With the Bergen Impro Big Band .
Led by John Hegre and Lasse Marhaug (Jazkamer)

AVAGRDE har gleden av å åpne sin trettende sesong, høsten 2012, med festivalen:

Pannekaker: Konserttur gjennom syv byrom
1. september 10:00-23:00

Kl 10:00 Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek
Kl 12:00 Konsertpaleet KP 9
Kl 14:00 Bredsgården, Bryggen
Kl 16:00 Studentsenteret
Kl 18:00 Musikkpaviljongen
Kl 20:00 Bergen Kjøtt
Kl 22:00 Kosmo klubben

Medvirkende: Jazkamer, Bergen Impro Storband, Ny Musikk Bergen og Avgarde

Festivalen foregår på syv forskjellige steder i Bergen, i løpet av en dag! Turen begynner på Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek kl 10:00. En lang dag, med mye fantastisk musikk tar publikum fra sted til sted, scene til scene, og de akkustiske rom fylles med fine klanger, spilt av Jazkamer og Bergen Impro Storband. Konsertdagen avsluttes i Kosmo klubben kl 22:00.
Det er gratis adgang til alle konsertene. Kom og bli med på tur!

Musik für’s Deutsche Haus

Audio-Visual Installation / Live A-V Performance
Built with vvvv

Presented at:

12th September 2012: Scheune Schall, Stommeln (performance)

11th September 2012: Die Alter Feurwache, Cologne (performance)

12th-15th July 2012: Rundgang , KHM Cologne (installation and performance)

28th June 2012: Metasonic@ IPA, Lisbon, Portugal (performance)

Spectral Traces: Live Set @ Live!iXem 2011, Sicily

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4-channel spectral improvisation with Joel Cahen and Wajid Yaseen
CHIESA DI SANTA EULALIA (Istituto Cervantes), Via Argenteria Nuova 33, Palermo

These images document an emerging methodology for working with situated sound recordings (a term I prefer to field or environmental recording – perhaps phonograph is preferable). I do not consider these digital files to point backwards in time towards some imagined documentation of a contingency typified by excess. They do present some trace of dynamical spectral activity. Such activity I understand to occur both in the frequency domain and also a mythical, haunted domain of lack, loss and absence.

The spectrograms, while found useful when dealing with many recordings of various duration, are of course an abstraction of the sound itself – they do however present, by this very abstraction, a playful means of re-rendering the recorded sound into something other.

This performance, as part of the Opensound project also suggested to me to explore a means of realtime 4 channel spatialisation using FLOSS tools. This performance was my first live experiment using a mashup of TouchOSC/PD/Ableton to move though an recombinatory 4 channel matrix of the spectral abstractions

SZKIZ: European Artist Exchange Project: Poland/Austria/UK

SZKIZ is a European exchange project for musicians and artists working at the intersection of experimental electronic music, improvisation, acoustic instrumentation and visual art. The project is based on three fundamentals: the exchange of and cooperation between musicians and artists beyond national borders, the transfer of knowledge through the development of a common practice and the social discourse on music and visual art in Europe.

The Emergent Properties of the PondlifeMind: A Series of strategies for Collective Improvisation

the context
a view of the water’s surface as the membrane of a primitive conciousness
the body of water begins with relative stillness
organic materials decomposing
the sound of rain from high above
wind creating ripples and waves
the seasonal freezing and melting of the water – transformations from liquid to solid and back again
life, as yet is unknown in this environment
the volume of water increases and decreases related to icemelt, daily evaporation, and flow into and out of the pond

narrative one
a primitive lifeform struggles into exisitence, spasms into beingness, twitches, pulsates in irregular, unregulated beingness
it begins to increase in complexity,though remaining highly simplified. neural links connect matter, and unanimated matter, becomes imbued with life. a cellular lifeform comes into being.

narrative two
on the other side of the pond, a similar process occurs, but an all together different life form is generated. it slowly becomes self-aware

narrative three
lifeform 1 in coming into existence, betrays its location to lifeform 2. how does it react? does it attempt to conceal itself? does it attempt to communicate? does it attempt a violent confrontation? which is hunter. which is prey? lifeform 2 must also react? co-modulation of behaviours. co-evolution. in this way a neural connection between seemingly distinct entities contribute to the emergent conciousness of the pond as a whole.
narrative four
following the resolution of the issues outlined in narrative three, a further life-form comes into being. more complex. the next generation of life in the pond. how does its apperance affect lifeforms 1 and 2? how does it change their relationship?

narrative five
a contextual cataclysm – a flood / a drought. all life comes to an end.

Inspired and dedicated to David Dunn.