Lecture and Performance at KVNM Royal Society of Dutch Musicology

January 20th, 2009

31 January 2009 at the Royal Society for Netherlands Musicology KVNM, during a congress on the future of dutch musicology – international, interdisciplinary and practice based research. Aula of the University of Utrecht.

“Scorescapes: Between the Map and the Music”  - Yolande Harris will present her recent work on sonic navigations, describing a musical journey that lies somewhere between the map and the music. Read the rest of this entry »

Satellite Sounding .mp3

December 20th, 2008

Listen to the 7 minute sound piece that includes the Satellite Sounder recordings


Sun Run Sun: Satellite Sounding (7′43″)Yolande Harris
The Satellite Sounders are custom made hand-held instruments that take live navigation data (gps) from the satellites orbiting the earth and turn them into electronic sounds listened to on headphones while walking. In this piece the reactions of the public who become the performers, combined with the satellite sounds collected from four corners of the world, activates an imaginative space of both dreams and suspicions enacted above the everyday.
Sun Run Sun and the Satellite Sounders: composition, concept and design Yolande HarrisWith thanks to participants at the Picnic08 Conference Amsterdam, Virtueel Platform and Fonds BKVBDeveloped at the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMK) and STEIM Amsterdam during 2008Satellite sounds recorded on location in Genova, Los Angeles, Singapore, at Sea 2008

more information: http://www.sunrunsun.nimk.nl

Satellite Sounding – data and language

December 20th, 2008

Research Presentation, Orpheus Institute, Ghent

December 20th, 2008

I gave a 90 minute presentation of this research so far to the research group at the Orpheus Institute. Here is the pdf of the slides: YoPresent19dec08

The Composer uses Sound to Articulate Relationship with Environment.

December 10th, 2008

Composers engaging with the mental, physical, collaborative and environmental processes of music making, embody concerns that are recurring in music and sound art today. The use of technologies to generate, simulate and sonify sounds in the environment is also pointing beyond issues of performance practice and instrument design. The environment? Humans are part of complex interconnected ecosystems in constant flux. The composer? Organising sound and making audible the inaudible, can help articulate these relationships through music rather than human language. Read the rest of this entry »

David Zicarelli – on women and Max/MSP

December 9th, 2008

David Zicarelli, founder and CEO of Cycling 74, company behind Max/MSP, introducing the design decisions behind the very different Max 5. The design improvements really reflect an attempt to incorporate creative users needs, aiming for fluency in programming so that the creative process is allowed to take the foreground.

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STEIM Jamboree 8-11 December 2008

December 9th, 2008

A series of presentations and concerts on issues related to electronic music performance, interface design, and instrument technology, taking place at STEIM and the Smart Project Space in Amsterdam. STEIM Jamboree blog

Landscape with Alvin Lucier

November 25th, 2008

Landscape with Alvin Lucier  “With and without purpose” : excerpts from the interview by Robert Ashley in his Music with Roots in the Aether (first text edition 2000 MusikTexte Cologne, but made for television 1975?)

I’ve selected these comments on the following topics from the interview:

  • technology and feeling – emotions in music
  • functionality and musical choice
  • distilling ideas, like pure alcohol
  • two-dimensional notation, three-dimensional sound in space
  • technology as a landscape
  • physicality of fly-fishing and sound
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Notes on Walled Garden, Flwr Pwr

November 24th, 2008

Flwr Pwr: Tending the Walled Garden, moderated by Matt Ratto. Ideas from the building and discussion of emergent behaviors and communications in networked environments. Workshop during the Walled Garden working conference held at the Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam 20 – 21 November 2008 Read the rest of this entry »

Walled Garden: working conference on networks

November 19th, 2008

Walled Garden is an international working conference that approaches the development and future challenges of the current Web 2.0 through exploration, experimentation and exchange of knowledge. It will address issues of identity, mobile communities and networks by focussing on the tendency towards online gated and closed communities.

20 & 21 November 2008, Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, Organised by Virtueel Platform