The archive of NEXMAP performances ranges from 2006 to 2015. Many of them were connected with two different programs: Binary Cities and Double Take.

Binary Cities brought together artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and another international city. Live performances, installations and symposium discussions featured dance, music, video/film and visual arts. Binary Cities presented works that have a direct relationship with new technology and traditional practice.

Double Take was a program that invited artists to present work-in-progress or newly-completed work followed by an artist presentation and dialogue. Immediately after the short discussion, a subsequent second performance of the piece allowed the audience to reflect on the work's relationship to its context.


HOCKET

November 6, 2015 

Co-presented with the Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

A concert of eclectic commissioned repertoire for piano-four hands and toy pianos, from Los Angeles-based piano duo Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff.

Tickets available at the door only; $15 General, $10 Members.

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DUO HOULE / BLAZER

June 26, 2015 

Co-presented with the Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

Canadian clarinetist François Houle and Swiss trombonist Samuel Blazer have been collaborating for several years on developing a repertoire for this unique combination of instruments. Taking as a point of departure Gérard Grisey’s classic Solo pour deux,  Houle and Blaser are blurring the aesthetic boundaries between new music and improvisation. 

Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces: classical, jazz, new music, improvised music, and world music.  He has been listed on several occasions by Downbeat magazine as a “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and as a “Rising Star” in both Reader's Poll and Critics’ Poll. 

Since his 2007 debut as a leader, 7th Heaven (Between the Lines), Blazer has grown at an almost incomprehensible rate, from straight-ahead hard bopper in his mid-twenties to innovative free player and ever-searching composer and bandleader in his early thirties, one whose improvisational strength has received praise from sources like Audiophile Audition, citing Blaser's music as occupying "ambient/free jazz terrain that has a depth of vision and clarity revealing musical maturity beyond Blaser's nearly three decades of life."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu68rLYof2g

This concert is made possible in part through the generous support of the swiss arts council.


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ALL CAPS NO SPACE

February 7, 2015

Co-presented with the Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

The culmination of a two-week collaboration and residency at The MilkBar between composer Linda Bouchard and the talented and unique Addleds musicians Kyle Bruckmann, oboe/english horn; Tony Dryer, double bass; and Jacob Felix Heule, percussion.

Premiere of “All Caps No Space,” the concert version, conceived by Linda Bouchard. The composer harnesses the creative power of the Addleds improvisers through a graphic score, stock and prerecorded material, and live processing. “All Caps No Space” explores the amplified solitude we experience within the barrage of information that besieges us.

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.


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SATOKO INOUE | NEW PIANO MUSIC FROM TOKYO

October 22, 2014

Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and the US as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan’s foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yoritsune Matsudaira, Satoshi Tanaka, Yuji Itoh. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers including Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Giancinto Scelsi, Luciano Berio, and others.

In 1991 Ms. Inoue began presenting the solo piano series “Satoko Plays Japan” at major venues in that country. She performed over a hundred contemporary pieces in concerts in this well-respected series. Before this she was pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. For the last 14 years she has continued to commission and perform new works on her Music Documents series of concerts in Tokyo.

Besides her performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has appeared at major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and at Japan Year (Germany). She has recorded two solo CDs on HatHut Records, Japan Piano 1996 and Jo Kondo Works for Piano. She has also worked with Luc Ferrari to record piano/percussion compositions for HatHut. Her most recent recording of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus is available on the ALM label.

Her performance at the Center for New Music will include Tennyson Songbooks by Jo Kondo, Melatan by Yugi Itoh, Litany II by Satoshi Tanaka, Three for Piano by Robert Coburn, and works by John Cage and others.


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JENNY Q CHAI | PIANO STEAMPUNK

October 13, 2014

Center for New Music |  San Francisco CA

Jenny Q Chai’s “Piano Steampunk” program explores the relationships between piano and electronics, beginning with the earliest development of music for this pairing. Computers and electronics have interested and influenced composers for as long as they have existed. This long-term relationship with technology has also changed many composers’ approach to writing solo piano music, even those who have not worked with electronics, leading them to open new dimensions of the piano’s sound. This program traces the pre-history and development of music for piano and electronics across an international arena, with antennae tuned both to the past and the future.


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LISA MOORE VOICE & PIANO

July 20, 2014

Co-presented with the Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

Australian pianist and vocalist Lisa Moore, described as "beautiful, impassioned, brilliant and searching" (New York Times), performs works by Bresnick, Glass, Hearne, Newman and Rzewski, including the legendary "De Profundis" (based on Oscar Wilde's text) and "Ishi's Song" (based on a melody sung by Californian Native-American Ishi).


SHAPESHIFTING FLUTE: ROBERT DICK SOLO

April 3, 2014

Co-presented with the Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

New York-based virtuoso Robert Dick brought his array of flutes, from the piccolo to the giant F bass for his first San Francisco solo concert in over a decade. Known worldwide for his rampantly inventive approach and mastery of extended techniques, Robert’s performances have been compared to the experience of hearing a full orchestra. When we started to open our ears and minds in the 60s, Robert was there. It's light years later, and he’s continuously accelerated throughout. 


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ALDEN JENKS : HAMMERED

February 1, 2014

Co-presented with the Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

New works by Alden Jenks Hammered for piano and laptop, and Oh It’s You for actress/singer and laptop will receive their premieres this evening. In addition three songs on poems by Jim Harrison, and a country ballad about a desperate housewife for actress, singer, and piano; “Unrestful Sleep” for piano, to keep you awake; and a piece for video with an electronic score called “Martin Put That Gun Away”. Pianists Mikako Endo and Ian Scarfe and singers Lora Libby and Amy Foote will be performing, with the composer on laptop. Oh – and a lullaby to help you get the rest you need.


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SHAPESHIFTING FLUTE: ROBERT DICK SOLO

April 3, 2013

Co-presented with Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

New York-based virtuoso Robert Dick brought his array of flutes, from the piccolo to the giant F bass for his first San Francisco solo concert in over a decade. Known worldwide for his rampantly inventive approach and mastery of extended techniques, Robert’s performances have been compared to the experience of hearing a full orchestra. When we started to open our ears and minds in the 60s, Robert was there. It's light years later, and he’s continuously accelerated throughout. 


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DOUBLE TAKE: VICKY RAY | ON A BUDDHIST THOUGHT

April 27, 2013

Co-presented with Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

Works by John Cage, Somei Satoh, Sean Helm, Bruce Reiprich and Linda Bouchard each bring their own responses to Buddhism through their music. In a contemporary language that utilizes prepared piano, piano and live electronics, and piano with delay, the music investigates ideas of reincarnation, the challenges of sitting, and the bardo states in the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Los Angeles pianist Vicki Ray performs five compositions inspired by Buddhists principles.

Samovar Tea Lounge will be at the Center offering "Ocean of Wisdom" herbal tea and Cherry Oat Scones.


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BINARY CITIES: FRANÇOIS HOULE & ZACHARY WATKINS

March 14, 2013

Co-presented with Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

NEXMAP Collective Artist and clarinet virtuoso François Houle (Vancouver) performed solo and in duo with local experimentalist Zachary Watkins.

NEXMAP presents Canadian clarinet virtuoso François Houle performing Aerials. This set of improvisations, developed by Houle during a five-week residency in Umbria, Italy, examines the way the clarinet “reacts” to acoustical spaces, coupling virtuosity with stunning lyricism. Houle will be joined in the second half by local composer-performer Zachary Watkins (NEXMAP Education Coordinator), who will contribute DIY feedback systems and live signal processing to create an ensemble out of this dynamic duet.


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A TASTE OF NEXMAP | END OF THE YEAR SALON PARTY

December 13, 2012

Co-presented with Center for New Music.

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

Come celebrate the end of the year with NEXMAP and meet members of the NEXMAP Artists Collective! David and Hi-Jin Hodge, François Houle and Linda Bouchard will perform and discuss excerpts from upcoming works.


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MURDEROUS LITTLE WORLD

December 3, 2012

Murderous Little World is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

ODC Theatre | San Francisco CA

Composed by Linda Bouchard | Performed by Bellows and Brass (Guy Few, Joseph Petric, Eric Vaillancourt). With poems from Men in the Off Hours by Anne Carson.


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IAN WINTERS | MEMORY TABLES

September 7, 2012

Center for New Music | San Francisco CA

As part of the San Francisco Center for New Music’s incubation agenda, C4NM and curator Linda Bouchard with NEXMAP present new incubating work by Ian Winters, Evelyn Ficarra, & paige starling sorvillo / blindsight. In The Memory Table (v2): Mnemonics devise character-A (yellow) with a side of chance, Winters, Ficarra, and sorvillo are slowly reverse-engineering Character A from fragmentary evidence found within the habit field of the memory table.  In the absence, or a room, they are building a visually and sonically responsive environment whereby to study the permeable, uncertain, contingent and social nature of our own memories as well as the premise that core parts of our identity and relationships are formed in the most quotidian of environments, often by chance.

As they build, your feedback is, per se, welcomed, nay, invited and/or demanded, demurely. By that, we mean, please come talk to us after the show, we are friendly and don’t bite and would like it very much.

The artist are grateful in this phase of work for the generous support of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, NEXMAP, Center for New Music, The MilkBar, and the University of Sussex.


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DOUBLE TAKE: BILL FONTANA

January 20, 2012 

A co-production with the Meridian Gallery Music Series | San Francisco CA

This Double Take event is made possible in part through support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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DOUBLE TAKE: PAMELA Z | SALON CONCERT

December 2, 2010

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

An exclusive home concert featuring the unique San Francisco based Pamela Z: a singer/composer/performer and media artist who has been mesmerizing audiences around the world for over twenty five years.


LAETITIA SONAMI

December 1, 2010

June Jordan School for Equity | San Francisco, CA

Sonami brought her wares and talent to High Schoolers: in a very intimate settings, 45 students heard a performance by the innovator behind the Ladie's Glove and had a chance to ask questions and understand how the artist makes her magic.


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DOUBLE TAKE: SUE-C & LAETITIA SONAMI

October 21, 2010

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

The collaborative work of Bay Area-based Laetitia Sonami and SUE-C focuses on the real-time creation of lm-like live performances. Sonami's elbow-length "lady's glove" extends her gestures, allowing her to construct fleeting sonic architectures as she moves her fingers, hand and arm. Video artist SUE-C synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, models, and interactive lighting effects.


BINARY CITIES 2010: CHRIS KUBIK

October 12, 2010

The Lab | San Francisco CA

Chris Kubick (Oakland) presented a solo premiere performance of Crowd Control. Cellist improviser Soizic Lebrat from France with video by Yan Breuleux. The California E.A.R. Unit from Los Angeles premiered Spill Out-Fish Tank by Linda Bouchard with video by Kim Turos, along with works by Clay Chaplin and Amy Knoles.


A TASTE OF NEXMAP | FUNDRAISING EVENT FEATURING LAETITIA SONAMI

May 11, 2010

Stable Cafe | 2128 Folsom Street, San Francisco CA


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DOUBLE TAKE: FRED FRITH

December 3, 2009

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

An exclusive sold out concert featuring Fred Frith in an intimate setting.


BINARY CITIES: MARC COUROUX & JOHN DAVIS

October 17, 2009

CounterPULSE | San Francisco CA

Premiere screening of two experimental films: Marc Couroux's 68/70 (Montreal) & John Davis' Mark You Make Believe Me My Dear, Yes (SF).


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BINARY CITIES: TRIO FIBONACCI

October 16, 2009

CNMAT | Berkeley CA

Trio Fibonacci: a co-production with CNMAT featuring music of Laurie Radford & Serge Provost & Sounding Out California winners Hideko Kawamoto & Damon Waitkus + Agnes Szelag (video). 


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BINARY CITIES: TRIO FIBONACCI

October 8, 2009

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

Trio Fibonacci performs French music by Pascal Dusapin, Christophe Bertrand, Marc Monnet & Mark André. Followed by a reception with the artists, catered by La Boulange.

The Salon Concert Series was made possible in part through support from the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in San Francisco. 


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CHERYL E. LEONARD, MARIELLE JAKOBSONS (DARWINSBITCH), KEVIN SHEA ADAMS | SOUNDING OUT CALIFORNIA

May 21, 2009

The Luggage Store | San Francisco CA

Sounding Out California was a state-wide competition sponsored by NEXMAP that invited composers from a wide range of musical traditions to submit their music. The result was a CD launched in 2008, celebrating notions of hybridity in the work of five emergent artists. On May 21st, 2009 NEXMAP proudly presented three of its winners. Their performance was part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival and the Luggage Store's New Music Series. 


LUIS MAURETTE & GREGG KOWALSKY | SALON CONCERT

April 23, 2009

Private Residence | San Francisco CA

This private event featured a live performance by two upcoming Bay Area Artists: Luis Maurette and Gregg Kowalsky in an audio/visual performance.


MICHEL DONEDA & DAVID WESSEL

February 14, 2009

Co-production with CNMAT | Berkeley CA

Michel Doneda (b. 1954), soprano saxophone is a self-taught musician who comes from the French South-West. In 1980 he founded in Toulouse a reed trio: HIC ET NUNC, a group that toured throughout France, playing mostly improvised music. With a group of musicians, dancers and actors, Doneda co-founded IREA (Institute for research and exchange between arts of improvisation). He subsequently participated in music projects with other artists and became a regular guest of the Chantenay-Villedieu festival and played with musicians such as Fred Van Hove, Phil Wachsmann, Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, John Zorn, Eliott Sharp, Elvin Jones, Lê Quan Ninh, Daunik Lazro, Beñat Achiary, Martine Altenburger, Barre Phillips, Paul Rogers, Tetsu Saitoh, Kazue Sawai. In 1985 he self-published TERRA (Nato record).

David Wessel studied mathematics and experimental psychology at the University of Illinois and received a doctorate in mathematical psychology from Stanford in 1972. His work on the perception and compositional control of timbre in the early 70's at Michigan State University led to a musical research position at IRCAM in Paris in 1976. In 1979 he began reshaping the Pedagogy Department to link the scientific and musical sectors of IRCAM. In 1985 he established a new IRCAM department devoted to the development of interactive musical software for personal computers. In 1988 he began his current position as Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley where he is Director of CNMAT. He is particularly interested in live-performance computer music where improvisation plays an essential role. He has collaborated in performance with a variety of improvising composers including Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, John Butcher, Ushio Torikai, Thomas Buckner, Vinko Globokar, Jin Hi Kim, Shafqat Ali Khan, and Laetitia Sonami, and has performed throughout the US and Europe.


MICHEL DONEDA & FRED FRITH 

February 12, 2009

Swissnex | San Francisco CA

Michel Doneda (b. 1954), soprano saxophone is a self-taught musician who comes from the French South-West. In 1980 he founded in Toulouse a reed trio: HIC ET NUNC, a group that toured throughout France, playing mostly improvised music. With a group of musicians, dancers and actors, Doneda co-founded IREA (Institute for research and exchange between arts of improvisation).

Fred Frith, composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist, has situated himself for more than thirty years in the area where rock music and new music meet. Co-founder of the British underground band Henry Cow (1968-78), he moved to New York in the late seventies and came into contact with many of the musicians with whom he's since been associated, including, for example, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Tom Cora, Zeena Parkins, and Bob Ostertag. He is currently Professor of Composition at Mills College in Oakland, California.


BINARY CITIES: LAETITIA SONAMI & LINDA BOUCHARD

October 4, 2008

CounterPULS | San Francisco CA

Sonogram is a new work by Laetitia Sonami and Sue Slagle (aka SUE-C) inspired by gestation and the abstract ways through which we conceptualize and perceive the beginnings of human life. As collaborators, Sonami (sound) and Slagle (image) construct languages and landscapes where audio-visual perspectives shift to tell stories and create possibilities. Employing a multitude of hand-made and machine-made media, Sonogram is an exploration of the tiny universe from which all of us once emerged.

Inspired by the Myanmar (Burmese) anti-government protests led by students and Buddhist Monks in September 2007, Sonic Forecast integrates new and traditional performance practice in a seamless tapestry of timbres, resonance and spontaneous response between live musician, pre-recorded viola and manipulations, live video and stocked images; a live electronic sonic and visual repartee using the Max-MSP software.

This concert was made possible through the support of: The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Williams and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Sonic Forecast’ was made possible in part through a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts a Subito Grant (from ACF-SFBAC), the Swiss Arts Council - Pro Helvetia, the SUISA Foundation and a winter residency at the Djerassi Foundation.


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BINARY CITIES: BENOIT DELBECQ & FRANÇOIS HOULE

June 24, 2008

Private Residence | House of the French Consul of San Francisco

Building on these artists’ first two duo collaboration CD:, Nancali and Dice Thrown (SGL 1538-2, 2002) and a recent trio with British saxophone legend Evan Parker (La lumière de Pierres, Psi 07.02), Houle and Delbecq’s programs include pieces for piano or prepared piano and clarinets (sometimes two played simultaneously), solo improvisation by each musician, and electronic manipulations. As the music unfolds, composition and improvisation seem to flow together into a dream-like continuum where jazz and new music meet. To reach this place, Delbecq and Houle have worked for years extending the techniques of their instruments and creating their own language of musical gestures for purposes of spontaneous musical composition.

This performance is made possible in part through grants from the French America Cultural Exchange (FACE)- Funds for Contemporary Music. We would like to express our gratitude to the Consulate General of France.


BINARY CITIES: MYRA MELFORD & FRANÇOIS HOULE & FREDERIC ST-HILAIRE 

May 16, 2008

Swissnex | San Francisco CA

Melford's ongoing search for new sounds and new directions was a perfect match for François Houle's aesthetic on the clarinet. Frederic St-Hilaire's interactive video weaved images as the pieces unfolded. We are proud to have presented these three artists in a spontaneous collaboration and a highly memorable event.

This performance is made possible in part through grants from the French America Cultural Exchange (FACE)- Funds for Contemporary Music. We would like to express our gratitude to the Consulate General of France for the pre-concert reception. Many thanks to swissnex for hosting our event.


DOUBLE TAKE: LOUIS DUFORT'S GRAIN DE SABLE (GRAIN OF SAND)

December 2, 2007

Recombinant Media Labs | San Francisco CA

A co-production with the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute.


FRANCIS DHOMONT & LOUIS DUFORT 

December 1, 2007

Recombinant Media Labs | San Francisco CA

French Composer Francis Dhomont is a pioneering composer of electronic music. In Paris in the late 1940s, he intuitively discovered with magnetic wire what Pierre Schaeffer would later call "musique concrète" and began a lifetime of experimentation with the musical possibilities of sound recording. He presented Here and There, Phonurgie, and Moirures – a video realized in collaboration with Inés Wickmann Jaramillo. The young Canadian composer Louis Dufort, former student of Dhomont, shared the evening with two acousmatic works that examine the notion of movement; one of which is an homage to Francis Dhomont and Pierre Schaeffer. Dufort has a fascination with cinema and a history of involvement with contemporary dance that in part explains the extraordinarily visual nature of his work.

This performance was made possible in part through grants from the French America Cultural Exchange (FACE)- Funds for Contemporary Music. Artists were hosted by " The Phoenix Hotel - Joie de vivre Hotels".


MURCOF & .PIG

September 5, 2007

Project Artaud Theatre | San Francisco, CA

A co-production with the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF).

Week-long International festival. NEXMAP presented two contemporary cutting edge Mexican artists. This performance was made possible in part through a grant from Fonca-Conaculta, Mexican Council for the Arts.

 

 


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DOUBLE TAKE: SONIC GESTURES | PAMELA Z

April 14, 2007

Recombinant Media Labs | San Francisco CA

Combining fragmented gestural images with live vocal sounds processed and spatialized in real time using Max MSP software and custom gesture controllers, Pamela Z surrounded the audience with a virtual chorus of chattering, whispering, singing, and ever transforming entities.

 


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PARTY | MULTI MEDIA PERFORMANCE

December 2, 2006

Recombinant Media Labs | San Francisco CA

Live music, electronics, video and photography in the audio-visual surround.

Food, drinks and the presentation of NEXMAP’s new initiatives. 

Participating Artists from the Bay Area, Vancouver and Montreal: Ed Campion & Ellen Ruth, Louis Dufort , Jen Cohen & Guillermo Galindo, Daniel Hayes, John Oliver & François Houle, Kristin Tieche, and Linda Bouchard.
François Houle on clarinet, Ellen Ruth Rose on viola, video of ODC Dance company in the Water Project.


PAN SONIC & CROSSMEDIA SURROUND CINEMA CONCERTS by Yoichi Kurokawa

September 23, 24 & 27, 2006

Recombinant Media Labs | San Francisco CA

YOICHI KUROKAWA [JAPAN]
Based on natural images Ryoichi Kurokawa transfigures and distorts original analog source material with digital processes in the form of an audiovisual crossmedia concert. This, very much like the human brain, represents memory where visual and auditory perception is reconstructed in an unconscious way. In doing so, virtual images and reality merge in unpredictable ways. Ryoichi Kurokawa’s time-based, audio-visual designs are displayed in a 3-dimensional digital mode to see sounds, listen to pictures and read an audiovisual language.

PAN SONIC [FINLAND]
Live, the music of Pan sonic can feel as physical as a weather system. This enveloping escalation of physicality seems a kind of materialism, even though there is nothing to see other than the projected image of sound activating an oscilloscope: the rawness of sawtooth, the sumptuous melted wax massage of pure sine, the erroneous sounds of contact and broken contact. The music goes beyond process and phenomenology, broadcasting a manifesto for the poetry of electricity.
 

 
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