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Presentation of Nathan Bowen's dissertation work at Cal Arts, April 11, 2013. This includes a history of mobile phone music, networked, music, and other contexts leading to the development of "4Quarters"

Presentation of Nathan Bowen's dissertation work at Cal Arts, April 11, 2013. This includes a history of mobile phone music, networked, music, and other contexts leading to the development of "4Quarters"

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  1. 1. 4Quarters: real-time collaborative music environment for mobile phones Nathan Bowen, PhD Moorpark College / CUNY Graduate Center nbowen@gmail.com April 11, 2013 @ CalArts
  2. 2. history of mobile phone music
  3. 3. three histories: telephone art mobile music networked music
  4. 4. telephone art
  5. 5. telephone art interest in how this communication medium is different than other available technologies conversations as opposed to one-way ‘speeches’ (printing press, radio, TV, traditional concerts) participative media: audience is given a voice
  6. 6. Art by Telephone – Robert Huot (1969) artist creates context for visitor to take part in creative process telephone used to make art-making a social experience
  7. 7. Max Neuhaus – Public Supply I (1966) radio switchboard plus callers making sounds mixed by Neuhaus at WBAI, New York performance space over large geographic area
  8. 8. ...It seems that what these works are really about is proposing to reinstate a kind of music which we have forgotten about and which is perhaps the original impulse for music in man: not making a musical product to be listened to, but forming a dialogue, a dialogue without language, a sound dialogue. Max Neuhaus (1939-2009) Public Supply I (1966) Public Supply IV (1973) Radio Net (1977)
  9. 9. mobile music
  10. 10. mobile music music on the go old history – processionals, parades, marching bands, etc. instrument is frequently adapted for convenience with mobile apps, the ‘pocket’ instrument carries on this aesthetic
  11. 11. Lalya Gaye et al. – Sonic City (2002-04)
  12. 12. Mark Shepard – Tactical Sound Garden(2007)
  13. 13. networked music
  14. 14. networked music ability for ‘instrument’ to be played by multiple people, intercommunication ability to jam over great distances (JackTrip, The Sound Wire Project, MUSE) performer/composer/audience paradigm disrupted (or not) emphasis on new instruments, new configurations
  15. 15. League of Automatic Music Composers – later… The Hub
  16. 16. laptop orchestras and other ensembles Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk)
  17. 17. Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead – Telephony (2001) http://www.thomson-craighead.net/docs/teleph.html
  18. 18. Ligna – Wählt die Signale (2003) http://ligna.blogspot.com/2009/07/dial-signals-radio-concert-for-144.html
  19. 19. Levin et al. – Dialtones: A Telesymphony (2001)
  20. 20. mobile phone orchestras Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble

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