12 May 2022: Syn As Tex Scene as part of INDEX Of Art and Technology, Braga, Portugal.
Praça Conde de Agrolongo
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12 February 2022: Formulations As Texture, horizontal and vertical crossings
12 February - 2 April 2022
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November 21, 2021 – March 13, 2022
8078 Woodrow Wilson Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90046
November 21, 2021; 3 – 5 PM
The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT)
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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.
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01 April 2021: SOUND EFFECTS – Ina Blom on the art of Florian Hecker in Artforum April 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
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
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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.
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