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Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer
Tomie Hahn Director
hahnt "at" rpi.edu

 

    

 

Sonic Territories: Jonas Braasch

Sonic Territories is 12 works for 12 distinct acoustic spaces. Composer/performer Jonas Braasch utilizes soprano saxophone, field recordings, and electronic processing.

"Sonic Territories investigates the creative potential that various acoustic environments can unleash. Opposed to the current ideal of quiet recording studios that do not distract the performer from inner thoughts, I was looking for spaces that inspire and mess around with me, by influencing and guiding my performance. A number of the recorded spaces, I only encountered once to capture my initial impression. Other spaces I have fought with until I found something that sounded better in this space than anywhere else in its own right." - Jonas Braasch

DVD is region free, instrumental music, with Dolby 5.1 surround sound

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See Hear Now

David & Gisela Gamper

David and Gisela Gamper's live performance based collaboration, See Hear Now, arises from their shared fascination with natural sounds and images. In their individual work as artists, they have found ourselves drawn to images and sounds that emerge from nature and life. Gisela closely observes the world around her. Through her images we rediscover our own connections to the fabric of life. David¹s music emerges from the acoustic sounds of his piano, small instruments and found objects. When he expands them through live electronic transformations they retain the power of natural sound.

The DVD contains a live video and music improvisation recorded in an installation created specifically for this DVD. For their live performances they cover the walls of the installation space with stretched spandex, then set up mirrors, so that the images‹like the sounds‹fill the air and the entire space. Here, they have created a scaled down version of the projector and mirror system, allowing them to document the performance for viewing on a TV or computer. They first performed and recorded in the surround sound field. Later, they mixed the recordings of acoustic instruments and the speaker sources into the 5.1 surround format on the DVD. The recording of the live performance they selected for this DVD was created and improvised in the moment. It represents the image and sound experience of a full See Hear Now performance.

Also on the DVD is "inside see hear now," a short documentary which explains some of the aesthetic and technical choices they have made for their collaboration of live music and video improvisations. This footage from a See Hear Now performance was recorded in their New York studio and shows the full scale of the installation.

 

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Ear*Inn*Virons

R.I.P. Hayman 

 

History of the landmark James Brown House and neighborhood.

 

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On the Way...

R.I.P. Hayman

Video of audio visual installation of the Near Death Experience and description of the composer's own experience. A meditative work for contemplation of mortality and perception of the beyond. (30 Minutes)

 

 

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Recording Field, H

Interface

"Recording Field, H" features several firsts: the first recording bringing together Pauline Oliveros and interface; the first video documentation of interface and their unusual instruments; the first video documentation of the sonic character pieces Streams and Pikapika; the first duo connecting shakuhachi and the bowed-sensor-speaker-array; finally, the first DVD released by Deep Listening Publications.

The odd-numbered tracks are electronic improvisations, created spontaneously with custom-made instruments. The even-numbered tracks feature Tomie Hahn as two radically contrasting sonic characters; in "Streams" each gesture of the dreamlike apparition recalls bodies of water, technology, a flow of information, transmission, and liquid states; as Pikapika, Tomie embodies a spunky character influenced by anime, Japanese dance, and bunraku. In both pieces Tomie wears a sensing device developed by Curtis Bahn. This interface enables Tomie to negotiate full control of all aspects of the virtual soundscape structure with her movements.

Pauline Oliveros - accordion and Expanded Instrument System (EIS)
Curtis Bahn - sensor bass
Tomie Hahn - interactive dance system and shakuhachi
Dan Trueman - sensor violin and bowed sensor/speaker array

 

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Io and Her and the Trouble With Him

Ione & Oliveros

Io and Her and the Trouble With Him - A Dance - Opera in Primeval Time - DVD

Written and directed by Ione
Music and sound design by Pauline Oliveros

A collaborative venture among artists of all types, this “dance-opera” is a multimedia panorama of experimental theatre and technical virtuosity that includes aerial ballet, masks, video projection, a sinister thousand-eyed monster, and a highly imaginative electronic soundscape.

The one-act story, set in primeval time, retells the myth of Io from a matriarchal perspective. Io, Argivian priestess, is transformed by a terrible spell and roams the world, lovely but tormented. While enduring entrapment by Argus, the terrible monster, she is befriended by the brilliant Bird who helps her discover the key to her escape. Only upon her arrival in Khemt (Ancient Egypt) does she begin to understand the true mystery of what her journey has been about and its meaning for the future of the world.

 

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Dreams of the Jungfrau

Ione

Written and directed by Ione
Music and sound design by Pauline Oliveros

Dreams of the Jungfrau is a 20 minute experimental narrative video, set in an art deco hotel high in the Swiss Alps, that tells the story of a contemporary music vocalist revisiting scenes that may have taken place in her past. It is also the story of the hotel, its many odd inhabitants, and the oracles that guide them. The story assembles and reassembles itself in the viewer’s consciousness, testing the parameters of memory and dream and raising issues of sexual identity and artistic rivalry along the way.

"Our Quiet Music Ensemble event went off very well, and Dreams... was awesome! :-) I'm particularly struck by the passage about taking away your beauty (even down to your beautiful bones): it's very powerful! ... Please also mention to Pauline how amazing the sound-track for that film is! The visual and auditory elements balance each other in an extraordinary way: it struck me more strongly than ever that the music speaks about something buried impenetrably deep in the emotional colour of the film, something that is never explicit, buried deep like trauma can be, and only ever really expressed through the unconscious." - John Godfrey, Artistic Director, Quiet Music Ensembl

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Stephanie Loveless - Cricket, Tree, Crow

Cricket, Tree, Crow contains one DVD with DTS surround and stereo sound recordings, a eight-page booklet with liner notes by David Dunn. Cricket, Tree, Crow unfolds in three movements that investigate the “voices” of the fall field cricket, the maple tree and the American crow in order to explore boundaries between human and nonhuman subjectivities. All sonic material in the work is based on vocal mimicry of the sounds produced by members of the species themselves. This is the second release by Audience Editions, a publishing initiative of ((audience)), which produces limited-edition surround sound works on DVD accompanied by a critical text from a guest writer.

Stephanie Loveless is a Montréal-born artist who works with sound, video, film and voice. She makes soft-speakers out of paper cups, performance prescriptions for audience-identified ailments, and sound works that channel the voices of plants, animals and 20th century musical icons.

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Pauline Oliveros & the University of Michigan Digital Music Ensemble

 Pauline Oliveros & the University of Michigan Digital Music Ensemble, directed by Stephen Rush. This DVD, recorded live at University of Michigan, features three of composer and performer Pauline Oliveros’s compositions: Sound Piece; Sound Fishes; and Heart of Tones.

Pauline Oliveros is one of America's most vital composers. Deep Listening®, her lifetime practice, is fundamental to her composing, performing and teaching. She serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY; Darius Milhaud Artist-in-residence at Mills College, Oakland CA; and executive director of the Deep Listening Institute in Kingston NY.

Stephen Rush is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he works with students from music, dance, art, and engineering as the director of the Digital Music Ensemble. Rush has had premieres in five continents, and released over 20 CD’s, as well as a book on Jazz theology called “Better Get It In Your Soul”. Rush has premiered and recorded his classical and jazz compositions (over 20 CD’s) worldwide and performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, Pauline Oliveros, his band "Yuganaut", “Blue” Gene Tyranny, and the late Peter Kowald.  He is also active as an interviewer, with luminaries as disparate as Laurie Anderson, Desmond Tutu, Swami Chinmayananda,  La Monte Young, and Ravi Shankar.

 Students from music, art, engineering and dance make up the Digital Music Ensemble (DME) directed by Stephen Rush, a professor in the School of Music and a composer holding a position that includes music composition and technology, dance and art. Students work to collaborate in the creation of new work, or perform innovative music/art works from the past, works largely ignored by mainstream academe. The fall semester is usually focused on readings concerning the Labyrinth tradition in many cultures, culminating in the recurring work “Gypsy Pond Music”, a sonic, site-specific installation involving sculpture and algorithmic computer music. 

The DME has given performances of varying content and approach, including performances in Berlin's experimental cafe, the "Schmalzwald", as well as presentations/performances and exhibits at the Aurreale Festival in Baitz, Germany, more recently at the Bowling Green New Music Festival. Recently, DME has premiered works by composers John Cage, Philip Glass and LaMonte Young, and performed with Pauline Oliveros and “Blue” Gene Tyranny. 

 

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Solo - Duo - Poetry - Cecil Taylor + Pauline Oliveros

Cecil Taylor and Pauline Oliveros recorded live October 5, 2008 at the opening of EMPAC in Troy, NY. 32 minutes of Taylor solo, 16 minutes of Oliveros solo, 22 minutes of Taylor/Oliveros duo. includes Floating gardens: The Poetry of Cecil Taylor (75 minutes)

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