Day 275 of A Year of Deep Listening

PLAY BY EAR, by Alan Dunning

One of a series of works using an idiomatic lens to explore how we are in the world.

Alan Dunning is a new media artist exploring the body’s and role in constructing realities. Awards include grants from the Daniel Langlois Foundation, SSHRC, and the Canada Council. References to his work and research include: Caroline Langill’s project for Fondation Langlois, “Shifting Polarities”, Anna Munster’s “Materializing New Media”, and “Future Bodies”, Ted Hiebert’s, “Digital Inflections” for CTheory, Kate Hayles’ “Flesh and Metal: Reconfiguring the Mindbody in Virtual Environments”, “and Mark Hansen’s “New Philosophy for New Media”. He currently lives and works in Victoria, BC.

Day 274 of A Year of Deep Listening

BREATH SONG DANCE, by Björn Eriksson

Björn Eriksson, Sollefteå, Sweden sound artist, improviser, composer. Telematic performance in Tapegerm Collective, Sound Injury, Placards, Locus Sonus, Sobralasolas!. Performs with Great Learning Orchestra, Norrbotten Improvisers Orchestra, Electro Acoustic Orchestra, Avatar Orchestra Metaverse, Aleatoriska Ensemblen. Teaches sound art at Hola folkhögskola, Sweden and Deep Listening classes through Center for Deep Listening at RPI, Troy, NY, USA. Artist in residency GRIM Marseille 2012. IONE´s CLAR residency Kingston, NY 2014 and 2015. Composers residency Cortona, Italy 2018.

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SONDER/SOLIPSISM progressively floats in stasis, reframing perspective and memory. This piece tries to capture contingencies exhibited by the performer, until they become expected and anticipated increasingly through stretches of time as a result of selected repetition. After circulating countless times, it eventually comes to a standstill, with the initial notes still ringing in the air.

Laila Arafah’s (b.2004) works tend to explore loops, time and space. She studies composition at The Purcell School with Sylvia Lim, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, and Trinity Laban’s Junior Department, winning the Junior Trinity Composition Prize in 2021 and in 2022, and 1st Prize in the North London Festival. She attended the Sound&Music Summer School, and CoMA’s Midwinter Composer’s Course, writing for CoMA String Orchestra. Laila’s piece ‘Sibelius Studies: For your solo Sibelius’ was selected for Score Follower’s 2022 call for works. Recently, she’s written for the Carducci Quartet, CoMA’s catalogue, and London Sinfonietta, as part of JT workshops. Her music has been played at the Chiltern Arts Festival, Purcell school, St Hilda’s College (Oxford), Westminster Abbey, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban, and Snape Maltings.

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I’m a Composer and Improviser from Co. Kerry, Ireland. I’m interested in creating music that is deeply connected. My music asks performers to immerse themselves in a philosophy that facilitates a deeper listening and awareness to each other, the material, energy and space. Intuitive listening and responding remains the primary focus of my sound exploration across various creative disciplines.

Day 271 of A Year of Deep Listening

ROLES OF A MACHINE, by Hassan Estakhrian

Hassan Estakhrian is a composer, performer, producer, songwriter, and intermedia artist. He collides genres spanning across pop, rock, jazz, experimental, electronic, and art music. He often integrates games, theatrics, and computers into his practice. His assortment of works include rock operas, chamber pieces, games with adaptive graphic scores, structured improvisation, and intermedia stories based in fantasy and science fiction. Hassan is currently a doctoral candidate in music composition at Stanford University. 

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As an Audio and Image artist, there is a strong connection between sound and image in my work. Often many of the pieces I create are based on memories, images and things I see, which then act as a type of graphic score and /or artwork. I’ve always been interested in how sound can morph into beautiful complex patterns with the limited use of tech and processing. It’s the ‘small sounds’, anomalies, mistakes, chance accidents and the sounds ‘between’ that catch my ear and are then used in my work.

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CHANGES (ONE OR MORE PLAYERS), by Vassilis Chatzimakris

I am a composer, performer and sound artist, currently completing my PhD in Composition at Bath Spa University. My compositions have been performed by ensembles such as 6daEXIt, Apartment House, Plus Minus and In(s)core in concerts, festivals and multimedia performances all around the world. My compositional practice is centered around interfacial scores, i.e. scores that allow for alternative interpretations using substantially different performing means, representing thus an interface between different media.

Day 268 of A Year of Deep Listening

I REMEMBER TEN THINGS, by Fred Everett Maus

Alan Courtis (Buenos Aires, 1972) has been working in the field of sound-art, electro-acoustic music, drone, noise, improvisation and composition. His written music has been played by ensembles from UK, Thailand, Switzerland, Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, USA and Argentina. He was commissioned by Phoenix Basel Ensemble, Český Rozhlas and was artist in residence at EMS, GRM, Cafe Oto & USF. He has more than 500 releases on labels like Mego, P.S.F., Pogus, RRR, etc. He has as collaborated with musicians such as: Pauline Oliveros, Phill Niblock, David Toop, Merzbow, Lee Ranaldo, Jim O’Rourke, etc.

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Dan Johnson is a freelance Musician, Performance Artist, & Teacher. Rooted in improvisation, his work explores human nature, seeking to expose and expand the limits of mind, body, and spirit. 

Day 266 of A Year of Deep Listening

TEXT SCORE FOR MY ANCESTORS, by Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

“The communal spirit of Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s 13 Lunar Meditations: Summoning The Witches feels like a gift.” said Downbeat magazine about Jerusalem-born Gottlieb’s most recent release. Ayelet’s contemporary, improvisatory approach has led her to collaborate with the likes of composer John Zorn and Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye. In 2018 Ayelet founded the “Orchard of Pomegranates,” a space for multidisciplinary exploration. There, she produces evocative monthly workshops including with dream specialist IONE, master vocalist Theo Bleckmann and choreographer Aria Evans.