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::: 2012 :::

::: events :::

photo: ben owen

::: 2012.11.16 ::: new york, usa :::

::: performance @ 106BLDG30 :::

w/ bruce tovsky, ben owen, & ana carvalho

friday, 16 nov.
BUILDING 30 Suite 106
Brooklyn Navy Yard

directions: enter at the Clinton Ave & Flushing Ave gate, ask for Building 30 Suite 106 at the guardhouse, they will direct you. a BNY map link and directions can be found here.

RSVP: via FB, btovsky (at) gmail (dot) com or 917.674.6647

after a long hiatus we are pleased to announce the first of a new series of events:


we are really happy to have two very special sound artists launch our new season: patrick mcginley (aka murmer), who is an american now living in estonia, and ben owen, based in brooklyn.

for patrick’s set all sounds used are prerecorded in the space itself or it’s surroundings, or generated live from local found objects. patrick is using this process for each of the performances he is giving on this tour. we will be doing a soundwalk around the navy yard the day before, collecting sounds, and in my case visuals, to be presented during the performance.

106BLDG30 is curated by Bruce Tovsky & Tracy Wuischpard

::: 2012.11.10 ::: boston, usa :::

::: performance @ studio soto :::

w/ nmperign & ernst karel

saturday, 10 nov.
studio soto
10 channel center street
$10 suggested donation

Join Studio Soto for an outstanding evening of rare performances by American expat sound artist Patrick McGinley (aka murmer), and the renowned duo Nmpreign (Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley), along with the sterling Ernst Karel.

Patrick McGinley (aka murmer) is an american-born sound, performance, and radio artist who has been based in europe since 1996. since then he has been building a collection of found sounds and found objects that has become the basis of all his work. in 2002 he founded framework, an organisation that produces a weekly field-recording themed radio show, broad- and podcasting around the world. in 2005, he began working closely with the artist-run organisation MoKS in southeast estonia, relocating there permanently in 2009.

most recently mcginley has been giving presentations, workshops, and performances based on the exploration of site-specific sound (with the revenant project) and sound as definition of space. in live performance his interest in field recording has developed into an attempt to integrate and resonate found sounds, found objects, specific spaces, and moments in time, in order to create a direct and visceral link with an audience and location. murmer’s work is about small discoveries and concentrated attention; it focuses on the framing of the sounds around us which normally pass through our ears unnoticed and unremarked, but which out of context become unrecognisable, alien and extraordinary: crackling charcoal, a squeaking escalator, a buzzing insect, or one’s own breath. he works equally with spaces, objects, resonances, and people, in composition, performance, or simply collective action and experience, in exploration of perception via attentive listening.

nmperign began in 1998 as the trio of Greg Kelley (trumpet), Bhob Rainey (soprano saxophone) and Tatsuya Nakatani (drums and percussion). This line-up recorded the group’s debut CD, and toured the US before Nakatani left to pursue solo work. As a duo, Kelley & Rainey forged a unique style of improvised music informed as much by electronic music and noise as by the traditions of classical music (which Kelley studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore), modern composition (which Rainey practiced at the New England Conservatory), punk, and free improvisation. The duo toured extensively in the late 90s and early 00s, highlights of which were documented on a CD published by Ralf Wehowsky‘s Selektion label. They would hone the nmperign sound to a sharp point that would bring them into contact with people who would become frequent collaborators: Gunter Mueller, Axel Doerner, Andrea Neuman, Jerome Noetinger, Lionel Marchetti, Damon & Naomi, Le Quan Ninh, and most importantly Jason Lescalleet, with whom they would record two albums as a duo, and each work on an album with individually. — from Intransitive Recordings

In his audio projects, Ernst Karel works with analog electronics and with location recordings, sometimes separately, sometimes in combination, to create pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary. As an improvisor and performer on trumpet and/or analog electronics, or as a composer, he has participated in recordings released on and/OAR, Another Timbre, BoxMedia, Cathnor, Dead CEO, Formed, Kuro Neko, Locust, Lucky Kitchen, and Sedimental record labels, among others.

::: 2012.11.06 ::: allentown, usa :::

::: performance @ muhlenberg college :::

tuesday, 6 nov.
12:45 (afternoon)
the center for the arts galleria
muhlenberg college
2400 chew st.
free entry

::: 2012.10.16-21 ::: taipei, taiwan :::

as part of playaround 2012

The technology required for exploration of our sonic environment (digital sound recorders, microphones, editing software) is now readily available and affordable, but the most important and powerful tool we have is often overlooked: our ears. In this workshop we will return to this most basic hardware and explore perception via listening itself, in a detailed consideration of our surroundings via sound. Although we will of course make use of the technology available to us, our focus will be on the act of listening itself in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of what is arguably our most important sense.

We will explore both active and passive soundscapes: passive through the act of field recording, as we explore the obvious and hidden sounds of small spaces in an exercise called ‘one square meter’, in which participants will find and document different sounds, resonances and perspectives from within a defined radius, and active through improvisational sonic explorations as we create unamplified group performances in found spaces using only the materials found therein. In this way we will give voice to spaces whose resonances may otherwise remain silent.

Further description of some of our activities:

– durational listening: One of out first exercises will be to explore our own perception of sound through an extended session of listening to field recordings and found sound. We will explore and discuss perceptions of time and space and how they are affected by sound, notions of self-awareness, sensitivity to certain types/qualities of sound, and identification vs. anonymity of sound.

– one square meter: Participants will choose a small defined space, natural or urban, and explore it’s sonic aspects in detail through various recording techniques (normal microphones, contact microphones, hydrophones, miniature microphones inside objects, etc), making an extended sonic survey of a small space. For an example see this Maribor, Slovenia location on the aporee soundmaps.

– active/passive blind soundwalks: Participants will lead and be led through various environments with eyes closed, both through the existing soundscape of our natural environment, and through our own created soundscapes which we will construct through our acoustic improvisations and explorations. In this way we explore the intensity and detail of listening to an environment without seeing it.

– revenant actions: for the ‘active’ portion of our workshop, we will choose locations and explore them sonically through intervention/interaction with the space. All spaces have resonance and materials, and we will examine what sounds we can eek out of a space using only the material found there and a collection of ‘resonant aids’, such as instrument bows, rubber mallets and sticks, etc. Tones from rubbed windows, bowed metal, percussive hollow objects, textures from dried leaves – these are just a few examples of what can be found in a chosen space. For more information on the revenant project, see http://www.revenantsound.net

In the end we will have a collection of field recordings and site specific performances that will be a document of our explorations.

::: 2012.11.09 ::: cambridge, us :::

::: presentation @ the film study center, harvard university :::

friday, 9 november
16:00 – 18:00
room 416, sever building

In this short workshop, location recordist and sound artist Patrick McGinley will present his experiments in small-scale sonic exploration. We will examine and discuss perspective, perception, attention, and focus through sonic surveys of small or unexpected spaces, as in his projects ‘One Square Meter’ and ‘Hidden Sounds’.

Light snacks will be provided. Free and open to the public — bring only your ears.


::: 2012.08.30-31 ::: maribor, slovenia :::

udo noll  (de)
with patrick mcginley (ee),
support by ana pečar, petra kaps  & andrej hrvatin (si)
sound maps
KIBLA, Ulica kneza Koclja 9

udo noll and patrick mcginley talking to carsten stabenow (de)
2012.08.30, 20:00

radio aporee is a platform for artistic research of concepts and practices in the field of sound, location and their specifications in space. two terms, periphery and resonance, build the main focal foundation, bound to sound and space and also to social and communicational viewpoints. the term periphery can be defined as a spatial or qualitative differentiation, as movement away from the centre, towards the borders. at the same time, every conscious perception builds peripheries, where the main focus lies in the centre of those peripheries. the term resonance defines two poles: the answer of the place or of the opposed to our mere presence or address, in contrary to the resulting muteness. do we succeed in establishing a fruitful relationship with the surrounding world or are we left out? field recordings as the main source and method of the willing approach towards places and situations can be read as communicative relationships: the recorded sound is, at best, the answer to the question, defined by our search and approach. in this case, resonance is the stroke of luck, where a contact with space and the world is established. conscious listening is the key and the access point to an intensified reception and experience of the surrounding world.


::: 2012.05.08 ::: tartu, ee :::

::: performance @ topofon :::

w/ the authors of mitte tartu

tuesday, 8 may
küütri 2

“Mitte-Tartu” on psühhogeograafilis-hallutsinatoorne proosakogumik.

Kogumiku esitlus leiab aset teisipäeval, 8. mail kell 19 Y-galeriis.

“Mitte-Tartu” lugeja tutvub selle osaga Tartust, millele ‒ olgu teadlikult või mitte ‒ tavaliselt tähelepanu ei pöörata. Hiinalinna garaaživohang, Variku autoviadukt, Emajõe põhi, linna ümbritsevad võsad ja luhad. Grafiti sildade all. 17. sajandi lapse luukere Meltsiveski tiigis. Küütri tänava metroopeatus.

“Mitte-Tartu” esitlusel Y-galeriis loevad katkendeid oma tekstidest raamatu autorid Anti Saar, Berk Vaher, Joanna Ellmann, Aare Pilv, Tanel Rander (ehk ChanelDior), Lauri Pilter, Meelis Friedenthal, Sven Vabar, Jaak Tomberg, Kaja Pae, andreas w ning võibolla ka Mehis Heinsaar ja Erkki Luuk. Maarja Pärtna on ka kohal, aga tema teksti loeb keegi teine. Kiwa kahjuks sõidab seeaeg ära Rootsi.

Autorite taustaks laseb keskkonnahelisid Mitte-Tartust murmer (Patrick McGinley).

Tanel Rander näitab esitlusel ka, kuidas meie siin Baltikumis mamaligat lõikame. Mamaliga on traditsiooniline idaeuroopa maisipuder. Nii et esitluse külastajad saavad ka kehakinnitust. Muideks on „Mitte-Tartu“ esitluse ajal Y-galeriis üleval Taneli näitus „Decolonize This“, mis tegeleb Eesti ja Tartu idaeuroopa identiteediga; mõned fotod ja videod näitusel on üles võetud mitte-Tartus.

„Mitte-Tartut“ illustreerivad Kaja Pae arvukad fotod kõigist neist Tartu mitte-kohtadest. Kogumiku koostas Sven Vabar ideeidu põhjal, mille Berk Vaher talle pähe pistis.

Kujundas Mari Ainso.
Toetasid Eesti ja Tartu kulka, kirjandusfestival Prima Vista, Eesti Kirjanduse Selts ja EKL Tartu osakond.


::: 2012.04.12 ::: tartu, estonia :::

::: opening of crosstalk: tartu-berlin soundbridge :::

w/ udo noll

opening of the permanent urban sound installation crosstalk: tartu-berlin soundbridge, a collaboration between udo noll and patrick mcginley commissioned by the goethe institute and domus dorpatensis for the 2012 edition of tartu’s saksa kevad festival.

::: crosstalk page at aporee ::: crosstalk soundmap ::: full program pdf :::

In former telephone networks, the term crosstalk (in German: Nebensprechen, Übersprechen, Einstreuung) described a form of audible disturbance during a a call, often fragments of other calls, network noise or voices. What was considered to be an error, from a technical point of view, was experienced as an almost poetic moment by others: a spatial short-circuit, an unexpected encounter, an intimate touch by sound or a spoken word, the unfolding dimensions of a telecommunication network, whose specific sounds are a topos of it’s own, synonymous with wide distances, and close personal relations.

The project Crosstalk refers to this notion of distant touch. It exchanges recorded sounds from distinct places in Berlin with locations in Tartu, from similar settings or situations. The dis- located sounds are bridging the distance between the two cities. The mobile listener in Tartu moves through the soundscape of Berlin, while browsing his or her local surroundings.

Here’s how it works:
Sounds from Berlin are pinpointed on a virtual map of Tartu. While you walk around town, your phone is permanently tracked by its built-in GPS (or global positioning system). The moment-by-moment positioning interacts with the Radio Aporee Miniatures for Mobiles App. Depending on where you are, the nearest sound from the virtual Tartu map will begin to play. As you move closer to a different sound, it crossfades with the previous one, and so on. If you leave a sound, it remembers where you’ve left off, and will continue from that point if you return. The crosstalk miniature has no prefered direction, just go where you like and use the map for navigation.
Beware: as you may know already, computers sometimes crash and phones sometimes loose their connections. so, if things hang or produce strange results, try restarting the app and start again.
Enjoy your walk!

::: 2012.05.01 ::: tallinn, ee :::

::: performance @ ptarmigan not-a-festival :::

w/ alexei borisov & toorete helide süntesaatorisalong

tuesday, 1 may
kodu baar
vaimu 1