Jamboree 2008 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08 STEIM is hosting its 2nd Micro Jamboree this December 8-11, 2008. Featuring 4 days of creativity and excellence in today's electronic music through a wealth of presentations, discussions, and performances. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:17:00 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.2 en Video: One Man Nation Presentation (Performance) http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=670 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=670#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2009 19:11:23 +0000 Marc Chia http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=670 http://www.onemannation.com/

One Man Nation - STEIM Micro Jamboree Presentation/Performance from M.

Analog mush in this piece comes from the use of several self-built piezo contact microphones to pick up the ‘found sounds’ or mechanical sounds created through using my instruments, this is as far as one can get from technological complexity. The contact microphones will be strategically placed to pick up specific sounds created by
- button presses on the Monome computer interface
- fader and knob movement on the midi controller
- furniture noise caused by equipment moved during a performance, hand drumming
on table/chair/floor, chair screeching from body movements accidental or otherwise

This ‘technological enhancement’ will be the only added hardware to the current performance setup. Other elements that the performance consists of
- playing with a given space and audience
physically moving through a watching audience, thus dissolving the line between performer and audience.
- manipulating psychoacoustic perception
the use of voice with and without microphone, amplifying or muting sounds picked up by piezo microphones.
- improvisation,
exploring the risk in undetermined form, implying new notions of chance in its relation to art.
- using the environment as an instrument the environment at my disposal, I have used tables, chairs, drums, percussion, dolls, cymbals, shoes, sticks, necklaces and an endless array of found objects at a given venue as sound source.

Video: Concert 2 - Heidi Mortenson http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=667 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=667#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 22:10:54 +0000 Vivian Wenli Lin http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=667
The Body, The Circuit, The Computer and The Voice: Heidi Mortenson from STEIM Amsterdam.

Video: Concert 2 - robotcowboy http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=641 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=641#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 22:00:53 +0000 Vivian Wenli Lin http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=641
The Body, The Circuit, The Computer and The Voice: robot cowboy from STEIM Amsterdam.

Video Concert 2: circuit Music http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=644 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=644#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 21:50:29 +0000 Vivian Wenli Lin http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=644
The Body, The Circuit, The Computer and The Voice: circuitMusic from STEIM Amsterdam.

Video: Concert 2 - Alex Nowitz http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=663 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=663#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 21:40:04 +0000 Vivian Wenli Lin http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=663
The Body, The Circuit, The Computer and The Voice: Alex Nowitz from STEIM Amsterdam.

Photo: Concert 2 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=648 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=648#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 21:24:55 +0000 Robert van Heumen http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=648 Alex Nowitz:


Jamie Allen:

Heidi Mortenson:

Photos by Frank Baldé

Concert Review: Turntable Music Night 5 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=604 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=604#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 13:37:15 +0000 Marc Chia http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=604 This night brings back the immortal technique, references to the ghettos that spawned it obliterated.  Experimentalism in its place, we were prepped for a night of decks and scratch, microphones exchanged for styluses.

Stigingeoy w/ PussyKrew
Armed with 3 turntables and an assortment of guitar effect pedals, Stigingeoy with PussyKrew on visuals commence the night with their brand of entertainment consisting of dark drones coupled with a deep bass driven sojourn accompanied by aspect ratio warped visuals of a random shushi bar distorted by Stigingeoy’s noise beyond recognition.  The bleek soundscapes accentuated by digitally decomposing visuals, this duo bring us through the aurora of digital clipping mixed in with synthetic soundscapes accentuated by choir samples leading audiences to the climax of bit crushed static drones over big wave frequency sweeps going hand in hand with PussyKrew’s extreme close-ups of a brewing tsunami.

Dieb 13
Using a computer running a custom software without any screen and 3 turntables, Dieb13 carries on where Stigingeoy/PussyKrew left off introducing vinyl crackles slowly morphing into unstable beats bringing us on a journey, a very strange journey through the abyss of sonic dementia.  Seamless mix of dense, room filling ambiance before breaking into a digital decay of dry electronics, taking the BPM down to micro modular granulizations.  Found sound disarray brings in the sinusoidal driven basslines, just when I started thinking electro minus the clash, the unexpected sprouts of trashy hits come relentlessly pounding in.  Dieb13’s set seems almost a tongue in cheek piss take on value reducing consumer culture explicitly displaying the contrast with schizophrenic cutting of a pop track juxtaposed with harsh industrial squeals.  Strange breaks were the call of the day, strangest one being a sample of a busy street junction, screeching wheels on honking cars peaking accident induced screams from a curb standing passerby.

eRikm & DJ Sniff
Scratch technique in place of guitar solos both Sniff and eRikm converse, speak bubbles contain their common language - Scratch.  Kaoss pad mayhem ensues tightly moving plastik, eRikm takes a solo shifting wrist interchange with finger controller Kaoss pad filter sweeps and buffer repeats epitomizing the body in a trance in its own dance.  Sniff exuding his usual calm, rapid fire finger flicking on crossfader triggering record on off in his self made Max patch as he duals with himself turntable vs computer, analog vs digital.  Middle to end, direction change, our ears tantalized by the 2 connoisseurs of skin on plastic letting the beats go down, ambient pads come up.  Marking the broken, tripped out evolving beats with feedback screeches delayed to silence, tastefully hinting the hip to hop, scratch technique the dish of the day.  The climax on the horizon, jazz flute solos are exchanged touching always on something accessible before throwing it all out the experimental window.  Summed up - two masterclass turntablist, locked down, synced in, zoned.  Sniff lightning quick on the finger flicks created the backdrop for eRikm’s feet shifting to the rhythms of vinyls hitting the floor, literally.

Institut fuer Feinmotorik
A constant rhythm born from the amalgamation of collected sonic articles extracted from vinyls tweaked and bent.  Institut fuer Feinmotorik push on with an improvisation of sorts involving the trimming, positioning and strategically pasted paper on vinyls and cds.  Process of creation elaborated further by what sounded like concrete sounds picked up by cleverly placed contact mics only later revealed that none were used at this crime scene.  Techno minus minimal hand in hand with looped out concrete in equal dosage, that is Institut fuer Feinmotorik, a threesome of spinning disk scientist presenting a masterclass on abstract freqency placement and layering to close off the night.
All in all a wonderful night in music, not purely technique.

Snippets, quotes and links from the Energy Music panel - Jamie Allen [again]: http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=549 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=549#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 13:36:17 +0000 Kristina Andersen http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=549 Performance energy:
own project: boomBox, a flight case with sensors in it, performance of manipulating and playing the box.
other peoples’ projects: Remko Scha and Arthur Elsenaar

Energy purification:
[taking power and moulding it into music]
own project: circuitMusic
other peoples’ projects: Toshimaru Nakamura: no input mixer.

Material and energy autonomy:
own project: Art Generator
other peoples’ projects: Rory Nugent: Square Band, Jeff Fedderson: Earth Speaker, Michel de Broin: Shared Propulsion Car [pedals].

What are our technology options?
Energy harvesting, piezo, solar, water/wind.
System concerns data, efficiency battery power.

Sine wave turn table, made with Jo Kazuhiro [using a generator to power an amp but also using the sine wave signal as audio source].

Jamie got a craclebox from michel and went to the park and played it outside.
Circuitmusic machines - a portable player being made right now - 6 different versions with different energy sources.

There were lots of questions:
The relevance of russian aura photography?
How involuntary is the autonomous nervous system?
Is it reductionist to want to bypass gesture in music?
How long is for ever?
Is miniaturization actually driven by the desire to stop you from being able to fix things?

Video: Brian Degger - examples of projects http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=636 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=636#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 13:35:53 +0000 Vivian Wenli Lin http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=636
Brian Degger - examples of projects from STEIM Amsterdam.

Snippets, quotes and links from the Energy Music panel - Brian Degger: http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=547 http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=547#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2008 13:34:36 +0000 Kristina Andersen http://steim.org/archive/jamboree08/?p=547 Getting of the grid and getting over the embarrassment of being environmental.

Bioacustic ecology:
Example: David Dunn: listening to the bark beetle - indicated the level of stress in the tree and also the signal from the beetle itself.

Is sonification the poor brother of visualization?

Examples: Katie Patterson, a telephone connected to a glacier. Marko Peljhan Microlab, placing themselves in fragile environments and generating their on infrastructure [like a satellite].

The are too kinds of environmentalism: work that is shouty and preachy or work that illustrates an environmental process but does not preach.
Milkproject by Polak/ Auzina
Helsinki Power Station by hehe, visualizing the energy consumption on a smokestack in Helsinki.
the lake by Julie Freeman, visualization of freshwater fish.

Is there an end to innocence and aesthetics? Can we get from navel gazing to shoe gazing?