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Florasonic:  Lakshmi Ramgopal: A Half-Light Chorus
May
6
to Jul 22

Florasonic: Lakshmi Ramgopal: A Half-Light Chorus

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Set in the Fern Room of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Conservatory, Lakshmi Ramgopal’s installation A Half-Light Chorus features a ninety-minute, four-channel recording of vocalists imitating the calls of birds from India and Sanskrit literature. Punctuated with original Tamil odes to individual birds, this tapestry of arias, whistles, clicks, and cries plays with the diurnal rhythms, forms, and functions of birdsong.

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Ten x Ten Retrospective at Star Lounge

Stop by Star Lounge on Friday, April 13 to hear and see new collaborations from Chicago artists Melina Ausikaitis, Ambrosia Bartosekulva, Allen Moore, and Sadie Woods. Known for their robust practices in both visual art and music, these performers were brought together through the collaborative project Ten x Ten. 

Functioning as both an encore of Ten x Ten 2017 and retrospective of prior iterations, audience are invited to enjoy musical performances from 2017 artist pairs (Allen Moore & Sadie Woods and Melina Ausikaitis & Ambrosia Bartosekulva) while viewing Ten x Ten screen prints from all five iterations. 
 

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Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices: Prints and Record Release
Sep
9
6:00 PM18:00

Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices: Prints and Record Release

The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration of Ten x Ten, ‘Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices’ brings together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music. By considering questions about boundaries and location, Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place.

 

Five artist pairs have been collaborating over several months to each create a two-part work that includes a song or audio piece and an 18” x 18” screen print. The results of these partnerships will be released with a concert and gallery exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio on Saturday, September 9th.The artists will perform excerpts from their collaborations and display their prints as well as other work.

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Barras / Demierre: 'interpreting bardem interpreting'
Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Barras / Demierre: 'interpreting bardem interpreting'

The duo Vincent Barras and Jacques Demierre extends an experimental tradition of sound and poetry at the boundaries of established categories such as literature, scenic arts, and music. Their new piece, interpreting bardem interpreting, follows in the tracks of this long-term work on the origins of speech. It includes, besides the duo, the participation of several simultaneous interpreters.

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An AMPLIFIED FEAST for ESS
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

An AMPLIFIED FEAST for ESS

You've never dined like this before! At this unique dinner, we're putting mics on every place setting to create a cacophonous, immersive sound and dining experience. Join us for an evening of eating loudly.

This event will raise funds towards ESS's 2017 programming in Audible Gallery.
 
Catering by The Rice Table

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MFCP: 'Palais de Mari,' Music & Memory
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

MFCP: 'Palais de Mari,' Music & Memory

Pianist Adam Tendler has led a colorful career, from a 50-state grassroots recital tour of American piano music (88x50), to realizing the feat of performing modern works from memory, like John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, and here for this event, Feldman’s Palais de Mari. A professor of Sound and Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute, Robert Snyder is the author of Music and Memory (MIT Press). A pianist and composer, Andy Costello is the founder and executive director of the Morton Feldman Chamber Players.

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ESS 30th Anniversary Gala
Jul
2
to Jul 3

ESS 30th Anniversary Gala

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Experimental Sound Studio. To celebrate 30 years of incubating, presenting and documenting innovative work in sound from around the world, ESS is throwing a blow-out gala at Constellation Chicago. The evening will feature luminaries from throughout ESS’s diverse history, including MacArthur Fellow and OPTION programmer Ken Vandermark; Chicago composer and sound artist Olivia Block; Instrument inventor and improviser Hal Rammel; and internationally acclaimed Dutch vocalist, sound poet, and composer Jaap Blonk.

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Mark Chung: 'I'll talk about my mother, maybe my grandmother too.'
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Chung: 'I'll talk about my mother, maybe my grandmother too.'

Coincident with Mother's Day, Wavefront artist Mark Chung will present a reworking of some video sculptures he made about his mother. He will screen the works as one piece, and perform a new scripted narration to accompany the visuals. Lou Mallozzi will then discuss Mark's Chicago experiences and how they have informed his work.

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ESS & Frequency Series present: Malcolm Goldstein
Apr
3
8:00 PM20:00

ESS & Frequency Series present: Malcolm Goldstein

Experimental Sound Studio and Frequency Series are proud to present a rare Chicago appearance by influential composer, violinist, and improviser Malcolm Goldstein. Works to be performed may include gentle rain preceding mushrooms (in memoriam John Cage), my feet is tired but my soul is rested (for Rosa Parks), and Soundings—the name Goldstein gives to his open improvisations, which have long been credited for expanding the sonic palette and expressive potential of the violin.

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Chicago Composers' Consortium: Live Digital Performances VII: Lands of Ice and Water
Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Composers' Consortium: Live Digital Performances VII: Lands of Ice and Water

The Chicago Composers' Consortium continues its 2015-16 season with our annual program devoted to works using various electronic media. We are proud to be the only new music group in Chicago that presents such a program every year, exploring the possibilities of acoustic plus electronic media.

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KINOSONIK #5: Walter Kitundu / Katherine Young
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

KINOSONIK #5: Walter Kitundu / Katherine Young

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation's Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.

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An Intimate Feast for ESS
Nov
6
10:00 PM22:00

An Intimate Feast for ESS

Please join us for an intimate feast prepared by ESS Executive Director Lou Mallozzi. (Beyond his achievements as an artist and educator, Lou has achieved some renown as a talented gastronome.) You'll get an insider look into the workings of Chicago's premiere resource for the creation, presentation and preservation of sound artworks in all media through conversation with artists and other figures in the ESS community—all while being treated to the sonic stylings of LeRoy Bach (Wilco) and Nick Butcher (My Silence, Sonnenzimmer). Your generous donation of $100/plate will support ESS’s ongoing programming and artist development iniatives as it enters its 30th year of operation in 2016.

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Morton Feldman Chamber Players: Groven, Isaacson premieres
Nov
4
9:00 PM21:00

Morton Feldman Chamber Players: Groven, Isaacson premieres

Morton Feldman Chamber Players, in an ongoing partnership with Experimental Sound Studio, will present two world premieres for piano and voice, and piano and electronics, respectively. Kurt Isaacson's (USA) 'vanishing species' is a part of animal-inspired works that artfully and abstractly tackles issues of animal rights and appreciation of species of the past and present, both vanished and vanishing. Marielle Groven's (CAN) 'Slow Movement' builds a vast spatial setting for melodic contours that unravel with, at once, intensity and serenity.

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KINOSONIK #5: Walter Kitundu / Katherine Young (BCH)
Nov
1
4:00 PM16:00

KINOSONIK #5: Walter Kitundu / Katherine Young (BCH)

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation's Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.

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SEXING SOUND: panel discussions led by Ryan Dohoney
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

SEXING SOUND: panel discussions led by Ryan Dohoney

SEXING SOUND includes performances, installations, and panel discussions that present and examine the manifestations, contestations, and provocations of gender in contemporary music and sound art. These cultural fields are often presented as neutral or neuter, having often escaped the gender-inflected interrogation that has informed other art forms, such as media arts and photography, in Europe and the US during the past three decades.

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SEXING SOUND: Mark Barden / Alex Temple
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

SEXING SOUND: Mark Barden / Alex Temple

SEXING SOUND includes performances, installations, and panel discussions that present and examine the manifestations, contestations, and provocations of gender in contemporary music and sound art. These cultural fields are often presented as neutral or neuter, having often escaped the gender-inflected interrogation that has informed other art forms, such as media arts and photography, in Europe and the US during the past three decades.

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SEXING SOUND: Annie Goh / Lynn Book & Katharina Klement
Oct
22
8:00 PM20:00

SEXING SOUND: Annie Goh / Lynn Book & Katharina Klement

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SEXING SOUND includes performances, installations, and panel discussions that present and examine the manifestations, contestations, and provocations of gender in contemporary music and sound art. These cultural fields are often presented as neutral or neuter, having often escaped the gender-inflected interrogation that has informed other art forms, such as media arts and photography, in Europe and the US during the past three decades.

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KINOSONIK #4: Damon Locks / Peter Maunu
Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

KINOSONIK #4: Damon Locks / Peter Maunu

Back for a second year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation's Black Cinema House, The Nightingale, and Chicago Film Archives. This year, in mini-residencies at ESS, three pairings of musicians will collaborate to compose live scores for anthologies of film curated and sequenced by CFA from their extensive vaults. The artist pairings—Mwata Bowden/Coppice, Damon Locks/Peter Maunu, and Walter Kitundu/Katherine Young—will perform their work at The Nightingale and at Black Cinema House throughout the late summer and fall of 2015. Once again, the artists were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.

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