The CEAIT Festival presents two different concerts, composer Marina Rosenfeld featured on Friday only, and sound art pioneer Yasunao Tone headlining Saturday's program of innovative and unconventional electroacoustic and cross-media work from CalArts' Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT). Rosenfeld's wide-ranging performance and installation works include live remixes of her own handmade acetate records; the nail-polish-bottle-on-electric guitar music of the Sheer Frost Orchestra; and last spring's Teenage Lontano--a "cover version" of György Ligeti's modernist landmark sung by a choir of teenagers--at the Whitney Biennial. She brings a new composition for her "phonographic speaker," a rotating loudspeaker whose arcs of electroacoustic sound, emitted at 33 1/3 rpm, emulate the graceful, leisurely tempo of an long-playing record. Opening on Friday are Tom Recchion, a pioneer in low-tech sonic exploration; and K. Atchley's Turtles, a multi-channel, laptop concert work in which manipulation of the amplitude and spatial placement of sine wave tones effects harmonic and timbral changes.
The legendary Tone ranks among the first Japanese artists to "compose" happenings and improvisations in the 1960s. A veteran of Fluxus, Group Ongaku, Hi-Red Center and Team Random, he has created pieces for "wounded" CDs, computer systems, film, TV and radio, as well as environmental art. His work here entails a surround-sound automatic collage of source material from CDs and radio. Opening on Saturday are composer, improviser, and sound artist Clay Chaplin, mangling political speech in real time to create ambient tapestries of sound; and Laura Steenberge discovering that the dictionary is alive in her Lecture on Words.
NOTE: Some printed promotional material for this festival showed the artists appearing on the wrong date. Please read carefully the correct information on this web page before purchasing tickets.
Fri Feb 6 | 8:30 pm
"Watching [Teenage Lontano], I felt the opening of a portal between a failed utopian past and the possibility that the more real present is already something to love. I was transported." Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine
Sat Feb 7 | 8:30 pm
"Tone truly utilizes one of the most distinctive and diverse palettes in electronic noise... Curious, beautifully strident music." Dusted
Funded in part with generous support from Native Instruments.
|FRI 2/6 |
|SAT 2/7 |
G - General Audience
M - REDCAT Members
ST - Students
CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff