fotofono


100418, b/e party

Next week Bryan and Eleanor Eubanks will be packing up and relocating to Florida. Looks like a great pretext to throw a Fotofono party and get to play together again. So — Theres bakes some pita bread, ice tea and wine flow, and after the dinner party the studio gets filled up almost over capacity with a small crowd of friends, for the most part artists themselves. The first set has Bryan with Andrew Lafkas, Tucker Dulin and myself (as mpld).
Second set is the first time as a duo for Aki Onda and Margarida Garcia. Margarida plays her electric double bass while Aki instead of the compact cassette table has a minimal setup with one tube amp, a Line Six and a hand-held radio.
Byron Westbrook ends it all with a gorgeous Corridors set. Using  multiple speakers and video projections he builds up a multidimensional space in which the perception of time becomes supple, and the audience is transfixed.

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set 1 – Tucker Dulin (trombone), Bryan Eubanks (electronics), Andrew Lafkas (double bass), mpld (light and processed sound  from slide projectors).

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set 2 – Margarida Garcia (double bass), Aki Onda (electronics).

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set 3 – Corridors (Byron Westbrook – electronics, sound and  video projection)

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Download zipped files of all three pieces: ogg; 320 kbps mp3.

The three images above are from the mpld projection.
Special thanks to Byron Westbrook for bringing down his recording equipment and documenting the concert.

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100313 – lucre trio and daniel neumann
March 18, 2010, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Bryan Eubanks, Chris Cogburn, Daniel Neumann, events, Lucre trio, Vic Rawlings


Lucre (L to R: Eubanks, Cogburn, Rawlings)

The last event here was the kickstart of an East Coast tour by Chris Cogburn, Bryan Eubanks and Vic Rawlings. The three have been friends and collaborators for some time now, however the two improvisations that they recorded last week document their first time together as a trio. As Bryan wrote, “Building on lengthly playing relationships as duos and in larger groups, we’ll be discovering common ground and developing our music throughout [the tour] through improvisations”.
See the tour page for the trio here.

The evening was opened by Daniel Neumann who presented his piece titled “The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells & O Between Fans plus Modular Extensions”, a concert for stereo speakers, room microphone, computer and tape or other extensions.

In Daniel’s own words: “In the electroacoustic live concert The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells & O Between Fans two initial sounds are played back. The playback is recorded with a room microphone on to a multitrack sampling tool. From there it repeatedly processes through different modules, one being the room itself, which functions as a filter and is used as an instrument. Other Modular Extensions are carefully added as simultaneous external processes, which influence the narrative. As the two initial sounds are both very aggressive, but in opposite ways, the process of the concert is the struggle between those two sounds about which one gets established in the room. Daniel Neumann leads this struggle between The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells Dropped from a Height of 119 Inches at 550 West 21st Street New York, NY, 10011, on April 8th, 2009, 10:37 p.m. – an installation by Ben Turner and a recording of Zilvinas Kempinas’ sculpture O Between Fans.”


Daniel Neumann
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1. Daniel Neumann
2. Chris Cogburn, Bryan Eubanks and Vic Rawlings (a.k.a. Lucre);
3. Chris Cogburn, Bryan Eubanks and Vic Rawlings (a.k.a. Lucre)

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Download zipped files of all three pieces: ogg; 320 kbps mp3.



ΓΕΝΗΘΗΤΩ ΦΩΣ!!
March 9, 2010, 11:01 am
Filed under: binaural, Bruce Tovsky, events, news, Shimpei Takeda

Ok – here it is, at last. This video needed to be posted a long time ago, but my ineptitude with web video delivery made it impossible to have it any sooner. Now sit back and take your time to enjoy it in full…. will need a 31 minutes stretch, and a good headphone set, as it has a binaural sound recording, and it is full of sub bass-heavy stuff. And sorry for the silly title of this post… it may be that a ray of spring sun just fried a few of my residual neurons (btw, no Wikipedia needed: ΓΕΝΗΘΗΤΩ ΦΩΣ = genetheto fos = “let there be light”).


Shimpei Takeda/Bruce Tovsky, from the performance of last December 17, 2009
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Also, I am happy to announce that the next event at Fotofono will be in the old ‘open doors’ style! Organized by Bryan Eubanks, this concert will kick off the Lucre trio’s tour. Just come early because space is limited, and doors will be closed the moment we reach full capacity.

Saturday March 13th, 2010
studio door opens at 9:00
first set at 9:30

Lucre
A new, yet familiar, trio grouping of Vic Rawlings (amplified cello, electronics, from Boston, MA.), Chris Cogburn (percussion, Austin, TX.), and Bryan Eubanks (electronics, Brooklyn, NY).

Daniel Neumann
“The Sound of 500 Speer 9 mm. Luger Shells & O Between Fans plus Modular Extensions”.



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!