Ebbing Sounds Symposium

Ebbing Sounds connects speakers from the tech, academic, and music spheres to explore how streaming formats — mediated by industry distributors & algorithmic curation — shape spheres of music production, listening, and distribution.

Event Details

Location

Gray Area
2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94110 United States

Date

May 24, 2018 8:30 am - May 26, 2018 11:55 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

Cost

$10 - $35

Ebbing Sounds is a three-day inter­disci­plinary sym­po­sium and con­cert series inves­ti­gating new ways of music pro­duction, listen­ing, and cri­tique.

As music access today is domi­nated by stream­ing for­mats mediated by industry dis­tri­butors and algo­rithm cu­ration, Ebbing Sounds explores how stream­ing shapes our interaction with sound and music. A group of inter­national artists, mu­sicians, theo­rists, and sound stream­ing industry media­tors will gather to dis­cuss the formats and ma­teriali­ties of new emerging music and sound in the context of an algo­rithm-driven indus­try-audience re­lation­ship.

Ebbing Sounds is being held from May 24 to May 26, 2018 at Gray Area in San Fran­cisco. It’s orga­nized by zwei­komma­sieben in co­operation with mar­cella faust­ini, De­For­rest Brown Jr. and swiss­nex San Fran­cisco.

Program

May 25 — Symposium

10:00am — welcome address: marcella faustini [US]
10:05am — Intervention I: DeForrest Brown Jr. [US; PTP, zweikommasieben]
10:30am — Lecture: Ruedi Widmer [CH; ZHdK]
11:10am — Lecture: Lawrence English [AU; Room40, Touch]
11:50am — Lecture: James Hoff [US; PAN]

12:30pm — lunch

1:30pm — Intervention II: zwei­komma­sieben
1:40pm — Lecture: Inigo Wilkins [UK; Glass Bread]
2:20pm — Lecture: Curtis Roads [US; University of California]
3:00pm — Lecture: Kara-Lis Coverdale [CA; Umor Rex, Boomkat Editions]
3:40pm — Panel Discussion

May 25 — Concerts

Tickets are included in Symposium admission, or may be purchased separately. 

9:30pm — Live-set: James Hoff [US; PAN]
10:15pm — Live-set: Curtis Roads [US; University of California]
11:15pm — Live-set: Kara-Lis Coverdale [CA; Umor Rex, Boomkat Editions]
12:15pm — Live-set: Lawrence English [AU; Room40, Touch]

 

Additional Programming

May 24 & 26 Performances

May 24, 8:30 – 11pm — Opening Reception and Swiss Music Showcase
May 26, 9pm – 1am — Closing Concerts

Bios

May 25 Symposium & Concerts

Listed in order of appearance.

DeForrest Brown Jr.

DeForrest Brown Jr, courtesy of the artistDeForrest Brown Jr. is a New York-based music writer, media theorist and curator. He has previously worked with publications such as Triple Canopy, Tiny Mix Tapes and Mixmag, and has contributed writing to NPR Music, FACT, Rhizome, zweikommasieben, The Quietus and Avant Magazine. He was the Susanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow at Issue Project Room New York in 2017. His collaborative project Absent Personae with Liverpool-based sound artist Jon Davies aka Kepla was released on PTP.

marcella faustini

marcella faustinimarcella faustini is a cultural instigator of many varieties, based in San Francisco. Through her work as an artistic director in local galleries and as an independent curator, she has collaborated with a variety of visual artists, writers and musicians.

Ruedi Widmer

Ruedi Widmer

Ruedi Widmer is a journalist and media scholar. He is the head of the MA program Cultural Publishing at Zurich University of the Arts and the editor of Scripted Culture. Digitalization and the Cultural Public Sphere (Diaphanes, 2018) among other publications.

 

Lawrence English

Lawrence English is a composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception. He is the director of the imprint Room40, started in 2000.

James Hoff

James HoffJames Hoff is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His work encompasses painting, sound, writing, and performance. He has maintained a strong focus on distributed forms and experiments with language, including cross-disciplinary investigations that address orally-transmitted syndromes, computer viruses, and ear worms. He has exhibited and performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. PAN will release his latest record Post Tree and a new online version of his project HOBO UFO in Summer 2018.

zweikommasieben

zweikommasieben is a bilingual Swiss music magazine in print that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary music and sound since 2011. The magazine is distributed worldwide by Motto Books, SRD and Antenne books in a edition of 1800 copies. In addition, zweikommasieben runs a successful blog as well as several social media outlets. zweikommasieben also organizes concerts, club nights and other events in Switzerland and various European cities. Under the roof of Lucerne based publisher Präsens Editionen, zweikommasieben is part of a broader publishing effort for several fanzines and books, but also music and sound art published on analogue (vinyl, tape) and digital formats (download, stream).

Inigo Wilkins

Inigo WilkinsInigo Wilkins took his masters in Sonic Culture at the University of East London, and completed his doctorate in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016. The title of his thesis was ‘Irreversible Noise: The Rationalization of Randomness and the Fetishization of Indeterminacy’, which he is now working on for a forthcoming publication by Urbanomic. He is a co-director of the research platform and journal Glass Bead. Publications include ‘Interfacey McInterface Face’ Litteraria Pragensia 2017; ‘The Sharpest Point of Sensation is Pointless’ in a booklet accompanying an LP by musician Eric Frye entitled ‘On Small Differences in Sensation’, 2016; ‘Destructive Destruction: An Ecological Study of High Frequency Trading’ first published in Mute magazine, 2013.

Dr. Curtis Roads

Dr. Curtis RoadsDr. Curtis Roads is Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Associate Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at UCSB. He studied music composition and computer programming at California Institute of the Arts, the University of California, San Diego, and the Université Paris 8. From 1980 to 1986 he was a researcher in computer music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the MIT Media Laboratory. He then taught at the University of Naples Federico II, Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, CCMIX (Paris), and the Université Paris 8. He has led masterclasses at the Australian National Conservatory (Melbourne) and the Prometeo Laboratorio (Parma), among others. 

Kara-Lis Coverdale

Kara Lis-Coverdale photo by Scott PilgrimCanadian composer, musician and producer Kara-Lis Coverdale blurs the lines between human and machine in multiple channel, multi-timbral collages that conjure symphonies of the sacred, profane and transcendent while navigating new ecologies with ease. Informed by a Masters degree in musicology and composition and an sustained interest in popular music, Coverdale’s compositions mobilize traditional vocal and instrumental sources into surreal dreams of earthly existence. Along with her solo work, Coverdale has collaborated with LXV (musician David Sutton) on their Sirens album, contributed keyboards and piano to recordings by Tim Hecker and Lee Bannon, and has produced for How To Dress Well. 

May 24 Opening Reception and Swiss Showcase

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S S S S

Samuel Savenberg, S S S SAs a monicker, S S S S is an exercise in difference and repetition, reducing Swiss producer Samuel Savenberg’s name to a string of basic elements — all equal and different. Repetition as a mean of conceptual transport and physical transformation is integral to all forms of expression that aim for a wider understanding of reality within the realm perception, as it is to the reproductive process of knowledge itself. With “Just Dead Stars For Dead Eyes,” Savenberg dismissed his usual technoid-industrial uniform and traded it for a dense assembly of droning ghosts, drifting rhythmic drills, disintegrated field recordings and faraway resonant harmonics.

Eric Harvey

Eric Harvey Eric Harvey’s scholarship and reporting focus on the transformations of musical commerce and practice through the use of digital technologies. Eric has written and reported for The New YorkerRolling StoneThe AtlanticThe New RepublicThe LA Review of BooksBuzzfeedMTV.com and The Village Voice among other publications, and has served as a commentator on music and technology for NPR’s All Things Considered and other programs. From 1999-2002, Eric was a videographer/editor on several nationally broadcast documentaries (Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel) and local PBS affiliate programming (Indianapolis station WFYI).

Bonaventure

Soraya Lutangu, BonaventureBonaventure is Soraya Lutangu’s nom de guerre. She uses music as an identity research tool along with practical and speculative initiatives to connect her African and European roots and investigate human relationships. Under her alias, she has been developing sonic weaponry designed to confront oppressive power structures, and to tell the story of violence, indifference and abuse fueled by racism. With Complexion — released on NON Worldwide — marking the prelude to her protest, which was fully expressed on Free Lutangu (released via PTP). A regular on Berlin Community Radio, Bonaventure has also made herself at home for several hours on London’s NTS.

May 26 Closing Performances

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zweikommasieben

zweikommasieben is a bilingual Swiss music magazine in print that has been devoted to the documentation of contemporary music and sound since 2011. The magazine is distributed worldwide by Motto Books, SRD and Antenne books in a edition of 1800 copies. In addition, zweikommasieben runs a successful blog as well as several social media outlets. zweikommasieben also organizes concerts, club nights and other events in Switzerland and various European cities. Under the roof of Lucerne based publisher Präsens Editionen, zweikommasieben is part of a broader publishing effort for several fanzines and books, but also music and sound art published on analogue (vinyl, tape) and digital formats (download, stream).

Beast Nest

Sharmi Basu, Beast NestSharmi Basu, aka Beast Nest, is an Oakland-born and based South Asian woman of color creating experimental music as a means of decolonizing musical language. She attempts to catalyze a political, yet ethereal aesthetic by combining her anti-colonial and anti-imperialist politics with a commitment to spirituality within the arts. Beast Nest, Sharmi’s primary performing project, utilizes an unwavering depression and restrained horror to channel left-eyed spirits. She is an MFA graduate from the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Electronic Music and Recording Media and has worked with Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, John Bischoff, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Brown, Maggi Payne, and more. Her workshops on “Decolonizing Sound” have been featured at the International Society for Improvised Music, the Empowering Women of Color Conference, and have reached international audiences.

Don’t DJ

Florian Meyer, Don’t DJ The DJ-producer Florian Meyer, aka Don’t DJ, former member of Institut für Feinmotorik and The Durian Brothers, is interested in what he calls “musique acéphale” – a metric which has no distinct starting nor ending point and thus encourages the listener to constantly switch his* or her* metric focus to discover different “points of listening” within the same arrangement. These Euclidian polymetric soundlayerings or minimalist-gamelanian-kraut-tekks seek to inspire consciousness to wander beyond culturally suggested boundaries of the perception of reality. Don’t DJ recently released on Berceuse Heroique, Emotional Response, and Fullfridge, amongst others, and co-runs the Labels Sexes and Disk Records.

Low Jack

Philippe Hallais, Low JackPhilippe Hallais, aka Low Jack, is a French electronic music artist born in 1985 in Tegucigalpa (Honduras) and living in Paris. His music plays with the re-appropriation of sonic clichés, media folklores, and the multiplicity of musical languages associated with dance subcultures. He has published three albums under the pseudonym Low Jack (Garifuna Variations, L.I.E.S, 2014 ; Sewing Machine, In Paradisum, 2015 ; Lighthouse Stories, Modern Love, 2016) and one under his own name, An American Hero (Modern Love, 2017). His live performances include collaborations with musicians Ghédalia Tazartès and Dominick Fernow (Prurient, Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement). Hallais’s work has been commissionned by the Quai Branly museum, the Swiss Cultural Center, the Société des Arts in Geneva and the Ricard Foundation in Paris. He also co-runs Editions Gravats with Jean Carval since 2014, releasing music by Èlg, Clara!, Black Zone Myth Chant, JiFlure and DJ David Coquelin.

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