful sound waves that vibrate the wearer.
The EM Brace consists of a metallic enclosure that is worn on the back (fig a) attached to a pair of antenna gloves that fit on the hands (fig b).
Extending from the metallic enclosure are four flexible metal arms which wrap around the ribcage. The enclosure and arms are secured to the body via four straps that connect at the chest (fig c) through a four point harness. Putting on and using the EM Brace has been described as a mix of being strapped into a roller-coaster, scuba diving, and getting a massage.
Since the majority of our interactions with electronic objects involve the use of the hands, the antennas that pick up ambient EM frequencies have been embedded within a pair of gloves. These antennas consist of four inductive coil antennas, specifically telephone pickup coils. When the antennas enter an electromagnetic field, an inductive voltage signal is created within the coil. The frequency of this signal is the same frequency as the electromagnetic field in which it's produced, so the antennas' signal directly corresponds to the electromagnetic frequencies of nearby electronic devices.
The signal created within the coil is then sent from the antennas into a preamplifier circuit located within the metallic enclosure (fig d ...
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Rhizome is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary art and digital culture, based within the iconic New Museum of Contemporary Art in SoHo, NYC. Founded in 1996, Rhizome's programs, many of which happen online, support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media.
Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, our website serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. Our programs include commissioning, editorial initiatives, exhibitions, and preservation. For more information about Rhizome, visit:
Alongside a highly engaged staff, an active community, and a Board of Trustees comprised of leaders in both art and technology (The New Museum, Kickstarter, Gdgt, Google), this is an exciting opportunity to lead on Rhizome's technology infrastructure and contribute significantly to its overall mission.
+ Managing all aspects of Rhizome’s website and servers.
+ Working closely with the Digital Conservator on the ArtBase, Rhizome’s online archive of digital art.
+ Help position Rhizome within various technology communities online, at conferences, and events.
+ Making informed technical/strategic recommendations to the Executive Director, Program Director and Senior Editor on site related tasks and projects.
+ Developing and assisting with special projects online and off.
The position requires strong technical knowledge and experience with:
+ Linux servers (Redhat, Ubuntu)
+ Server softwares (Apache, Nginx, uWsgi)
+ Version control with git
+ MySQL and CouchDB databases
+ Experience working on medium- to large-scale websites (preferred)
+ A deep engagement with online culture and emerging technologies
+ The ability to lead, communicate and work well within a team
+ Demonstrated interest in contemporary art (preferred)
To apply, send a resume, cover letter and links to code samples, projects and/or github account, to email@example.com
I truly wish we didn't have to moderate discussion as well. Ideally this would be an open forum, but spammers prey upon sites with strong page ranks and solid traffic in order to push their SEO, and unfortunately there's an unavoidable delay involved in keeping the boards spam free.
The new site, however, is built so that posts by community members with a history of activity, such as yourself and the others in this thread, should automatically bypass moderation and go directly to the site and mailing list.
All the best,
Reporting to Rhizome's Director of Technology, the Technology Assistant position helps with the wide variety of tasks needed to maintain and develop the Rhizome site. This is an ideal position for a candidate seeking to hone their professional skills in programming, IT and web development while working in an environment focused on arts and digital culture. This position requires 8-16 hours of work per week. Our office is located at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Course Credit can be arranged for students. Previous holders of this position have moved on to positions in museums and startups.
To apply, submit a resume/cv along with a brief cover letter outlining your goals, previous experience, and interests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact email@example.com for more information.