Phillip Stearns
Since 2009
phil@phillipstearns.com
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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BIO
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); Gli.tc/H (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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EVENT

CMOS Music - 1-bit Modular Digital Synthesis


Dates:
Sun Mar 28, 2010 00:00 - Wed Feb 24, 2010

CMOS Music - 1-bit Modular Digital Synthesis
@ Devotion Gallery: 54 MAUJER ST BROOKLYN NY 11206 | 803-386-8330
Sunday March 28th from 2-6pm

Learn how to make 1-bit chiptunes music without the hassle of computer programming. This is a musical introduction to basic electronic concepts through the use of CMOS digital logic chips.

How much?: $25 materials $75 admission
When: Sunday March 28th from 2-6 pm
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisite: None, though knowledge of basic electronics concepts and terms will enhance the learning experience

Description:
From a hand full of components you will create the world's simplest oscillator and 8 note musical rhythm sequencer. No soldering necessary, you'll take your project home on your very own solder-less breadboard!

CMOS 4000 series digital logic chips make it easy for anyone to design and build their own simple analog/digital hybrid modular synthesizer. Some chips can be turned into oscillators, other can be used to divide frequencies, with just a handful of resistors, capacitors, diodes, and transistors, these chips can be configured into custom musical instruments and effects units.

We will look at how to create and oscillator, frequency divider, and sequencer from 3 different chips. In the process we'll cover basic electronics concepts and skills, explaining each component as it is introduced. When we're done, you'll have an intricate rhythmic sequencer that produces 1-bit chiptunes music.

Topics Covered:
Electricity
Electronic Components
Modular Synthesis
Analog vs Digital Circuits
Digital Logic
4000 series CMOS Logic ICs
Breadboard Prototyping
Signal Flow
Systems Design
Schematic Reading

About the Instructor:

Phillip Stearns (AKA Pixel Form - http://www.art-rash.com/pixelform) 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. 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 graduated from the Cal Arts masters degree program in music composition in 2007 and 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 including FILE (2009), NIME (2009), FONLAD(2009), Transitio(2009), Torrance Art Museum (2008), Optica(2008), Filmer La Musique (2008), Spark(2008), Soundwalk (2006,2007,2008), GLAMFA, Machine Project, STEIM, Experimental Television Center, Solar1, Chaos Communications Camp (2007), and Darmstadt (2006).


EVENT

DIY Digital Music Synthesis - CMOS MUSIC II


Dates:
Sat Mar 13, 2010 00:00 - Wed Feb 24, 2010

CMOS Music II - DIY Digital Music Workshop (Drone Machines)
March 13th 2010, 2:30-6:30 pm
Location: 3rd Ward @ 573 Metropolitan Av, Brooklyn, NY 11211

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

http://www.3rdward.com/3rdwardclasses/cmos-music-i.html
Deadline: March 8th

Description:


Learn how to make 1-bit drone music without the hassle of computer programming. This is a musical introduction to basic electronic concepts through the use of CMOS digital logic chips. From a hand full of components you will create a 6 oscillator 1-bit drone machine.

Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) is a technology for constructing integrated circuits. CMOS technology is used in microprocessors, microcontrollers, static RAM, and other digital logic circuits. CMOS technology is also used for a wide variety of analog circuits such as image sensors, data converters, and highly integrated transceivers for many types of communication.

Sign up for part I & II and receive a discount. Call 718-715-4961 or email education@3rdward.com for more details! Taking part I is not required to attend this workshop.


Instructor:


Phillip Stearns (AKA Pixel Form - http://www.art-rash.com/pixelform) 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.


EVENT

DIY Digital Music Synthesis - CMOS MUSIC I


Dates:
Sat Mar 06, 2010 00:00 - Wed Feb 24, 2010

CMOS Music I - DIY Digital Music Workshop (Sequencers)
March 6th 2010, 2:30-6:30 pm
Location: 3rd Ward @ 573 Metropolitan Av, Brooklyn, NY 11211

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
http://www.3rdward.com/3rdwardclasses/cmos-music-i.html

Description:

Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) is a technology for constructing integrated circuits. CMOS technology is used in microprocessors, microcontrollers, static RAM, and other digital logic circuits. CMOS technology is also used for a wide variety of analog circuits such as image sensors, data converters, and highly integrated transceivers for many types of communication.

Learn how to make 1-bit chiptunes music without the hassle of computer programming. This is a musical introduction to basic electronic concepts through the use of CMOS digital logic chips. From a hand full of components you will create the world's simplest oscillator and 8 note musical rhythm sequencer.

Sign up for part I & II and receive a discount. Call 718-715-4961 or email education@3rdward.com for more details!


Instructor:

Phillip Stearns (AKA Pixel Form - http://www.art-rash.com/pixelform) 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.


OPPORTUNITY

ICMC 2010 Workshops Call for Proposals


Deadline:
Fri Mar 26, 2010 00:00

The International Computer Music Conference Workshops: Call For Proposals
-- Deadline: March 15th --

The International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) is now accepting proposals for workshops. These workshop events focus on the development of extended computer music techniques and knowledge through demonstrations, hands-on learning, and tutorials with a special emphasis on physical computing and building things. The topics of these events can range from demonstration of software techniques, physical modeling, design of hardware, specialist techniques, circuit bending, hardware hacking, software programming, physical computing, real-time sound synthesis/analysis, DSP, development of new musical instruments. Workshops will be open to enrollment from the general public, creating learning experiences between conference participants and visitors to the ICMC community. As a general rule, the workshops should relate to the topics of the conference. These events are a good place to continue dialog generated by the conference presentations and explore topics in greater detail with and emphasis on interaction.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

* Understand that the presenter(s) are responsible for publishing any workshop proceedings if desired and should engage in the promotion of their event amongst own networks.
* Workshop/Tutorials will be held May 29-31 and June 6-7.
* Workshop/Tutorials may be canceled or combined if there is inadequate participation
* Workshop prices will be determined based upon duration of the proposed workshop
* Revenues from workshop enrollment will be split between the presenter and ICMC after expenses
* Details regarding materials fees and reimbursement will be handled after selections are made

ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM:
http://www.icmc2010.org/workshops.html