[CM] [OT] Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media Concert, April 12th, Seattle, WA

Joshua Parmenter joshp@u.washington.edu
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 14:34:57 -0800

For immediate release:

The Center for Digital Arts ad Experimental Media at the University  
of Washington presents an evening of experimental video and music at  
Meany Hall on April 12th, 2006 at 7:30 pm.

The works on the concert are the result the Center for Digital Arts  
and Experimental Media's first international call for works. The call  
received more than100 works from the North America, Europe, Asia and  
Australia. Selected for the program are:

Cross Contours – Dennis Miller
aufschlag (service) - Ralf Hoyer
Graveshift - Per Bloland
Sleepdriver - Martin Stig Andersen
Flow - Mike Vernusky
Burning Thoughts - Pei-Yu Shi and Nina Vogel
Stadtmusik - Dietmar Offenhuber, Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl
SYZYGY – William “Pete” Moss
and a new work by Noel Paul

For more information, contact Joshua Parmenter at  

Cross Contours (2005) explores a variety of nearly identifiable icons  
and images and develops numerous associations among them. Though  
never crossing the line into the purely representational, it attempts  
to stimulate references and mappings in the viewer. The work is  
(loosely) in three sections, with each retaining the same color space  
despite the appearance of new or transformed objects and forms. The  
music adds an affective layer and helps control the work's dramatic  

All images in Cross Contours were created using the Cinema 4D  
animation software, while the musical elements were created with the  
Kyma System from Symbolic Sound and the Tassman physical modeling  

Dennis Miller is on the Music faculty of Northeastern University in  
Boston where he heads the Music Technology program and serves on the  
Multimedia Studies Steering Committee.  His mixed media works have  
been presented at numerous venues throughout the world, most recently  
the DeCordova Museum, the New York Digital Salon Traveling Exhibit,  
the 2005 Art in Motion screenings, Images du Nouveau Monde,  
CynetArts, Sonic Circuits, the Cuban International Festival of Music,  
and the 2004 New England Film and Video Festival. His work was also  
presented at the gala opening of the new Disney Hall in Los Angeles  
(2003) and at SIGGRAPH 2001 in the Emerging Technologies gallery.  
Recent exhibits of his 3D still images include the Boston Computer  
Museum and the Biannual Conference on Art and Technology, as well as  
publication in Sonic Graphics: Seeing Sound (Rizzoli Books) and Art  
in the Digital Age (Thames and Hudson). A DVD containing seven of  
Miller's recent animations is available from his web site,  

aufschlag (service) - three channel noise and video composition / 2002

Every noise is made by a move.

Musical instruments, developed from the early beginning of human race  
for making very special noises, require very special motions for  
getting the desired results. The training of these motions has quite  
a sporting aspect.

Doing sports has an other purpose. The noises which come into being  
inevitable may be unimportant for the athlete -  but from a musical  
point of view they are very interesting: there are formal  
periodicities, fine pitch nuances, rhythmical patterns...

Noises of playing table tennis, gotten from the audio track of some  
table tennis videos, constitute the basis of this noise and video  

Besides, a classical grand piano is involved also.

(The video material is used by courtesy of the German Table Tennis  

Ralf Hoyer born 1950 in Berlin, studied sound-engineering at the  
Higer School of Music „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin and has been working as  
sound-engineer and recording director for several years. He completed  
his studies in composition1977-80 in the masterclass of the Academy  
of Arts with Ruth Zechlin and Georg Katzer. Compositions for chamber  
music, choir, orchestra, chamber opera and electronic music.  
Development and realization of music-theatralic performances, multi- 
media-projects and sound-installations, frequently together with  
Susanne Stelzenbach. Composition awards 1983 and 1985, scholarships  
in 1990, 1992 and 2002. Commissions from international festivals,  
theatres and broadcasting companies, performances in several european  

Burning Thoughts for video and 4 channel tape

Burning Thoughts presents itself as a union of time and location. The  
seemingly clear reality of the images shifts increasingly into a  
network of subjective relations with the person, location and music,  
whose perception is constantly formulated anew.

Pei-Yu Shi (1973*) was born in Taipei. She studied Chinese music from  
1988 to 1995, Composition from 1995 to 1998 in Taipei (Taiwan). She  
stuedied composition from 1999-2004 unter Wolfgang Rihm, Sandeep  
Bhagwati and Thomas A. Troge at the Music University of Karlsruhe.  
1995-1997 she accepted the scholarship of the Ministry of Education  
in Taiwan. 1996, 1998, 2004 she won the “Literature and Art Award of  
the Ministry of Education” composition competition in Taiwan.  
2001-2002 she accepted the scholarship of the Landes Baden- 
Württemberg. 2002 the German broadcasting station ”Sued-West  
Rundfunk” made a “Composer’s Portrait” for her and had been shown on  
TV. 2005 she accept the scholarship of the Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung  
des Suedwestrundfunks E.V. and won the 3rd percussion music composing  
competition in Taiwan and won the 1 preis of 15 rd ISA International  
Summer Akademy, Austria. 2004-2006 she invite to be guest artist and  
accept the scholarship of ZKM, Karlsruhe.

Are Ua sleepdriver by any chance???

Composed at City University Electroacoustic Music Studios, London,  
and the composer’s personal studio in Denmark 2004. Commissioned by  
the Foundation Ton Bruynél, the Netherlands.

Martin Stig Andersen (Denmark, 1973) graduated from The Royal Academy  
of Music in Aarhus, Denmark in 2003. He is currently a PhD student in  
electroacoustic composition at City University, London, studying with  
Denis Smalley. Martin Stig Andersen has received commissions from  
various ensembles and organizations and his music has been performed  
in numerous international festivals including The San Francisco Tape  
Music Festival, Sonorities, ICMC, SAN EXPO, Santa Fe Electro Acoustic  
Music Festival, NWEAMO, The International Gaudeamus Music Week. He  
has obtained distinctions in the ElektraMusic Award - listener’s  
prize (France), Prix Ton Bruynèl (the Netherlands), the "Luigi  
Russolo" Competition (Italy), the Bourges competition (France), and  
the Danish Arts Foundation´s Competition. Martin Stig Andersen’s  
research is funded by the Danish Research Agency, the Royal Danish  
Academy of Music, and the Danish Ministry of Culture. In 2005 he  
received a 3-year working scholarship from the Danish Arts Foundation.

Graveshift - Through a rain-streaked café window, surveillance of a  
street scene is digitally transformed into a fluid chaos comprised of  
paranoia, ghostly figures, and alterations of reality.  Echoes of a  
forgotten song float above the milieu, now gaining and now loosing  
coherence.  It is an image plagued by distortion, but this distortion  
emerges from quietness, and recedes once again into the same.

Graveshift was conceived as a cross-discipline collaboration  
including video, music, and dance.

Per Bloland is active as a composer of both acoustic and  
electroacoustic music. Recent awards include first prize in the  
SEAMUS/ASCAP Student Commission Competition, and grand prize in the  
Digital Art Awards, Tokyo, Japan. His music has been performed in  
numerous countries, and can be heard on the TauKay (Italy), Capstone,  
and SEAMUS labels. He received a Masters degree from the University  
of Texas at Austin, and is currently working toward his Doctoral  
degree at Stanford University.

FLOW is one half of a four-part sequence on the theme of water. The  
following is a note from the video artist: “Meditating upon the  
seasonal flow of water, our earth's lifeblood: a visceral response to  
the rush of springtime, when all of the world reawakens and blooms  
and vibrates with sexual energy; and of summertime, when the  
environment slowly settles into a rhythm of growth and maturity.” The  
music was constructed predominantly from tam-tam cymbals and  
classical guitar. These sounds were manipulated using granular  
processing to evoke a constantly evolving, yet fixed texture. The  
video was
made with 16mm and 35mm painted filmstrips that were digitally  
manipulated. Live footage is also presented as a contrast to these  

Mike Vernusky holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin  
and Mercyhurst College. He is currently serving as Director of  
Digital Arts for the Audio Inversions New Music Group, and recently  
released a full length cd of his electronic and acoustic works. He  
was also the Grand Prize winner of the 2004 Digital Arts Awards in  
Tokyo, Japan. More information/music can be found at www.alasseis.com

Stadtmusik/Citymusic - Dietmar Offenhuber - Hannes Strobl & Sam Auinger

Architecture forms all sounds we hear. Urban architecture is a sound  
box, it shapes a space, wherein the range of sounds which surround us  
is resounded and reflected. In the video "Stadtmusik", the Linz-based  
media artist Dietmar Offenhuber and the Berlin formation TamTam (Sam  
Auinger / Hannes Strobl) deal with sound in cities, by analysing  
sound structures which are triggered by urban buildings and  
facilities. They focus on the aspect of movement in the city, which  
reinforces a dynamic experience of the urban soundscape: particular  
sounds emerge through movement, sound and its timbre evolves from  
material and space.
The film- and media theorist Vrääth Öhner focuses on the relation of  
movement and perception. Dietmar Offenhuber analyses this relation by  
using urban contexts as example: "Perceiving perception: Through  
media, this is simultaneously possible and impossible. The important  
thing about moving images is what is moving rather than what is  
causing the movement. But the fact sometimes tends to be forgotten  
that the animated image could not exist without the viewer's  
illusionary assumption that he or she is not seeing individual frames  
but continuous motion. As a result, it should not surprise when film  
or videographic experiments are at their core reflections on forms of  
perception conveyed through various media, their purpose to make  
accessible the circumstances under which sensuous experience takes  
place, which are dictated by the media.
This all applies to the videos of Dietmar Offenhuber, though the  
problem is made more complex by the reference to perception which  
itself requires the use of technical apparatus. It«s subject is not  
"natural" perception, but perception put in motion and therefore  
implicitly the history of an epochal transformation of the way in  
which time and space is experienced. It has come to a preliminary end  
in suitable contexts where moving perception now seems to be regarded  
as integral to natural perception. The thesis presented in this  
regard would therefore be that the specifically aesthetic quality of  
such animated perception is absent from the forms of audiovisual  
representation which are already considered natural (such as  
indicating movement by means of a tracking shot): In its  
fragmentation of the continuum of perception, the "subjective  
geometry which defines space through intervals of time" (Dietmar  
Offenhuber) illustrates a manner of experience which could remain  
submerged because it is already so familiar."

Hannes Strobl
born 1966, lives in berlin
bassplayer and composer
developed a new musical language on the bass.
numerous concerts all around europe and the usa.
works for radio, dance, theater, film and soundinstallation
collaborations with sam auinger (tamtam), hanno leichtmann (paloma) ,
didmar offenhuber,richard dorfmeister,isabella bordoni, hans  
platzgummer, toshi nakamura,
rupert huber, bruce odland,chris kondek ,saynko namtchylak and others

Sam Auinger, composer, performer,sound artist was born in Linz,  
Austria in 1956.
Linz Bruckner - Konservatorium, Jazz Division.
Mozarteum-Salzburg, Komposition und Computer Musik.
Since the early 80´s Auinger has been a leading innovator in the  
fields of composition, computermusic, sounddedsign and  
psychoacoustics.  His abilities in the dual role of conceptualist and  
composer have allowed him to make important contributions in film,  
theater, radio, video, exhibitions, internet performance, art and  
music festivals across Europe and USA and as a musical producer for  
the noted Austrian band, “Attwenger”.
Artistic Collaborations: Future Lab, Dietmar Offenhuber, Chris  
Kondek, Attwenger, Laurie Anderson, Ben Neil, Maggie Donlon, Naut  
Humon, Rachel de Boer, Markus Binder, Paul Miller, Hanno Leichtmann,  
Richard Dorfmeister, Michael Nyman, Robert Adrian X, Wolfgang  
Mitterer, Florian Flicker, Scanner, Tatashi  Endo ,Thomas Krupa.
1982-1989: Together with Werner Pfeffer he founded SWAP, a concetpual  
and performing duo who’s, Musik in 1000 Information was premiered at  
the 1986 Ars Electronica.
In 1989 he began an ongoing collaboration with Bruce Odland (O+A).    
Together they have realized many large scale sound pieces in Europe  
and US:  “Garden of Time-Dreaming” turned the gardens of the Castle  
of Linz into a large scale sound cosmology (1990) , “Traffic Mantra”  
transformed the harmonics of public space in the archeological center  
of Rome at Trajan’s Forum(1991) “StadTraum” created a sonic hologram  
as a citywide spectacle in  Salzburg(1992), “Cloud Chamber” used the  
city of New York as an oscillating audio and video input for live  
performance at the Kitchen (1997), “Harmonic Bridge” created a  
resonating gateway to the new museum, MASS MoCA, (1998-present), “Box  
30/70” toured an audio camera obscura through 9 European Cities  
(2001-2).  Their ongoing work is the development of a “Hearing  
Perspective” , a philosophy rooted in sonic observation of culture.   
They have collected an archive of archetypal sound images  
representing this philosophy which they call “Alphabet of Sounds.   
They have thus far released 4 CD’s : “Garden of Time-Dreaming”,  
“Resonance”, “Vault Grooves”, and “Box 30/70”.
In 1997 Auinger received a DAAD scholarship for composition along  
with fellow Austrian, Rupert Huber.  That year they founded the media  
band “Berliner Theorie” which became famous for its live house music  
concerts on the internet.
In 1999 he started  “tamtam” with the extraordinairy bass player and  
composer Hannes Strobl.  Their latest work, a video about L.A.  
transportation patterns with the architect Dietmar Offenhuber called  
“besenbahn2” was nominated for the German Media Award 2003/ZKM
Over the years Sam Auinger has received numerous prizes and awards  
for his work.  Most recently he became the youngest artist to receive  
the Kultur Preis der Stadt Linz (2002) to honor his body of work.  He  
was a jury member for the Prix Ars Electronic, and lectures at  
festivals, universities and symposiums.   Since 1997 He has made  
Berlin the center of his activities.

Dietmar Offenhuber was in born 1973, graduated with a degree in  
Architecture and has been working since 1994 in animation,  
interactive environments and digital architecture. Between 2002 and  
2004 Dietmar worked as key researcher of the Interactive Space  
department at the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Since fall 2004 he is  
professor for animation and interactive media at the University of  
Applied Sciences in Hagenberg/ Austria. Dietmar collaborates with Sam  
Auinger and Hannes Strobl under the name “stadtmusik” on various  
projects dealing with architectural and sonic spaces.

SYZYGY – William “Pete” Moss became interested in music in high  
school, when it became obvious that he would never become an  
astronaut. For several years, he worked on computers and composed  
music at different times, until that fateful day when he realized  
that computers could be used for music. Since then, he hasn't looked  
back. Pete has won a few awards for his music, and has had it played  
in several parts of the world, including the USA. He received a BM  
from Texas Christian University where he studied with Blaise  
Ferrandino and Gerry Gabel. He then went to the University of Texas  
at Austin, where he studied with Russell Pinkston and earned his MM.  
Now he is working towards his DMA at the University of Washington  
with Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin. Pete's hobbies include  
motorcycling and video games, but not video games about motorcycling.

Noel Paul (b. 1978) is a graduate student and teaching assistant in  
DXARTS. He studied computer music with Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin  
as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. His works have  
been played nationally and internationally, and he has been awarded  
prizes by the Luigi Russolo Foundation and ASCAP/SEAMUS. He is  
currently studying Czech with Jaroslava Soldanova, and experimental  
cinema with Shawn Brixey, with research focused on developing novel  
digital image-gathering technology.

Joshua Parmenter
Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Center for Digital Arts and  
Experimental Media
Raitt Hall - University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195