An 8-channel performative sound installation
FM’s Gustavo Matamoros + Rene Barge
December 2 and 3, 2010
Artcenter South Florida
924 Lincoln Road • Hallway
If you find yourself strolling down Lincoln Road during Art Basel, stop by. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
a 3-hour-long vertical quad performance by
gustavo matamoros • rene barge
Miami Art Museum, 101 West Flagler Street
presented in collaboration with Miami Art Museum
as part of the exhibit New Work Miami 2010
September 16, 2010 | 6-9 PM
BATTERY-CHECK NIGHTTIME EVENT
the latest 8-hour-long sound ecology by
gustavo matamoros • david dunn • rene barge
in collaboration with
TALKING HEAD TRANSMITTERS
SUNDAY | MAY 23, 2010 | 2 – 10PM
MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN
200 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach FL 33139
Admission is free! but BRING YOUR RADIOS!
batteries will be available for a suggested donation at
SFCA’s Radio Battery-Check Station
On Sunday, May 23, 2010, not only will you be able to participate in another stunning Frozen Music performative installation. This time, by tuning your radios to 1610 (in your AM dial), you can also be part of it, walking around the garden, and even taking the sounds with you within a 1.5 mile radius. Interviews will be conducted by our collaborators, Talking Head Transmitters and send by them to your radios along with live FM sounds. From 2PM to 10PM, you will become part of a mixture of radiophony, acoustic topography, environment and movement. You will also have a chance to check and replace the batteries in your emergency radio, just in time for hurricane season. A suggested donation for batteries replaced will benefit subtropics.org.
The 2009-10 season of presentations by Frozen Music have been sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
FM presentations in Miami Beach are also made possible with support from City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council.
Subtropics Presents and the Subtropics Biennial of Experimental Music and Sound Art are produced by iSAW and SFCA, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
FM @ Earth Fest 2010
Key, the latest 6-hour-long sound ecology by Frozen Music, will be a highlight at Earth Fest 2010
Sound artists Gustavo Matamoros (Miami), David Dunn (Santa Fe, NM) and Rene Barge (Miami) are the members of the artist research collective Frozen Music that asks: can you imagine being one among hundreds of birds, grabbing on to twigs and branches, singing, then jumping about to a new location, calling, sounds coming from everywhere, all inside in a thick forest patch of mangroves?
Created specially for Earth Fest 2010, Key is the most recent site-specific acoustic ecology by Frozen Music. This large-scale performative sound installation is intended to augment and expand our mind’s ears with actual experiences that focus upon the making of otherwise inaudible phenomena audible in science, nature and architecture. Incorporating the sounds and topography of Crandon Park, Key will sound continuously, from Noon to Sundown, transforming gradually over time as a contrasting soundscape that emerges from a state-of-the-arts, 8-channel surround sound system.
Frozen Music (FM) uses new and custom-designed audio technology to engage audiences in activations of indoor and outdoor spaces that promote an aural perception of the world. Rather than a traditional ensemble—where each musician contributes a single voice to a collective—FM arises from a confluence of sonic activation strategies where each performer engages with their own autonomous audio gestalt and unique instrumentation to simultaneously occupy and stimulate the same acoustic environment.
Frozen Music has been performing extended works of autonomous surround sound in alternative locations around Miami-Dade County since November 2009. Its inaugural event Canal, was a 13-hour-long work that spread out 600 Ft along the Dade Canal in Miami Beach. It was part of Sleepless Night and was well received by more than 50K visitors. Six month since, the members of FM, have created over 26 hours of site-specific electroacoustic sound ecologies for 5 different locations throughout Miami.
The first season of Frozen Music events is made possible by Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. FM presentations in Miami Beach are also made possible with support from City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council. Subtropics.org Presents and the Subtropics Biennial of Experimental Music and Sound Art are produced by iSAW and SFCA, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7:30pm
Who: Asi Mina with special guests Randall Beaver
What: A nice concert with songs and sounds in Polish and English
Where: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL
When: Thursday, April 1 at 7:30pm
Why: Because we care
We will play some sounds and songs from Asi Mina, Go Underground to See More Animals, The Complainer and The Complainers, and more!
Asi Mina is the stage name for Katowice, Poland’s Asia Bronislawska. Her music and songwriting, based on playful stories and texts in both her native Polish and in English, are informed by tasks associated with daily life as well as far away travels. Asia has performed in hundreds of events all over Europe, both as a solo artist and as part of various other projects. She describes her most recent album, wszystko mam! tylko gdzie? (have all! but where?) as “a collection of stories about uneasiness, chaos and search, which are always followed by peace, order and discovery.” In Miami she is appearing in a Subtropics residency along with The Complainer and The Complainers (the alternative pop project led by her brother Wojciech Kucharczyck). Asia will perform a special solo set at Books and Books with special guests, including Miami’s Randall Beaver, with whom she collaborated to form the group Go Underground to See More Animals. Asi Mina appears courtesy of The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, and Subtropics.org.
Thu. March 25, 2010 – 7-9:30PM
North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs + Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs + City of Miami Beach + The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw
Sat. February 13, 2010 – 7PM to 11PM
SWEAT IN C
5505 NE 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33138
State of Florida Division of Cultural
Affairs + Miami-Dade County Department
of Cultural Affairs
a sound art performative installation by FM
featuring David Dunn
in collaboration with SoBe Institute of the Arts and
Miami Beach Senior High
Carl Fisher Clubhouse Complex
2100 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Frozen Music’s Canal
50,000 visitors during
Sleepless Night 2009
Miami, November 7, 2009 — Frozen Music, the new
interdisciplinary music ensemble of the Subtropics
Biennial became the unintended attraction of the
2009 Sleepless Night in Miami Beach, attracting
an estimated 50,000 visitors over the 13-hour long
performative installation entitled Canal.
“The best use of the canal since John Collins”
“The canal is the perfect place for the sounds
that are part bug and part pig”
“Different but extremely enjoyable”
“Beautiful. More canals should sound like this.”
“Could you send me a video?”
“The sounds are found. I didn’t know that such
a rich ultrasonic wavelength was available –
thank you for making it accessible”
“a sonic trip”
“The space and sound evoke a very special
environment! I truly enjoyed immersed within it.”
“This is the very best exhibit that I have been to all night.”
“Very neat and psychic. I like the idea that it may be
picking up and amplifying sounds in nature ussually
unheard by human ear.”
“Es una experiencia expectacular! Sensaciones inimaginables,
que despiertan aquella parte de nosotros que no imaginabas
que estaba dentro de ti! Felicitaciones, es un trabajo magnifico
y merecen todo el reconocimiento que puedan tener. Seria
dificil de dudar… !”
“Beautiful work. I loved meeting you.”
¡Excellent super sound!
“Great installation, you should consider living it permanently.
It creates a great atmosphere in the walk! Thanks”
“Blissful! Amazing installation!”
“I’m loving the sound. Makes me feel as if I’m in a different world.”
“Fascinating experience in sound!”
“Chilling music for a leisurely stroll along the canal of love.”
“I’m interested in using your amazing dance piece since I’m
a dance major at Nova Univ.”
Gustavo Matamoros – David Dunn – Rene Barge
Frozen Music is an artist research collective and experimental music ensemble that designs and realizes interdisciplinary music in response to the acoustical characteristics of a given site. It focuses upon the making of otherwise inaudible phenomena audible in science, nature and architecture. Each performance is a kind of acoustical “tuning” or redrawing of the existing aural landscape through direct sound generation and amplification.
FM is a unique vehicle for the development and implementation of a novel kind of extended electroacoustic music presentation, at times lasting up to 16 hours. Its members use new and custom-designed audio technology to engage audiences in activations of indoor and outdoor spaces that promote an aural perception of the world. Rather than a traditional ensemble—where each musician contributes a single voice to a collective—FM arises from a confluence of sonic activation strategies where each performer engages with their own autonomous audio gestalt and unique instrumentation to simultaneously occupy and stimulate the same acoustic environment.
FM germinated from ideas explored in the Subtropics 20 exhibition SOUND at The Bass Museum of Art in March 2009. Similar to current discourse in the art world concerning the concept of art as a research activity, FM takes this notion seriously and attempts to transcend mere theoreticism by focused efforts to combine both aesthetic and scientific insights, thereby creating experiential understandings and descriptions of reality based in aural perception.
Frozen Music events makeup the 2009-10 season of Subtropics Presents.
FM presentations will include:
Other events are planed for March and May, 2010
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and other FM activities and to learn about
what’s in store for Subtropics 21 (2011)