Phillip Stearns
Since 2009
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

Phillip Stearns creates at the intersection of art, philosophy, and science, drawing upon a variety of disciplines including installation, audio-video, circuit sculpture, writing, performance art and musical composition. Deconstruction, dissection, and reconfiguration are methods he commonly employs in the interrogation of materials ranging from electronic objects, biological systems, images, light, video, and sound. His process is that of reduction aimed at revealing hidden macrocosms of potential, new materials for expression, and new paths for inquiries into understanding the state of things. In his work with technology, the machine is understood as the living manifestation of human intentions where the development and application of our technologies, machines and tools reveals our desires and dreams—both conscious and unconscious. His work generates phenomenological experiences that become pathways for interconnecting metaphorical spaces implied in the selection of specific materials, processes and media.

Phillip Stearns received his MFA in music composition and integrated media from the California Institute of Arts in 2007 and his BS in music technology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally at electronics arts festivals, museums, and galleries including: Harvestworks (2010 NYC); (2010 Chicago, IL); Festival De Arte Digital (2010 Belo Horizonte, Brazil); FILE (2009 Sao Paulo, Brazil); NIME (2009 Pittsburgh, PA); Filmer La Musique (2009 Paris, France); FONLAD (2009 Coimbra, Portugal); Torrance Art Museum (2008, 2007 Los Angeles, CA); Optica Film Festival (2011, 2008 Spain). He has participated in residencies at Museums Quartier (Vienna 2010), STEIM (Amsterdam 2007), Experimental Television Center (NY 2009), Harvestworks (NY 2010), is the current AIRTime Fellow at Free103Point9 for the 2010-2011 cycle, and curator for the 8th annual Bent Festival (2011).
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First Annual Beautiful Earth Day Block Party on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Sun May 23, 2010 00:00 - Mon May 17, 2010

First Annual Beautiful Earth Day Block Party on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Beautiful Earth Day is a sustainable block party open to the public, featuring local companies, entertainers, workshops and artisans. Beautiful Earth Group's Solar-powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station's gates will be open and guests will be invited to take a tour and view the zero emissions, 100% electric MINI E. Power for the event will be collected by Beautiful Earth Group, and provided by the SUN!

The event will take place on May 23rd, 2010 on Degraw Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets.

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Featured Participants:

-Beautiful Earth Group's Solar-powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station and 100% electric MINI E

-WFMU's Trent Wolbe's solar-powered radio show with special guest interviews, DJs and live music

-iPhone app Project Noah creator Yasser Ansari leading urban wildlife tours

-Josh Hadar of Hadar Metal Design displaying his solar-powered tricycle

-Live music by Barkuna

-Audio performance by Phillip Stearns

-Delicious samples from Columbia Street's own Nine Cakes

-Urban Meadow will offer arts and crafts made from recycled materials;

-Stories from Barefoot Books;

-Book Swap and Donation;

-Solar-powered mini vehicle design competition

-Soccer games

Forward-thinking representatives from Solar One, Opportunity Green, the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association (COWNA), the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and various other community groups will be in attendance offering eco-focused information.

and much more!!



Sat May 22, 2010 00:00 - Mon May 17, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Analogous Projects at Devotion Gallery
54 Maujer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Proto-Chiptunes: the hypothetical ancestor of modern-day 8-bit video game music, known as "Chiptunes". Before there were arduinos, video game systems, or even microchips capable of producing sound, there was only binary logic. But in order to find the roots of this ancient music, we must go back further, back before the time of logic, far back into the pre-history of electronics. From the primordial ooze of analog circuits arose the first digital logic circuits. Made only from transistors, resistors and diodes, they clawed their way out of the random void to assert their unambiguous binary dominion over the whole world of electronics. When the digital circuits had established themselves as supreme rulers of the electronic world, and mastered the use of fire, they developed a style of music called "0 01 0110 10010011 0101 01 1" commonly known today as "Proto-Chiptunes". Now the digital logic clan, CMOS re-imagine this primitive electronic music under the careful and patient direction of Phillip Stearns (a.k.a. Pixel Form).

Proto-Chiptunes is made using CMOS digital logic microchips placed precariously on breadboards, temporary prototyping surfaces for building and designing circuits. The concept of the music is to derive all tones and rhythmic patterns off a single square wave oscillator running at a very high frequency. The sounds are referential of 1-bit and 8-bit chiptune music, where musicians and composers work with programmable computing systems (both vintage and custom) to produce vintage video-game style music. Another big part of the concept is to work with pure dedicated hardware, which means there's no programming involved --or, rather, the programming is done by the placement of jumper wires.


Analog Neural Networks: Art, Electronics & the Brain

Wed May 19, 2010 00:00 - Mon May 17, 2010

Generative art mimics the mechanisms of self evolving biological systems to produce compelling organic forms. This practice is most commonly carried out in computer software and translated into physical forms. This lecture seeks to merge the ideas of generative and evolutionary computing with the study of neural networks to produce dynamical behavior in physical electronic devices.

We will discuss basic neurobiology and how to translate the behavior of idealized biological neurons into simple electronic circuits. You will learn the theory behind the construction of neuron-like circuits from basic parts available at Radioshack. We'll discuss network sciences and their applications in the arts and beyond.

Phillip Stearns (AKA Pixel Form) is a practitioner of sonic and visual arts; music composer and performer; electronics sculptor and installation artist. He views technology as a site for exploring the global society-environment system and how changes in the relationship between society and environment manifest in our technology---particularly as solutions to a cascading set of problems created by contemporary culture. Through the medium of networked systems, his work explores the horizons of information, politics, noise, control, proximity, subversion, corruption, interconnectedness and interrelatedness. Central to his practice as a visual artist and a performer are the use of custom electronics, hand-craft, hardware hacking, media technologies, and iterative processes marked by a judicial use of materials, restraint, simplicity, a careful balance between conceptual depth and playfulness. He has presented, performed, lectured, exhibited, led workshops, and screened works at various festivals, conferences, residencies, museums and institutions around the US, Latin America and Northern Europe.

Wednesday May 19th, 7:00PM - 10:00PM

573 Metropolitan (btw Lorimer & Union), Brooklyn


WORKSHOPS: 2010 International Computer Music Conference

Sat May 29, 2010 00:00 - Mon May 17, 2010

2010 International Computer Music Conference Workshops

Stony Brook University, in association with New York University, and the Electronic Music Foundation of New York City, will host the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in New York City and Stony Brook, NY, USA from June 1-5 2010. As part of the extended conference programming, ICMC is offering a full lineup of workshops on topics ranging from computer music pedagogy, contact microphones (for kids!), Noise Toys (by Loud Objects), to computer music programming in Pure Data and Super Collider. These workshops will be hosted by Harvestworks, The Tank, and NYC Resistor.

A full schedule and lineup with partial descriptions and links to purchase tickets can be found on the following site:


Analog Audio Circuits

Sat Apr 03, 2010 00:00 - Wed Mar 31, 2010

Analog is not dead! // Operational Amplifiers: Oscillators, Filters, and Feedback Machines

Location: Harvestworks 596 Broadway #602 New York, NY 10012

Tuition + Materials: $125/student. Max Enrollment: 10

Though digital electronics dominate the music production scene, and have been employed to augment and extend just about every acoustic instrument imaginable--- from the cello to the tabla---ANALOG IS NOT DEAD! From oscillators and filters to authentic distortion, gritty delays, and fluid phasing, analog electronics are very much alive in the realm of effects and synthesis. A handful of simple components, concepts and skills will enable you to build your own custom analog instruments and effects.

In the workshop, you will learn about transistors, operational amplifiers, and how to combine them with various networks of diodes, resistors and capacitors to form simple mixers, distortion effects, filters and touch controlled feedback machines! This hands on workshop will review the theory behind all of the components involved. It is centered around the application of knowledge through the construction and expansion of simple operational amplifier circuits. We will learn the concepts and the skills necessary to continue exploring the possibility of creating with analog electronics with applications in music, sound art, and interactive new media art.

No soldering necessary. Beginners welcome but it would be helpful to review the basics (voltage, current, DC circuits, AC circuits, etc.).