Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ice

So last weekend I walked across a lake! Lake Tegel, which I've mentioned before, was completely frozen over. Sarah and René were visiting, and while we were out for a midday stroll we came across the vast ice sheet. We all walked out to one of the islands. I was very nervous at first, but after a few minutes I managed to relax and just go for it. Very cool!

I went to the n.b.k gallery to listen to an exhibition for radio art. It was set up in three predominant ways. First there were speakers equipped with sensors hanging from the ceiling. When standing in circles printed on the floor, you could hear which ever sound file played in that particular spot. This was also reproduced in a headphone version. A sleek coffee table covered with audio jacks in the same layout as the gallery was surrounded by comfy white couches. You could plug into any of the jacks you wanted to listen. The last method was on computer. There were two machines set up in the back where you could dig through historical radio archives including prize winning programs and other experimental radio approaches. I spent several hours listening to radio shows, electronic music created from radio samples, and experimental recordings. Ursula Block of gelbe MUSIK was also there with an installation of various framed scores in her collection from various famous composers such as Joseph Beuys, John Cage, and Nam June Paik.

The past 4 days I participated in a Pure Data workshop directed by Derek Holzer. Pure Data is a visual programming language that allows you to analyse data and work with audio and visual media. It is very cool, the possibilities seem to be endless, and I am very excited about learning the ins and outs of the program. The workshop was also set up as a sprint, which means that we were working on documenting various things for the FLOSS manuals. PD is open source and the idea of the FLOSS manuals is free manuals for free software. I got to meet and work with lots of interesting people, and we closed out the series with a night of drinks and experimental music at Madame Claude

Berlin is starting to warm up, the snow is melting, and I have a feeling things are going in good directions.

Bienvenida Carmen de vuelta a Berlin!

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