Saturday, March 20, 2010

Its like I can touch you!

Last week I went to Watergate to see Ellen Allien, one of my favorite German DJs, and watching her mix was awesome. You could tell she has been doing it for a long time, just mixing and manipulating sounds and tracks with such ease! I got to dance with her which was very exciting for me! Ellen is the founder of bpitch control and I am rather impressed with her career history. Seth Troxler headlined the night since it was the record release party for Boogy Bytes Volume 5, which he mixed.

I went to a circuit bending performance on Tuesday in the Rauchhaus, an old squat in Kreuzberg with lots of artistic presence. It was very relaxing and almost trance inducing, which is very opposite to most circuit bending performances which tend to be more chaotic and sporadic. Check out Spukklang 8 bits and bending for some links to the DJs who performed.

Lately I have been taking all sorts of things apart, including radios, clocks, hair dryers, toasters, phones, electric razors, tvs, lights, and answering machines. It makes for great learning experiences and I get all sorts of cool parts to reappropriate.

I got to meet Martin Daske at the finage of his exhibition. I am still convinced that he is overcompensating for his lack of composing and art skills. He gets so defensive if you say the slightest thing that might expose his work for what it is, which is to me somewhat suspicious.

Mandie and I went to see Alice in Wonderland, in 3D! The film didn't really do that much for me. I found it overdone production-wise, and openly molested by Disney. Seriously, just listen to the Jabberwocky speak, watch the Futterwacking scene, or listen to the Avril Lavigne song in the credits. I'm not saying it was good or bad, but existing more in that middle realm of movies that only get a shrug. Just too much of a predictable epic formula for my taste. On the other hand, I was really excited about the 3D. The technology is awesome! I read up and found out that Sony is using Real D technology which utilizes circular polarization and that the film is a series of alternating left-eye/right-eye frames.

Werner at gelbe MUSIK introduced me to a composer who used bats and echolocation as a concept for one of his composition. His name is Alvin Lucier, and the piece is called Vespers. In Vespers, the performers use hand-held echolocation devices to find the center of a room. He has done lots more than just this piece, but his body of work is still new to me.

Another artist who has captured my attention lately is Christina Kubisch. She does a lot of work with magnetic induction, light, and. I have been playing around with induction myself lately, and am currently in the process of making some headphones similar to the ones she developed for her electric walks.

Yesterday, I caught the last half of the second day's worth of the UdK's Sound Studies Master's project presentations held at the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art. I thought it might be a good chance to learn and observe the caliber of work and the variety of topics that came from a sound program. Nothing really jumped out and impressed me, but it was sill interesting nonetheless. I did not get to go to the earlier presentations, because I was lost in the labyrinth of German bureaucracy. They love paper trails. I got the run-around for three days, but eventially managed to get some, but not all, of the forms I was after, including my tax card, and my health and sanitation certificate, which I had to watch a hilarious German video to get. These two small things alone are enough for celebration.

Oh yeah, did I mention I got a job at Hooters?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This is my self-built Atari Punk Console with touch contacts, switchable constant and momentary modes, and line out. Check out the soundcloud clip of you want to get a taste of what it sounds like.

apc sample by Renset


Sarah (Frazer), a good friend of mine, is looking for a quality doctorate program, and her search brought her to Germany. She crashed here for a few days and we managed to squeeze in as much fun as we could amidst tight schedules and being very sleepy. We searched for a good vantage point in the city, but everything ended up being closed due to the winter weather. We even sneaked to the top of the Berliner Dom but the door to the outside was locked. Still unwilling to give up, we climbed to the top of the flak tower in Humboldthain Park. It was incredibly windy and cold. The wind was making the rails vibrate creating high pitch screaming sounds. Or city going led us to lots of cool art as well, including Tacheles and the studio of Paul Reimert who makes cool sculptures by reappropriating ceramic kitsch. We covered lots of ground and saw as much as we could in order to get the most out of her day pass.

Monday evening, Sarah and I also decided to rename a large number of the periodic elements. Together, we devised a much more consistent list of names by ensuring that every element name ends with -ium. Notice some of the more entertaining ones such as Ironium or Nickelodium:

Actinium, Aluminium, Americium, Antimonium, Argonium, Arsenium, Astatinium, Barium, Berkelium, Beryllium, Bismuthium, Bohrium, Boronium, Brominium, Cadmium, Calcium, Californium, Carbonium, Cerium, Cesium, Chloridum, Chromium, Cobaltium, Copernicium, Copperinium, Curium, Darmstadtium, Dubnium, Dysprosium, Einsteinium, Erbium, Europium, Fermium, Fluoridium, Francium, Gadolinium, Gallium, Germanium, Goldium, Hafnium, Hassium, Helium, Holmium, Hydronium, Indium, Iodine, Iridium, Ironium, Kryptonium, Lanthanium, Lawrencium, Leadium, Lithium, Lutetium, Magnesium, Manganesium, Meitnerium, Mendelevium, Merconium, Molybdenumium, Neodymium, Neonium, Neptunium, Nickelodium, Niobium, Nitronium, Nobelium, Osmium, Oxygenium, Palladium, Phosphoronium, Platinum, Plutonium, Polonium, Potassium, Praseodymium, Promethium, Protactinium, Radium, Radonium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Roentgenium, Rubidium, Ruthenium, Rutherfordium, Samarium, Scandium, Seaborgium, Selenium, Siliconium, Silverium, Sodium, Strontium, Sulfurium, Tantalumium, Technetium, Tellurium, Terbium, Thallium, Thorium, Thulium, Tinium, Titanium, Tungstenium, Ununtrium, Ununquadium, Ununpentium, Ununhexium, Ununseptium, Ununoctium, Uranium, Vanadium, Xenonium, Ytterbium, Yttrium, Zinconium, Zirconium

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Frank Bartz at NK

Sunday night, I attended an artist presentation at NK. Frank Bartz presented and discussed a photo/audio show of his works, played a film of one of his sound performances, and demonstrated an sound device he created for a bike. Check out the NK photo gallery for more pictures of the event.