De Stem van West presents: EILANDRADIO

A 2 1/2 hour live performance / radio production by BMB con.
featuring Sara Nuytemans en Geurt Grosfeld.

Utrecht West, Sunday 21st September 2014
Starting point: Muntbrug, Utrecht at 14 hrs.

Cycle along the canals while you listen to sounds from
the Island of Utrecht West!

Please bring an FM radio with you! Some older telephones can
receive FM radio, and some Android phones do as well. 
iPhones will NOT work. some iPods include an FM tuner.

The radio frequency will be announced before the trip begins.

for more information see www.destemvanwest.nl or facebook.com/destemvanwest

Sound: Now and Next

Sound: Now and Next
The future of broadcast audio
19th - 20th May 2015, BBC Broadcasting House, London

The BBC are pleased to announce ‘Sound: Now and Next’ - a two-day event on the future of broadcast audio. It will feature talks from leading figures on the subject as well as a host of demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology. Confirmed speakers so far include wildlife recordist Chris Watson, composer and sound artist Nick Ryan, musician and inventor Tim Exile and dubbing mixer Martyn Harries. We are currently seeking proposals for contributions to the technology fair which will form a significant part of the event. Please see the following website for more details and to sign up for email updates.


Sound recordist Chris Watson

A Week of Spatial Sound on 4DSOUND at Amsterdam Dance Event; Open Hack Lab Call

During this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, 4DSOUND will take over the Compagnietheater with five days of live shows, sonic installations and masterclasses on the 4DSOUND system.

At ADE Sound Academy, 4DSOUND is working with its partners Ableton and Liine to present the state-of-the-art in sound design and sound production. The Sound Academy will focus on bespoke production methods of renowned artists, give insights into the creative process and expose new ways of integrating technologies to compose, and control the sound environment.

4DSOUND is an instrument that produces sound in an unlimited spatial continuum; sounds move around, above, beneath and in-between the listeners. Led by your ears, you are seduced into exploring the space. One can move between blocks of sound, touch lines of sound and walk through walls of sound. With extensive technical and creative facilities to fully control the spatial sound environment, artists can invent and discover new relationships between sound, the space and the listeners. 

AS/P/SA Arquivo Sonoro/Pernes/Sound Archive

Through the use of Phonographic and Field Recordings of sound - oral, musical and environmental – as documentation tools, together with their contextualization, Pernes Sound Archive presents a record of Pernes rural area, in Portugal’s central region.

Showing them as social and cultural constructs, as process, interpretation and naming; as genealogical, economical, political and historical products; as collective and ideological memory; as a differentiating feature of their own identity – as actual/acting elements.

This Bioacoustical and Anthropological point of view is registered and filed and is used to conserve his transitive sound and visual memory (Flickr/You Tube).

​Pernes town hall belongs to Santarém Municipality and is a rural area surrounded by the Alviela River, the Centeio River and the National Natural Reserves of Serra de Aire e Candeeiros and Paúl do Boquilobo. Pernes is 14.500Km2 and has a population of 1689, and encompasses the villages of Chã de Baixo, Outeiro de Fora, Moita and Póvoa das Mós.


FETA Prize in Sound Art 2014 Awarded to Nicolas Bernier

With 35 blind submissions from 8 countries in the Americas, Nicolas Bernier is selected as the 2014 winner of the FETA Prize in Sound Art for his work frequencies (synthetic variations).

The FETA Prize in Sound Art was established last year to promote a broad range of contemporary American sound and installation arts. In the second edition, we received 35 submissions from artists residing in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the US. Through a two-stage blindfold evaluation process, the judges Seth Cluett, Ron Kuivila and Douglas Repetto selected a small pool of finalists: Matthew Ostrowski’s Negative Differential Resistance, Mark Hirsch’s All Yellow, and the town we live in, Sara Dittrich’s Going/Staying and Nicolas Bernier’s frequencies (synthetic variations). Our honorable master judge Maggi Payne selected the winning work frequencies (synthetic variations) by Nicolas Bernier. In addition to a 1,000 USD monetary prize, the writer Michelle Aldredge will profile Nicolas Bernier and his work in the Gwarlingo online magazine. Furthermore, frequencies (synthetic variations) will be presented in a gallery space in Miami, FL.

About frequencies (synthetic variations):
“This second installment of the «frequencies» series is an audiovisual composition purely based on synthetic sound and synthetic physical matter. Tightly composed together, sound and light are bursting within acrylic structures, bringing a sense of extreme precision where one can either hear the light or see the sound. The is built out of short audiovisual sequences organized and processed in real time, designed to be listened to at random and then offering a new duration and dynamics with every hearing.” NB

About Nicolas Bernier:
Nicolas Bernier creates musique concrete, live electronics, post-rock, noise improv sound performances, installations and video art pieces, in addition to dance, theatre, moving image and interdisciplinary projects. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant through the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. Awardee of the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica (Austria) in 2013, his work also caught the interest of SONAR (Spain), Mutek (Canada), DotMov Festival (Japan) and Transmediale (Germany) and have been published on labels like Crónica (Portugal), LINE (US), leerraum (Switzerland) and Entr’acte (UK). He holds a PhD in sonic arts from the University of Huddersfield (UK). He his a member of Perte de signal, a media arts research and development center based in Montreal. He his teaching in the Digital Music program of the Université de Montréal.

For images, video, and additional information about frequencies (synthetic variations), please visit: http://www.vimeo.com/nicolasbernier/frequencies-sv http://nicolasbernier.com/page/works.htm

Read the Gwarlingo article about our last year winner Ted Apel here:


For more information about the FETA prize in Sound Art, please visit our website: http://fetafoundation.org/Feta_Prize-Winner-2014.html

or contact Spencer Topel at topel@fetafoundation.org

With the support of Foundation of Emerging Technologies and Arts, Harold Golen Gallery, Gwarlingo and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

CfP - Tuning Speculation

Tuning Speculation II: Auralneirics and imaginary networked futures

7-9 November, Toronto (Canada)

Organized by The Occulture (David Cecchetto, Marc Couroux, and eldritch Priest)

Plenary Speakers: Frances Dyson, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, and Dan Mellamphy

In the context of ubiquitous media not only is the sheer volume of data notable, but so too are the ways in which we encounter, interact with and articulate its abstract mass. This is particularly significant where contemporary social experiences are increasingly interpellated by a technical apparatus in a way that makes the former available only through the invention and deployment of extra-sensory algorithms. The implication of technology in human activity (while always present) in this instance raises new challenges, for the algorithmically negotiated data-bloom of digital networks intensifies the problem of agency by distributing its expression across material and virtual domains that belong to both organic and inorganic systems, as well as actual and fictional entities.

Building on last year’s meeting, this three-day workshop seeks to examine how aurally inflected mediations might address the complexities of agency and its relation to the counterfactual when one’s actions, feelings, thoughts, competences, desires, failures, and daydreams are implicated in the self-adjusting operation of nonlinear networks. For instance, we are interested in the ways that aurality conjures alternative sensitivities to data flows and rhythms of change that allow for both increased agency in existing networked settings but also for the envisaging and summoning of new vectors of agency itself. While several approaches can catalyze such speculations, we propose to concentrate on sounding art—broadly understood—in order to leverage the fated semiotic parasitism, differential production, relational expression, and perceived multiplicity that informs such practices. However, alongside such concentrating we also welcome various reflections on sono-distractions, phonochaosmosis, rhythmanalysis, harmelodic-prescience, audio pragmètics, chronoportation, h/Hypermusic and other invocations of impossible and/or imaginary networked aural futures.

Please send an abstract (maximum 250 words) and bio tounsound@yorku.ca no later than 21 July 2014.

JSS 7 Online

The seventh issue of the Journal of Sonic Studies, a proceedings issue of the first international European Sound Studies Association Conference, which took in Berlin in October 2013, is online. This issue contains high quality papers, offering many different perspectives on the topic of (functional) sound.


• Editorial - Functional Sounds in Sound Art and Popular Culture: Proceedings of the First International ESSA Conference 2013, Part I - Julia Krause, Holger Schulze and Marcel Cobussen

• An Exceptional Purity of Sound: Noise Reduction Technology and the Inevitable Noise of Sound Recording - Melle Kromhout

• Affective Soundscape Composition for Evoking Sonic Immersion - Mark Nazemi

• Sound and Narrative: Acousmatic Composition as Artistic Research - James Andean


• A Paleontology of Quiet - Neil Verma

• Remaking Pittsburgh: Permaculture Soundscapes - Jeremy Woodruff

• Music Dematerialized? - Francisco López

RoadTrip Mixtape

It’s easy enough coming up with playlists for road trips — just bring a phone with your whole music collection and hit shuffle. But if you want to spice things up a bit, there’s this new web app called Roadtrip Mixtape that ties up the music playing on your phone or tablet with the place you’re visiting. Let’s say you’re driving from New York to San Francisco: simply type those places in, and the app will tap into Spotify data to show lists of musicians who hailed from each place you’re passing through. The app even plays 30-second samples of each musician’s songs (in our case, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj were first in line), but you need to access Spotify itself to hear full songs and albums. Just take note that since the service bases its recommendations on location data, the results are a mishmash of artists from various genres. Sadly, it doesn’t have a phone app version for download, so you may want to bookmark the website if you love listening to soothing tunes one moment and death metal the next.

Alive With the Sound of Music, and More

The New Museum in New York is alive with the sound of music, as well as talking, chanting, spitting, electronic tics and sputters and, occasionally, the tinkling of 47 small bronze bells. Its six current exhibitions all involve sound. One is almost nothing but sound. This loose, fluctuating connection illuminates some of the many roles sound plays in contemporary art while allowing the shows to amplify one another in unexpected ways.

More info can be found here and/or here