Pierre Bastien / Self-made mechanical instruments
17 December 2009
STEIM, Amsterdam NL
Turku is listening is a sound art project and part of Turku European Cultural Capital 2011 Program. This is an interview of sound artist Christina Kubisch who will present her project Electrical Walks as part of Turku is listening in summer 2011. This interview is made by Juho Matilainen for Turku is listening 2011, a Non Profit Community Art Project.
Turku is listening is a sound art project and part of Turku European Cultural Capital 2011 Program. This is an internet documentary of the second performance of The River Aura Symphony by Simo Alitalo with Wind & Percussion entrada by Pessi Parviainen.
The River Aura Symphony is a part of Turku is listening 2011. This video is made by Juho Matilainen for Turku is listening 2011, a Non Profit Community Art Project.
"The Oramics machine is a device of great importance to the development of British electronic music. It's a great shame that Daphne's contribution has never been fully recognised, but now that we have the machine at the Science Museum, it's clear for all to see that she knew exactly how music was going to be made in the future, and created the machine to do it."
Mick Grierson, Director of Creative Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Director of the Daphne Oram collection.
The Pencil Project is a performance piece created by sound artists Martin Messier and Jacques Poulin-Denis. Their intention was to craft a live electronic music piece inspired by the physicality of writing and the imagery it articulates. Using computer technology, the performers translate scribbling, scratching, dotting and drawing with pencil music.
Although a lot of programming, signal processing and design provide de backbone of this project, one of its main objectives is to keep the technology invisible. The computers are hidden and untouched throughout the piece, allowing object manipulation and the creation of sound to be the performers’ main focus.
The most important aspect of The Pencil Project is the music itself. Using the proximity of contact microphones, an extensive range of sonorities and “sound gestures” is created. From the grainy voice-like noises of a pencil on a page, to the violent textures of ripping paper, a rich vocabulary is explored, transformed and layered to create an evocative atmosphere.
The Pencil Project is about musicianship. Liberated from the computer screen and equipped with hands-on objects, the performers explore a new form of expressivity. Through an authentic and stimulating performance, the musicians bring computer music intimately close to playing an actual musical instrument.