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ExChange 005::

CT::SWaM ExChange 005 will feature two approaches to spatial sound outside of the surround sound composition standards::
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PING SHENG WU – Sound-Path
DANIEL NEUMANN – Non-representational Spatial Sound Composition
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Fridman Gallery Media Room
169 Bowery, NY NY
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$7
Please RSVP (ticket link) since seats are limited.
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DETAILS::
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Event link
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PING SHENG WU
Sound-Path
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Sound-path is a sound performance that uses the personal mobile devices of the audience members as speakers. Trajectories are calculated live to built an inclusive and unpredictable multi-channel soundscape.
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Ping Sheng Wu is an artist based in Taipei. His primary medium and the center of his creative thinking is sound. His undergrad studies in fine art were focused on sculpture, and he then studied new media art in graduate school. He is now working on a variety of projects, including electro, noise, ambient, rock and roll, motion movie soundtrack, and different types of theatrical productions, while his main passion is live performance and sound installation. He researches how sound expands and extends through the senses, and observes sound, both as a physical property of an environment and as an object of analysis through digital processing. And he continues to re-learn the characteristics of sound as it is naturally or artificially translated and substituted in various forms of media.
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Ping Sheng has been a regular participant in Digital Art Festival Taipei. He there received the Digital Art Award in 2015 and won the Digital Art Performance Award First Prize as part of the “Render Ghost” production team in 2016. His collaborative works in music and soundtrack are released in China, the US, and Europe. In 2017 he participated in “Transonic” in Barcelona and in “Unconditional Love and Fact”, choreographed by SU Wen-Chi (蘇文琪) and “Electric Indigo”, directed by Lim Giong (林強), both National Theater and Concert Hall (Taipei) productions, as a sound designer. In November of 2018 he completed his art-in-residence in Korea, with work exhibited in an independent gallery in Busan, joined the New Media Art group “noiseKitchen Art Co., Ltd. (噪咖事務所)” as music production supervisor and produced “Sonarest – symphony of water and life” for Discovery Pavilion, 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition. He is currently artist in residence at the Triangle Arts Association in Brooklyn.
https://www.pingshengwu.com/
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DANIEL NEUMANN
Non-representational Spatial Sound Composition
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Daniel Neumann will introduce his concept of Non-representational Spatial Sound Composition, which is meant to provide a framework for analyzing and discussing site-specific or site-sensitive spatial sound works. He frames this as distinct from surround sound studio composition. The latter usually attempts to represent a certain studio-made spatiality and aims for spatial transferability into the listening situation/ concert hall through the use of standardized speaker setups. Non-representational spatial sound works on the other hand use idiosyncratic speaker configurations where individual speakers are empirically placed in relationship to the existing architecture. A demonstration-experiment will occur.
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Daniel Neumann is a sound artist, organizer and audio engineer. In his artistic practice he is working in hybrid installation-performance formats, in which a main focus is how sound interacts with space and how spaces can be shaped by sound. He understands sound as an intersubjective field often enabled and expanded by audio procedures. Curatorially he runs an event series in NYC and Berlin (CT::SWaM) that engages in spatial sound works and focussed listening. He was the acoustic designer of The World Is Sound and works for Oneohtrix Point Never, Diamanda Galás, David Guetta, and Alarm Will Sound.
http://danielneumann.org/
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CT::SWaM ExChange is a monthly meet-up at the Fridman Gallery Media Room focussed on multi-channel works and spatial sound. These meetings provide a platform for exchanging ideas, for listening to contemporary and historical pieces, hosting presentations, demos, talks and workshops, and for developing an ongoing discourse around spatial sound.
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CT::SWaM presents:: g r e y f a d e  record label launch

theo bleckmann + joseph branciforte / album release for LP1
kenneth kirschner
greg davis
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for its label launch event, greyfade partners with CT::SWaM and fridman gallery to present an evening of spatialized works in various performative contexts: an 8-channel installation from vermont-based sound artist greg davis, a fixed work for multichannel digital choir from composer kenneth kirschner, and a live improvised performance from grammy-nominated vocalist theo bleckmann and electronic musician/composer joseph branciforte with live spatialization by daniel neumann.
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the label will be celebrating its inaugural release, LP1, a duo recording from bleckmann & branciforte, due out the same day in vinyl and high-resolution digital editions.
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fridman gallery upstairs
169 bowery, ny ny
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friday 6/21, 8p
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tickets:
https://bit.ly/2JbpJD
$12 advance / $15 door
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pre-order LP1:
http://www.greyfade.com/prereleases/lp1
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about greyfade:
greyfade is a new york-based record label presenting contemporary sound editions, in both physical and high-resolution digital forms. founded by joseph branciforte in 2019, the label aims to release finely distilled album-length statements from artists working at the edges of algorithmic composition, ambient, sound art, and minimalist forms of acoustic and chamber music. it serves as a home for those exploring computation, proceduralism, repetition, and stasis in their work — both in the context of electronically mediated sound and traditional acoustic instrumentation. above all, greyfade is dedicated to realizing albums of the highest quality — conceptually, creatively, and sonically.
http://www.greyfade.com
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about CT::SWaM:
CT::SWaM [Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music] is an artist-run series that has been presenting performances and workshops in spaces such as Eyebeam’s former Chelsea location, Fridman Gallery, MoMA PS1 Printshop, Spectrum and The Knockdown Center in NYC, as well as Neu West Berlin in Berlin. The series, initiated by Daniel Neumann in 2012 [following Closed], focuses on spatial sound works, where the distribution and localization of sounds is a primary compositional parameter and a central feature for the listener. These works consider architectural, acoustical and technological factors in exploring the complex and dynamic relationship between sound and space. The formats are open and include contemporary sound experiments, electro-acoustic multi-channel composition, improvisation, non-traditional performance configurations, lowercase artistic presence, and workshops – all of which diverge from a fixed perspective on audible space.
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JOSEPH BRANCIFORTE
Joseph Branciforte is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound artist, and recording engineer based out of New York City. His wide-ranging musical interests have situated him at the intersection of several of New York’s most fertile progressive music scenes — from jazz and improvised music, to modern chamber music and algorithmic composition; from ambient and sound art, to experimental forms of rock and pop. At the bottom of these seemingly discrete threads lies an undying fascination with sound as a profound emotional medium — organized through musical form, articulated by a careful selection of sound sources, and framed through the act of recording.
Branciforte’s recent work as a performer centers around the Fender Rhodes piano, augmented with modular synthesizers, custom digital processing, tape loops, and found objects. In this format, he has performed solo and with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, and Theo Bleckmann. As composer, he has developed a unique process of algorithmic composition for acoustic instruments using custom software of his own design. His ongoing collaboration with electronic musician and composer Kenneth Kirschner explores digital, generative, and procedural methods of composing for chamber ensemble, and will see its debut recording released on greyfade in September 2019.
Equally well-known as a recording and mixing engineer, Branciforte has lent his sonic touch to over 200 releases, working with some of the most well-respected names in creative jazz along the way.
http://www.josephbranciforte.com
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THEO BLECKMMAN
A vocalist and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, Grammy-nominated Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful, leading his work to be described as “from another planet” (The New York Times), “magical, futuristic” (All About Jazz), “limitless” (Philadelphia City Paper), “transcendent” (The Village Voice), and “brilliant” (New York Magazine).
Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians, artists, actors, and composers including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Frances MacDormand, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for over fifteen years.
Bleckmann’s accolades include NPR’s 2012 Top 10 Jazz Albums of the Year for his album Hello Earth! The Songs of Kate Bush, top-five spots in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 DownBeat Critics’ Polls for Best Male Vocalist, and the prestigious JAZZ ECHO award from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie in his native Germany in 2010.
http://www.theobleckmann.com
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KENNETH KIRSCHNER
The music of Kenneth Kirschner is situated at the intersection of contemporary classical composition and experimental electronic music. His work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context.
An advocate of open source music, Kirschner releases all of his work freely online through his website, which represents a complete archive of all his published music from the 1980s to present.
His work has also been released by labels such as Sub Rosa, 12k, Line, Sirr, Leerraum, and/OAR, Room40, and SaD, as well as online through a wide variety of netlabels. Recent projects include ‘Compressions & Rarefactions’, a nearly 7-hour album of recent compositions released by 12k; ‘Variant’, a new series of interactive audiovisual iPad/iPhone apps created in collaboration with visualist Joshue Ott; and ‘Imperfect Forms: The Music of Kenneth Kirschner’, a multimedia retrospective from Berlin-based publisher Tokafi that includes essays, interviews, and artistic contributions from over two dozen journalists, musicians, and visual artists from around the world. Kirschner was a 2015 artist in residence at Eyebeam and a 2016 artist in residence in Times Square. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
http://www.kennethkirschner.com
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GREG DAVIS
Greg Davis is an American electronic musician who has recorded albums drawing from a wide variety of sources, including guitar, field recording, various world/ethnic/traditional instruments, percussion, and voice, all processed through digital manipulation.
He has played live shows around the world with Hrvatski/Keith Fullerton Whitman, The Flying Luttenbachers, Blectum From Blechdom, Loscil, Animal Collective, Ratatat, Jan Jelinek, Sebastien Roux, Leafcutter John, Colleen, Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan, No-Neck Blues Band, The Books, Beach House, Mountains, Bird Show, Fog, Viking Moses, Ariel Pink, Boom Bip, and many more. Davis has released albums on labels such as Kranky, Ekhein, Room40, Install, Home Normal, Digitalis, Carpark Records, as well on his own Autumn Records.
In October 2017 Davis opened a record store in Winooski, Vermont under the name of his record label Autumn Records.
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