From Ear to the Earth:
100 x John
A Global Salute to John Cage in Sound and Image
As a salute to Cage for his leadership in what Joel Chadabe called “the great opening up of music to all sounds”, and in the spirit of the 100th anniversary year of his birth, the theme of our festival this year is 100 x John. In 1937, in a talk titled The Future of Music: Credo, John Cage said, “I believe that the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard …”
All events are taking place at White Box, located at 329 Broome Street, NYC. Suggested donation: $10 per event. For more information, visit: http://www.eartotheearth.org
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20
5 – 7 p.m.: Meet Phill Niblock
A reception for the launch of Working Title, a panoramic view of multimedia artist Phill Niblock’s activities since the 1960s. The bilingual book (French/English), edited by Yvan Etienne contains articles, reviews, interviews and four films on DVDs.
7 – 10 p.m.: Cagean Mix #1 & Six Solos
Cagean Mix #1
A multimedia mix of sounds and images from around the world, including locations as remote and diverse as Gorak Shep (Nepal), Yucatan (Mexico), Sogn og Fjordane, Aurland (Norway), and Horseshoe Bay (Texas). Images are by media artist Luke DuBois. Sound artists include Nate Aldrich, Rodolphe Alexis, Michael Austin, Walter Branchi, Warren Burt, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Alessandro Cipriani, Philip Dadson, H. E. Cicada Brokaw Dennis, Luca Forcucci, Ricardo Garcia, Thomas Gerwin, Adam Gooderham, James Harley, Andrea Juan, Gregory Kramer, Bernie Krauss, Stephen Lilly, Julian Mock, Giorgio Magnanensi, David Monacchi, Katharine Norman, Inge Olmheim, Garth Paine, Maria Papadomanolaki, Robin Parmar, Amandine Pras, Hanns Holger Rutz, Giorgio Sancristoforo, Eleonor Sandresky, Alyse Santoro, and Robert Scott Thompson, among others.
Rodolphe Alexis: Altimira Station at Dawn
Recorded in a Costa Rican rangers station in La Amsitad International Park, one of the most preserved and wild lands of Central America.
Adam Gooderham: Dawn at Goongerah
Recorded in Goongerah, East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
Walter Bianchi: Silver Arrow
Recorded in Orvieto, Italy, during the classic automobile race called La Castellana.
Warren Burt: Wombat Hill
100 recordings (or 10-second sound snapshots) made in the Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia.
Thomas Gerwin: 24 Stunden Viki 02
Segment 2 of a 24-hour audio portrait of the Viktoria-Luise-Platz, Berlin’s famed square.
Arsenije Jovanovic: Resava Variations
Stalactites recorded 700 hundreds meters underground in a cave in Eastern Serbia.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
7 – 8 p.m.: Cagean Mix #2
A multimedia mix of sounds and images related to water, featuring locations such as Antarctica, Galgibaga Beach (Goa, India), Tomales Bay (California) and Hudson River (New York City). Images are by media artist Luke DuBois. Sound artists include Tom Beyer, David Dexler, Paul Geluso, Andrea Juan, Atle Pakusch Gundersen, Maggi Payne, and Stephen Saldanha.
8 – 10 p.m.: Performances
David Rothenberg: MagiCicada Unexpected Road
Joseph Kubera: Scenes from Staten Island
Garth Paine: Commentary Prelude
Guy Barash: For JC
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22
Noon – 8 p.m.: Sounds & Images
David de Gandarias: Psarocolius Montezuma
Part of Microcerculus, a musical composition dedicated to the struggles for the conservation of the natural environment.
Arsenije Jovanovic: Souvenirs du Marché Aux Puces
The sounds of many gadgets around us, hiding values different from those for which they were originally designed.
Rodolphe Alesis: Dry Wet Evergreen
Recorded on Costa Rica’s Mesoamerican Biological Corridor –a biodiversity hotspot and territorial refuge for many neo-tropical species in danger of extinction.
Leah Barclay: Confluence
Exploring Wolf Rock, one of Australia’s most distinctive and diverse aquatic landscapes and home to a large population of endangered Grey Nurse sharks. Featuring Richard Haynes on Bass Clarinet with processing site-specific hydrophone recordings.
8 – 10 p.m.: Performances
Don Bosley, Tom Beyer, and Susan Kaprov: Puzzle Variations
Richard Lainhart: Manhattan Sounds
Joel Chadabe and Orin Buck: Many Times Times Square
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
5 – 10pm: Cagean Mix #3
A multimedia mix of sounds and images related to New York City. Images are by media artist Luke DuBois. Sound artists include William Blakeney, Guy Barash, Alban Bassuet, Justin H Brierley, Joel Chadabe, Alexis Clements, Alvin Curran, Patrick Derivaz, Janeil Engelstad, Anne Guthrie, Hallvardur Asgeirsson Herzog, Joseph Kubera, Justin Mathew, and Ronan Shai, among others.