From the mid-twentieth century into the twenty-first, artists and musicians manipulated, cracked, and broke audio media technologies to produce novel sounds and performances. Artists and musicians, including John Cage, Nam June Paik, Yasunao Tone, and Oval, pulled apart both playback devices (phonographs and compact disc players) and the recorded media (vinyl records and compact discs) to create an extended sound palette. In Cracked Media, Caleb Kelly explores how the deliberate utilization of the normally undesirable (a crack, a break) has become the site of productive creation. Cracked media, Kelly writes, slides across disciplines, through music, sound, and noise. Cracked media encompasses everything from Cage's silences and indeterminacies, to Paik's often humorous tape works, to the cold and clean sounds of digital glitch in the work of Tone and Oval.
D-Tonate challenges the conventional music video format and allows the viewer to interact with the films selected. rough edits of D-Tonate were sent to musicians worldwide who produced soundtracks for the films. nine films were created and re-interpreted in up to five versions, which can be randomly accessed. 10 tracks [5 exclusive] features internationally acclaimed electronica musicians including kid 606, scanner, ken ishii + funkstörung. Includes over 90 minutes of multiangle films and multi-audio tracks utilising dynamic 3d space over 5:1 audio. d-tonate pushes the boundaries of dvd technology creating a totally unique video experience.
Keri Elmsly is a multimedia artist in the artist collective D-Fuse. She is currently Producer of United Visual Artists a British based collective whose current practice spans permanent architectural installation, live performance, and responsive installation.
Matthias Kispert is a composer and artist working in London. In his work he is interested in the city and the relationship between sound and everyday life, as well as the politics of representation. Since 2004, he has been a member of the media arts collective D-Fuse, with whom he has created a number of videos and installations, as well as live cinema performances. Kispert is also a member of the experimental music group Crowd Formation.
Light Reading(s): Visual Mix (2003) is a single channel video based on a live performance with a hand-held photocell that varies the flow of electric current according to the amount of light falling upon it. The resulting sound translation is sent through an assortment of custom sensors and vintage processors, generating a luminous single channel video projection and droning, delicate or scratchy surround sound.
Lux consists of a dark room with a single-channel video projection and corresponding sound. The two elements of sound and vision create a densely woven fabric of perception leading to an impression of endless continuum.
The career of Ulf Langheinrich is best known for his internationally acclaimed work in the two-man group, Granular Synthesis. The project, which began in 1991 with these two self-proclaimed "media terrorists", does more in the way of a performance than it does to define the men involved.
Having grown up in an industrial region of East Germany, Langheinrich's early life was filled with artificial and sterile imagery and sounds. Every sound, particularly those that are formed in repetitious patterns (from the sound of breath, to drops of water, to the pounding of industrial machinery) became influential and important in Langheinrich's early life. Not only because this repetition was a constant reminder of the opression he lived with, but because it is the sonic quality of such repetition he believes, that brings one to a state of semi-consciousness; an altered state of reality.
Monochrome Transporter (2003)consists of a simple blue LCD screen pulsing in the darkness with subtle variations in depth and color temperature affecting the tones and rhythm of a droning sound composition. Over time one's senses become more finely tuned to the subtle shifts in this immersive environment, which evokes a minimalist perspective on the mutual influence of audio and image.