Moscow Residency

December 5th, 2013

Moscow Residency at the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

I was invited to Moscow by the National Center for Contemporary Art to explore live media, and possibilities for curatorial exchange.

I gave a talk at Moscow State University, and met with a variety of artists involved in sound art, VJ'ing and motion graphics, creative code development, scienceArt as well as festival curators, gallery directors, and educators.

My experiences are loosely detailed in a final report to the NCCA, and a short impressionistic video document below. More photos here.

Video sketch diary entry:

While in Moscow on a 2 week residency I felt like this. I tried to capture it. Using sounds and imagery of the Moscow Metro, and Virtual ANS, made by a Russian named Alexander Zolotov, which is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - a photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the Russian composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin. The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers.You can hear the sound of the ANS in Russian filmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's movies Solaris, The Mirror, and Stalker. So it has a lot of Russian-ness embedded in it. As well as a lot of Dave-ness. I used the tones I had generated by drawing in graphic waves in the software, as sources for a pitch tracker, which created note values, which drove some synthesis engines. I also used field recordings of the Moscow Metro.

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