Aug 14th 2015

ACRE and The Chicago Perch present a one-night event on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8PM at 2230 W Cermak Rd, Chicago 60608. ACRE has partnered with The Chicago Perch to host JEFF MILAM: HUMAN WORK AUTOMATED FOR SELECTED FREQUENCIES, the next installment in ACRE’s year-long series of exhibitions by 2014 ACRE summer residents.

MT Coast along with, Ben Boye, Ben Billington, Natalie Chami, and Kyle Landstra, will explore the limitations of processed improvisation through electronic and drone-centric music. Frequencies and gestures provided by MT Coast shall act as a loose score while the performers use both digital and analogue instruments to explore their personal interpretations of the gestures within the confines of the frequencies. The performers’ output will be presented outright while also being actively fed back into MT Coast’s processing center where the inputs will be modulated on the fly – creating a dense textural field of input, output and feedback.

This performance will aim to explore the human response to machine generated signals of exact frequencies which are known to correspond to ancient spiritual practices, such as the yogic tradition of Chakra, and the set modal phenomena known as Cymatics. Participants shall include performers and audience members. The performers will respond to a series of frequencies through musical improvisation. The audience is encouraged to participate in any way they see fit.

MT COAST is an experimental sound artist from Chicago, IL who uses computers to explore the limits of organic and acoustic sounds by processing field recordings, acoustic instruments and by mimicking organic sounds with software. MT Coast uses a process oriented approach to demonstrate the relationships between sounds and their novel concocted counterparts, but more importantly he composes deeply textured pieces intended to call into question the relationship between the natural and synthetic.

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibition) was founded in 2010 with the ambition to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. The residency itself takes place each summer in rural southwest Wisconsin and brings together artists from across disciplines and levels of experience to create a regenerative community of cultural producers. Over the course of the following year ACRE endeavors to further support its residents by providing venues for exhibitions, idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

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