Friday, 10 March 2017

Inspection II - Andquestionmark

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
Roslagsgatan 60
11354 Stockholm

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Broadcast: Tapage Nocturne

06.03.2017: L'invité du jour : Florian Hecker 

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Friday, 24 February 2017

Release: A Script for Machine Synthesis

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)

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Release: Articulação Sintetico

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"
(press release)

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Event: A Script for Machine Synthesis / Articulação Sintetico, rhiz, Vienna

28 February 2017:  A Script for Machine Synthesis / Articulação Sintetico release party • TTS002

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rhiz - bar modern
U-Bahnbogen 37
1080 Vienna

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

FAVN, GoN, Moscow

20 - 27 February 2017: FAVN is part of geometry of now at GES2, Moscow
more information and performance times of FAVN here and here