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  • sensorChip
    artists do visually compelling performances of sonically rich material by making use of gestures and movement to generate sound Miya Masaoka works with the Koto Monster an instrument she created by combining her 21 string Japanese Koto with a receiver for sensors rings she wears on her hands and a series of foot pedals to access electronics that were developed during her residency at Steim in Amsterdam An improviser operating at virtuoso levels of technique imagination and expression Henry Kaiser EAST BAY EXPRESS Masaoka explores with intelligence and depth and in a new way she gives life to a distinctly serious avante garde ritual at times melancholy another times spiny hard edged and dissonant Gianluigi Gasparetti DEEP LISTENINGS Italy Donald Swearingen triggers samples and controls panning and effects in a surround sound environment using infrared and visible light controllers as well as traditional keyboards I never know what to expect next from Donald Swearingen His remarkable musical works are all over the map Charles Amirkhanian Composer He has a distinctive personal vision and his work is smart witty socially perceptive and beautifully produced Jacki Apple AMERICAN RADIO ART 1980 1993 Pamela Z does live processing on her voice while triggering

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  • Pamela Japan Residency
    friends family Ichiban Nihon ni imasu 1 15 99 Niban Tokyo no Ongaku o kikoemasu 2 3 99 Samban Isogashii Desu Yo 3 4 99 Yonban Amerika e Kaerimasu 6 10 99 Goban Nihon Sayonara 7 10 99 Let s Photo Album Japan Snapshots My little Nishi Azabu Apaato Tabemono Food Dinner with Visual Brains Let s English Hitobito People At Ohno s Butoh Studio Objet s d Art Jean

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  • INTERLINK in Japan!
    Japan in the Interlink Festival each performing solo work and then a collaborative piece with the Japanese media ensemble Visual Brains The venues were Sogetsu Hall in Tokyo Xebec Hall in Kobe Kaderu Hall in Sapporo Performances and Univ Hall

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  • Michael Black
    Making people smile Bio sketch Current Projects Working with Pamela Z in the PAIR Parc Artists In Residence Program Contact Information Michael Black Xerox PARC 3333 Coyote Hill Road Palo Alto CA 94304 USA phone 1 415 812 4745 fax

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  • David Levy
    How people function while undergoing rigorous tests and the behavior of the scientists performing those tests Hobbies Being the subject of other people s experiments Contact Information David Levy Xerox PARC 3333 Coyote Hill Road Palo Alto CA 94304 USA

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  • PAMELA Z Solo Voice & Electronics
    work Parts of Speech A recording of this piece is available on Pamela Z s CD A Delay is Better audio sample top of page Syrinx Birdvoice from Voci Solo Voice Electronics sampled birdsong composed 2003 duration 5 00 Birdvoice begins with sampled birdsong triggered with a gesture based MIDI controller Pamela Z then plays a short bird sample and begins to systematically shift it down in pitch until its individual sounds are slow enough to be imitated by a human voice She then sings the slow version and shifts it back up until it once again sounds like a bird This little excersize inspired by her sound installation Syrinx serves as an elaborate introduction to a little art song sung in French and English and accompanied by digital delay loops about the voice of the bird Badagada Solo Voice Electronics composed 1988 duration 3 36 The syllables ba da ga da ga da ga da ga are layered in a delay line to form a harmonic rhythmic accompaniment to a melody sung in English This song first appeared on the 1988 ZED recording Echolocation A version of it is available on Pamela Z s CD A Delay is Better audio sample Typewriter from Correspondence Solo Voice Electronics composed 1995 duration 3 00 This short spoken piece uses for voice processing and typewriter samples triggered with the BodySynth MIDI Controller It grew out of a segment of a collaborative work Pamela Z did with 77hz called Correspondence that was commissioned by the then Minnesota Composer s Forum and premiered at LACE in Los Angeles Nihongo de Hanasoo from Gaijin Voice Electronics and Video composed 1999 duration 5 00 This little work excerpted from Gaijin is an example of Pamela Z s love for found text She recites the Japanese phonetic

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  • PAMELA Z Large Scale Performance Works
    2013 duration 50 mintues video excerpts A collaboration with video artist Christina McPhee and scored by Pamela Z for voice electronics cello viola bassoon and percussion this work is performed within an immersive environment awash in McPhee s expansive multi channel video work Carbon Song Cycle is inspired in part by ongoing changes and upheavals in the earth s ecosystem and a fascination with the carbon cycle the process through which carbon is exchanged between all terrestrial life forms and domains Texts melodic motifs and images are inspired by and derived from scientific data concerning the carbon cycle stories related to environmental balance and imbalance and images abstracted from footage shot at natural and technological sites including petroleum fields natural gas sites and geothermal sites around back country California Structurally the piece plays upon the idea of the natural exchange of elements by passing sonic material through the various players with audio and video elements that actively affect each other by passing information back and forth in various ways It was commissioned by the MAP Fund and New Music USA and premiered at the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive in April 2013 The Pendulum premiered 2008 duration 45 00 video excerpts Solo performer voice electronics three channels of video Created and performed by Pamela Z lighting Design by Stephen Seigel Wunderkabinet premiered 2005 duration 60 00 video excerpts Two performers voice Electronics cello electronics multiple channels of video Composed and performed by Pamela Z and Matthew Brubeck video by Christina McPhee lighting design by Elaine Buckholtz Voci Voices premiered 2003 duration 80 00 with intermission video excerpts Solo performer voice electronics three channels of video Composed and peformed by Pamela Z video by Jeanne Finley John Muse lighting and set design by Elaine Buckholtz Gaijin premiered 2001 duration 85

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  • PAMELA Z Installations & Sound Works
    or a sound dome is hung at a good viewing distance from the wall or a pair of speakers is mounted on either side of the text on the wall A series of randomly generated sentences is played with each word spread across the stereo field to match up with the position of the appropriate part of speech Though meaningless the sentences are all grammatically correct top of page Sonic Gestures 2007 Multi channel Video and Audio Measurements variable Duration continous 18 minutes looping Sonic Gestures is a video installation that premiered in April 2007 at Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco Consisting of ten frame locked channels of HD video composed of fragmented gestural images and 16 channels of audio Sonic Gestures surrounds the audience with a virtual chorus of chattering whispering singing and ever transforming sonic entities This piece which was commissioned and presented by NexMap was designed as a site specific piece for the immersive 360 video and sound set up at RML top of page click for video Lift 2005 5 1 surround sound installation Duration continous Lift is a multi channel site specific sound installation commissioned by the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs NY for their Elevator Music series The piece involves layers of sound recorded in various elevators with samples and voice overs recorded in Pamela Z s studio Lift had its premiere at the Tang Museum November 2005 January 2005 where it was exhibited in the museum s ample elevator Quoted from the installation wall commentary from the exhibition at the Tang You enter a small chamber the doors seal behind you When they open again you find that your surroundings have changed The change can be so complete and abrupt that it s startling An entirely different color scheme a complete set of new sounds and aromas the sudden presence of a person or people or the sudden absence of anyone The erection of an entirely new set of walls or the replacement of existing walls with open air Or the change is very slight The differences so subtle that they are barely noticeable But something is clearly different At first it s just a feeling But closer inspection reveals that a single word or character on a sign has changed The temperature is a few degrees warmer or cooler A quiet buzzing sound has become just a little louder There s a small chair or a wastebasket The light level is a bit brighter Someone you can t see is whispering There s a faint chemical smell top of page Forensic Art 2002 Performance installation with Video Duration continous This performance installation exploring physical identity perception and the act of spontaneous verbal description premiered at The Exploratorium as part of an exhibition called Sight Unseen People are invited to either enter one booth where they sit one minute for a camera or to to enter another booth where they view a face that appears for one minute on a video monitor and describe it in detail as if for a police artist These descriptions and faces are recorded and then played back together on a large display and speakers visiable to the public top of page Timepiece Triptych 2008 Surround sound installation 2008 total duration 22 minutes or continuous Timepiece Triptych is a suite of multi channel sound works exploring time related processing on vocally produced sounds Various time altering digital processes including extreme time compression and time expansion delay granular syntheses reversal and reverb are applied to spatialized layers of text fragments and brief melodic material The only sound sources used in the three segments are Pamela Z s voice and in Syrinx the voices of birds The suite is comprised of three sound works that can either be cycled consecutively on the same 4 channel system or individually on three proximate but acoustically separate systems i Declaratives in the First Person ii Syrinx iii De Star Spangled Banner Declaratives in the First Person Six channel sound installation 2005 duration continous Declaratives in the First Person 2005 was originally created as a six channel audio installation for an exhibition entitled The Art of Artist Statement at the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in Chicago The work was composed of three stereo pairs of varying lengths playing through 6 speakers surrounding the listener all looping continuously to create ever shifting layers of sound so that one could listen all day without ever hearing the exact same combination of fragments In response to the exhibition s subject matter Z sampled her own voice speaking this sentence I would like to think that the art itself would be enough of a statement The text was then cut into fragments compressed expanded and layered in various combinations A stereo mix of one possible iteration of the six channels can be heard here De Star Spangled Banner Four channel surround sound installation 2008 duration 10 19 or continuous De Star Spangled Banner is made entirely of samples from a leftover artifact of a project Pamela Z did with conceptual artist Kelly Heaton Ms Z describes the work this way Samples of a time expanded recording of my voice singing a bel canto rendition of The Star Spangled Banner are processed to create varied lengths and then densely layered Pitch correction is consistently used whenever the time is expanded or compressed resulting in a palate of sounds that remains completely within the pitch range of the original melody Embedded in the texture are passages of the anthem stretched to as much as 35 times it s original length so that if played in its entirety the normally under two minute song would become fifty minutes in length The opening phrase O say can you see which normally takes approximately 4 seconds to sing lasts for a full two minutes in some of its iterations here Likewise there are samples where the time is compressed to the extent that the entire anthem takes only five and half

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