PoL # 9 Sound Art in the Age of the iPhone

With Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan
Date: Wednesday 8th October 2014
Time: arrive at 17:45 for a 18:00 start
Venue: Street Lecture Theatre, LCC Elephant and Castle
Directions

Sound artist and programmer Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan will give a talk and demonstration of his mobile sound installation Chronophasis to debate how composers exploit the unique characteristics – the strengths and limitations – of the instruments they write for as a central part of the compositional process; considering also the environment in which the music will be heard and how it will be listened to.

“For Chronophasis a mobile sound installation, I chose to compose for the iPhone as my instrument. But what are exactly the characteristics of this instrument? What are its limitations? In what environment is music for an iPhone experienced, and how is it listened to?

I would like to explore these questions together with you. I have some some historical examples to share as case studies to examine how earlier composers worked with the qualities of instruments and media of distribution. I will present some of the research and thinking that informed Chronophasis, and I will also draw on my experience working with Max Neuhaus to realize Auracle to highlight and explore approaches to designing ubiquitous sound installations.”

The session is open to anyone interested in listening and composing to music and sound art. Please bring your own experiences of listening to or composing work for iPhone or Android.

Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan is a sound artist and programmer. He lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

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