recording made with Westinghouse vibration mic fed into mono Marantz cassette recorder; the result was downloaded into Audacity and edited in CoolEdit. Different versions above have different filtering.
Analog was used to avoid digital issues between the mic and recorder. The sound was gathered at a number of sites in Eyebeam, most of them involving metal grids: stairways, interior fencing, upper-level flooring. The result was a gathering of resonances between metal, Eyebeam-body (interior space), and sounds transmitted either in air or directly through metal. The harmonic structures are strong and dissonant. The body cries out in murderous delight.
Down the street, an 18-wheeler is gathering up the disassembled Matthew Barney work. Such heavy metal would have collapsed with a thud. Elsewhere lighter-than-air work delights the blue-grey sky and rain is forecast. The Eyebeam building is singing everywhere. It is singing
This fall, NYC teens are invited to spend 5-weeks learning how to design games for mobile devices at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. Teens will work in small groups and design their own location based mobile games using iPhones (iPhones will be provided for use during the workshop).
An Evening of Performance and Readings
What is the dream-life of digital words as they lay flat on a screen, quietly acquiescing? Can they be satisfied with the momentary puffs of arranged air or do they want something thicker, heavier? Do words dream about becoming sheafs of blank paper or a screen marked only by a blinking cursor? Or do they just want a body of their own? Do they want your body?
Join Wendy S. Walters, Joseph Whitt and Joon Oluchi Lee + Roddy Schrock for an evening of performance and readings exploring the dream-life of words and their electronic lives.
HPSCHD, John Cage’s legendary Gesamtkunstwerk is a mass media orgy, considered by many as the wildest, largest, and loudest musical composition of the 20th century, its very nature inextricable from the tumult of the year it premiered, 1969. ISSUE Project Room presents this spectacle on May 3rd and 4th in collaboration with Electronic Music Foundation and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, as part of the 2013 Darmstadt Essential Repertoire series, with additional support from NYU-Poly. This new production features composer Joel Chadabe, who has directed performances of HPSCHD throughout the world, as artistic advisor. Keyboardist Neely Bruce, who performed at the 1969 premiere, plays in the harpsichord ensemble.