ARNOLD DREYBLATT at the Goethe-Institut Boston
Saturday, March 12, 2011

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

World Premiere 4-channel performance for laptop of Turntable History

with Caroline Park

This performance will also be the record-release party for the recording of Turntable History on Important Records.

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8:00 p.m. / $15 or $12 with valid student ID

About Turntable History

“Turntable History” was originally conceived as part of an audio-visual installation installed in the circular vaulted brick space of a historical water container in Berlin in 2009. The original sound content is derived from recordings made by Dreyblatt of a Magnetic Resonance Imagining Scanner (“Siemens Magnetom Symphony Maestro Class”) in a radiological practice in Berlin. Dreyblatt was fortunate to gain rare permission to record this device in operation without patients being involved. A technician from Siemens manned the machine especially for these recordings, searching for software settings related to their resulting sonic output rather for scanning particular body areas. Dreyblatt treated the device as a giant “Tesla coil”, in which the alignment and resonances of a powerful magnetic field is gradually altered by rotating radio frequencies.  Dreyblatt analyzed and deconstructed the original recordings and grouped the audio segments by pitch, rhythm and density.  The resulting five-channel composition of harmonically resonating, pulsating signals, sounded within this voluminous reflective space (with long delay times) was captured in a recording which will be issued by Important Records.

For the live version, which will be premiered at this concert, Dreyblatt has created a palette of signals and patters derived from the original recordings which are “played” and combined with the acoustic nature of the performance space in mind. While not attempting to simulate the new CD recording, Dreyblatt creates a completely new spatial composition utilizing the original sonic material.

About the artists

ARNOLD DREYBLATT is an American media artist and composer. He has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1984. In 2007, Dreyblatt was elected to lifetime membership in the visual arts section at the German Academy of Art (Akademie der Künste, Berlin). He is currently Professor of Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany.

One of the second generation of New York minimal composers, Dreyblatt studied music with Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young, and Alvin Lucier and media art with Woody and Steina Vasulka. Over the course of his long career, he has charted his own unique course in composition and music performance. He has invented a set of new and original instruments, performance techniques, and a system of tuning. Often characterized as one of the more rock-oriented of American minimalists, Dreyblatt has cultivated a strong underground base of fans for his transcendental and ecstatic music with his Orchestra of Excited Strings.

His early activities in music and performance included the albums Nodal Excitation, Propellers In Love and the opera project Who’s Who in Central and East Europe 1933. His artistic practice of the last 20 years has ranged from large staged multi-day performances (The Memory Projects, 1995-2001), involved installations (such as From the Archives, 1999; The Wunderblock, 2000; Turntable History, 2009) and wall works (such as Ephemeris Epigraphica, 2006 and Memory Lost, 2007). At the same time he has continued to develop his unique work in composition and music performance.

CAROLINE PARK is an electroacoustic composer + multimedia artist working primarily with sparse materials. She has been involved with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis Symphony, Callithumpian Consort, Together: New England Electronic Music Festival, Musicacoustica Beijing, SICPP (Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice), Boston Microtonal Society, Boston CyberArts, and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Her works are for sound/video/installation, with or without instruments. Other interests include metamorphoses, elevation, linguistics, micro-objects, re-calibration, and sonic design.

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