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Miami’s Sound Chamber
is proud to present:
A concert of experimental music
December 11, 2018 | 7:30PM
Free and open to the public
(donations will be appreciated)
at ArtCenter South Florida
924 Lincoln Road #201
Miami Beach, FL 33139
EDGE (30:00)
Is there a discernible boundary between tone and noise? Between chaos and order? Combining amplified violin played by Pauline Kim Harris and Syrinx, a new acoustic synthesizer invented and played by Spencer Topel, the duo explores these concepts in a continuous improvised work with the source material consisting of simple tones acoustically modulated, distorted, and filtered through the instruments themselves.
A set of four sound experiences created by Gustavo Matamoros designed to showcase the capabilities of his Audiotheque 2.0 project’s 30-channel sound system.
/SHä’kôn/ (45:00)
PK Harris Topel Duo presents a reconstruction of the J.S. Bach Chaconne (BWV 1004) as an ambient-immersive exploration presented over the course of 45 minutes using both electronic, acoustic, and live violin. The Chaconne serves as a structural backbone to the work, appearing often as small disassociated fragments, while at other moments the Chaconne is inaudible, informing only temporal structure. As with renditions of the Chaconne by past composers such as Brahms and Busoni, /SHä’kôn/ extends the notion of transcription metaphysical, framing the Chaconne both as a musical composition and as a collective-subconscious memory.
PAULINE KIM HARRIS is a Grammy-nominated artist who engages in classical to the experimental/avant-garde. Co-concertmaster and soloist with the S.EM. Ensemble, Ostravska Banda, Ensemble LPR and Wordless Music Orchestra, she is also a frequent guest with New York City’s leading new music ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Argento,Transit,Talea and ICE and has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Pauline serves as Music Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and has performed as violin soloist for choreographer Pam Tanowitz and David Parker of The Bang Group. As a curator, she co-produced Drawing Sounds II, with husband, Conrad Harris at the Drawing Center, most recently, Petr Kotik @75 at (le) poisson rouge and continues at Carnegie Hill Concerts. As a member of violin duo, String Noise, she has expanded the two violin repertoire, pushing boundaries in groundbreaking new works. Despite her active performance schedule, Pauline carves out time to compose. Commissioned by the St. George’s Choral Society her piece for organ, choir, cello and soprano, “When We Were” was premiered in 2016. A collection of new works will be presented in July 2019 at her debut residency at The Stone as well as the world premiere of “gold/crack” at Roulette in June. Pauline was in the final masterclass of Jascha Heifetz.
SPENCER TOPEL is an artist working with sound, performance, and installation. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Danish International Visiting Artist Residency in 2013 (DIVA), the Palmer Dixon Prize from the Juilliard School for best composition, BMI and ASCAP Awards, and was an artist-in-residence with the Meitar Ensemble in July 2014 (Tel Aviv).
Topel has produced works for many of America’s premiere music and art institutions, including The Barnes Foundation, The Arts Club of Chicago, The Drawing Center NY, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, TILT Brass, FLUX Quartet, and the Callithumpian Consort. Notable national/international collaborations include HUB New Music (Boston), FIGURA Ensemble (Copenhagen) the Contemporarte Ensemble (Venice) and the Meitar Ensemble and the Israeli Conservatory (Tel-Aviv). Topel received degrees from Cornell and The Juilliard School before joining the Tenure-Track Faculty at Dartmouth College, and is currently artist-in-residence at the Yale Quantum Institute at Yale University.
Miami’s Sound Chamber | “every Saturday something new!
exhibition closing 1-6PM
Audiotheque 2.0 is a 2017 Knight Arts Challenge project
for more information about Audiotheque 2.0 visit:
Made in Miami, Audiotheque 2.0 is the brain child of sound artist Gustavo Matamoros. It consists of the fine tuning of three elements: the space (the acoustic and visual environment); the instrument (a 30-channel costume designed sound system); and the content (the sounds we ultimately hear). It is a proposed model for the conditions necessary for offering the experience of sound art effectively to a general public.
Audiotheque 2.0’s 2018-19 season is managed by SFCA [isaw+subtropics] and made possible with the support of:
City of Miami Beach’s Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council; with additional support from Miami-Dade County, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and by the Blank Family Foundation.
Special thanks to Knight Foundation and to our partners, ArtCenter/South Florida, Sennheiser USA, Sociedad Venezolana de Cinematografía (SVC), The Honk-Tweet. Media partner, Fresh Art International.
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“every Saturday something new! and what might that be? good question”

featured installation:
Four Audible Experiences of Movement of Sound in Space
open Saturdays 1-6PM through December 15 2018
(see special Art Basel Week hours below)

a 2017 Knight Arts Challenge project

VENUE: Audiotheque
located in studio 201
at ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach FL 33139

visit and subscribe to our Facebook Events Page
to keep up with what we’ve developed for next Saturday

Special Miami Art Week Hours:
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 1-6pm
Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 1-6pm
Friday, December 7, 2018 | 1-6pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 1-6pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1-6pm


a chamber for sound introspection”

Gustavo Matamoros – currently a resident artist at ArtCenter/South Florida – has a 35 year career of designing and implementing frameworks for exploring perception in the realm of sound art.  Audiotheque 2.0 is his latest sound installation project conceived as a chamber for sound introspection in celebration of the auditory sense.

Audiotheque 2.0 features a 30-channel sound environment, a new order of sound art installation created by Matamoros. This new multi-channel environment is organized around four set configurations that can be used independently or together to exhibit new works of spatialized sound that offer visitors different kinds of immersive listening experiences. The aim is to provide sound art experiences not available elsewhere in South Florida.

“Four Audible Experiences of Movement of Sound in Space”

FOUR AUDIBLE EXPERIENCES OF MOVEMENT OF SOUND IN SPACE for Audiotheque 2.0 was created by Matamoros to highlight four different ways in which its new audio system can be used.

“The first experience I call, SMALL SOUND UP A WALL (for Alison Knowles.)  The second is titled, EVERGLADES: APPLIED UNIVERSAL FORCE (for Charles Recher.) Next comes, STRING SOLO (for Vito Acconci.) And last (but not least) is, EIGHTY FIVE AUDIBLE MOMENTS (for Pauline Oliveros.)”

“Small Sounds are those created in the studio by exploring very small objects, to use one Alison Knowles’ phrases typical in our conversations: ‘close at hand.’ Everglades is the direct result of a month-long, 2013 A.I.R.I.E. residency at Everglades National Park where I gathered over 200 hours of nature recordings captured in multiple locations at various times of the day, but mostly in the evenings. To scientists, this piece should fell like a wildlife party of sounds that aren’t normally heard together. To my ears, String Solo is the most poetic of the four. It is an introspective yet physically enveloping experience from the perspective of a single vibrating string—so close that it resembles what we might see when looking at it through the lens of an electronic microscope. Eighty Five Audible Moments is the most eclectic of the four. It was one of 84 other commissions from 84 other composers and sound artists by Ione as a surprise to celebrate her wife’s Pauline’s 85th birthday. My piece to Pauline consists of 85 sound-events organized to occur within the span of 85 seconds.”

— Gustavo Matamoros

“every Saturday something new!”

Saturdays 1-6PM through DEC 15, 2018
visit our Facebook Audiotheque Events Page for weekly updates

Beginning October 1 and for the next three months, Matamoros will be creating additional content for Audiotheque 2.0, alone and in collaboration with other Audiotheque resident artists such as John Driscoll, Edward Bobb, Rene Barge, Rob Constable, Julio Roloff and Wolfgang Gil.

“Each week something new will be created, modified, altered. Each Saturday – through December 15, 2018 – something new will be added to the mix. What would that be? we yet don’t know. Get ready to be surprised.” 

Matamoros will also on occasions compose arrangements of existing works by renowned sound artists from the Subtropics Experimental Sound Archive Collection. It all promises to be a very exciting three-month season of mind-bending auditory experiences, right here, at the heart of Miami Beach.


The Subtleties of Sound | Anne Tschida, Biscayne Times
Critic’s Choice | Anne Tschida, Art Circuits, Vol. 12. e-news Nº 112
Inside Miami’s Sound Chamber | Cathy Byrd, Fresh Art International podcast

from surveys collected since September 13, 2018

Intriguing, amusing, great! — Julian, (9-years-old)
Wonder — Heather
Affected, Depth, Intrigue — Cara
Exciting, amazing — Carla
Surprising, interesting, different — Yisel
Sensaciones, necesaria — Alexey
Poesia sonora, outstanding, #soreal — Rolando and Karla
Unexpected — Leimy
Perfect sound experience — Fabio
Informative — Kaye
Inspiring sound journey — Juniesky
Therapeutic, great sounds — Cynthia
Thought-provoking — Donna
Immersive, moving, dreamscape — Maria
Fascinating, invigorating — Sandy
Joyful, symphonic — Lily
Mind-opening, unique, enjoyable — Amanda
Engaging, thoughtful, social — Rae
Cerebral, intense, lovely — Dawn
Inspiring — John
Creative — Mark
Sublime, powerful, meditative — Yucef
New, impressive — Anonymous
Calming, Absorbing, Varied — Anonymous
Sparkling, innovative — Mark
Awesome — Patricia
Experimental — Anonymous
I love what you did to the space — Michelle
Sensitive, awareness of 3D sound — Carol
Enchanting, warm, relaxing — Aleli
Immersive chamber, sound experience, nomadic possibility — Eddie
Educational — Cathy
Fluid, complex, orient — O’Neal
Magic, exclusive — Fernando
Impeccable, tender, knowledgeable — Elaiza
Movement, visceral, electric — Dale
Sensory discovery, unknown sensation, excitement — Carlos
Enveloping, surprising — Manuel
Friendly, Noisy, Funny — Randall
Astonished, humming — Craig
Insightful, levitation, post-human — Angela
Presencia, Atención, Calma — Anonymous
Envolvente, inspirante, mental — Luis
Deep-listening, powerful, diverse — Juraj
Caught off guard — Leslie
Beautiful — Gilda
Physical, evocative, meditational — Karina
Curious — Joel
Surprised, creative, familiar — Jean François
Of discovery — Rene
Deep, human, sound — Alfredo
Alivio, vuelo, desdoblamiento — Mahara
Welcoming, enriching, blast — Artos
Enticing, pleasant — Armando
Uplifting, cognizant, fantastic — Stuart
Mysterious, urban, hypnotizing — Ignacia
Memory, fresh, still — Regina
Breathtaking, tropical, stimulating — Colette
Inviting, riveting, hypnotic — Anonymous
Vivid, spatial, experiential — John
Spectacular, one-of-a-kind experience — Gendry
Immersive, invaluable — Barron
Mandatory, ear-opening, necessary — Anonymous
Collaborative — Jennifer
Insightful, sensory — Simon
Transcendental, wonderful, enriching — Tom
Expanding, moving — Dimitry
Artistic, genio — Antonio
Creative, eye-opening — Diane
Rich, informative, memorable — Justin
Intriguing, startling — Anonymous
Fresh, poignant — Anonymous
Expressive, Feel — Trevor
Meditative — Ficia
Mesmerizing, informative, pause-in-the-echo — Ombretta
Breath taking — Edward
Intense — Vivian
Thoughtful, special — Keaton
Pensive, layered — Caroline
Relaxing, stimulating, fantastic — Valerie
Generosity, deep space, granular — Daniel

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The AUDIOTHEQUE 2.0 project and Fall 2018 programs are made possible with financial support from Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; and by the Blank Family Foundation.

Audiotheque 2.0 is a sound art experience created by Gustavo Matamoros, produced and managed by SFCA [isaw+subtropics] with 2017 funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Additional funding provided by  ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and by the Blank Family Foundation. 

SFCA [isaw+subtropics] would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Sennheiser, leaders in superior sound technology.