The genre-bending annual fest from the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology returns to REDCAT with a new international lineup of unabashedly experimental works in music, multimedia, installation and sound art.
Thursday, January 26
Until Spring Revisited
The electronic music icon reinvents his seminal 1975 soundscape Until Spring, now reformulated for surround sound and video projection and performed on three laptops. Applying a new set of artist tools with masterful finesse and imagination, Subotnick collaborates with composer-performer Miguel Frasconi and light artist Sue Costabile.
Friday, January 27
The tirelessly inventive Australian violinist and sound artist Jon Rose kicks off the evening with work from The Hyperstring Project, a body of uncanny improvisations based on the use of a MIDI-controlled interactive violin bow. He is followed by Maja Ratkje of the noise outfits Spunk and Fe-Mail. The Norwegian performer-composer creates savagely beautiful improvised soundscapes out of voice, acoustic instruments, field recordings and analog electronics. French electro-acoustic pioneer Eliane Radigue then concludes the evening’s program with Naldjorlak , the first completely acoustic work she has ever written, performed by Charles Curtis on cello as a thought-provoking reworking of technology.
Saturday, January 28
David Dunn and James Crutchfield
Los Angeles media artist Kadet Kuhne premieres a new audiovisual work, Holding Pattern III , in which captivating underwater imagery triggers a breathtaking interactive soundscape. This immersive sensory experience is accompanied by an improvised score by Mem1, a collaborative venture between cellist Laura Thomas-Merino and laptop artist M. Cera. The CEAIT Festival then culminates with the Theater of Pattern Formation , a mesmerizing live multimedia work by Alpert Award-winning composer and sound artist David Dunn and renowned chaos theorist James Crutchfield. Playing on the innate human ability to recognize patterns in space and time, and using custom-made circuits, the duo collates overlapping sonic textures with a dazzling array of complementary visualizations.