Category Archives: understanding sound

composers speak about and demonstrate their work

US | SOUNDING: DAVID DUNN

the Listening Gallery on Lincoln Road
in collaboration with Artcenter | SF
present:

DAVID DUNN

FEB18—2012•7PM | Listening Gallery: 800 Lincoln Road

Sound artist and member of Frozen Music, David Dunn, introduces his new work: THRESHOLDS and FRAGILE STATES at the SEA of CORTEZ, a commission for the Listening Gallery by SFCA [isaw+subtropics.org]

listening s(((o)))unday:
Listening Fo[u]r

06/12/11 | sunday | 4:00 PM | free

listening room | studio 101
924 lincoln road, miami beach
rsvp by 6.10.2011: info@subtropics.org
first come, first served

the fourth in a series of free listening gatherings and discussions hosted by sfca [isaw+subtropics.org] at artcenter / south florida, in our listening room studio located at 924 lincoln road.

our listening room is equipped with eight channels of discrete audio and only 15 chairs … assuring an immersing intimate sound experience.

we recommend that you make reservations and arrive 15 minutes before showtime since your spaces can not be guarantied.

*****

the listening s(((o)))unday series is possible because of

listeners like you

and is supported by a grant from
City of Miami Beach, Cultural Arts Program, and the Cultural Arts Council

miami beach logo

listening s(((o)))unday:
Listening T[w]o

listening s(((o)))unday
listening t[w]o

sunday, april 17, 2011
showtimes: 4:00 + 6:30 PM – free

listening room | studio 101
924 lincoln road, miami beach
first come, first served, or
rsvp by 4.15.2011: info@subtropics.org

Gustavo Matamoros discusses ideas about sound and its potential content-base interpretation as language in music through listening examples.  Based on the notions of monophony, polyphony and homophony as musical strategies for organizing sound through history he attempts to establish a comparison in intent between two siblings … musicians and sound artists.

Listen to the full session …

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

anatomy of the presentation …

opening our ears to sound vs. selecting what to focus our attention on … microphones don’t have a brain … growing outside the music box … plug: Listening Gallery, a site-specific station for sound art … a pause button for the word: ideas about sound and musical language … a little room for the sound artist: thinking technology and space … constructing sound from scratch …

listening examples in support of three simple musical ideas and their connection to sound and language

********

listening s(((o)))undays is possible because of

listeners like you

and is supported by a grant from
City of Miami Beach, Cultural Arts Program, and the Cultural Arts Council.

miami beach logo

nic collins: handmade electronic music

Composer Nic Collins, author of the book Handmade Electronic Music conducts a lecture recounting his experiences in the world of circuit-bending and hardware-hacking. Those participating in his two-day intensive hardware-hacking workshop are encouraged to attend this lecture which complements the workshop. This lecture is presented in collaboration with ArtCenter South Florida and the 2008 Winter Music Conference (WMC08)

thursday, march 27, 2008 / 7:30 PM
ArtCenter South Florida
800 Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach
admission: $15 – free to WMC08 badge holders
and hardware-hacking workshop participants

artcenter/sf

this is an official WMC08 event

wmc08 logo

isaw and the south florida composers alliance receive funding from miami-dade cultural affairs department and the state of florida division of cultural affairs

Subtropics Presents | rene barge:
listening is an act of listening

a lecture by sound media artist rene barge
part of the understanding sound series
this time in collaboration with dorsch gallery

rene barge will be discussing his perspectives on sound and its meaning from recent experiences as fellow artist at the interdisciplinary sound arts workshop. he will also discuss aspects of his upcoming dorsch gallery show “two chambers divided by an opening”, a sound piece in collaboration with gustavo matamoros

listening is an act of listening

monday, february 4, 2008 / 7:30 pm
dorsch gallery
151 NW 24 street
wynwood art district

free and open to the public

isaw and the south florida composers alliance receive funding from miami-dade cultural affairs department and the state of florida division of cultural affairs

Subtropics Presents | gustavo matamoros: sound art: aaaa-r-t = art!

sound art: aaaa-rrr-t = art!
thoughts about an on-going social experiment

a lecture by composer gustavo matamoros
part of isaw’s understanding sound series in
collaboration with the FEASt electronic music festival
at florida international university

sound art lecture

saturday, february 2, 2008 / 3 pm
green library, room 535
fiu – university park campus, miami
free and open to the public

one most striking realization for me in the lifelong experiment of becoming a composer is the myriad contrasting ways we relate to sound. there are as many ways of listening as there are people in the world, and i have learned to take that as a given. from a marketing perspective, a great deal of what stands in the way of a meaningful, productive interaction between composer and community is not so much ignorance or bias, but some form of benign prejudice. in the meantime, with the advent of new technologies, musicians continue to discover new exciting ways of relating to sound. some view these developments as extensions of music while others feel the need to call it something else. in this lecture i will reference examples of my own musical output to stimulate an open discussion about the linguistic undercurrents that frame and color our relationship with sound

isaw and the south florida composers alliance receive funding from miami-dade cultural affairs department and the state of florida division of cultural affairs

Subtropics Presents | jason freeman: interactivity in flock

interactivity in flock

a lecture by composer JASON FREEMAN as part of the understanding sound lecture series in partnership with the carnival center for the performing arts

monday, december 3, 2007 / 7:30 pm
peacock education center
carnival center for the performing arts
1300 biscayne boulevard, miami

free and open to the public

composer jason freeman will discuss the ideas
and intricacies behind the making of his interactive
piece flock, commissioned by the carnival center
for the performing arts, to be performed at the
studio theater, december 6-8, 2007.

in flock, you, the members of the audience, will play
a central role in creating a ground-breaking world premiere
event, along with computers, dancers, and a quartet of
saxophones.

flock is designed to make new connections between
composers, performers, and audiences, while the piece
takes off in a new direction every night, each time a new
flock of spectators becomes part of the collaboration.

laura kuhn:
in conversation about the john cage trust

in conversation about the john cage trust
LAURA KUHN and GUSTAVO MATAMOROS
as part of isaw’s understanding sound series
in partnership with the carnival center for the
performing arts

this will be an open conversation about john cage, the trust and laura’s isaw residency in support of isaw’s
awareness campaign and is FREE to the general public.

wednesday, november 7, 2007 / 7:30 pm
peacock education center
carnival center for the performing arts
1300 biscayne boulevard, miami

isaw residency | david dunn:
why do whales and children sing?

Saturday, october 13, 2007 • 8pm – 10pm
books and books
265 aragon avenue
coral gables
admission: free

lecture / performance / book signing: why do children and whales sing?
by David Dunn

david dunn photo

For over 30 years, david dunn has been recording the natural world as a sound artist, composer, and bio-acoustician. this has led him to explore a wide range of diverse phenomena including many that are only accessible through the use of unique technologies that he has developed. he will present and talk about a full range of his recent work including underwater hydrophone recordings, vibration sensor recordings from the interior of trees and frequency expanded ultrasonic soundscapes that reveal the mysterious world of communication beyond our normal hearing. the talk will range from the natural history and ecological significance of the sounds to personal anecdotes about the experience of making the recordings.

about the book:
95 pages + cd
published by earth/ear

i have been listening to and thinking about soundscapes for many years and yet this book is full of revelations to me. each recorded segment is full of vitality, full of “presence.” but it is david’s commentary which transform it from a purely aural pleasure into something multi-dimensional, encouraging me to reintegrate myself into his “complex chain of connection,” an invaluable gift. there is a welcome intellectual clarity, even rigor here, and a generosity of heart towards the listener/reader which welcomes one into listening, into reflecting. connection becomes possible.

– annea lockwood

david dunn:
listening at the edges

saturday, october 6, 2007
1pm – 2pm
miami science museum, auditorium
3280 south miami avenue, miami

listening at the edges: the necessity for double description
as part of the understanding sound lecture series
in partnership with carnival center for the performing arts

for over three decades there has been an ongoing discourse that has addressed the role that the sonic arts can play in increasing our collective awareness to environmental issues through sensitizing us to the soundscape. a variety of approaches and strategies have used experimental music practices and audio recording technologies to document, compose preserve, study, manipulate, intensify, and otherwise attempt to bring issues of the natural environment into foreground awareness through sound. this lecture demonstrates one approach to bringing art practice and scientific knowledge together towards applied environmental problem solving. it illustrates one of the many ways that the sonic arts can move beyond documentary and sensory heightening strategies alone towards participation in both scientific research and subsequent interventions to growing environmental dilemmas.

ST8 | Robert Ashley:
Conceiving Balseros

04/13/96
Florida Grand Opera Auditorium
Subtropics 8
ST8: Lecture – Conceiving Balseros
Robert Ashley, speaker

statistics: 1 sfca commission, 1 us composers

WORD(S)OUND | Brown Bag Panel
Discussion I

Friday, December 3, 1993 – 1 p.m.
Alliance Film/Video Project
Brown Bag Panel Discussion

Word(S)ounD-LOGO-WhiteFw

In a very informal setting, the artists of WORD(S)OUND will freely discuss issues of text-based art with members of the audience. Please bring your own lunch and plenty to drink.