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Friday, May 12 • 11:00pm - Saturday, May 13 •12:00am
Performance: Scrying by Ed Bear

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Ed Bear performs Scrying, the premiere of a new 64 voice composition realized on the radioOrgan, a hand-crafted modular FM transmission system built from obsolete electronics.

Marginally legal as a “part 15” test device, the radioOrgan is 64 individual low power radio stations which can work in tandem to desperately fight for the attention of single radio receivers, completely occupy radio bands [e.g. 88 – 108 Mhz], and create non-compliant transmissions unavailable using commercial hardware. As the radioOrgan is 100% recycled, this work teases historic durational music compositions with the almost transhuman material half-life of disposable electronics and a few nice, old boomboxes.

Telescoping backwards as well as forwards in time, Scrying draws polyrhythmic and polyphonic structures from the I Ching’s hexagrams (base 64) and Babylonian sexigesimal (base 60) numeral system as a simulation of geomantic, magical, and technoromantic behaviors and belief systems, playing with the magic of radio. The most rigorous exercise of the radioOrgan’s unique FM transmission mixing and spatialization system to date, this performance is at once an experimental lecture and demonstration, a ritual of endurance, and a dramatically lit chamber work.

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Ed Bear

Performer, Harvestworks, Inc
Ed Bear [b. 1983] is an American performing artist and engineer working with robotics, sound, video, transmission and collective improvisation. As an educator and designer committed to an open source world, he researches and practices material reuse as a civil responsibility... Read More →

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Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center

Executive Director, Harvestworks Inc
Founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977, Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology. Our mission is to support the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. Our goals are to create an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media; to create a responsive public context for the appreciation of new work by presenting and disseminating the finished works; to advance the art... Read More →



Friday May 12, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday May 13, 2017 12:00am
CTW Arts Hub at the Knockdown Center 52-19 Flushing Avenue. Maspeth, NY 11378

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