TransAcoustic Festival, Auckland, 8th-11th December 2005 - (casual) review

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Here's a rough review of TransAcoustic Festival held in Auckland in December 2005. It is actually comprised of a couple of emails sent to the aus_noise yahoogroups mail list and the audio foundation NZ mail list, so is casual / informal in manner & language. (but I like it this way!)

I've added joel stern's review which was also posted to aus_noise. he wrote a formal piece for RealTime magazine also which is available @ http://www.realtimearts.net/rt71/stern_transacoustic.html

Vitamin-S - improvised music in Auckland


What is Vitamin-S?

Vitamin-S was devised as a place where those interested in 'improvised music' could meet, perform, listen to and discuss, and generally interact with, all aspects of this complex and largely misunderstood art form. As improvisation is the most widely practised of genres, it may be necessary to define two main forms:

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White Fungus Magazine

White Fungus is an experimental arts magazine based in Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Produced by a collective of artists, writers and designers, White Fungus is an ongoing experiment in community media art.

Audio Foundation

The Audio Foundation, founded in April 2004, is a Charitable Trust for the support of innovative and experimental audio culture in NZ.

The presentation of this includes performances, CD releases, radio transmissions, field recordings, installations, site-specific public work and work in conjunction with new media.



In recognition of the pioneering experimental works continually being produced by artists for the internet Soundtoys.net has been established to provide a space for the exhibition of exciting new works by a growing community of audio visual artists, while also providing a forum for discourse around new technologies and the nature of soundtoys. The site is intended to provide a meeting point for this growing community of artists and users, and in addition to the exhibition of audio visual projects, the site contains areas for artists interviews, links to resources, and texts by contributing writers where serious issues around interactive arts, audio visual syhthesis, generative art, and a history of interactivity are discussed. Hopefully it is a fun and entertaining site to visit , while also providing valuable information for all parties.

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CEAIT Festival 2006 @ REDCAT, Los Angeles

The genre-bending annual fest from CEAIT, CalArts' Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology returns to REDCAT with an international lineup of unabashedly experimental works in music, multimedia, and sound art. read more or visit http://redcat.org/season/0506/mus/ceait.php for details

Peter Rehberg, Rosy Parlane and Lovely Midget performance - Auckland

Alt.music is an ongoing series of events, regularly bringing a vital injection of contemporary sound art from around the world to Auckland. Peter Rehberg's performance is the first of these shows, which will take place several times a year. Founded by Auckland gallery Artspace, Alt.music began as an international festival of experimental music and sound art in 2001, followed by successive festivals in 2002 and 2004. Previous Alt.Music artists include Pan Sonic, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jon Rose, Voice Crack, Sachiko M, Francisco Lopez, Pierre Bastien, Oren Ambarchi, Alan Licht Richard Nunns and the Dead C. Read more or visit http://www.artspace.org.nz for more details

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Openframe - Room40's inaugural sound and media festival

Openframe is Room40's inaugural sound and media festival celebrating all manner of new performance, experimental audio and media cultures. It creates a space for dialogue in sound, vision and performance. This year the festival celebrates improvisation in all its forms bringing together a diverse and powerful line up of players including Mego mastermind Pita (aka Peter Rehberg), iconic French musician Xavier Charles, as well as some of Australia's most central figures in contemporary improvisation. The festival also features 'noh cinema', presented in conjunction with AbjectLeader who curate an international selection of 16mm avant-garde films from the past 50 years, selected from the national film archives, exploring minimalism, the dreamstate, and the often seductive disintegration of sound, image, and meaning.

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