Annie Aries, Brian House, Marcel Zaes
For Metric Displacement, sound artists Aries, House, and Zaes each create beats that reflect their own individual experiences of place. Each beat is subsequently cut into a lock groove on a vinyl record and played on a turntable in one of the multiple sites: Shenzhen, (China), Portland (Oregon), and on-site at the Sheen Center (New York City).
The recordings are streamed to a Zoom meeting at the Sheen Center so that they can be experienced together, subject to the temporal distortions inherent to online relationships. Every day, the artist at each location selects a new lock groove after the previous ones begin to physically degrade from continuous play-back – creating unpredictable and emergent rhythmic combinations. A first iteration of Metric Displacement was presented at Swissnex in San Francisco in 2021.
About Electroacoustic Music
As described by the NYCEMF, “electroacoustic music is music whose sound incorporates electronic tools and instruments, including software, in its production or performance. Electroacoustic music often seeks to explore all the sonic possibilities of new technologies, and it includes both works performed live on stage and works created in the studio and played back in concert.”
About the NYCEMF
The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival began in 2009 with the intention of bringing the most innovative and creative new electroacoustic music from around the world to New York City.
The festival also serves as a prominent meeting ground for music and electroacoustic researchers globally.
On view until Sunday, June 26, 2022, at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, Dilenschneider Gallery, 18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012. June 20 – 26, 2022, 9:00 am – 9:30 pm.
Annie AriesComposer and Musician
In the world of modular synthesizers and patch cords, Annie Aries explores, performs, and composes music and opens up sonic spaces between electronica and experimental sounds. In her works, she creates minimalistic sound textures and recurring rhythmic patterns that organically interweave, distance, and disappear. With her bands Aries Zaes, Volca Massaker Orchester, and Berg & Berg she regularly tours in Europe. For her artistic work, she received an honorary mention by the Giga-Hertz Award 2020 as well as a large production grant by the City of Bern for 2021. Annie is a lecturer and assistant at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB).
Brian HouseArtist and Researcher
Brian House is an artist who investigates the politics of time in human and nonhuman systems. Incorporating sound, computation, and multidisciplinary research, his practice has traversed subjects from geolocation infrastructure to urban rats. Brian has exhibited at MoMA, Los Angeles MOCA, Ars Electronica, ZKM, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and Science Gallery Bengaluru, among others. The New York Times Magazine, WIRED, Neural, Creative Applications, and TIME’s annual “Best Inventions” issue have featured his work, and his essays and articles have been published in Leonardo, the Journal of Sonic Studies, and e-flux Architecture. Currently, Brian is Assistant Professor of Art and Studio Head of Digital Media at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He holds a PhD in Computer Music from Brown University.
Marcel ZaesArtist and Researcher
Marcel Zaes is an artist and artistic researcher working in sound. Marcel investigates mechanical time with an interdisciplinary framework. His creative practice consists of assemblages of self-made software code that act as mechanical timekeepers and human performers who they play “against,” thereby creating an affective potential to rethink the gap between what is conceived of as “human” versus “mechanical” temporality. Marcel’s work has most recently been performed and exhibited at ISEA Hong Kong, the Center for New Music San Francisco, the Biennial of Contemporary Arts Lisbon, Cabaret Voltaire Zurich, Columbia University, Dampfzentrale Bern, and at Fridman Gallery in New York City. Marcel completed his Ph.D. in Computer Music & Multimedia Composition at Brown University in 2021. An alumnus of HKB’s Sound Arts program, Marcel is currently a media arts professor at the Southern University of Science & Technology in Shenzhen, China.
The sound installation Metric Displacement is presented at NYCEMF with support by Swissnex Boston and New York, Presence Switzerland, Lewis & Clark College, HKB – Bern University of the Arts, and the School of Design at SUSTech Shenzhen.
Additional thanks to:
Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
Hym Super Factory, Vinyl Lathe Cuts, Shenzhen
Brown Arts Initiative at Brown University
StudioSounds AG Bern