Tune(In)))

Mar 01, 2003: 8pm- 2am
NY Center for Media Arts

On March 1, 2003, over 60 performers played into six transmitters during free103point9's first Tune(In))) event at the New York Center for the Media Arts.

There was no sound in the space. Performers performed into transmitters. Attendees received a radio with headphones, to access the performances. They also received a "schedule" listing what performances were on which frequencies throughout the evening. Attendees then chose to listen to those frequencies, other commercial frequencies available, or the minimal ambient room noise.
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Tune(In))) Event Information

Who is performing?
How do I get there?
Can I bring my own radio?
How much is admission?
Is there anything I can do to help?
What is the NY Center for Media Art?
Is there audio information about Tune(In)))?
What do I need to know if I'm performing?
Can I hear the show on the radio at my house?

free103point9's Tune(In))) will feature over 60 performers and a video program playing into six transmitters. There will be no sound in the space--performers play into transmitters instead of amplifiers.

With the price of admission, attendees will receive a radio with headphones to access the performances. They will also receive a "schedule" listing what performances are on which frequencies throughout the evening. A more extensive catalogue with artist biographies and descriptions of performances will also be available. Attendees may choose to listen to the six Tune(In))) frequencies, other commercial stations available, or the minimal ambient room noise.

Tune(In))) performers are encouraged to integrate radio transmissions into their performances. Scanner, Damian Catera, Gregory Green, Seth Price, Tom Roe, 31 Down, and Matt Mikas are among the Tune(In))) performers reknown for their use of radio transmissions as an artistic medium.

free103point9's Tune(In))) will also feature a video program in collaboration with Electronic Arts Intermix that will present a selection of recent and historical single-channel work addressing themes relating to video and audio transmission. Video projections in the Main Exhibition Hall and Exhibition Room One by Melissa Dubbin + Aaron Davidson were created specifically for Tune(In))).

Tune(In))) is the sixth anniversary benefit for the Brooklyn-based microradio collective free103point9. Promoting experimental sound works and audio transmissions, free103point9 is a media arts organization whose programs include a performance space, recording studio, radio stations, a distribution label, and an extensive online resource.

The NY Center for Media Arts is an institution committed to cultivating and to promoting these diverse interdisciplinary forms of artistic expression that are emerging with the development of electronic and digital technology. In addition to the multitude of new approaches to art and artmaking, and with the dissolving of the distinctions between fine art and pop culture, the media revolution is also engendering a host of cultural phenomena. As an educational center devoted to new media, the NY Center for Media Arts seeks to consider the impact of technology on contemporary culture and to encourage critical discourse among its practitioners.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

See http://www.free103point9.org for more information on the station.

free103point9's Tune(In))) is curated by Tom Roe, Galen Joseph-Hunter, Matt Mikas, Kurt Gottschalk and Broklyn Beats.


Performances on six channels

Video projections in Main Exhibition Hall and Exhibition Room One by Melissa Dubbin + Aaron Davidson created specifically for Tune(In))).


88.7-FM

Audio program curated by Squidco and Squid's Ear.
Engineered by David Brandt, Michelle Nagai, Len 37 Siegfried.
08:00 p.m.: CHANGES TO blind
08:45 p.m.: David Brandt
09:00 p.m.: DJ$shot (Mr. Dorgon)
09:45 p.m.: David Brandt
10:00 p.m.: Cooper-Moore
10:30 p.m.: Len 37 Siegfried
10:45 p.m.: Pamelia Kurstin
11:15 p.m.: Len 37 Siegfried
11:30 p.m.: James Fei/Kato Hideki
12:10 a.m.: Michelle Nagai
12:25 a.m.: Michael Schumacher
01:05 a.m.: Michelle Nagai
01:20 a.m.: Kenta Nagai


89.3-FM

Engineer: Tom Roe.
08:00 p.m.: 100% Storms Ensemble
08:45 p.m.: Gregory Green
09:15 p.m.: Tom Roe
09:25 p.m.: Matt Valentine + Erika Elder
09:55 p.m.: Tom Roe
10:05 p.m.: Dan Brown (Hall of Fame)
10:35 p.m.: Tom Roe
10:45 p.m.: Xian Hawkins/Sybarite
11:15 p.m.: Tom Roe
11:25 p.m.: Jeremy Novak (Dymaxion)
11:55 p.m.: Tom Roe
12:00 a.m.: Carlos Giffoni (Monotract)
12:30 a.m.: Tom Roe
12:40 a.m.: The SB
01:10 a.m.: Tom Roe
01:20 a.m.: Double Leopards


91.9-FM

An audio/video program presented in collaboration with Electronic Arts Intermix.
Engineered by Galen Joseph-Hunter.
Program will repeat throughout the evening.
Klaus vom Bruch, Jeder Schuss ein Treffer (Every Shot a Hit), 1984, 9:30 min, color, sound.
Gary Hill, Mediations, 1979-86, 4:17 min, color, sound.
Sums & Differences, 1978, 8:24 min, b&w, sound.
Kristin Lucas, Involuntary Reception, 2000, 16:45 min, color, sound.
Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut, Video Tape Study No. 3, 1966-69, 4 min, b&w, sound.
Beatles Electroniques, 1966-69, 3 min, b&w and color, sound.
Steina and Woody Vasulka, Noisefields, 1974, 12:05 min, color, sound.
Steina, Violin Power, 1970-78, 10:04 min, b&w, sound.


99.9-FM

Engineered by Matt Bua (8 p.m.-11 p.m.) and Damian Catera (11 p.m.-2 a.m.), who will also provide interstitial programmings.
08:00 p.m.: COMP-CLASS (The Remedial Years):
Matt Bua, Ladislav Czernek, John Heneghan, Damian Leibold, Fritz Welch, Christian Dautresme, Ryan Holsopple

09:00 p.m.: Chris Millstein (Home) + Rob Corradetti (Mr. Mixel Pixel)
09:40 p.m.: Matt Bua's Suitcase Orchestra
10:00 p.m.: Seth Price
10:20 p.m.: Matt Bua's Suitcase Orchestra
10:40 p.m.: Skyline
11:20 p.m.: Ara Peterson + Jim Drain
11:35 p.m.: Ben Owen (Ting Ting Jahe)
12:10 a.m.: Damian Catera
12:20 a.m.: Chiaro Giovando
01:00 a.m.: Damian Catera
01:20 a.m.: SK-Pades
01:50 a.m.: Damian Catera


102.3-FM

Engineer is Seren Laibovitz.
08:00 p.m.: Japanther
08:30 p.m.: David Kay
10:00 p.m.: Scanner
11:00 p.m.: 31 Down
11:20 p.m.: Kenny Goldsmith (WFMU)
12:20 a.m.: DJ North Guinea Hills
1:30 a.m.: Transmaniacon MC


103.9-FM

A turntablist program presented in collaboration with Broklyn Beats.
Engineered and equipment provided by Broklyn Beats, who curated 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
08:00 p.m.: Matt Mikas (free103point9)
09:00 p.m.: Criterion + doily (Broklyn Beats)
10:00 p.m.: I-Sound (Transparent, Full Watts, Ambush)
11:00 p.m.: Donna Summer (Cock Rock Disco, Irritant, Broklyn Beats)
12:00 a.m.: End (Hymen)
01:00 a.m.: Criterion + doily (Broklyn Beats)



1610-AM
Tune in to this informational channel for instructions on how to Tune(In))) as you enter the space.
31 Down is creating this instructional programming with sound effects and script by Ryan Holsopple,
voice by Heidi McElligott and additional sounds by Matt Bua. This instructional programming will
also play on all six channels between 7 p.m., when the doors open, and 8 p.m., when the event begins.



A few details on specific performances:

Kristin Lucas, Involuntary Reception
Repeating all night, 91.9-FM, 2000, 16:45 min, color, sound
Involuntary Reception is a double-imaged, double-edged report from a young woman lost in the telecommunications ether. Possessing extraordinary electrical forces - a surging EPF (electro-magnetic pulse field) - she self-broadcasts her unique experience of the world. Appearing as a somewhat tragic spirit, the character, played by Lucas, is quarantined from physical contact and yet always at risk of contamination from the multitudinous signals of our digital age. Lucas investigates the substance, the very electricity of communication. Her performance engages the viewer in a critical yet witty musing on the construction of self and the experience of desire in an era of information overload.

COMP-CLASS, The Remedial Years
8 p.m., 99.9-FM, Matt Bua, Ladislav Czernek, John Heneghan, Damian Leibold, Fritz Welch
The players assembled have tangentially performed together in such groups as Foma, Convolutionists, Irritating HorseEye, Oatmeal Banana, the Screw and Falcon Crest. They've now been brought together to react to some slightly?less than chaotic parameters. They will only hear the song structure generator being pipe to them via the headphone hub, while their product (reaction) is organized by the hands of the engineer.

Ara Peterson + Jim Drain, Forcefieldiamond
11:20 p.m., 99.9-FM, 12 min, 2003
Forcefieldiamond is Ara Peterson and Jim Drian's last collaboration under the name Forcefield.

Xian Hawkins/Sybarite, Hear You Go
10:10 p.m., 89.3-FM
A slowly unfolding piece utilising radio fragments, guitar samples + room sounds -- building as it fades away.

Members of The 100% Storms Ensemble Eric and Jennifer Morrison, Radio Suite for 4 Clarinets, 4 Pianos, and Voice
8 p.m., 89.3-FM
Originally written as a piece for solo clarinet and harmonic pedal by Jennifer Morrison, the Radio Suite is reimagined here as a pair of interchangeable quartets. Each member of the two subsets, comprised of discrete recorded performance, will be independently controlled and shaped in real time during the broadcast. An electronically manipulated voice will melodically narrate the proceedings.

Scanner, Electropollution
10 p.m., 102.3-FM
Though Scanner cannot join us in person, he has created this work: "A self generating performance of archive materials from my own sound library. Remnants of the past reformed, restructured, reheard, repeated."

Chiaro Giovando + guests, Composition for five casio keyboards, five casio keyboard players, and a radio station
12:40 a.m., 99.9-FM, 2001
This piece calls for five casio keyboards each with a split output. One channel of the output will be sent to the radio station, and the other will be sent to a specially configured headphones set. The headphones are configured in this way; five pairs of headphones are wired with their left channels sharing a jack with the right channel of the head set adjacent to them. The casio keyboard and keyboardists are set up in a row. The first keyboardist begins a tune of his/her own design, or perhapse a slight variation on a familiar tune. The first keyboardist can hear only the output of his own keyboard. The second keyboardist hears in the right channel of their head set the first keyboardist's tune and plays along with it. The second keyboardist should listen to the tune for a few minutes before his/her accompaniment begins. The acommpaniment can be either an attempt to play along exactly with the first keyboardist or a thoughtful "jam sesh" with the first keyboardist. The second keyboardist hears himself in the left channel of his head set. The third keyboardist can hear only the second keyboardist's accompaniment of the first keyboardist's tune. Not the first keyboardist's original tune. The third keyboardist should listen for a few minutes to this accompaniment before begining his own accompaniment of the accompaniment. The acommpaniment can be either an attempt to play along exactly with the second keyboardist or a thoughtful "jam sesh" with the second keyboardist. This same process is repeated for keyboardists four and five. The total output of all of the keyboards can be heard by the audience via radio. The audience is meant to hear a kind of interpretation of an interpretation of an interpretation, and so forth.

Steina and Woody Vasulka, Noisefields
Repeating throughout the evening, 91.9-FM, 1974, 12:05 min, color, sound
A visualization of the materiality of the electronic signal and its energy, Noisefields is an important example of the Vasulkas' early formal experimentations with analog image processing and their investigations of multiple camera set-ups, and keyers to articulate spatial, temporal and sound/image manipulation. Colorized video noise (or snow) is keyed through a circle, producing a rich static sound that is modulated by the energy content of the video.



Admission

Admission price is $12. Attendees get a radio with headphones with admission. If you bring your own radio with headphones, admission is $7. Only radios with headphones qualify for the lower admission price. You may keep your radio, or donate it back to free103point9 at the end of the evening.




Bringing your own radio with headphones


Anyone attending Tune(In))) gets a radio with headphones with their admission price. If you bring your own radio with headphones, you will get in for the reduced admission rate of $7. The radio must have headphones.




Directions


Directions to NY Center for Media Arts
45-12 Davis St., Long Island City
(718) 472-9414
One block away from P.S. 1
Near E, G, V and 7 subway lines

E or V to 23 St/Ely Ave. Exit onto 44th to Jackson Ave.
Walk one block south on Jackson Ave.,
follow the subway bridge and cross the street onto Davis St.

7 to 45 Rd/Courthouse Sq. Exit onto Jackson Ave. and cross the street onto Davis St.

G to Court Sq. Exit onto 44th to Jackson Ave. Walk one block south on Jackson Ave.,
follow the subway bridge and cross the street onto Davis St.



Volunteering

Volunteers helping put this program together include Pei-Yi Kim, Debbie Levine, Andrew Duestch, Brad Truax, Urania Mylonas, Dana Okrinova, Marlo Pascual, Shayna Cohen, Jeni Dahmus, Bree Edwards, Professor Klystron, Seren Laibovitz, Jeanne McCabe, Eli Joseph-Hunter, Jean, Matt Bua, Damian Catera, Larry Weissman, David Kay, Michelle Nagai, Frank Matulo, Kelly Elizabeth Szott, India Richards, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Tom Mulligan and many others.


free103point9 is looking for others to help with this project. Please contact us if:

*You can help engineer the signals and recordings that evening.
*You can help us set up the show on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28, or break down the show on Sunday, March 2.
*You can help work the door or hand out radios during the show Sat., March 1.
*You have a radio with headphones you would like to donate to the project.
*You have a source of cheap, or free, radios with headphones, or batteries.

Please contact free103point9@yahoo.com if you can help in some way.


Can I hear the show on the radio at my house?

No, only at NYCMA. As you arrive, tune in to 1610-AM for instructions.



What do I need to know if I'm performing?

*If you have a radio with headphones, please bring it. They will be in short supply, and this will be the best monitor.

*If you don't have a radio with headphones, please bring a regular set of headphones. Each mixer will have a splitter on the headphones, allowing the engineer to monitor the program, and you to quickly check and make sure your signal is getting through just prior to performing.

*Times are absolutely strict, given the nature of the event. The next act will begin at the scheduled time, as this event cannot run late.

*Please bring as little equipment as necessary. We will have an area set up to store equipment before and after your performance, but there won't be that much room, given the number of performers. Anyone who wants to share equipment and perform right after one another, let us know.

Here are some sample questions we have been hearing:

>>How can someone be performing and someone setting up share a headphone jack with a splitter?

There will be an "engineer" on every channel. The engineer will put on interstitial programming between performances. The engineer can monitor the main signal in his/her headphones while the next performer makes a quick check that his/her signal is getting through.

>>So we should bring our own mixer and setup without being patched into the mains, then patch-in and get a level just before going on air.

Yes. Many of the "stations" may have two mixers, so check with us so you don't bring anything that is already there.

>>Do you have a way to record it all? Do you need any other equipment?

Yes, we are looking for five easy ways to record six hours of audio at a time without any bother. We think we have two covered right now. We also need help with a mixer or two. Anyone with headphones to lend, that would also come in handy.

free103point9's Tune(In))) could not be possible without help from Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York Center for Media Arts, and The Squid's Ear.

free103point9 Dispatches are also available at Dia bookstore, Zerotec, Squidco, and Mondo Kim's.