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Yasunao Tone and Hecker at MIT, 5/13

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    Thursday, May 13th, at 8:00pm. Non-Event and the MIT Media Lab Present: YASUNAO TONE AND HECKER Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab Wiensner Building, E-15 20 Ames
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2004
      Thursday, May 13th, at 8:00pm.
      Non-Event and the MIT Media Lab Present:


      Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab
      Wiensner Building, E-15
      20 Ames Street, Cambridge (Kendall)
      This conert is free and open to the public.

      Non-Event, together with the MIT Media Lab, present an evening of
      collaborative and solo works by avant-garde pioneer Yasunao Tone and
      emerging digital music composer Hecker.

      Together, Hecker and Tone will perform "Palimpsest," a piece using layers of
      sound from Tone's "Man'yo" material. Hecker will play a new version of his
      "Stocha Acid Vlook," and Tone will present a solo "Man'yo Wounded" piece.
      Tone will also present his multimedia project, "Molecular Music" for sound
      and film. Here, light-sensors arranged on the surface of a projection screen
      are triggered by Tone's films of ancient Chinese and Japanese poems to
      control a series of oscillators, creating electronic music.

      Yasunao Tone has been active in creating "event" works and experimental
      music since the 60s and has been an organizer and participant in Fluxus,
      Group Ongaku and Hi-Red Center, Japan's first computer art group. For the
      past twenty years much of Tone's work has focused on extending the
      possibilities of CDs as a performance medium. He transforms or "wounds" a
      previous composition of his by applying small pieces of tape to the CD
      surface and randomly overriding the player's error mechanism, creating a
      hypnotic blur of digital fragments as a result. He also has conducted
      ongoing software research in transforming the Chinese characters from
      "Man'yoshu," an 8th century anthology of Japanese poetry, into corresponding
      digital sounds, thus the "Man'yo Wounded" works for which he received the
      Prix Ars Electronica Golden
      Nica in 2002.

      The work of Vienna-based artist Florian Hecker emphasizes the connections
      between contemporary and historic developments in computer music. His
      recent productions, often the result of collaborations with engineers and
      scientists, incorporate psycho-acoustic phenomena, disorientating the
      listener's spatial perception. Hecker has been working with computer music,
      on his own and in collaboration with artists such as Russell Haswell, Peter
      Rehberg, Marcus Schmickler, and Yasunao Tone, since 1996. His recent solo
      presentations have included performances at the Venice Biennale,
      Documenta11, the Pompidou Center, and the Autechre-curated All Tomorrow's
      Parties festival. His most recent full lengh solo recording, Sun
      Pandamonium, received the Award of Distinction at the Prix Ars Electronica

      *There will be a talk by the artists in Bartos Theater the day of the
      concert, time TBA, that will be open to the public.*

      5/20/04 - The BSC with special Guest Tatsuya Nakatani - Gallery 108
      5/25/04 - Keith Rowe and Fennesz - Kresge Little Theater, MIT

      For more information on the Non-Event series, including upcoming shows,
      event archives, photos, sound samples, and articles, visit our website:

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