James Hoff debuts two new compositions for tuba and French horn exploring the concept of involuntary musical imagery, or earworms. Manipulated disco and pop songs are pitched, cut, and re-arranged into new works reflecting the cinematic character of the earworm phenomena in the original songs.
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, 5 East 3rd St, NYC 10003
ISSUE and Goethe-Institut present a free talk and listening-session with artist, publisher, and musician James Hoff, followed by "Dispatch"— a performance system and public conversation by artist, curator and technologist Mathew Dryhurst.
Paralleling his recent series devoted to the overlap between idea-based art, culture bound illnesses, and conceptual poetics, James Hoff is devoting his residency to exploring the concept of involuntary musical imagery, or earworms. Here he gives a performative lecture on his research and compositional strategies.
2013 Artist-In-Residence James Hoff, has maintained a strong focus on distributed forms and experiments with language, bringing him up to his current cross-disciplinary investigations with orally-transmitted syndromes, computer viruses, and ear worms, all of which are discussed here.