Physical electronic music performance with speaker feedback instruments and voice.
Lesley Flanigan is an experimental electronic musician living in New York City. Inspired by the physicality of sound, she builds her own instruments using minimal electronics, microphones and speakers. Performing these instruments alongside traditional instrumentation that often includes her own voice, she creates a kind of physical electronic music that embraces both the transparency and residue of process — sculpting sound from a pallet of noise and subtle imperfections. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals internationally, including Sonar (Barcelona), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), Roulette (Brooklyn), MATA Festival (NYC), TransitioMX (Mexico City), the Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art (Denmark) and .HBC in Berlin. lesleyflanigan.com
Inspired by tactile, intuitive qualities of electricity, in Amplifications Flanigan manipulates amplification as a source of sound itself, turning loudspeakers and microphones into musical instruments that resonate with the closed feedback loop between electricity and sound. Building speaker instruments out of wood, scavenged loudspeakers and handmade amplifying electronics, each focuses on a different configuration between piezo microphone and speaker. Since the speakers are small and self contained, the feedback is controlled, and performing it becomes an act of sculpting material into sound.
The watsON? NOISE Festival 2013 - Curated by Golan Levin and Spike Wolff
‘Ancient life was all silence…. with the invention of the machine, Noise was born.’ – Luigi Russolo, ‘L’Arte dei rumori’
Noise continually surrounds us, from white static to violent intensity. We are absorbed into, embraced by, and assaulted with sound. Vibrating through our bodies, we capitulate as it engulfs us and permeates our psyche. In the still of its quiet absence and the thrill of its deafening roar, the force of sound is a constant. wats:ON? 2013 explores the realm of noise through a variety of analog, digital, and apparatus enhanced sound-music performances. Noise asks you to surrender to the possibility of the rush of the sublime.
The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts (wats:ON?) was created to honor the life of Jill Watson, whose interest in the arts inspired others through her work and her teaching. The festival celebrates Jill’s commitment to an interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist and celebrates her accomplishments and reputation as an architect. Jill Watson was a Carnegie Mellon University alumna, adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture, and acclaimed Pittsburgh architect who died in the TWA Flight 800 plane crash on July 17, 1996.
The wats:ON? Festival is made possible by the generous support of the JILL WATSON FAMILY FOUNDATION.
This performance is co-hosted by The wats:ON? Festival and CMU HCII Human Computer Interaction Institute, with support from :
CMU College of Fine Arts
The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
CMU School of Architecture
Special thanks to:
Dan Martin, Dean, College of Fine Arts
Golan Levin, Director, The Frank- Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
John Carson, Head, School of Art
Stephen Lee, Head, School of Architecture
Additional support and past collaborations include:
CMU ETC Entertainment Technology Center
CMU HCII Human Computer Interaction Institute
CMU School of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art