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Bicrophonics Theory

An introduction to and development of the theory and practice of bicrophonics, - sound and music made by the journey you take, played with the space that you move through.

Bicrophonics is a new practice, discovered through the application of portable digital technologies to the needs of composing for outdoor spaces by using bicycles. Arising from electroacoustic site specific composition and performance, as well as live, multichannel, installation and durational works both in and out of doors, bicrophonics allows another approach and specificity to working with composition in context. The compositions that are made move through space, not with a static audience, but with the audience that is also moving through that space and its always changing soundscape. This shifting duality creates a unique situation for every audience member and every resultant composition and has also revealed an extraordinary understanding in the essence and power of context in contemporary

This series of lectures and discursive seminars will offer an informative lab in which to study, research and investigate the history and concepts that have birthed this practice. From the choices of sound sources and compositional methods that feed it to the technological systems that have enabled it, enabling a contemporary and reflective understanding of social and technological space and a consideration of what art should we be making now. Anyone taking this course will be encouraged to take the practical series of accompanying workshops.

Seminar details:

Seminar details
Monday/ 10 - 12h
25.04.2016 - 18.07.2016
E-N 324
Kaffe Matthews / David Runge
Event type:
Event number:
3135 L 785
Modul AKT-9 a/b/c (Musikinformatik und Medienkunst)
Benotung PäS oder Leistungsschein: 
Referat / schriftliche Ausarbeitung. Teilnahmeschein: Referat
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25.04.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): The background to bicrophonics: Air as medium, material, subtle intervention. Listening. Community radio, London 1990’s, net art, public art, live steaming, open source, free workshops. Radio Cycle...

02.05.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): The birth of bicrophonics: Not an app but free of the internet. Sonic bikes to sonic kayaks

09.05.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): Social and technological space: - Henri Lefebvre; psychogeographer Guy Debord and the situationists, Gaston Bachelard, Marshall Mcluhan, - the meaning of negative space.

23.05.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): Sound as object, considering the sociality of sound: R Murray Schafer to John Cage

30.05.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): A curious interest in control : a study and reflection on multichannel practices considering GRM - Paris, BEAST - UK, Maryanne Amacher - USA

06.06.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): Aural architecture, inside and out. B.Blesser and L.RuthSalter, LaBelle,

13.06.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): Which sound sources and why? Exploring the social and historical sound choice sources for on site composition in context.

1. individuals, society, community, methods of engagement.
2. human, geographic, geological, historical.

20.06.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): An introduction to sonification : what, why and how : considering a variety of approaches, both digital and analogue.

27.06.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): Sonification part2 : methods of

04.07.2016 (10:00 - 12:00): 4 approaches in space: Max Neuhaus, Bill Fontana, Janet Cardiff, Akio Suzuki


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