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HARD R @ The Fuse Factory || 12/06/2013, 8pm || As part of The Fuse Factory's "Frequency Fridays" series, HARD R will perform at Wild Goose Creative. 2491 Summit St, Columbus, OH
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POCKET NOTES || (on going) ||
Curated by Stacey Tran and Travis Meyer Portland, OR
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HARD R live at the Illinois State University Galleries.
November 8, 2013.

Photos by Barry Blinderman

Live recording of HARD R @ Experimental Sound Studio.

TROUT (for Jonathan Harvey) (2012-2013) for laptops, electronics, and four loudspeakers. 

Recorded May 11, 2013. Mixed and mastered at Experimental Sound Studio. 

Pocket Notes, Spring 2013 Issue
I’m delighted to announce that Issue Two of Pocket Notes - a wonderful project based in Portland, OR - is now available online.
The other participants and I contributed a smattering of visual aids regarding our creative processes. Enjoy!

Pocket Notes is curated by Stacey Tran & Travis Meyer. You can follow them on Facebook for updates and news on this and similar projects.

Pocket Notes, Spring 2013 Issue

I’m delighted to announce that Issue Two of Pocket Notes - a wonderful project based in Portland, OR - is now available online.

The other participants and I contributed a smattering of visual aids regarding our creative processes. Enjoy!

Pocket Notes is curated by Stacey Tran & Travis Meyer. You can follow them on Facebook for updates and news on this and similar projects.

Stereo Test Program: Notation for Neue Movement Fidelity, No. 1 by Lee Blalock

Lee Blalock + Edward Breitweiser (Sound), Beth Bertha + Ally Subak + Haley Bergschneider + Marie Socha + Elle Seim (Movement)

Performed in conjunction with Blalock’s Neue, an exhibition of works at the Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL) 
May 18, 2013 @ 3p

<photos: Mike Smith>

HARD R @ Experimental Sound Studio - May 11, 2013

As part of ESS’s 2013 Outer Ear seriesHARD R (Mike Junokas and Edward Breitweiser) will perform TROUT (for Jonathan Harvey) (2012-2013) for laptops, electronics, and four loudspeakers. 

TROUT is an audio network comprised of numerous custom computer programs and DIY electronic nodes. These nodes—including ultrasonic oscillators, light-sensitive audio devices, and visual sequencers—are interconnected with real-time audio-visual analysis software that is used to interface with digital signal processors and synthesizers. When arranged into the TROUT network, these analog and digital signals—subject to infinite degrees of variation and accumulation—become an immersive cybernetic musical system that can be performed via improvisational interaction. For the premiere, presented by ESS, TROUT will be performed in quadraphonic surround sound.

May 11, 2013 - 8pm

Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N. Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 

SUGGESTED DONATION
$10/8 students/ESS members

HARD R is an Interstate-55-based collaboration between Mike Junokas and Edward Breitweiser. Since 2010, Junokas and Breitweiser have been designing concert-length improvised musical performances for electronics, laptops, and multiple loudspeakers. In these performances, custom software and handmade electronic devices are arranged into semi-autonomous networks whose long-form interactions develop into unforeseen musical structures and sonic environments. 

New instruments.

New instruments.

New audio amplifier prototypes have arrived.

New audio amplifier prototypes have arrived.

TROUT (for Jonathan Harvey) (2012-2013) for laptops, electronics, and four loudspeakers

TROUT is an audio network comprised of numerous custom computer programs and DIY electronic nodes. These nodes - including ultrasonic oscillators, light-sensitive audio devices, and visual sequencers - are interconnected with real-time audio-visual analysis software that is used to interface with digital signal processors and synthesizers. When arranged into the TROUT network, these analog and digital signals - subject to infinite degrees of variation and accumulation - become an immersive cybernetic musical system that can be performed via improvisational interaction.

Listen to TROUT | 2012.12.15 by Hard R.

HARD R is an Interstate-55-based collaboration between Mike Junokas and Edward Breitweiser. Since 2010, Junokas and Breitweiser have been designing concert-length improvised musical performances for electronics, laptops, and multiple loudspeakers. In these performances, custom software and handmade electronic devices are arranged into semi-autonomous networks whose long-form interactions develop into unforeseen musical structures and sonic environments.

Guest Artist | School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sculpture: Performing Objects

On October 31 and November 7, 2012, I will be a Guest Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For Maria Gaspar's course Sculpture: Performing Objects, I will be leading two workshops on topics pertaining to technology and non-human performative systems. These workshops will culminate in a new work derived from the Amplified Solar Oscillator, an ongoing collaborative project between myself and Michael Junokas that is focused on public sound installations featuring long-form improvisations by electronic ecological systems that respond to real-time environmental stimuli.  

cusps (2012) is an audio/visual/textual feedback network. 

cusps (Installation view) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.



Three feedback loops, constructed from light-sensitive audio circuits that are amplifying their own electromagnetic fields, are routed to custom computer software.

cusps (Installation view) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.


This software analyzes the audio signals and uses this data to synthesize three real-time video signals that are projected back onto the electronics.


cusps (Detail) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.


The light from these projections in turn affects the characteristics of the audio circuitry.


cusps (Detail) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.


Through this continual process, the independence of discrete events becomes indiscernible as catastrophic relationships continually sculpt the network’s ecology.


cusps (Installation view) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.


Theoretical texts that informed the direction of this project were passed through custom software that revealed ruptures and loops within the texts. When printed, these idiosyncrasies were accentuated by the use of a font whose (incorrect?) programming presents atypical behavior in response to traditional word processing commands.


cusps (Installation view) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.


Presented as an installation in a darkened room, cusps invites audience members to be absorbed in its immersive environmental qualities, or to approach its materials as intimate crafted objects.


cusps (Print detail) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.


Standing as an attempt at the extreme of the singular (a thing of things; a sum without defined parts), cusps is an opportunity to observe levels that are higher/larger than that of the event, the actor, the area of focus, and the 1:1.


cusps (Print detail) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.


Simultaneously an ecosystem and a scenario, its materials and methods have been selected for their external dependencies. Their behaviors - reliably unpredictable - reflect their responses to their environment, an ecology that is subject to limitless variations and nuances. While each component - computer code, light-sensitive circuit, projected video, fragment of research - is designed to execute a task, their efforts generate expanses of loosely-patterned outcomes that can only exist through forms of catastrophic influence upon on another.


cusps (Print detail) 

Light-sensitive electronics, real-time digital video, text. Dimensions variable.


Micro-details and tiny tropes nudge cycles and trends into almosts and never-quite-agains. And repeat.


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"Catastrophes are the poetry of systems."

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF SYSTEMS

Incorporating models of system architecture from fields including information theory, network theory, mathematics, the social sciences, and signal processing, I organize particular components (custom software, electronics, audio and visual signal processing, text, networked distribution channels, improvisational music, performative activities, etc.) into arrangements that will generate a product that is the macro-result of the emergent interactions of all components at once.

CULTIVATION OF CATASTROPHES

Where self-sustaining systems tend toward stability and stasis, catastrophes - in the form of jumps, ruptures, or divergences - cause dramatic, unexpected shifts in patterned behavior, leading to remarkably dynamic waves of instability that spread throughout the fabric of these systems. Presuppositions about hierarchies, formal organizations, agency, cohesion, order, subjectivity, linearity, progress, and intention are questioned, denied, or revitalized in light of catastrophic events, and new modes of exhilaration arise as we navigate these webs of shaggy causality and accidental opportunities.

Edward Breitweiser is an Illinois-based artist, writer, and musician.


(Source: vimeo.com)

HARD R w/ Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, Sept. 30 2012

Water Music Series: A Field Recording Improvisation at Berger Park

Early Evening, September 30, 2012

(Organized by the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology)

(Sponsored by 6018North and Tricia van Eck)

Featuring performances by HARD R and many others, this musical series responds to and highlights Chicago’s location next to water. From compositions and scores involving multiple performers to solo performances, this series highlights music that reflects, reacts to, or personifies the sounds of water. Essential to existence yet abundant, water is both profoundly symbolic and an elemental material. The performances – sited near water – draw metaphorically and/or actually from the sounds of water.


For this series, we will debut CHANNELS/CANALS/CORRIDORS (2012) for laptops, electronics, and water bowls. This new work examines the performative qualities of applied water. From its effect on resonating acoustic bodies to its characteristics as an electrical conductor, water’s materiality will serve as the primary basis for this series of improvised musical works.

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