fotofono


on wearing a mask, and the bare limits of representation, pt. 2.
February 26, 2010, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Barry Chabala, events, Michael Pisaro

“blind monks examining an elephant” by itcho hanabusa. (found here)
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here finally is the second part, documenting the event of last january 30.
barry chabala and michael pisaro in this recording perform pisaro’s composition rapport abstrait at the winds measure event that ben owen organized to celebrate their new release, black, white, red, green, blue (voyelles) (wm 17).

the dynamic of the evening moved through a long arc, introduced by alessandro bosetti’s dramatic sound and poetry-based compositions (see pt. 1 of the event in the previous post); as the evening progressed the music got very quiet, and the subtle sounds of the space and the audience became more pronounced, becoming a part of the musical experience. my recording equipment, perhaps sensing the delicacy of the situation and strained to its limit, decided to shut off before the performance was finished.

luckily, i thought, other recorders were at work… but as we later listened through the various recordings, we quickly realized that none of them could possibly bring back the specificity of the moment and the subtle feelings that we had individually experienced.
in a way, each recording had an element of truth that was missing to the others, or perhaps a unique atmosphere approaching to varying degrees each one’s own idealized recollection of the event. at the end, the more one tried to bring back an absolute essence of truth, the more such documenting wish ended up in frustration.

how to bring back through a recording the complex experiences that we all went through in that small room? how to give an account of each individual perspective? the sounds themselves, their physical presence, the time passing by and how we later situated ourselves in that rich and yet subtle continuum.. there was something that no recorder could capture, a failure to remembering.

i have found myself fascinated and excited by the different perspectives surrounding the event. they seem to converge, and yet never completely overlap. ultimately, an old question seem to linger – are the documents that we produce a reflection of a generative moment, or are they new entities that will unfold in their own right and say things that escape our initial intentions? how much control do we have over the way we appear to the external world? to me, that doubt in itself means a world of possibilities.

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barry chabala and michael pisaro, as recorded by gill arno

zip archive contains the three recordings that were made respectively by james connell, ben owen and myself in ogg vorbis format. be advised, it is a 350.1 MB download.



on wearing a mask, and the bare limits of representation, pt. 1.
February 21, 2010, 10:10 pm
Filed under: Alessandro Bosetti, events

january 30, 2010 –  to celebrate the release of michael pisaro’s composition “black, white, red, green, blue (voyelles)” (wm 17), ben owen has assembled an interestingly contrasting lineup. the event featured pisaro himself, performing together with barry chabala, and alessandro bosetti, who presented a new piece titled “campanas”.

the choice – or chance? – of this gathering suggests a range of philosophical implications which i can only assume and vaguely hint at, presenting here only the first part of the concert – the second part will follow in a soon to come installment. enjoy…..

alessandro bosetti
download zipped files: ogg; 320 kbps mp3.



Binaural bliss


(Still from Shimpei Takeda’s projection)

Three pieces recorded during a session held last December. Participants were Paul Devens, visiting from Maastricht and meeting up with old friend Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat) and Richard Garet, plus the much acclaimed (and yet, rarely spotted) sound-video duo of Bruce Tovsky and Shimpei Takeda – all introduced by the charming and understated tones of Kamran Sadeghi. Perfect human chemistry, resulting in three fantastic recordings.. you really know that something special was going on. Luckily, the whole event has been recorded by Bruce Tovsky using his state-of-the-art binaural microphone head, which means the guarantee of a blissful headphones listen. I swear, that head is quite a presence – but for friends, it’s just “Bernardo” …

This is what Bruce says: “This recording was made with a homemade binaural head, using two high quality omnidirectional microphones placed at the dummy’s ears, so when played back and listened to on headphones the listener perceives a 360 degree soundstage – with sounds coming from above, below and behind in addition to directly in front. Binaural recordings translate very well on conventional stereo systems, with an enhanced feeling of depth to the soundstage. Another advantage to the omnidirectional mics used in this process is the excellent bass response that they provide, and this recording features some deep sub-bass tones that might not be audible on computer speakers or normal stereo systems not equipped with a subwoofer or speakers with exceptional bass response. The recording was made to a Olympus LS-10 compact flash recorder at 96k/24bit, and then dithered down to a 48k/16bit master for the video.”

Anyway – the video will require some more work before it can be posted here, so that will have to go with the next blog post. But all sound recordings are available for streaming (through the Flash players below), and for download as free, open source, ogg Vorbis files, or as 320 kbps mp3 files.
Kamran Sadeghi

Paul Devens, Richard Garet, o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi)

Bruce Tovsky (improvising to Shimpei Takeda’s live video manipulations)


(Stills from Shimpei Takeda’s projection)



091212, all acoustic
December 16, 2009, 1:58 am
Filed under: Andrew Lafkas, Dave Gross, events, news, Tucker Dulin

December 12, 2009. Three all-acoustic solo sets, arranged by Tucker Dulin.  One of the coziest, most intimate sessions ever as far as I can remember, which certainly comes across well from the quietly balanced gestures and tones of this post.

Play the recordings with the flash player below, or click on the links to download zipped ogg files and zipped mp3 files.


Tucker Dulin – solo trombone


Andrew Lafkas – solo double bass


Dave Gross – solo alto sax

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Finally, an announcement – next to come is the last planned session for 2009 – Paul Devens will meet with Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat) and Richard Garet, plus the sound-video duo of Bruce Tovsky and Shimpei Takeda – hopefully we will also post a video recording. Highly recommended!



more 091114

An update to the post of the November 14 2009 show.
Added zipped files of the four sets:

Steve Flato and David Kirby
Eric Laska and Reed Evan Rosenberg
Richard Kamerman, Tom Mulligan and Ben Owen
Bryan Eubanks and mpld.

Click to download:  mp3 or ogg file format.
Also, added a few images from the event – scroll below to see them.
Thanks to Andrea, Ben, and Theres for  the photos.

Vera's graffiti on fotofono door (photo: Ben Owen)

David Kirby and Steven Flato #1 (photo: Ben Owen)

Steve and David #2 (photo: Andrea Sanders)

Eric Laska setting up (photo: Andrea Sanders)

Eric #2 (photo: Ben Owen)

Reed Evan Rosenberg (photo: Gill Arno)

Richard Kamerman's setup (photo: Theres Wegmann)

RK in action (photo: Gill Arno)

Tom Mulligan (photo: Gill Arno)

Tom's sculptural instrument (photo: Andrea Sanders)

Bryan Eubanks gets ready for the final set (photo: Andrea Sanders)

mpld's projection (photo: Ben Owen)



091114 – four live sets

November 14, 2009 – the first Fotofono event dedicated to this very blog project. Richard Kamerman had mindfully assembled four new collaborations involving a substantial group of old time collaborators and friends. His selection of local artists was augmented by including also Steve Flato (whom we had a first chance to meet in July 2008, when he came down to play with Richard), and David Kirby (who runs the delightful Homophoni weblabel out of Atlanta). Well done, Richard and everyone – here are four brilliant sets for this grand opening..!

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1. David Kirby, Steve Flato
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2. Eric Laska, Reed Evan Rosenberg
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3. Ben Owen, Richard Kamerman, Tom Mulligan
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4. Bryan Eubanks, mpld (Gill Arno)