Friday, 9 July 2021
Synopsis Seriation: A computer music piece made with time-frequency scattering and information geometry
09 July 2021: Synopsis Seriation: A computer music piece made with time-frequency scattering and information geometry is part of Journées d'Informatique Musicale 2021.
Access the paper here: https://www.lostanlen.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/lostanlen2021jim.pdf
Thursday, 1 April 2021
01 April 2021: SOUND EFFECTS – Ina Blom on the art of Florian Hecker in Artforum April 2021
Friday, 5 March 2021
While you enjoy the colour of Les Andelys, I see the Seine. An almost indefinable grey sea, even in the strongest sunshine under a blue sky.
— Georges Seurat to Paul Signac, 25 June 1886*
Synopsis Seriation, Hecker's latest release with Editions Mego, draws upon current research in machine listening and music information retrieval, where the 'ghosts in the machine' are unsupervised, engineered operators designed to extract auditory features from a signal. The album advances a general research programme Hecker initiated through various projects. In A Script for Machine Synthesis (EMEGO 226, 2017), the third chapter in the trilogy of text-sound pieces in collaboration with Reza Negarestani, both a resynthesized and a computer-generated voice modelled after the narrators voice, reflect on systems of language, automatons and chimerized synthesis. Articulação Sintetico (EMEGO 180C, 2017) — a complete resynthesis of Articulação (EMEGO 180, 2014) — features synthetic voice models of Joan La Barbara, Sugata Bose and Anna Kohler. Central to Inspection II (EMEGO 268 / UF047, 2019) is a bespoke computer-generated voice, reciting Robin Mackay's libretto — by means of deep neural networks and machine listening computation, perpetually crossing formal anticipations of sound analysis to the unexpected artefacts of synthesis2.
Synopsis Seriation does away with such staging of computer-generated speech. It dramatises synthetic sound in all its unnameable intensities and detail by transforming four multichannel pieces Hecker produced since 2015. These have been analysed, dissected and reconstructed utilising information geometry, a subfield of mathematics at the interaction between statistics and differential geometry, designed by Vincent Lostanlen. Similarities and logical segmentation, partly accessible to the human listener, partially exclusive to virtual listening agents, open a dialogue with these spectral operators. Moving between analysis and synthesis, they render audible their intelligence signature, the signal trace of their nonhuman brain-ear, between discriminative and generative models. This newly seriated arrangement of Synopsis Seriation further abstracts and detours the appearance of specific motifs, sequences and characters, into a hallucinatory gaze. Remembrance of what has just been heard, in which formulation and mode of synthesis continually navigate between sensible and highly formulated registers. Resembling George Seurat's perception of the Seine, Synopsis Seriation is a streamlined, structured whole. Yet, by embracing time, succession, and sound as an immaterial, its multitude of auditory perspectives and encoded logic challenges a traditional synoptical overview of analytical architecture and resynthesized sensation.
1 Quoted in: Éric Alliez. The Brain-Eye: New Histories of Modern Painting. Trans. Robin Mackay. New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
2 For further detail see: Hecker, F and Mackay, R. (2021) 'Synthetic Listening', in Bonnet, F. (ed.) Spectres #03 Ghost in The Machine. Paris: INA GRM / Shelter Press, forthcoming.
Disc 1: 72min00sec
Disc 2: 69min31sec
Total duration: 141min31sec
Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2015–2020
Information geometry and sound computation by Vincent Lostanlen
- Formulation (2015)
- Formulation DBM Self (2015–2017)
- Formulation As Texture [hcross] (2017)
- Formulation Chim 111 [hcross] (2017)
Scattergrams of seriation input, seriated output and process diagrams: Vincent Lostanlen
Correlation matrices of seriation input: Axel Röbel
Graphic Design: Norm, Zurich
Mastering: Rashad Becker
more information and order here: http://editionsmego.com/release/EMEGO-256
Friday, 18 December 2020
18 December 2020: Statistique Synthétique is released via GRM Portraits in association with Editions Mego as vinyl and digital download.
Statistique Synthétique draws as much from the history of computer sound synthesis as from its latest developments. But well beyond developing simply as a proof of concept, this piece aims to transcend the abstract status of synthetic sound objects and lead them to a properly hallucinatory state, that is to say to a meeting point where the object and perception dissolve into each other, in a sort of transcendental field. Beyond, also, hylomorphism, to reach the world of matter-form fusions, where perception knows how to see “shoulders of hills”, as Cézanne wrote. François Bonnet
Computer-generated sound with resynthesized situated texture recordings
Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2019 - 2020; Texture analysis and resynthesis algorithm: Axel Röbel, Analysis/Synthesis Team, IRCAM, Paris; Mastered by Rashad Becker; Photo by Mauricio Guillén, 2019; Sleeve design by Stephen O’Malley; Thanks to Axel Röbel for his commitment to the project and special appreciation to GRM, Luke Fowler, Mauricio Guillén, Dirk Mayer and Porta33.
more information and order here: http://editionsmego.com/release/SPGRM-003
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Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Saturday, 19 October 2019
Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Via Chiese 2
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Tuesday, 10 September 2019
27 September 2019: Masochism is cruel because, in subverting the model, it imposes it with exaggerated severity… — Amy Ireland. Editions Mego and Urbanomic release Inspection II - CD and digital download.
CD, jewel case, white tray, 16-page booklet
Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2016–17
Libretto Robin Mackay
Scattering Transform Algorithm and Sound Computation Vincent Lostanlen
Sequencing Alberto de Campo
Synthetic Voice Christophe Veaux, CSTR, The University of Edinburgh
Liner Notes Amy Ireland
Graphic Design NORM, Zurich
Mastering Rashad Becker
Monday, 2 September 2019
Friday, 31 May 2019
31 May 2019: Statistique Synthétique aux Épaules de Cascade - (Projet GRM)
Création, commande INA GRM
Analyse de texture, algorithme de resynthèse et calcul sonore : Axel Röbel, équipe analyse/synthèse, IRCAM, Paris; Système de spatialisation : Alberto de Campo
Maison de la Radio - Studio 104
Thursday, 23 May 2019
25 May - 10 August 2019: Florian Hecker - Synthetic Statistics
Inauguração: Sábado 25 Maio 2019 — 18h
Seguida de uma conversa com Robin Mackay, Michael Newman e Miguel Wandschneider
Rua do Quebra Costas 33
more information here
23 May 2019: Florian Hecker – Halluzination, Perspektive, Synthese
Edited by Vanessa Joan Müller
Texts by Matthew Fuller, Vincent Lostanlen, Vanessa Joan Müller, Michael Newman, Axel Röbel, Magnus Schaefer
Sternberg Press, Berlin, copublished with Kunsthalle Wien
Design by NORM, Zurich
24 x 32 cm, 384 pages, 2 b/w and 44 color ill., softcover
more information here
Friday, 22 February 2019
Monday, 11 February 2019
Monday, 24 December 2018
31 January 2019: Xing presents in the frame of ART CITY Bologna 2019 and ARTE FIERA: the première of SynAsTex Korrektur, a computer-generated, 9-channel sound piece in the monumental atrium of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna.
Thursday 31 January 7.30pm
Friday 1 February 12pm; 7.30pm; 9.30pm
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Scuola di Ingegneria e Architettura
Viale del Risorgimento 2
more information here: www.xing.it
and www.artcity.bologna.it and facebook.com/xing.it
Monday, 15 October 2018
Monday, 6 August 2018
Friday, 20 July 2018
20 July 2018: XAllegroX (Hecker Scattering.m Sequence) as part of Lorenzo Senni's The Shape Of RemixXxes To Come has been published by Warp Records. Cat. No. WAP425 12" Vinyl & Download
more information, purchase and streaming here
Monday, 27 November 2017
more information here
Monday, 31 July 2017
Monday, 22 May 2017
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Samedi 18 mars 2017, 20h30
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Friday, 10 March 2017
16 March 2017: A series of projections is presented, accompanied by clinical observations. Next. Replicate non-trivial traits. Next. Andquestionmark presents the new work “Inspection II” by acclaimed composer and sound experimentalist Florian Hecker. Next. Hecker’s pluriphonic composition uses computer-generated sound and a synthetic voice. Next. Mackay libretto. Next. Original sound material is algorithmically reconstructed, the specificity of the timbre explored and reprocessed. Next. If the materiality of a sound changes, is it still the same? If the cells of your body change, are you still the same? Next. The title “Inspection II” refers to the attempt to look inside introspectively, while acknowledging that by watching something, we change it. If we cannot capture anything in a definite way, what’s the minimum you need to understand? Next. Listening is a constructive act, and as listener you are part of the creation of the sonic fabric. Next. Hecker’s work is unsaturated. Starting out as a dialogical machine-machine interplay, the sound disintegrates from recognisable speech to more and more abstract sounds masking each other, concluding in noise absent of a signal. Nex… (press text)
Stefanie Hessler & Carsten Höller
more information here
Monday, 6 March 2017
Friday, 24 February 2017
24 February 2017: Editions Mego releases A Script for Machine Synthesis - CD and digital download. "The latest work from Florian Hecker A Script for Machine Synthesis is an experimental auditory drama and a model of abstraction. A Script for Machine Synthesis presents a complex simplicity that spirals in an unending manner as an audio image of the uncanny valley. It is the third chapter in the trilogy of text-sound pieces Hecker has collaborated with the philosopher Reza Negarestani. A resynthesized voice outlines procedure as procedure itself unfolds. The suggestive encounter with a pink ice cube is a conceptual point of departure for a scene in which linguistic chimeras of descriptors are materialized through synthetic trophies, mental props and auditory objects.Hecker presents a synthesis of the gap in the valley which we almost know. The motifs Hecker has staged in the last decade, the text, the sound, the scent, the obelisk, the demon, the self, the other all appear throughout in a thorough, rigid and formal exploration.Exeunt all human actors, A Script for Machine Synthesis is an experiment in putting synthetic emptiness back into synthetic thought." (press release)
24 February 2017: "Editions Mego is proud to release Articulação Sintetico - a complete resynthesis of Hecker’s 2014 Editions Mego album Articulação. A meticulous reconstruction and transfer of qualities, Articulação Sintetico features synthetic voice models of Joan La Barbara, Sugata Bose and Anna Kohler, a DBM sparse replica of non speech content and a scattering transform of Modulator (... meaningless, affectless, out of nothing ...). Uncanny Valley 2.0.
1. Synthetic Hinge ✳ (23:21)
2. Modulator (Scattering Transform) + (29:08)
3. Synthetic Hinge ✳✳ (23:54)
Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2014 - 2017.
Text “Nature, its man and his goat (Enigmata of natural and cultural chimeras)” by Reza Negarestani. Auditory Chimera Software by Bertrand Delgutte with Jayaganesh Swaminathan ✳✳; Pointillistic Speech Toolkit by Gerald Kidd, Timothy Streeter, Antje Ihlefeld, Ross Maddox and Christine Mason ✳/✳✳; Asymmetric Sample Replacement Algorithm by Tommi Keränen ✳; Synthetic Voices designed by Rob Clark* Christophe Veaux ✳✳, Centre for Speech Technology Research, University of Edinburgh; DBM Sparse Decomposition Algorithm by Bob Sturm ✳✳; Scattering Transform Algorithm by Vincent Lostanlen +. Graphic Design: NORM, Zurich"
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
live: HECKER, JUNG AN TAGEN,
dj inou ki endo
rhiz - bar modern
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Monday, 12 December 2016
Formulations is a trans-disciplinary collection of responses to the work of Florian Hecker, published to complement his major solo show at Culturgest, Porto, Portugal, September–December 2015 and MMK, Frankfurt, Nov 2016–Feb 2017. The exhibition brings together works by Hecker from 2006–present.
Both abstract and material, Hecker’s approach to his works is informed by the technical manipulation of sound and, increasingly, other media; yet in their realisation as installation or performance, the works produce rich subjective sensory experiences that evade categorisation. Their computational composition makes the works ‘virtual’ in a certain sense, yet experience of their manifestation is profoundly material, even physical. The works propose new experimental forms yet contain references to histories of conceptual art, minimalism, and performance. Viscerally disturbing, high-volume performances can be the product of austere conceptualisations. All of these qualities prevent the works from being exhaustively described by any one disciplinary approach.The book meshes together a number of different approaches to the work and to its significance for contemporary culture.
Contributions by Éric Alliez, Ina Blom, François J. Bonnet, Gabriel Catren, Diedrich Diederichsen, Christopher Haworth, Robin Mackay, Sarat Maharaj, Reza Negarestani, Michael Newman and Fernando Zalamea address the work along three major conceptual axes of Synthesis, Perspective, and Hallucination.
Editor Robin Mackay (Urbanomic, UK, editor of Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development) together with designers NORM (Zurich) have developed a unique editorial and typographic model which responds formally to the content matter. The contributions will be arranged according to an experimental process of ‘interpolation’, with fragmentary anticipations and echoes distributing each text across the entire volume, relaying some of the synthetic processes of Hecker’s work and making the whole more than the sum of its parts: a many-voiced chimera and a series of ‘refrains’ or ‘repetitions’.
While the authors’ contributions come from various perspectives and with different concerns, parts of each text will be typographically ‘glued’ into the others, highlighting continuities across the texts and encouraging the reader to piece together a global view of the conceptual space opened up by Hecker’s work—in the same way as, in the work itself, the audience is compelled to piece together fragmented perceptions, cognitively participating in the very production of the work. This formal innovation will also be echoed in the format, with the texts wrappring around or looping from last to first page, making for a book with no formal beginning or end, in which heterogeneous materials and divergent perspectives circulate and, with the participation of the reader, enter into new synthetic dialogues with one other.
more information here and here
Thursday, 1 December 2016
3 December 2016: A special live edition of BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now in Maida Vale Studio 3 featuring "Inspection - Maida Vale Project", a major new electroacoustic work for multi-channel surround sound. Hecker’s work has been commissioned for Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating 70 years of pioneering sound since the founding of the Third Programme. In partnership with BBC Research and Development, it will be broadcast in live binaural sound.
** Please note this is a standing audience **
Admission to this recording is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.
BBC iPlayer link and more information here