Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vosel v Jidelne v nedeli, a MasterFaders ve Stredu

Join us for an early show in Meet Factory this Sunday!  It will be the first show of my new collaboration project Perky Buttons with Jari Suominen (Jarse, Shogun Kunitok, Kiila).

Concert is free and coffee and cake will be served.  What could be better?

Přidejte se k nám na brzkou show v Meet Factory tuto neděli! Bude to první vystoupení z mých nových projektů spolupráce Perky Buttons s Jari Suominen (Jarse, Shogun Kunitok, Kiila).

Koncert je zdarma a káva a koláč se podává. Co může být lepší?

but it is an early show/ ale pozor to je brzy konzert

Sunday/Nedelle, 17:00, Meet Factory Artist in Residence Floor

Free Enterance/Vstup Zdarma


Esel Durch Wiederholung

Perky Buttons


Ke Sklárně 15, 15000 Prague, Czech Republic

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________-for futher information:

 Esel Durch Wiederholung 
.... is a musical collaboration of MeetFactory resident Alex Neuschäfer and his visual artist friends from Germany and Switzerland. Purely based on improvisation, the only aim of this collaboration is to create an open soundspace that leaves maximal freedom for the performers as well as for the audience. Beautiful melodic sequences, chaotic brutal noise or even whole spontaneous songs may emerge out of this setting. Unlike the traditional "Jam session" constellation, Esel Durch Wiederholung do the best they can to avoid traditional known musical structures - diving deep into sonic chaos in order to search for a new kind of musical intensity. Similar to creating an abstract painting, each player in this "soundgame" contributes a part of the sonic puzzle which serves as an inspirational trigger for the actions of the others. Nothing is planned, and everything is permitted.

Perky Buttons

...."In between the seasons, the vines of green light grow steadily through the forest. A small child is stunned by a bee. Good morning, capitan."

expect viola and synthesizers, little else but what you bring to it.


 Also, please join us Wednesday June 27 at K4 in Charles University, for MasterFaders, a presentation of new works by my two sound classes from Prague College

 I have really enjoyed working and learning with these inspiring students at  this semester and am excited for them to be able to share their works in public, in many cases some will be performing live in public for the first time.

 The classes cover such topics as recording, the anatomy and construction of sound production tools such as microphones and speakers, sound synthesis, acoustics and elementary psychoacoustics, real time processing, composition, performance, applications of sound in interactive media, sampling, history of synthesis, visual programming, and other nonsense.

The group has a lot of diversity in terms of technique, method, and subject matter.  Please join us for this informal and hopefully surprising evening!

( a dolu muj spatna preklad)

  Jsem si opravdu užil práci a učení se, inspirující studenty v tomto semestru a jsem nadšená pro ně mohli sdílet své práce na veřejnosti, v mnoha případech některé vystoupí živě na veřejnosti poprvé.

Třídy se témat, jako je nahrávání, anatomie a výstavbu výrobních zvukových nástrojů, jako jsou mikrofony a reproduktory, zvuková syntéza, akustika a základní psychoacoustics, zpracování v reálném čase, složení, vlastnosti, aplikace zvuku v interaktivních médií, odběr vzorků, historie syntézy , vizuální programování, a jiné nesmysly.

Skupina má hodně rozmanitosti v oblasti techniky, metody a předmět. Přidejte se k nám pro tuto neformální a doufejme, že překvapivý večer!



ve Stredu Cerven 27/Wednesday June 27

K4, 20:00, Celetna 20

Karlovo Univerzita/Charles University

Vstup Zdarma/Free Enterance

Monday, June 4, 2012

if it is raining where you are, here are some things to listen to along with that

Well, I was making on some things for work, trying to figure out some demonstration patches to explain some synths, and I ended recording the rain outside my window, which was coming down in sheets, echoing along the aluminum roof on the garage next to my window, and resonating all over the place inside.   I mixed in into what I was doing.  It has been raining amazingly here off and on all weekend.

I am not sure what happened but I also recorded some dogs or animals or ghosts or murder or something by accident.  They must have been sounds coming in through the garage and bouncing around...then later some organ parts, and I guess at some point some resonant filters got involved...suddenly I realized it sounded like a cover of Angelo Baldalamenti and David Lynch doing their thing.  Well, that's fine, because I really like those guys! (but really, the imitation unconscious:) Well, then I watched Mulholland Drive again, which I hadn't seen in a very long time, and it totally freaked me out.  If it is raining out your window like it was mine, maybe there is some harmony to be had with these dark forces.  and here we are, far from perfect but it is what it is:

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Two or three weeks ago I recorded an entire record at home really fast.  I had to get some things off my.  The whole thing was a real  experience, and the record is a total mess.  It has versions of some new songs on it, ones I have been playing a bit here and there, like I played at LePlacard and at Daniel Vlcek's opening.  Also some instrumental tracks.  I did the whole thing really fast, leaving the parts unfinished around the edges, only cleaning up what really bothered me, and leaving the rest.  I just tried to finish what seemed most important.  I let the tunings be themselves ("out of tune" except when it didn't work).  There is no sync, nothing to sync to.   I let some edits be audible, I like that too.  I'll never understand why it is ok for edits to be visible in cinema but in sound it is "unprofessional" for editing not to be "transparent".  Anyhow, I wish I had more time to mix it is all, because there are issues, but maybe there is an honesty in it because of that.  Maybe I would like to do it with some better microphones, in a better room, and with a lot more time to mix someday.  I don't know, maybe no one will ever hear it.  Maybe I will redo it later in the summer!  One thing I can say, is that I did what I wanted (except I would love to mix it better).  I had to do it fast too, because it had to be finished in time for something...anyway everything has been super intense, too intense. Now that all that is done, I have to do something else.  Its all interconnected somehow.  Here is a picture of the, uh, "tracking area".  If you think this is funny, you should see the "editing suite"

the sound might actually be a bit better quality than the picture.  There is a construction company on the other side of the wall.  Sleeping and recording there are interesting, but I like sleeping there.

anyway -

Since then, the last two weeks I have been working on making sound about nothing.  Noise clears the air.

Here is a picture of a swimming pool.  Swimming pools clear the air too, even small ones.

I like this quote by Gerard Grisey:

"We are musicians and our model is sound - not literature, sound - not mathematics, sound - not theatre, visual arts, quantum physics, astrology, or acupuncture."

(interview with Grisey here, by the way)

I also don't want it to be about anything other than it is itself.  This track isn't so special, but I made it with this with a new synth I made in Pure Data, and some feedback, viola, vocals, etc, the usual.  Its just a test, but I think it is itself, so I would am posting it.  Its nothing like Grisey, unfortunately, but whatever it is, here it is:

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I am looking forward to when it is clear again and I can watch the sunset with a cowboy hat on