In this week's episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki debate the Trump University fraud settlement, Mike Pence's reception at Hamilton, and the wild turkey's distaste for the wild.
LP – Nebularosa
Can the lullaby as a genre serve as guiding idea for an experimental electronic music project? Obviously yes, and it is no mystery that lullabies could be found in almost every culture from ancient times to the present day and have featured in avant-garde and even postmodern compositions. The open call for experimental lullabies was launched in May 2014 by the new London-based record label Nebularosa. and there have a number of collaborations, with compositions for Nintendo, Atari, Pure Data, Supercollider, D-Box or simply for tape recorders, as well as artists who have used ultra Stethoscopes or radioactive materials. These remind us that the lullaby is a powerful example of consciousness-altering music. Nebulullab An Interstellar Cloud Of Dust includes five tracks on vinyl. These are by 0xA and Erich Barganier on side A and d. R. and. G. S, Samuel Hertz and xname (Eleonora Oreggia) on the back side. More artists were added to the digital edition, including Thor Magnusson, Repl Electric, Victor Zappi, Adrian Carter, Claude Heiland-Allen, Jason David Snow, Robert B . Lisek and Marta Zapparoli. All are experimenters who have a clear awareness that the repetition in lullabies induces variations in the brain state, favouring transition between waking and sleep, or the oscillation in their liminal threshold. This recalls a pre-human state where the refrain becomes a mechanism of association: it brings together forces, ideas, memories, powers we did not know we had. The Nebularosa crew has also led a workshop on the field of lullabies and altered states of consciousness. This was held by Eleonora Oreggia, a seminal interdisciplinary artist and independent researcher born in Milan. Oreggia is the label head honcho and has delivered a sort of fine basic guide available for aesthetics, electronics, circuit design, physical computing (Arduino, Beaglebone, Gumstix) and software programming (Java, C/C++, PD) as well as DSP. All this finally resulted in a joyful launch party, ten hours of experimental music with children and adults listening together.
VVAA – Nebulullaby An Interstellar Cloud Of Dust
Nebulullaby by nebularosa
audioMER, ISBN-13: 978-9492321206, English, 240 pages, 2016, USA
The conductive properties of graphite have been used by sound artists in different ways – as a freeform tool available to the public in “Paper Circuits” by Franziska Windisch, Martin Rumori, Christoph Haag and Ludwig Zeller, for example, or, in the aesthetically refined “Induction Drawings” by Joyce Hinterding. But there is a different combination of the available elements that can be put into practice, – one even more sensorially engaging than those mentioned above. Jeroen Uyttendaele and Dewi de Vree, go on to explore the performative aspect of this medium, in their joint performance “Ground.” Their live graphite drawings become the interface controlling the volume, pitch and amplitude of a music piece. The work is also affected by the intersection and external movements of their hands. Performance gestures become a multilevel dialogue. The magnetic fields flowing or being abruptly changed are interwoven with the close but separated physicality of the performance (the artists are standing face-to-face, with the instruments and the drawing paper between them). This shapes the abstract symbols drawn, while the produced sound acts as a unifying underlying magnetic environment. Produced in a limited edition of 300 copies, this catalogue includes a text by Hicham Khalidi, a collection of fifty-one final drawings and a DVD containing a video of a studio performance. The production of the printed images are subsequently documented in full action, giving justice to the symbiotic gestures and the speechless dialogue of the two onstage.
In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the role of citizenship in international adoption, Steve Bannon's appointment as Trump's chief strategist, and the place of safety pins in sartorial politics.
Fitness data has become one of the most popularly produced “big data” about us as quantified selves. The tricky mechanism, successfully enabled by fitness-related technologies, aims to grant instant rewards through slick interfaces and precise quantifications, inherently subverting the fact that it takes time and patience to be fit. This is the territory where US-based artists Surya Mattu and Tega Brain intervene with a sarcastic fake product. The “Unfit-Bits” is a company “investigating DIY fitness spoofing” with techniques that generate data correctly but without physical activity, such as by attaching the Fitbit to a slow drill instead of working out. The hilariously tricks detailed are reviving the tradition of fake products in net art, although they don’t pretend to be totally trustable. Indeed, the final explicit purpose is to lie to insurance companies, or better yet, to be altogether free from their blackmailing surveillance.
Surya Mattu – Unfit-Bits
Surya Mattu – bike_mute
Surya Mattu – drill_mute