Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music (CT-SWaM) #8: Radio Wonderland + Hans Tammen, Tamara Yadao, and Peter Fonda

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Peter Fonda: DJ SET

Tamara Yadao: IMPROVISATION with 10-15 radios, 6-10 performers and 3-4 transmitters. Performer names TBA.

Radio Wonderland & Hans Tammen
As RADIO WONDERLAND, Joshua Fried mangles the corporate audio stream in the form of live FM radio, choosing algorithms on the fly and directly controlling the live DSP using electrified shoes and a steering wheel. HANS TAMMEN currently plays an analog modular synthesizer built around chaotic behaviors, where small changes in the settings may yield widely diverging sonic and rhythmic changes, forcing the player to constantly rethink and rearrange music. In this multichannel work, the players juxtapose their relentless polyrhythmic machinations coming from a single speaker situated in the middle of the audience against dark, sometimes brooding soundscapes from the outer limits of the room.

Fried and Tammen are known for turning technology on its head, challenging its assumptions, while using machines to accentuate the raw human qualities of live events that are unique to the moment. Their work partake equally of minimalism and polyrhythmic experimentation, as well as contemporary performance art, dance rhythm and sophisticated spatialization techniques.

Tamara Yadao 
investigates meaning in conceptual methods of sound-making, movement, improvisation and failure. She has spoken about microsound, the “glitch” and failure in improvisation at Diapason Gallery and about Mashup culture, game sound and virtual instrument construction at the New School, NYU Poly, the Museum of Arts and Design and PhilaMOCA for 8static. Her investigations of sculptural sound-making have informed the construction of virtual instruments in her game art duo with Chris Burke called foci + loci; awarded a 2013 NYSCA grant to develop their full scale game art performance installation ‘Bal(l)ade’. In New York, some places her work has been exhibited/performed include Babycastles, the Brick Theater, BAM, the Brooklyn Museum, Conflux Festival, Downtown Music Gallery, Hackers on Planet Earth conference, the Kitchen, free103.9’s NOISE! festival at the Ontological Theater, Secret Project Robot, the Stone, Symphony Space and Zebulon. She also writes structured music on a Game Boy DMG under the moniker Corset Lore and co-curates the word/text/music/sound performance series, TXT FST with WFMU dj Kurt Gottschalk.

Joshua Fried
Composer, performer, producer and technological conceptualist Joshua Fried (b. 1969)’s work spans experimental music, DJ culture and live art. He has remixed They Might Be Giants, drummed on electric shoes, and put headphones on Downtown NYC’s most mercurial stars. Based in New York City, Fried has performed solo at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, Danceteria, La MaMa, BAM, Joe’s Pub and le Poisson Rouge (all NYC), in Los Angeles, Miami, Tokyo, Berlin, Milan, Paris and across Europe. His production credits include Chaka Khan, Ofra Haza, and avant drone-master David First. Fried’s awards include two New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo and Bellagio. Fried’s recordings have been released by free103point9, Trace Label, Tellus and Atlantic Records. Fried was the youngest composer profiled in Schirmer Books’ *American Music In the 20th Century*. He teaches music and technology at NYU. —

Hans Tammen 
creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He produces rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating noises, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible sounds – as a critic observed, with his “…fingers stuck in a high voltage outlet”. His works have been presented on festivals in the US, Canada, Mexico, Russia, India, South Africa and all over Europe. He recorded on labels such as Innova, ESP-DISK, Nur/Nicht/Nur, Creative Sources, Leo Records, Potlatch, Cadence, Clang and Hybrid. Hans Tammen received grants and composer commissions from MAPFund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, American Music Center, Chamber Music America, New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA), New York Foundation For The Arts (NYFA), American Composers Forum w/ Jerome Foundation, New York State Music Fund, Goethe Institute w/ Foreign Affairs Office, among others. —

People: Daniel Neumann
Research: Sound
Tags: performance, sound, sound art