Friday, July 6th
In overlapping performances, Colin Dickey, Nicole Antebi and Chris Kallmyer will explore the difference between two rival pitches, 440 Hz and 432 Hz: Colin Dickey will trace the history of the war for correct musical tuning, a debate that’s raged for two centuries and has involved the Nazis, French government, BBC, Lyndon Larouche, and new age practitioners. Responding to the phenomenon of radial pattern formation by sound frequencies or Cymatics, Nicole Antebi will accompany the talk and performance with a video tinkering with the shape of sound. Additionally, Chris Kallmyer will accompany the talk sonically, creating an multi-channel environment of competing tonal systems and real-time examples of pitch-altered recordings of Wagner, sine tones, and live instruments.
Drawing and Drones (San Francisco Edition)
We’ve been so preoccupied with things like transforming Machine Project into a transdimensional hallway (and then figuring out how to get rid of a transdimensional hallway) that we’ve neglected to do any fundraising in a while. Also, our Development Manager Melanie left us to join the Peace Corps and will soon be living in a hut without an internet connection.
So we are rolling out what is informally known in the nonprofit sector as “a desperate and last-minute plea for support.” We’d love to close out our annual financial reports with a flourish this month, then we can start using fancy terms like “fiscal responsibility” and “sustainable business model” to describe ourselves rather than just “wacky” and “broke.”
I Left My Heart by Cliff Hengst
Southern Machine Exposure Project
(Announcing) 20 events
(Featuring) 20 combinations of artists and performers from LA and SF
(Inside of) 20 homes in the Bay Area
(Commemorated by) 20 posters
(Designed by) 20 designers from SF and LA
(Documented by) 20 videos
Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and Machine Project (Los Angeles) invite you to visit your neighbors’ apartments, houses, backyards, and garages for 20 consecutive days/evenings of performances, psychic readings, workshops, ghost detecting, participatory foley effects, tableaux vivants, pet portraits, experimental music by dogs, low frequency sound performances (in closets), and general awesomeness throughout the month of June.
Visit soex.org for details & RSVP.
Storefront Plaza by Nate Page
Interview with Nate Page & footage from installation events by various artists.
Memory and Data Storage by Kamau Patton
Footage from Kamau Patton’s Pacific Standard Time performance/installation which took place in the Storefront Plaza.
Upcoming classes & workshops
No matter your background, this workshop will serve as your ground-up introduction to creating motion through simple and compound mechanisms. This class does not cover electronics, but we will look at a variety of electronic motors and how the motion they generate can be useful to you. From there on, we’ll play with a variety of methods for making cyclical motion more intriguing, silly or practical. REGISTER HERE.
This course will provide a working introduction to the exciting world of electronic vocal interfaces and their use as music and sound design tools. Comprised of three 3-hour sessions, each session’s activities will be divided between lecture, instrument building and composing/performing. The lectures will cover the multimedia history of synthetic voice in music, film, TV, radio, theater, military and medical practices. The aesthetic desire to change and disembody the voice will also be discussed. REGISTER HERE.
Processing is a programming language and environment built for the media arts and design communities. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, and researchers for learning, prototyping, and production. More information on Processing can be found at www.processing.org. REGISTER HERE.
Machine This Week: May 25th
Poet, editor, DJ, taxonomer and epigrammatist Andrew Maxwell will be joined by Eliot Eidelman and Evan Backer of the Realization Orchestra for a night of poetry and music.