Opening Friday, February 21st, from 7:30PM - 9:30PM
February 21, 2020 – Oscillations: Visda Goudarzi + Artemi-Maria Gioti / SoVISA featuring Tommy Carroll
Doors At 7:30. Music At 8.
Visda Goudarzi and Artemi-Maria Gioti present Soundsourcing, a participatory performance for audience and two laptop performers based on processing sound generated in real time. The Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists (SoVISA) will perform a composition by Tommy Carroll titled The Chaos of Convenience, a sonic critique of the gig or app-based economy.
Visda Goudarzi and Artemi-Maria Gioti present Soundsourcing, a participatory performance for audience members and two laptop performers that is based on processing sound generated by the audience in real time. Audience members produce vocal sounds (words, phonemes and noises) which are picked up by two condenser microphones and processed by the laptop performers in real-time.
The Society of Visually Impaired Sound Artists (SoVISA) will perform a composition by Tommy Carroll titled The Chaos of Convenience, a sonic critique of the gig or app-based economy that will also serve as the first road test of an experimental method of conducting blind performers through non-rhythmic music. The music is an evolution of an experiment in harsh noise that Tommy first began as a student of Jay Alan Yim at Northwestern University. The group will consist of a trio of a vocalist, synthesist, and drummer all being lead by the conductor. The conductor, rather than using traditional conducting techniques, will operate a synthesizer rig that is only played back for the performers. Then performers use a mixture of score-based instructions and physical intuition to respond to the pitch and timbral information provided by the conductor. The challenge being able to refine the system so that the performers, who are unable to read a score as they play, are able to confidently know when new section changes have arrived and act accordingly in unison. The piece is harsh and ever-shifting. All the musicians are performing on instruments for which they lack expertise. This symbolizes the social and economic destabilization modern app-based gig work has wrought on society. A small speaker containing the audio feed from the conductor’s synth rig will be placed in a room outside of the performance space for curious audience members to go and listen while the band continues.