Program Announcement

Floating Points Residencies

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Floating Points programming explores the versatility of ISSUE Project Room’s house speaker system. Established in 2005, ISSUE's annual Floating Points series provides a diverse range of experimental artists with the opportunity to create and present new sound-based works on our unique 15-channel hemispherical sound system- the only one of its kind in NYC. Begun as Points In A Circle, an annual month-long series of multi-channel audio concerts featuring the Hemisphere speaker system, it became the Floating Points Festival in 2008 when Issue Project Room moved to the Old American Can Factory.

Starting in 2011, Floating Points is taking a different direction, away from a festival atmosphere and towards sustained residencies culminating in performances. This new approach will allow artists a longer period to familiarize themselves with the Hemisphere speaker system and create new multi-channel works that take advantage of its unique capabilities. The freedom to take the speakers off of the ceiling and sculpt them into evolving installations will encourage work that meaningfully engages the relationship of sound, movement and space.

Designed by sound artist and Floating Points curator Stephan Moore, this fifteen-channel installation of Hemisphere loudspeakers re-imagines the concert experience for both performer and audience. Each Hemisphere radiates sound in all directions, activating the acoustics of ISSUE's unique concert space. Immersive sonic environments are generated, electronic sounds take on the intimacy of acoustic instruments, and location is liberated as a musical dimension.

Floating Points is made possible by support from the James E. Robison Foundation and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Event

Marcus Schmickler & Yarn/Wire

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:00pm

Piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire premiere a new work by German experimentalist Marcus Schmickler, a microtonal work for keyboards and mallets, juxtaposing fixed pitch with pitch continua. Schmickler also presents a new eight-channel electronics work tracing parallels between linguistics and sound.

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Artists-In-Residence 2014

Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self: The Fool

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

Artist-in-Residence Raúl De Nieves and Colin Self premiere their new multimedia chamber opera, "The Fool." A four-act work scored for chorus and string-ensemble, "The Fool" is a mystical and allegorical journey performed by a group of friends in their quest to unite themselves one with the other.

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RB / Eli Keszler

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

One of the most finely tuned ears in music, Berlin's RB has described his music as “playing the traditional music of imaginary species.” He plays solo alongside fellow PAN artist Eli Keszler. The percussionist/composer debuts a new trio work featuring performers Tom Chiu and Leila Bordreuil.