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Posted on November 7, 2016 by Aaron Einbond
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Look and listen to what Nolan Lem is preparing for the opening of MAGNITUDES this Saturday, 12th November, at 8 pm. If it does not give you ASMR tingles already, come experience it in person and we are sure it will!

We at Qubit cannot wait to see you in less than a week at Art345 Gallery, 345 E. 104th St., New York. The week-long exhibition will feature sound art of vastly varying scales, media, materials, and perspectives. Open-duration sound installations and sculptures like Nolan’s will be complemented by live performance events on November 12th, 17th, and 20th to create a constantly-shifting sonic mobile. 

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Featuring installations and/or performances by: Asha Tamirisa, Caroline Park, Douglas Repetto, Heather Frasch, Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa, Laura Cocks, Mari Ohno, Miller Puckette, Miya Masaoka, Nolan Lem, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Russell Greenberg, Tyshawn Sorey, Aaron Einbond, Alec Hall, Bryan Jacobs, and David Bird.

Nov 12 – 8PM – Opening Reception – performances by:
Miller Puckette and Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa
Russell Greenberg
Laura Cocks
Bryan Jacobs

Nov 17 – 8PM -“All of these are made to be broken” – performances by:
Tyshawn Sorey
Mari Ohno

Nov 20 – 8PM – Closing Event – performances by:
Miya Masaoka
Asha Tamirisa and Caroline Park

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Posted on October 15, 2016 by Qubit
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Qubit is excited to share an update on our project, which we have titled MAGNITUDES to convey our contributors’ diverse concepts of scale from atom to cosmos, mind to machine. We have curated an electrifying selection of artists as broad and vibrant as the field of sound art itself. The opening will be November 12th, 2016, at 345 E 104th St. The show will run through November 20th, and throughout the week there will be several live performances during which special guests interact with the show’s installation art. Look and listen to the preview below by Nolan Lem. We cannot wait to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/972192226223769/

http://qubitmusic.com/MAGNITUDES-1

Featuring installations and/or performances by:
Asha Tamirisa, Caroline Park, Douglas Repetto, Heather Frasch, Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa, Laura Cocks, Mari Ohno, Miller Puckette, Miya Masaoka, Nolan Lem, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Russell Greenberg, Tyshawn Sorey, Aaron Einbond, Alec Hall, Bryan Jacobs, and David Bird.

Nov 12 – 8PM – Opening Event
Miller Puckette and Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa
Russell Greenberg
Laura Cocks
Bryan Jacobs

Nov 17 – 8PM – “Shredders”
Tyshawn Sorey
Mari Ohno

Nov 20 – 8PM – Closing Event
Miya Masaoka
Asha Tamirisa and Caroline Park

Overview

Qubit New Music proposes to bring the blossoming field of sound art to new audiences with an exhibition including sound installations, sonic sculptures, and live performances. By presenting works in an overlapping space where sonic and visual elements will both interfere with and complement each other, Qubit hopes to impact the audience with a rich collective experience, yet draw them in for more intimate listening.

In 2013, the Museum of Modern Art presented “Soundings,” described as its “first major exhibition of sound art.” But sound art has a long tradition with its roots in the experimental music scene of downtown Manhattan. We plan to contribute to this unique heritage with a 2-week exhibition and performance event on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at Clemente Soto Vélez (CSV), a Latino cultural center with a reputation for community engagement.

The project is an extension of Qubit’s mission to present cutting-edge electronic sound art in boundary-crossing settings. We already have experience producing similar events at CSV including the 2-day “Noise Non-ference” that brought together concerts, sound installations, and theater in 2013, as well as “Machine Music” featuring four computer-controlled Disklavier pianos in 2014. SoundArt2016 will broaden this record by including works by local and international artists curated by Qubit’s organizers through a free open call for works. The winning artists will be provided with financial assistance for travel, materials, and shipping necessary to present their work. In addition to the open call, we wish to feature the work of  New York sound artists and composers Natacha Diels, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Nolan Lem, Aaron Einbond, and Bryan Jacobs.

The proposed dates are May 6th-22nd 2016, timed to correspond to Lower East Side History Month as well as “Open Studios at the Clemente,” an annual weekend-long art show. The goal of coordinating with these events is to benefit from publicity and foot traffic to engage a wide audience who might not often hear and see sound art. Our event will take place in CSV’s 4,000-square-foot Flamboyán Theater, a black-box space that will flexibly accommodate sound sculptures, sound and video installations, and listening stations, with seating for four live performances that will take place throughout the 2-week exhibition (May 6th, 14th, 15th, and 22nd).

Works by the five featured artists will include Nolan Lem’s push-pole as the centerpiece, surrounded by Bryan Jacobs’s Subwhistle, Natacha Diels Dollhouse, and Ranjit Bhatnagar’s Sonnets from the Portuguese. The live performances of Aaron Einbond’s Sonic Postcards by percussionist Russell Greenberg will take place in different locations including the stage and floors of the theater, the lobby, and even outside. Works from the open call will be chosen to complement these pieces both spatially and sonically, and to bring a diverse cross-section of the field and its artists to the audience.

After “Soundings” at the MoMA in 2013, The NY Times responded, “there’s still a major sound art exhibition waiting to be done” Qubit hopes to take a role in bringing that promise to life.

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Features: Nolan Lem

Nolan Lem, push-pole (2014), metal, wood, electronics, motors, speakers, magnets, sensors, dimensions variable. Push-pole is a physical system that focuses on the interplay of agonistic forces involved in the transduction of energy into movement, movement into sound. This installation explores the perception of momentum as a restoring force: as energy is transferred into the system, the response of the system is made visible/audible as it envelops over time and space.

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Features: Bryan Jacobs

Bryan Jacobs, Subwhistle (2015), subwoofers, slide whistles, wood. Subwhistles uses low frequency sound to play slide whistles. Each of 4 subwoofers is connected to a slide whistle, forcing air into the mouthpiece. The air oscillates at the frequency of the speaker, usually between 10 and 30 Hz. All the sound we hear in this video is generated acoustically from the slide whistles.

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Features: Aaron Einbond

Aaron Einbond, Sonic Postcards (2011-), installation for instruments and field recordings, performed by Russell Greenberg, percussion/objects. In the ongoing series Sonic Postcards, recordings made in different locations and settings are treated as miniature dramatic scenes, transcribed for each performer’s instrument using noise-based instrumental sounds to render the timbres of the acoustic environment. In this example a percussionist sits down unannounced at a table in a busy cafeteria to perform a Postcard from a flea market in Berlin.

Start and End Dates

05/06/201605/22/2016

Location

New York, New York

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Qubit is a collective of composers and sound artists who curate and produce events that feature innovative applications of technology in music. Our principal mission is to foster the development of emergent voices by working with young composers and performers who have yet to reach wider audiences, and by exploring and developing new and experimental technologies…

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