Build
ExiTrip: Hacking the iTrip + The Cheapest Way Too … – Ed Bear
hacking the exitrip

ExiTrip: Hacking the iTrip + The Cheapest Way Too … – Ed Bear

Ed offered two different workshops. The Cheapest way too … allowed participants to make three simple audio circuits: battery-powered tone generators, small condenser microphones, or amplified speakers. ExiTrip was a workshop for hacking iTrip Nano FM devices to use them as a creative tool: generating feedback, using the transmitter as a wireless microphone, and altering the range through antenna manipulation.

Ed Bear is an American performing artist and engineer. His work with robotics, sound, video, transmission and collective improvisation investigates the questionable calibration of perception. As an educator and designer committed to an open source world, he researches and practices material reuse and as a civil responsibility.

The Way Things Travel – John Roach + Aaron Moore
the way we travel

The Way Things Travel – John Roach + Aaron Moore

The Way Things Travel was an instrument building and foley techniques and the culminating performance will utilize a three-screen video projection of archival travel and tourism footage that will act as a visual score for groups of performers. The Way Things Travel embraces Cage’s statement about the “tourist attitude” by inviting performers to mingle with non-performers, non artists to work side by side with artists; the project courts Cage’s views on indeterminacy through its visual and sonic improvisational collisions.

John Roach deals with the misuse of objects to make sound; he teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City and currently teaches a course entitled Sound Matters. Aaron Moore is an Englishman residing in Brooklyn, New York and was a founding member of the English experimental music group Volcano The Bear.

Create
Blade Runner: Final Final Cut Pro MEGA Cut – Chris Collins
blade runner remix

Blade Runner: Final Final Cut Pro MEGA Cut – Chris Collins

A live, improvisational redubbing of the Ridley Scott cyberpunk classic with musical instruments, noisemakers, foley gear, and voice over skills.

Hear the results recorded live at CultureHub:

Chicago-based new media artist Chris Collins highlights the human dramas that arise when we engage with technology.

Experimental Noise Karaoke – Gambletron
noise karaoke

Experimental Noise Karaoke – Gambletron

Karaoke of a different structure. Everything is exactly like regular karaoke only the music was improvised, noisy -glich -beatz made by Gambletron and friends. The words of the hit songs were projected and singers voices were mixed into the mess. Together we Re-interpret the hitz.

GAMBLETRON is a sound artist, musician, and improviser based out of Montréal, known for her noise-electronic improvisations, roving radio transmissions, experimental noise karaoke, and for curating performances in unique outdoors locations.

Free Music Archive Remix Challenge – Andrea Silenzi
wfmu remix challenge

Free Music Archive Remix Challenge – Andrea Silenzi

WFMU’s Free Music Archive gave a brief lesson on finding music for your projects legally, including podsafe music, instrumental tracks, and music you can modify, adapt or build-upon. Participants were given a selection Creative Commons music tracks and raw Public Domain audio elements with which to construct an original 1-3 minute creation.

Hear “Sexy Birdwatching” by Stephanie Foo:

Andrea Silenzi was the Managing Director of the Free Music Archive at WFMU in Jersey City, where she also helped produce the shows Seven Second Delay and Radio Free Culture.

Handheld Recorder Ensemble – Byron Westbrook
westbrook

Handheld Recorder Ensemble – Byron Westbrook

A small group explored the process of recording sound as performance, using movement of the body and recorder as an instrument to “play” sounds heard via headphones through the recorder.

Byron Westbrook is a sound artist working with site-specific installations and unique listening formats to activate architecture and community. He has presented work at Clocktower Gallery, Diapason Gallery, LMAK Projects, ISSUE Project Room, ExitArt, (NYC), ICA London (UK), The LAB (San Francisco), VIVO MediaArtCenter (Vancouver), O’ (Milan), among many others. He has performed in ensembles of Phill Niblock and Rhys Chatham.

Jazz Drum Machine – Ben Lacker
jazz drum machine

Jazz Drum Machine – Ben Lacker

This workshop introduced the Jazz Drum Machine, software that turns any sound file into a playable instrument through the Echo Nest‘s computerized audio analysis.

Ben Lacker is a musician and software engineer based in New York. He likes to help humans and computers make sound and art.

The Way Things Travel – John Roach + Aaron Moore
the way we travel

The Way Things Travel – John Roach + Aaron Moore

The Way Things Travel was an instrument building and foley techniques and the culminating performance will utilize a three-screen video projection of archival travel and tourism footage that will act as a visual score for groups of performers. The Way Things Travel embraces Cage’s statement about the “tourist attitude” by inviting performers to mingle with non-performers, non artists to work side by side with artists; the project courts Cage’s views on indeterminacy through its visual and sonic improvisational collisions.

John Roach deals with the misuse of objects to make sound; he teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City and currently teaches a course entitled Sound Matters. Aaron Moore is an Englishman residing in Brooklyn, New York and was a founding member of the English experimental music group Volcano The Bear.

Urban Menagerie (or, A Zoo Without Walls) – Robin Amer
zoo without walls

Urban Menagerie (or, A Zoo Without Walls) – Robin Amer

A workshop to turn the urban zoo — a classic city tourist attraction — on its head. Inspired by works of speculative urbanism like Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Alexander Trevi’s (Im)Possible Chicagos, participants created an aural city in which the zoo has no walls, and in which, as Trevi envisions it, “the sonic ambience of jungles and savannas mingle with that of the city.”

Robin Amer is a Chicago-based producer whose work straddles the lines between art and journalism, including urban planning, the built environment, and the complex lives of post-industrial cities.

Experience
Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson
friz and leonardson

Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson

An intimate atmosphere of transmission, where audience and performers share the acoustic space inside a multi-channel array of suspended radio receivers and micro-watt transmitters. Restless voices, sounds of breath, and other bodily exclamations seep up through the welter of signals creating a milieu of harmonic interference and uneasy night-time respirations. Anna and Eric perform within this world: Eric plays a self-made instrument that he calls the “Springboard”, an electroacoustic percussion instrument which produces rich enharmonic timbres from coil springs, plastic combs, pocket radio, and wooden daxophones; Anna plays electronics, free reeds, and small acoustic instruments.

Anna Friz is a Canadian sound and radio artist who specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation and performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work.

Eric Leonardson is a Chicago-based audio artist and teacher. He is President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Christopher DeLaurenti
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Christopher DeLaurenti

Christopher presented Live at Occupy Wall Street, a live performance of binaural, camera, and stereo microphone recordings made at Occupy Wall Street from the shutdown at Zuccotti Park to May Day to Occupy Wall St’s one year anniversary. An oral history made in the moment, Live at Occupy Wall Street ranges from tender moments to the mundane to the inspiring People’s Microphone to the brutal tactics of law enforcement. One of a series of protest symphonies dating to 1999 beginning with N30: Live at the WTO Protest. See DeLaurenti’s site for details.

Christopher DeLaurenti is a composer, improvisor, phonographer, and writer. His electro-acoustic works are composed of field recordings and often deal with political issues, political protests in particular. His weekly column, The Score, appeared in the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger from 2002 to 2010, and he has also appeared in 21st Century Music, The Seattle Times, Signal to Noise, Soundscape, Earshot Jazz, and Tablet.

Live at CultureHub, 20 Apr 2013

DeTrop
detrop

DeTrop

DeTrop are Ryan Smith (York Factory Complaint, Hanel Koeck), Theresa Smith (Bleak Race, Home Blitz), and David Grant (Ideal Forms, Action Patrol). Based out of Brooklyn, DeTrop have been playing music made with modular synthesizers and tape loops since 2011.

Live at The New School, 19 Apr 2013

E.S.P. LAB
esp lab

E.S.P. LAB

E.S.P. LAB is a media based collaborative, formed by Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan in 2012, that explores sound and vision through analog methods and electronics. Their hybrid station for manipulating video signals and soundwaves is comprised of signal generators, TV monitors, video mixers, and modulators. Kiernan and Keddie also direct and operate E.S.P. TV, a live taping broadcast on MNN network.

Ezekiel Honig
ezekial honig

Ezekiel Honig

Ezekiel Honig, a New York City native, is a musician and label manager for Microcosm Music and Anticipate Recordings. He is a well-known figure in the electronic music community. Honig usually follows a strict production code on all of his songs using ‘found-sound’ and warm melodies. His latest album is Folding In On Itself, called “seductive listening” and a “wild and unqualified synthetic wonderland“, can be found here.

Flutronix
flutronix @ mf'13

Flutronix

Flute duo FlutronixNathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, have incorporated electronics into a chamber music context in a wide range of repertoire. They have collaborated with Dan Deacon, Ski Beatz, and ICE, and are preparing their sophomore album, 2.0.

Graphic Ships to Sonic Shores – Jesse Ricke + Lisa Lee
graphic ships

Graphic Ships to Sonic Shores – Jesse Ricke + Lisa Lee

A creative means for a mediated journey, built from interactions between audience and performer, to achieve a synchronous audio expedition via an interactive visual vehicle. Artists performed from locations throughout the Europe for an audience at CultureHub in New York, improvising off an ever changing graphic score generated by the presence of audience members. The audience were free to move about the venue, their positions and movements interpreted as phrases for the score displayed as a 245 square foot projection. Artists included Andre D. of France, Hervé Perez of the UK, Frank Wilke of Germany,Tommaso Cavallini of Italy, and Vasco Moraes of Portugal.

Live at CultureHub, 20 Apr 2013

Jesse Ricke is a media practitioner working in video, audio, and music, with an expertise in venue operation and event documentation. Lisa Lee is an interaction designer and multimedia artist.

Hauser/Quaid
hauser quaid

Hauser/Quaid

Hauser/Quaid is a musical alias of New York based sound and video artist Greg Zifcak. The project examines the material artifacts of dystopian cyberspace/time travel, while advancing an agenda of rave-singularity. LOOK AT THE MUSICS

Kitchen Sisters w/ Sean Cole
kitchen sisters w/ sean cole

Kitchen Sisters w/ Sean Cole

The closing plenary of the 2013 MEGAPOLIS Festival featured a discussion by the famed radio production duo the Kitchen Sisters moderated by equally famed (and famished) radio reporter Sean Cole.  Davia and Nikki held a tribute to New School faculty alum John Cage by serving urging the audience to drink psychedelic urine and eat magic mushrooms (on pizzas). KS then ruminated on the theme of the 2013, tourism, through John Cage’s famous quote: “What I’m proposing, to myself and other people, is what I often call the tourist attitude – that you act as though you’ve never been there before.” There at the New School, there at MEGAPOLIS, there anywhere, amirite?

The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, are award winning documentary radio producers who have been working together for more than twenty-five years. They are the creators of the popular Hidden Kitchens series on Morning Edition, the Peabody Award winning NPR series Lost & Found Sound, and the post 9-11 Sonic Memorial Project, co-produced with Jay Allison. They are currently producing an NPR and online series about girls around the world. As independent producers, they are the creators of more than 200 stories for public broadcast about the lives, histories, art and rituals of people who have shaped our diverse cultural heritage. They are the recipients of numerous awards including the duPont-Columbia Award, two Peabodys, and three Audies.

Sean Cole is a public radio reporter, producer and sometimes host. He’s worked on staff at This American Life and Radiolab and contributed to lots of other shows, including All Things Considered, Only a Game, Studio 360, Marketplace and 99% Invisible. Most recently he’s been filling in for Dick Gordon on “The Story with Dick Gordon.” His latest volume of poetry is called “One Train,” published by Dusie press.

Leif Elggren
leif elggren

Leif Elggren

Leif is a multimedia artist from Sweden who conceives music as a soundtrack to a visual installation or experimental stage performance, presenting carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and that range from mesmerizingly quiet electronics to harsh noise. King Leif l is also one of the Kings of Elgaland-Vargaland. Leif presented four pieces at the festival: a solo dance performance, a reading, a sound performance, and a group stage performance.

Leif, live at The New School, 19 Apr 2013 (the video is frozen for the first 19 sec):

Live Footage
live footage

Live Footage

Brooklyn-based electroacoustic duo Live Footage (Mike Thies and Topu Lyo) score eclectic contemporary pieces on air, in dance, and in tune. Conceived through the art of improvisation, Lyo plays cello, incorporating the use of live loops and a handful of electronics with no pre-recorded samples. Thies plays drums and keyboards, often simultaneously. Live Footage’s songs are structured in such a way that enables them to build loops without disaster, all while keeping the music’s integrity and allowing ample room for improvisation even when covering the likes of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Squarepusher.

Love + Radio: Pressure to Be Someone – Shani Aviram, Brendan Baker + Nick van der Kolk
pressure to be someone

Love + Radio: Pressure to Be Someone – Shani Aviram, Brendan Baker + Nick van der Kolk

A music-documentary hybrid version of the podcast Rick Moody called “one of the great underground radio phenomena of recent years.” They delved into the hidden and personal far reaches of human experience with found sound, unreleased material, remixed stories, live production and tons of stuff you will never hear online or anywhere else (because they’re not allowed to).

From WBEZ Chicago, Nick van der Kolk’s Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. L+R won the top prize at the 2011 Third Coast Festival Competition (often described as the “Sundance of public radio”), the first podcast to do so in the history of the competition. Creator Nick van der Kolk is a 2012 USA Collins Fellow.

Manipulated Tape – Patrick Carey
manipulated tape

Manipulated Tape – Patrick Carey

Patrick Carey is a musician and programmer who records and performs under the moniker Rare Storms. His work draws from noise, drone, and computer music. At Megapolis he integrated a series of tapes found at yard sales. A similar piece can be heard here.

Mountains
mountains

Mountains

The NYC duo called Mountains started around the Art Institute of Chicago and have been on the respected Thrill Jockey label from the start. They specialize in long-form, textural ambient musics of the instrumental variety, using processed and unprocessed analog instruments and no beats, sort of a hybrid Fennesz and Eno. Everybody loves them and their latest album Centralia has received consistently high reviews from the big boy reviewers: the Wire called them something something “infinite sheets of grainy sound.”

Live at The New School, 20 Apr 2013

Salvage – Anis Haron
salvage

Salvage – Anis Haron

Salvage is a live improvisational sound performance, exploring the idea of revisiting obsolete information by means of analysis and synthesis. It is performed with a handmade instrument [I call it Floppy] and a computer program that generates sound by reading data from 5.25″ floppy disks with magnetic tape heads.

Anis Haron is a media artist from Penang, Malaysia who is currently a graduate student in the Media Arts & Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara.

Spirograph Agnew
spirograph agnew

Spirograph Agnew

Spirograph Agnew is an improvising quartet, consisting of three string players and one computer audio+video performer, who make live multimedia freakouts for 3D glasses. SA is Daniel Iglesia (electronics), Jim Altieri (violin), Bob Jones (double bass), and Jessie Marino (cello).

The Truth with Jonathan Mitchell
The Truth with Jonathan Mitchell

The Truth with Jonathan Mitchell

THE TRUTH is fiction — we make short films without pictures. Movies for your ears. We’re a contemporary re-imagining of what audio drama is and can be, exploring unusual approaches to telling stories with sound. We develop our stories as a collective, and often the dialogue is completely improvised. We record on location, and then take those recordings into the studio to edit them and add music and sound design. The result sounds kind of like a movie, only the pictures are all in your imagination. Our dramatic fiction has been heard on many nationally-syndicated public radio programs, including This American Life, Studio 360, Snap Judgment, and The Story.

Touchscreen – Jeff Kolar
touchscreen

Touchscreen – Jeff Kolar

Touchscreen is an audio exploration of surface acoustic waves that emanate from electronic visual displays. Kolar used a specific instrument arrangement of touchscreen hardwares and softwares (i.e. GPS devices, radio controller units, mapping service applications) to investigate electronic tools designed for mobility.

Live at CultureHub, 20 Apr 2013 (parts 1 and 2)


Jeff Kolar is an audio artist working in Chicago, USA who is the director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform.

Treasures from The Jonesonian – Alex Gallafent
treasures of the jonesonian

Treasures from The Jonesonian – Alex Gallafent

The Jonesonian Institution is a museum dedicated to preserving the curios of history. Here, Chief Archivist Gordon Jacobs presented remarkable selections from the Institution’s unique audio archives, including the sound of tulips growing (an excerpt from German radio), the origin of the ‘Fundamental’ hairstyle, and a wax cylinder recording of Edison’s forgotten rival at work.

Alex Gallafent improvises one-act plays at the PIT, plays drums for The BTK Band, and tells stories at shows including Real Characters and The Story Collider. He’s currently a correspondent for PRI’s The World.

whiteout. [new york] – Jason Sloan
whiteOut

whiteout. [new york] – Jason Sloan

whiteout is a new series of live FM transmission performances exploring and questioning the aesthetic of noise on the radio. These new gritty and textural ambient works are created live in the moment through the use of multiple analog electronic instruments and a 7-watt FM transmitter. For audio clips and more go here.

Jason Sloan is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

Installations
Echoes of Footprints – John Capogna + Louise Foo
Echoes of Footprints

Echoes of Footprints – John Capogna + Louise Foo

Echoes of Footprints is an interactive sonic installation that uses echolocation to manipulate sound. Sounds are created when motion is detected; moving closer and farther away modulates pitch, tempo and delay.

John Capogna is an artist and engineer. Louise Foo was a master’s candidate at The Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of New York University, where she was exploring visual aspects of sound and audible aspects of image.

ECO(SOUND)SYSTEM – Peter McQuillan
ECO(SOUND)SYSTEM

ECO(SOUND)SYSTEM – Peter McQuillan

The Eco(Sound)System is an interactive music & sound art installation exploring humans’ relationship with nature & technology, combining field recordings, sound collage, music and visual art to create an ecosystem of sound. The design of this project was greatly influenced by Permaculture, an ecological design system which aims to realign humans with nature in resilient, regenerative and mutually beneficial relationships.

Peter McQuillan is a musician, radio producer and show promoter based in New York City who graduated from the Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts where he studied Music & Environmental Studies.

MeatRAVE – Britt Wray + Chris Wood
meat RAVE

MeatRAVE – Britt Wray + Chris Wood

MeatRAVE was a hands-on Foley workshop and audio extravaganza of food and bodies, played loud in the dark. A biotouristic holiday inside a curated selection of meats and beats!

Chris Wood is a sound artist and audio producer who is interested in hierarchies of narrative and space and developing tools to play with them. Britt Wray is an audio maker, radio producer, podcaster and investigative researcher of biotech from Toronto.

Noisemakers – Matthew Matthew
noisemakers

Noisemakers – Matthew Matthew

Noisemakers re-imagines New Yorkers as an instrument, using the sounds and video of everyday folks as the source material for a publicly playable musical/visual installation. Through an intuitive percussive interface anyone can play a boisterous bank of projected humans making human noises – which were recorded at a session earlier on in the festival.

Matthew Matthew is an artist and composer whose work dances at the crossroads of music, film, art and interaction who exhibits the ongoing project called On a Human Scale (see video).

Radio Silence – Mickey Capper
radiosilence

Radio Silence – Mickey Capper

Radio silence was a pop-up LPFM station that only airs silence. Using I Ching charts and live sound-based chance operations, radio silence indeterminately programmed a broadcast of library whispers, laundry machines, broken pop songs, ums, ahs, and rough drafts.

Mickey Capper studied the concept of religion at Wesleyan University and produced WESU Middletown’s live music program, Wild Wild Live.

Speaking of Birds and Boundaries – Annie Berman
birds and boundaries

Speaking of Birds and Boundaries – Annie Berman

A craigslist ad leads to a fascinating series of phone calls between a Hasidic man and a secular woman as they thoughtfully explore the subjects of faith, love and loss. Arts Fuse says ‘This is no prank call.’

Annie Berman, a Brooklyn-based media artist, is the founder of Fish in the Hand Productions, the former President of Women in Film and Video New England, and a MFA candidate at Hunter College.

The Hard Drive – MEGAPOLIS NYC Staff / Hethre Contant
the hard drive

The Hard Drive – MEGAPOLIS NYC Staff / Hethre Contant

A low-wattage broadcast to FM receivers installed in the Air Space playing audio from the Hard Drive: experiments and ephemera established and budding radio producers, curated by MEGAFest NYC staff.

The Idea of Space – Liz Bustamante
the idea of space

The Idea of Space – Liz Bustamante

The Idea of Space is a story told by toy piano, electronics and hotel bell. It’s about taking a trip while you’re falling asleep and traveling to places that might not really exist. Play the piano according to the sheet music and you’ll be there in no time at all.

Liz Bustamante is a Master Control Engineer for WBEZ in Chicago where she writes and records music as noise&light.

Learn
Andrea Seabrook
andrea seabrook

Andrea Seabrook

Sometimes even professional professionals gotta break out of the mold and go DIY all over the place. Andrea Seabrook‘s values as a journalist and commitment to telling the whole story led her to leave NPR and start a new show: DecodeDC. It is her attempt to stop re-playing soundbites of political attacks and start talking about what’s wrong with Washington. She Kickstarted her show into a popular podcast and now goes at it alone, her own way. (Andrea’s appearance is made possible through generous sponsorship by Transom.org)

Be A Kick-Ass Storyteller – Lea Thau / Strangers podcast
strangers

Be A Kick-Ass Storyteller – Lea Thau / Strangers podcast

Lea Thau is a Peabody award-winning producer, and the creator and host of the “Strangers” podcast sponsored by KCRW. She was the Executive & Creative Director of The Moth for 10 years and created The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour. Lea will conduct an interactive workshop to highlight the elements of great storytelling.

Do It Yourself Success: Plan your Dream Project – Eleanor Whitney
diy success

Do It Yourself Success: Plan your Dream Project – Eleanor Whitney

Providing you the tools you need to make your project idea a success, whether its finishing a piece for the radio, launching your own radio show or station, or starting an organization, this session helped participants reach for their goal.

Eleanor Callott Whitney is the author of Grow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quite your job! and is an educator, arts programmer and manager living in Brooklyn.

Hidden Sound – Julien Clancy
hidden sound

Hidden Sound – Julien Clancy

Hidden Sounds introduced us to the spectacular aural landscape of the natural world, as captured by Irish sound recordist, Dr. Tom Lawrence. Tom spent countless hours alone, rambling the wilds of the open countryside at all times of the day and night to capture the inner monologue of cantankerous trees, moaning in the stormy wind, or the Moog-like orchestras of underwater insects.

Live at The New School, 19 Apr 2013

Julien Clancy is a freelance radio documentary maker based in Dublin, Ireland.

Improvisation Workshop – Mike Bullock
improvisational workshop

Improvisation Workshop – Mike Bullock

For this 90 minute workshop, participants encountered various simple, fun strategies for improvising music as a group, emphasizing active, free decision-making rather than playing with prescribed sounds or patterns.

Workshop at The New School, 19 Apr 2013

The culminating performance

Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, intermedia artist, scholar based around Boston, MA.

Music, Machines and Meaning – Andy Cavatorta
Music, Machines and Meaning

Music, Machines and Meaning – Andy Cavatorta

Music, Machines and Meaning is a lecture started at MIT that covers the history of creating music and sound-based meaning through the medium of machinery: 16th century clockwork automata, 18th century bird boxes, orchestrions, the Telharmonium, Jean Tinguely’s metamatics artwork, and much more.

Andy Cavatorta is Director of Engineering for Ensemble Robot, a robotic ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing compositions for robot musical instruments. He has a Masters Degree from the MIT Media Lab and completed a 12-month collaboration with Bjork on experimental musical instruments.

Nina Katchadourian
nina katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian

Nina (NYC) works in photography, sculpture, video and sound. She installs subversive urban audio interventions, rigs cars with alarms that sound like jungle birds, documents crossdressing animals, creates telemarketing infomercials out of sound samples from John Cage, repurposes magnetic tape found in gutters, and re-edits recordings from moon walks into incomprehensible bits.

Live at the New School, 21 Apr 2013

Radio Producer as Flâneur – Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible)
Radio Producer as Flâneur

Radio Producer as Flâneur – Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible)

A new aesthetic of radio storytelling is emerging. Starting with the concept of the flâneur–a “connoisseur of the street” (particularly in 19th Century Paris)–this session explored how the simple act of walking can become a powerful force for generating dramatic tension in documentary, cultural reportage, and even hard news.

Workshop at The New School, 20 Apr 2013 (courtesy of WNSR)

Sam Greenspan is a staff producer at 99% Invisible, a radio show about architecture and design with Roman Mars.

Rawllege Craydio – Avery Trufelman, Grace McCreight + Chelsea Stokes
Rawllege Craydio

Rawllege Craydio – Avery Trufelman, Grace McCreight + Chelsea Stokes

A panel of college station leaders discusses how to balance artistic and professional integrity while still leaving plenty of room for scratchy vinyl and alien-themed talk shows.

Grace McCreight was the general manager of WBAR at Barnard College, a non-licensed, student operated internet station that hosts a number of concerts and events on campus. Chelsea Stokes was the station manager of WFNP at SUNY New Paltz, a licensed station with an in-house news department, associated with a local television channel. Avery Trufelman was the president of WESU at Wesleyan University, an NPR affiliate with nighttime programming from both students and community volunteers.

Sounding Place, Placing Sound – The Sonic Ethnography Workshop
SOUNDING PLACE, PLACING SOUND

Sounding Place, Placing Sound – The Sonic Ethnography Workshop

Hearing is as fundamentally important to anthropological and documentary practice as sight, and yet ethnographies tend to rely on a very attenuated acoustic manifestation of culture: transcribed dialogue. In this session we showcased a number of nonfiction audio works that tackle the question of how the sonic can go beyond the discursive in evoking and representing people, places, events and experiences.

Workshop at The New School, 20 Apr 2013

The presenters (Andrew Littlejohn, Thomas Brandon Evans, Veronika Kusumaryati, Megan Roguschka, Benny Shaffer, Abby Sun, and Zoe Tucker) are students in Ernst Karel’s Sonic Ethnography studio course in the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. Learn more about the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard.

Sounds Real: Telling Stories with Sounds – Kaitlin Prest + Brendan Baker
Sounds Real: Telling Stories with Sounds

Sounds Real: Telling Stories with Sounds – Kaitlin Prest + Brendan Baker

Strategies on using sound and music to make radio that feels real (real GOOD!). Using and recording real situations/scene tape, how and when to recreate “real situations”, how to build scenes, and how to use music to bring it home. Lots of fun listening examples from Audio Smut (Kaitlin Prest) and Love + Radio (Brendan Baker) lots of session screen shots and hands on production playtime.

Kaitlin Prest is the creative co-director of the show Audio Smut: a sonic adventure into love, sex and gender; Brendan Baker is a co-conspirator on the show Love + Radio: a public radio podcast featuring in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews, from the seedy to the sublime. They’re both from Brooklyn.

The Urban Ear of Tony Schwartz – David Suisman
urban ear of tony s.

The Urban Ear of Tony Schwartz – David Suisman

In this talk and multimedia presentation, David Suisman brings you into the world of Tony Schwartz—famed New York City sound recordist, advertising consultant, and media theorist. This is the man who launched the career of Moondog, the Viking of Sixth Avenue, and whom Marshall McLuhan called “the guru of the electronic age.”

Live from The New School, 19 Apr 2013

David Suisman is the author of Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music and is an occasional disc jockey at WFMU. He teaches history at the University of Delaware and lives in Philadelphia.

Visualizing Hertzian Space – Brett Ian Balogh
Visualizing Hertzian Space

Visualizing Hertzian Space – Brett Ian Balogh

A session on the history of wireless visualization, tools and techniques, conceptual issues such as public/private space and alternate geographies, and artistic applications.

Brett Ian Balogh is a Chicago-based artist working at the intersection of objects, sounds and spaces. He is currently an instructor at both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching courses in architecture, computer-aided design and manufacturing, do-it-yourself broadcasting and acoustics.

Misc
And Then… – Katherine Gorman
and then

And Then… – Katherine Gorman

Over the course of the festival attendees were encouraged (by posters and also calling cards that will be handed out) to call a google voice number and tell the next step in a story.

Katherine Gorman has been working in radio since high school and was an associate producer for WBUR’s Here & Now.

Footfollow – Brian House
footfollow

Footfollow – Brian House

Footfollow was an experiment in patterns and constraints, data and control. Participants took steps and followed audio cues using headphones with careful consideration for rhythm and timing.

Brian House is a media artist whose work traverses alternative geographies, experimental music, and a critical data practice. He is currently studying media theory and computer music for a PhD at Brown University and teaches in the Digital + Media program at RISD.

Re-Wired – Amelia Marzec
re-wired

Re-Wired – Amelia Marzec

Re-wired is is a wearable device that translates ambient sound into haptic feedback using bone conduction technology. After losing hearing in one ear due to a tumor, Marzec became aware that experiencing sound through bone conduction was possible; she decided to adapt bone conduction technology into a helmet, in order to share her emerging haptic perception of sound without the necessity of surgery.

Amelia Marzec has created several prototypes that address sound and communication. She holds an MFA from the Parsons School of Design and was a resident at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.

Screenings
Acommunication – Jean-Michel Rolland
acommunication

Acommunication – Jean-Michel Rolland

Five arms are struggling to silence three telephones, an alarm clock and a timer without success. This rejection of communication and more generally of what connects us to time is a pretext for a new experimentation where you “hear what you see” and vice versa.

Jean-Michel Rolland is a French artist born in 1972.

Ashes – John Kreitzberg
ashes

Ashes – John Kreitzberg

“Ashes” is a short piece of found audio that focuses on an Act Up! protest in 1996 where activists threw the ashes of friends, family, and lovers who died of AIDS onto the white house lawn.

John Kreitzberg, originally from outside of Philadelphia, is a 20-year-old student at Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota where he is studies Religious Studies, Classical Language, and Gender and Sexuality.

Chiayi Symphony – Stefano Giannotti
Chiayi Symphony

Chiayi Symphony – Stefano Giannotti

Chiayi Symphony is a sort of poem of sounds and images which rises up from the Taiwenese mountains and flows down the paddy fields streams of water, to reach the Chinese sea, gathering landscape memories along its path, people’s movements, songs and most of all, tracking the ineluctability of everything.

Stefano Giannotti (1963), composer, guitarist and performer whose repertoire ranges from music theatre, radio and video-art, to song-writing and chamber music.

I, Tourist, NY – Angelica Piedrahita
I, Tourist, NY

I, Tourist, NY – Angelica Piedrahita

This video builds an atmosphere of New York City “the hyper visualized city”: set of millions of movies seen around the World and almost 47 millions of tourists a year, anxious to take pictures of it, along with images and audios taken from movies, footage shot on the touristic sites and images from popular culture that mingle with the touristic-artistic experience.

Angelica Piedrahita is a multimedia artist from Bucaramanga, Colombia, with a focus on video aesthetics experimenting with the medium in different aspects as installations, sculpture, video sharing on Internet and short video pieces.

The Tower of Now – Daniel Jenatsch
tower of now

The Tower of Now – Daniel Jenatsch

An auditory journey from the Tower of Babel to the Power of Now as the present and past are obliterated, reconstituted and re-activated through the act of listening, whilst our protagonist struggles to bridge a gap in time and space by using psycholinguistic techniques offered by experts of self hypnotism, the findings of the Para-Archeological Society for the Recovery of Lost Stories, and Occult wisdom.

Daniel Jenatsch (Melbourne, Australia) is an interdisciplinary artist, sound designer and composer, whose work explores the interrelation of the real and the virtual, through, installation, sound, performance and film.

Zepelim: Plant Consciousness & Communication – Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão
Zepelim: Plant Consciousness & Communication

Zepelim: Plant Consciousness & Communication – Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão

This sound collage aims to visit the fringe world of plant consciousness and communication along with its peculiar relationship with music, featuring plant-based generative music, music to grow plants by, music using plants as instruments, music inspired by plants, and audio evidence of electrical signalling in plants that supports theories of plant consciousness.

Carlo António Ribeiro Patrão has been working in radio since becoming a member of the freeform independent radio station Rádio Universidade de Coimbra (RUC) in 2007, where he began to explore the diverse possibilities of radiophonic space through the use of field recordings, experimental music, musique concrete, drones, archived sound and live improvisation.

Tour
A Bicycle Built for Three (Bikeus) – David Weinberg
A Bicycle Built for Three (Bikeus)

A Bicycle Built for Three (Bikeus) – David Weinberg

We made our way along the sidewalks of Manhattan to meet the NYC mayoral candidates along with some special friends. We explored the city as it prepares to vote for it’s new leader and the candidates will play the role of tourists in the land they hope to govern. Or none of that happened and we just walked around.

David is a radio producer based in L.A. who has been broadcast on The World, Hearing Voices, Marketplace, Wiretap, 99% Invisible, and other important places.

Good Vibrations – Johann Diedrick and Christie Leece
good vibrations

Good Vibrations – Johann Diedrick and Christie Leece

Good Vibrations was a tour and acoustic exploration kit for the less audible sounds of New York City. The kit includes a mobile listening device with three different types of microphone: a contact mic, a hydrophone and a probe mic. The variety of microphones encouraged exploration of the city’s cracks and surfaces.

Johann Diedrick and Christie Leece are graduate students at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Johann makes sound installations and sound-based performances, mostly dealing with real-time audio synthesis and acoustic ecology. Christie’s work merges her interests in archaeology, fieldwork, animal studies and new technologies, and frequently involves sound.

Passing Stranger – Pejk Malinovski
Passing Stranger

Passing Stranger – Pejk Malinovski

Passing Stranger is an audio walking tour of poetry-related sites in New York City’s East Village. Narrated by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, it contains site-specific poetry, interviews with poets, archival recordings and music by John Zorn. The audio file can be downloaded at eastvillagepoetrywalk.org and allows the user to take the tour using their own mp3 player. The tour is about 2 miles and lasts about 95 minutes.

Pejk is a freelance radio producer, sound artist, and poet. His documentaries have aired on public radio networks around the world and his sound pieces have been shown in museums and galleries.



2013 Festival Sponsors and Partners


The 2013 MEGAPOLIS Festival was made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. The Festival also has been made possible by The New School, including their Media Studies department and Eugene Lang College.

lmcc     new school

With more support from these fine folks:

nysca  air culturehub soundcloud     hindenburg

… and …

prx    transom  free103point9

HarvestWorks    electronic rhythm  union docs

Extra special thanks to our regional organizers: Jim Briggs (regional coordinator), Hethre Contant (assistant regional coordinator), Myroslaw Bytz (regional creative director), and Cambra Moniz-Edwards (regional artist and volunteer coordinator).

Special Organizational Thanks to our venue hosts: the New School; 206 Lounge and the New School Free Press for donating their space during the weekend; Jesse Ricke and Lindsey Medeiros of CultureHub; Christopher Allen and Steve Holmgren of Union Docs for hosting our pre-festival event; and Carol Parkinson of Harvestworks for sponsoring our artists’ party.

Special Individual Thanks in no particular order to Gina Grotelueschen; Galen Joseph-Hunter, Billy and Anna of CultureHub; Susanna Bolle of Non-Event in Boston; John Roach for venue support; Brice Rosenbloom; our out-of-town artist host (Ed Bear); our documentarians (Adrianne Mathiowetz, Dennis Conrow, and Ariel Rejman); and all of our great volunteers, all the artists, attendees, fans, friends and family …