SuperCollider Symposium 2010 in Berlin
Conference / Workshops / Concerts / Installations

Installations .HBC Print

18. - 26. September, 14 - 22h
Opening: Friday 17.Sept. 20h

ground floor

Ron Kuivila -- Alex at Twilight
Andre Bartetzki -- A Show Case for SC Tweets

second floor
Jost Muxfeldt
-- Audio Kinematics
Marije Baalman -- Sonobotanics - Montreal models
Jonas Hummel -- [PB_UP] - a patchwork portrait 
Hanns Holger RutzNayari Castillo -- Dissemination

Victor Mazon Gardoqui -- Interferenzen – Expanded Field



Venue: .HBC

Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 9
10178 Berlin
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Ron Kuivila (USA)    commission

Alex at Twilight (2010)

A set of pointers mime one hundred years of weather in a kind of electromechanical Butoh in an arrangement reminiscent of the garden at Ryoan-ji. The pointers’ own creaking bodies, periodically interrupted by that venerable cliché of electroacoustic music, the mutated bell.  That bell lines out the temperature of different years, decades, and centuries in its changing pitch and timbre.

Within the SC symposium, the piece may be regarded as an allegory of the tension between code making and breaking that mark the relation of sound art, computer music, and digital media in general.


Andre Bartetzki (Germany)

A Show Case for SC Tweets (2010)

SuperCollider tweets are short pieces of code limited to the short length of 140 characters (twitter messages). Last year there was a lot of activity around SC tweets, resulting, for example, in an album of 22 pieces, called sc140. In a way, SC tweets are related to the human ambition of avoiding redundancies, like in science where Occam's razor is often interpreted in the sense that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one, or when composers decide to use only limited base material (a sound, a theme) as a starting point but make rich and complex pieces out of them.

My installation is just twittering out to the street what other users have written: several hundred mini compositions, smart algorithms, complex rhythms, compact soundscapes, evolving textures, syntactic adventures ...


Marije Baalman (Netherlands)

Sonobotanic models: Periperceptoida Triquetrus Nutandis and - Dependis (2010)

The scientific field of Predictive Sonobotanics attempts to create models of sonobotanic plants with the aim of predicting their behavior and to gain a deeper understanding of the subtleties in sonobotanic plant behaviour. In this exhibition models of the Periperceptoida Triquetrus Nutandis and the Periperceptoida Triquetrus Dependis are presented.

The models make use modern technology: sensors measure environmental characteristics, such as light, temperature, and humidity; these data are used in computational models implemented in SuperCollider; the result is then auralised via the loudspeakers inside the physical model.


Jonas Hummel (Germany)

[PB_UP] - a patchwork portrait (2010)

Many have claimed that ’The computer is the new folk guitar’; if this is so, then PB_UP is the first accoustic computer music folk band: The laptop is their only instrument. Jonas Hummel translated this approach into a documentary film installation and worked out an unusual portrait of this unusual band. On laptops and three projections surrounded by a capturing quadrophonic sound collage, the visitor of the installation walks amidst an interactive environment, which illuminates the creative processes and the musical communication of this contemporary ensemble. Nine multiscreen-videoclips show different perspectives on performances of the "acoustic computer band" PowerBooks_UnPlugged.


Jost Muxfeldt (USA / Germany)

Audio Kinematics (2007)

plays with the idea of kinematic relations in sound spatialization. It utilizes the spatial relations and proportions of a mechanical structure to determine various parameters of a sound composition, and creates a kind of virtual kinetic sound sculpture. The content of the composition is determined by the spatial relation of the sculpture to the listener, whose virtual position is at the center of the mechanical structure.


Hanns Holger Rutz (Germany) &
Nayarí Castillo
(Venezuela / USA)

Dissemination (2010)

An audio-visual installation utilizing vertically and horizontally suspended glass plates. They function both as membranes of sound diffusion and as specimen holders for flying seeds, confined to a regular arrangement of petri dishes. The space is conditioned by filtering the daylight. Seeds refer both to their origin and to the potentiality of new live (or death). They symbolise motion or traveling. Dissemination as continuous re-writing, a structure of movement, rather than fulfillment.


Víctor Mazón Gardoqui (Spain)

Interferenzen - Expanded Field (2010)

The visitors of the sound installation Interferenzen - Expanded Field are equipped with small audio receivers and can listen to sounds in the outside area in front of the .HBC. The individual pieces only become audible through the wandering of the visitors, who's constellation constantly varies in position and number. A play between reality and fiction is created in combination with the existing acoustic environment. Students of all disciplines from the Hochschule fur Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig collectively produced and created the contents and technical equipment of the sound installation.

Idea, Concept, Coordination: Max Schneider,Víctor Mazón Gardoqui
Students: Ira Nimsdorf, Christian Schroeder, Peggy Pehl, Laura Wagner, Adrian Sievering, Thomas Janitzky, Martin Rauch, Julius Heinemann, Joana Brunkow, Ronny Bulik, Burkhard Beschow, Katya Lachowicz, Guillermo Fiallo Montero, Stefan Riebel, Simon Reimann, Víctor Mazón, Viktor Brim, Thomas Taube

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