BYTE GALLERY

 
 

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION: SUMMER 2011


BYTE GALLERY INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS feature works that are judged and selected by Transylvania University faculty for inclusion in the BYTE Gallery.  Professional artists, composers, and dramatists from around the world enter this competition.  These exhibits give Transylvania students an exclusive front row seat at the leading edge of international digital art and music scenes.


This inaugural exhibition presents twenty-seven works submitted by professional composers and artists from across the globe, including the United States, China, Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Colombia, and France.  These 27 works were selected from a pool of over 120 entries.


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MUSIC SELECTIONS:


Construct Synthesis by Panayiotis Kokoras


Construct Synthesis for electroacoustic sounds completed in January 2010 as a commission of the Institute of Electroaocoustic Music in Bourges, France. The work realized partly at the IMEB’s studio Circe and partly on my own personal studio. In the piece are used about 700 sounds from a pool of 1200 created. In a sound to note analogy it could be equivalent to a busy chamber orchestra piece.


In 2004 Kokoras (Greece, 1974) received a PhD in composition from the University York (UK). His compositions have been selected by jury in more than 150 calls for music and programmed in over 400 concerts. He is president of Hellenic Electroacoustic Music Composers Association and teaches at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His output ranges from instrumental to mixed and tape distinguished by 40 prizes and distinctions at international composition competitions.


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Saxophone Remix by Lindsey Jacob


Building new pieces out of previously composed, performed, and recorded works is not a new idea in electro-acoustic music (notably Mark Applebaum’s The Janus ReMixes). Even so, I am fascinated by constructing new music from prerecorded samples of past saxophone compositions and extending the possibilities beyond the inherent capabilities of the original instrument. This fixed media work was created using the environments Cecilia, AudioSculpt, and Chuck and was sequenced and recorded through Logic Studio.


Lindsey Jacob is a composer and saxophonist currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio while pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her past composition teachers include Mara Helmuth, Stephen David Beck, Dinos Constantinides, and John Steffa. She holds a Master of Music in Composition from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Bachelor of Music in Education from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.


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Weathered Edges of Time by Jing Wang


“Weathered Edges of Time” can be considered as a memorial ceremony for the elapse of time. The sound of real world and the sound of musical instruments diverging and converging over the piece convey the feeling of swinging between the reality and memory. The real world sound (the natural sound of car engine, tree-falling, glass-crashing, and water) is intentionally treated as special instruments with their special timbral and rhythmic characteristics.


Jing Wang, a composer and virtuoso erhu artist, was born in China. She participates in numerous musical communities, as a composer and a performer of diverse styles of music. Her compositions have performed in China, Spain, France, Italy, and throughout the United States. Winner of 2006 Pauline Oliveros Prize given by the International Alliance for Women in Music, Ms. Wang joined the music faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Fall 2008.


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Arecibo by Arthur Gottschalk


Arecibo Observatory, internationally recognized for its work in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), was designed by astrophysicist William Gordon. Gordon was Provost at Rice University during my first years, and an ardent supporter of music at the university. This piece, Arecibo, imagines the sounds represented by the radio signals received from the vastness of our universe, and may or may not contain audible clues as to the existence of intelligent life therein. Listen closely…


Arthur Gottschalk teaches music theory and composition at Rice

University’s Shepherd School of Music. He has received many awards, including the Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the prestigious Bogliasco Fellowship. He is recorded on New Ariel, Crystal, Summit, Capstone, Beauport Classical, ERMMedia, Golden Crest, Delage Music (France), and AURecordings, and published by Subito Music, Shawnee Press, European American Music Distributors, Alea Publishing, TrevCo Music, and The Spectrum Press.


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Fried Rice, Curried Chip and a Diet Coke by Karen Power


Sometimes it’s not easy to say what we mean and even when we manage to get the words out they may not be heard or understood.  Throughout the work there is an obvious divide between sonic foreground and background, which is gradually filled in as it draws the listener to a middle space.  Please note that the title of this piece bears no reference to its content. It is there to simply invite a smile! 


Karen Power is an Irish composer who writes primarily for acoustic and electroacoustic forces. She earned a PhD in acoustic and electroacoustic composition at SARC (Sonic Arts Research Centre), Queen’s University Belfast. Her works focuses on the commonalities and individualities of  both acoustic and electroacoustic composition aiming to develop a more integrated language, which acknowledges and utilizes such strengths.  She has been awarded national and international awards and honorary mentions for her work.


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Diptiq by Benjamin O'Brien


Diptiq is a documented solo improvisation with instruments written in the computer music language SuperCollider.


Benjamin OʼBrien composes acoustic and electro-acoustic music. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Composition at the University of Florida.  He holds an MA in Composition from Mills College and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Virginia. Benjamin has studied with Ted Coffey, Paul Koonce, and Roscoe Mitchell.


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Στέρφος [Sterfos] by Orestis Karamanlis


The piece reflects my emotions about a small coastal village somewhere in the Aegean Sea. It encloses my memories for the place and its people, developing linearly by combining ambient recordings and spoken stories from the village with folk music and abstract elements. Here, I am primarily interested in the dramaturgical structure in the long scale.  The piece received the Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music 2010 at ZKM, Institute for Music & Acoustics in Karlsruhe.


Orestis was born in Athens, Greece. He has recently completed a PhD in composition at the Sonic Arts Research Centre.  More information can be found on the net.

http://orestiskaramanlis.net/


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Arborescences by Aki Pasoulas


The sound material of “Arborescences” derives from resonances and timbres produced    

by striking, rubbing and scraping Gamelan instruments.  Most of the sonic images are not recognizable as instrumental sounds because of the extended processing, which focuses on developing gestures and textures based on micro elements and groups of partials extracted from the recorded events.  Arborescences received a special mention in Métamorphoses 2008 acousmatic competition and was presented in conferences and festivals around the world.     


Aki Pasoulas holds a PhD on timescale perception in electroacoustic music (supervised by Denis Smalley, AHRC funded) and teaches at the Universities of City, Middlesex, and the Arts London. He wrote for various instruments, objects, voice, recorded and electronic sound, and composed music for the theatre and film. Aki received honorable mentions at international competitions, and his music has been selected and performed at key events worldwide.  


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Haiku by Rohan De Livera


"Haiku" takes as a primary sound source, a recitation of the epic Japanese poem ‘Oku no Hosomichi’ (The narrow road to the interior) by Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694). Basho was the most famous poet from the Edo Period. Oku no Hosomichi was penned as he made an epic journey of around 1200 miles on foot through feudal Japan.  In one of its most memorable passages, Basho suggests that “the journey itself is home”.


Rohan composes music for a variety of genres and for diverse instrumentation. In addition to orchestral, chamber, percussion, and choral ensembles, this includes electroacoustic music as well as music for short film, theater and television. www.rohandelivera.com


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Point à la ligne by Emilie Payeur


“Point à la ligne” is an attempt to compose an electroacoustic work using only its basic elements : impulse and sine, in other words, short and long sounds. Concrete-type sounds that have a similar behavior are also used. It is influenced by the sense of pureness whichcan be found in suprematist and neoplasticist paintings and also in early electronic music.


Electroacoustic composer and visual artist, Émilie Payeur presents musical art forms that are clearly influenced by the psychedelic era of the 60’s, surrealism, abstract arts and experimental film. The way she approaches her work, Emilie perceives herself as a sound painter and wants to adapt visual art techniques that she uses when she paints to electroacoustic music. In Fall 2010, she entered Master Degree at the University of Montreal, under the guidance of Robert Normandeau.


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STILL IMAGE/ART WORKS SELECTIONS:


Three by Chris Gallant


Chris creates his art with pencils, pens, paints, computers, and anything else he can get his hands on.  A few common themes in his artwork include robots, three-dimensional shapes, geometric patterns, birds, and one-eyed fellows.


Chris Gallant is an artist living in Des Moines, Iowa.  His originates from Newfoundland, Canada. 


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Knock On The Sky by Russ McIntosh


The approach I take with my artwork is very distinct, if you look at the shadow shapes and highlights within the image, other objects will start to take focus. I take inspiration for my art from the surrealists. I'm particularly fascinated by the double images many artist's invoke in their artwork - how you can look at those pieces and always find something new hidden within them.


When I was a child, I often laid on my back and stared up at the clouds and would see shapes and images floating high above me. Often times, complete scenes would unfold in front of me. With a vivid imagination I try to present the same essence within my own artwork


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Ad For Vik by T. J. Hospodar


“Ad For Vik” reconsiders Ad Reinhardt's Black Paintings in light of the process undertaken by Vik Muniz in his making of "Ad Reinhardt" (2000). I first created an object comprising particulate matter that I sourced from the library at Brooklyn College where Reinhardt was professor. Using the Library of Congress Classification to influence my sourcing, I assembled a collection of detritus that made for distinct shades of black. I used an Epson V700 to serve as the capturing device, thereby creating a representation of a representation.


My primary passions are photography and performance.  Hospitality and tourist-versus-neighbor relations are interests of mine that inform my research, while meal-sharing and theatricality pervade my artwork. I am compelled by modes of participation, and invest in work that is activated by the viewer, whether it incorporates correspondence, audience contribution, and/or community-based collaboration.  T. J. Hospodar lives in New York City.


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Speechless by Nazik Çi̇ğdem


"Speechless" is the title of this work.


Nazik Çi̇ğdem was born in Ankara, Tukey.  She works teaches in Turkey at the Dumlupinar University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Graphics, Cartoon and Animation Main Art Branch.  She is currently completing her PhD in graphics at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, where she completed her undergraduate work.


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Painted Orchid I by Lisa Belloli


This image is produced from images of an orchid taken at the Phipps conservatory in Pittsburgh PA. The idea behind this image and the series it is from is to help the viewer take a closer look at what constitutes a whole. A whole is made up of it respective parts but oh, how lovely those parts all on their own can be.


Lisa Belloli has been a graphic designer for fifteen years.  Lisa currently operates lisa belloli Graphic Design.  Originally from Detroit,  Lisa has worked for the Big Three auto companies, General Motors, Chrysler Corporation and Ford Motor  Company as well as several auto suppliers.  She has worked at  large non-­profits such as Blue  Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, the  Edison Institute and local non­profits, the South Side Local Development Company and the Edgewood Foundation.


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All That Comes From Ores by Eleanor Leonne Bennett


This work is from a portfolio that is all about me and my friends connection to health and the natural world.  From me sleeping in a bed of leaves and immersing my bloody hand in the snow to my mum in hospital with pneumonia and a jumping self portrait among the rubble in my room.


Photographer Eleanor Leonne Bennett won the National Geographic Kids Photography Contest and the World Photography Organization's Photomonth Youth award in 2010.  She was the youngest person to be exhibited with Charnwood Art's Vision 09 exhibition.  She has had her photography exhibited around the world in galleries in Europe, Asia and America and has been showcased in many magazines including the most popular children's magazine in the world, NG Kids.  She lives in Cheshire, England.


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The Beauty And The Door by Jon Holiday


I love interesting doors and windows.  This one was found in Pontotoc, Texas during the peak wildflower time in April, 2010.


For 26 years, Jon has been the owner and operator of Image One Media in Fort Worth, TX, who specializes in photography, video production, and audio-visual presentations. Jon fell in love with photography at age 9, and has received numerous awards for his images.  He founded and led the Hope Camera Club for 8 years, and as such has done numerous instructional presentations and training sessions. His photographic experience spans a variety of styles and situations.


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VIDEOMUSIC/ANIMATION SELECTIONS:


White Noise by Dennis Miller


White Noise is a fast-paced work in which the flow of events is constantly disrupted.  The title stems both from the use of noise as a means to generate the visual and musical elements, as well as to highlight the color palette in the central section of the piece. White Noise is characterized by constantly shifting perspectives and abrupt juxtaposition of elements.  The overall continuity of the work is governed by the formal design of the music, which was composed in its entirety before the images were created.  The abrupt, shifting phrasing in the music guides the flow of events.


Dennis Miller is on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston. His works, which apply principles drawn from music composition into the visual realm, have been performed at venues throughout the world. Miller is the founder and artistic director of the Visual Music Marathon (www.2009vmm.neu.edu). His music and artworks are available at www.dennismiller.neu.edu.


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Moirures by Francis Dhomont & Inés Wickmann


In Moirures (Shimmers), the images do nothing but reveal the music, in the way of a score of shapes, textures and colors. The origin of these abstract images comes from reflections on water and panes in permanent vibration.


Francis Dhomont (composer) was born in Paris.  Doc honoris causa University of Montreal, where he taught Electroacoustic Composition from 1980-1996.  Prix "Ars electronica 1992", "Magisterium" Bourges 1988, 1st Prize, Bourges 1981. Many works selected for "World Music Days" and ICMC.  Inés Wickmann (video artist) originates from Colombia.  She studied visual and media arts at The National University of Bogotá and at the "Université du Québec à Montréal".  She exhibited in Colombia, Mexico, Canada and France.


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Carnival Daring-Do by Carla Poindexter & Jay C. Batzner


In quantum physics, there is no such thing as negative space. Everything is filled. In the animated short, “Carnival Daring-Do”, inevitably propelled characters journey into fields of energized micro and macro space, in a mind-expanding reverie touching on current philosophic preoccupations, cosmic homesickness, and lyrical emotions.


Carla Poindexter, painter and Jay C. Batzner, composer, collaborated on “Carnival Daring-Do” while they were on the faculty at the University of Central Florida. “Carnival Daring-Do” has been shown at numerous film festivals, electronic music events, and galleries.


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Drive by Mike Celona


Dreamlike ride through Rochester, NY during a heavy rain storm as seen through the passenger side window of a car in which the water streaking across the glass causes the landscape to seemingly melt into another world.


Born in 1982, Mike Celona is an American video artist, photographer and musician who is interested in exploring the creative  possibilities of media beyond it's traditional forms. His experimental works generally deal with the interplay between technology and nature as well as the effects of media messages on our collective psyche.  In 2005 he graduated from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts.


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The Fitting Dance by Javier Villegas


A figurative computer animation piece that explores the narrative possibilities of analysis-synthesis techniques over video signals.  The animation is build using the connected components of each video frame as narrative elements. In the beginning, the shape and number of regions are altered using acoustic events from the audio track. In the final part, the spectral content of the audio information is used to define the contours of the regions that conform the original image.


Javier Villegas studied electrical engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota Colombia and earned the M.Sc in electrical and computer engineer from Los Andes University, also in Bogota Colombia.  He is a Ph.D Candidate in Media Arts & Technology at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is interested in multimedia signal processing and is currently working in analysis / synthesis approaches to video processing.


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ngc 6357 by Samuel Pellman & Miranda Raimondi


This work was inspired by a Hubble telescope image of the nebula NGC 6357. An algorithm for generating cellular automata has shaped the video imagery as well as the voicing of the repeated chords and the selection of pitches in the more pointillistic passages that provide contrasting textures. The pitches are tuned in a 5‐limit just intonation and are sounded by physical modeling instruments developed for the Kyma by Harm Visser.  

    

The music of Samuel Pellman has been presented at recent events in Paris, Melbourne, Basel, Vienna, and Beijing. He the author of “An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music”, a widely‐adopted textbook published by Cengage. Presently he is a Professor of Music at Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York, where he teaches theory and composition and is director of the Studio for Digital Music. Miranda Raimondi is a video artist presently living in Maine.     


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S**p Crackle *O* by Christopher Biggs


This is a multimedia work based on concepts of time in Haruki Murakami's "Kafka   on the Shore." It tries to capture the playfulness, drama, and mystery of the book.


Christopher Biggs is a composer and multimedia artist, whose work has been presented across the United States and Europe, as well as Latin America and Asia. His doctoral degree in music composition is from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Chris received the 2008 Missouri Music Teacher’s Association composer of the year, 2009 SEMAUS/ASCAP first place, and 2011 Truman State/Macro Composers Competition awards.  Chris teaches composition and digital media at Western Michigan University.


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Highway Coda by Michael Pounds & Matt Mullins


“Highway Coda” is based on a poem with the same title. It consists of an electroacoustic audio work, a video component, and a reading of the poem (either a recorded or a live reading).  The audio component was created using recordings of the poet playing electric guitar, electric bass, and drums.  The video component is an experimental film created by the poet. 


Michael Pounds holds degrees in composition from Ball State University, the University of Birmingham (England), and the University of Illinois.  Michael is the Assistant Director of the Music Technology program at Ball State University.  Matt Mullins is a writer, musician, experimental filmmaker and multimedia artist. His collection of short stories, Three Ways of the Saw, is forthcoming from Atticus Books.  Matt lives in Muncie, Indiana where he teaches screenwriting at Ball State University. 


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Study No. 3: Foghorn Abstraction by Andrew Connor


This piece takes inspiration from two sources –Lewis’s Penmon Point (2003) has a recurring motif of a sea bell, providing a structure throughout. Here a similar structure and exploration of the sonic properties of a foghorn has been used. The visual inspiration comes from Mondrian, particularly his studies of the sea, where successive renderings are ever more abstract, reducing the forms he observes into simple lines which still convey the essential life of the scene.


Andrew Connor is an audiovisual composer undertaking a PhD in Creative Music Practice at the University of Edinburgh. His research and practice examines the interaction of electroacoustic music and abstract animation. He completed an MSc in Sound Design in 2008, prior to which he worked for several years in the financial side of the film, TV and multimedia industries. He continues to work within the film industry in Scotland in parallel with his studies.


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Modes of Destruction by Paul Naughton & Zach Kurth-Nelson


Modes of Destruction is the first joint project between Paul Naughton (sound), and Zach Kurth-Nelson (video). Collaborating over the internet, they set out with no more than the loose guideline of using found audio and found video samples pertaining to disasters.


Zach Kurth-Nelson is a composer of sound and video.  In his work, he strives to come to terms with the myriad ways that sound and video can coexist, and in the process develop a unique intermedia/multimedia aesthetic.  Paul Naughton is an interdisciplinary artist working in sound, performance and sculpture whose interests are in all forms of contemporary and experimental music.  Ordered hierarchies, inequalities and power in general are central themes in his work.