Friday, March 16, 2007

Analog Night at Beat Research with Pamelia Kurstin - The Greatest Living Theramin Player

Beat Research tends to do things digitally. In honor of their special guest Pamelia Kurstin, who is a maestro of the first electronic musical instrument ever invented, we have decided to go completely analog.

People like Leon Theremin and Robert Moog set out to expand the possibilities of music and art through their own magical inventions. Pamelia (whose Theremin was built, and presented to her by Robert Moog himself) pushes the boundaries of her instrument too. While most people relate the Theremin to eerie science fiction sound effects, Pamelia produces sounds ranging from a grumbling electro bass to a layered symphony. Sometimes she even drops Theremin riffs over hip-hop and jungle beats.

Also, Beat Research residents DJ Flack and DJ C, leave their laptops home in favor of spinning good old fashion analog slabs of vinyl while abstract video art is projected from VHS tapes.

Download sample from Pamelia
Download sample from DJ Flack
Download sample from DJ C

Boston Cyberarts Music Samples

Boston Cyberarts will feature music samples from a variety of artists participating in sound/performance events in the Festival. Stay tuned for said samples....

Ideas in Motion 2007

Ideas in Motion 2007
hosts a selection of dynamic artists and artworks from all over the world.
In this exciting event series artists & engineers explore aspects of movement, motion, mobility, motors, motor memory, and dance in the digital age. More here

Nell Breyer
'Wonderland' excerpt

Monday, March 12, 2007

Commonwealth Awards

As you might imagine, receiving the Massachusetts Commonwealth award was a wonderful experience for all of us at Boston Cyberarts. For those of you who don’t know, the festival was awarded the state’s highest honor in the arts and humanities in the category of Creative Economy on Wednesday afternoon at the State House. Actually it was an all day affair, starting with a breakfast event at the Bank of America. Janet Bailey and Phaedra Shanbaum joined me there for what we thought was just a meet and greet.

But then all the honorees were surprised with a grant from the bank of America for $2000. As the Festival is coming up shortly, it is sorely needed. Thank you, Bank of America!

As you can see, the bank gave the honorees one of those oversize checks that they use for photo ops. On the way from the bank of America to the State House for the public Commonwealth Awards event, my assistant, Phaedra (also co-director of Axiom Gallery) and Janet (Boston Cyberarts director of marketing) got the giggles and started running around with the big check and my camera for a set of wonderful pics:

Then at the State House there were talks about the state of the arts in the Commonwealth, lunch, lots of schmoozing time, lots of friends in the arts to schmooze with and finally the awards. Our board members, Dave Newbold and Geoff Pingree were able to join us, along with Dedalus, Lynne, her friend Kit, visiting from LA and Brian Knep. I had invited John Tobin, my friend and our city councilor, here in Jamaica Plain and was happy to see he showed up in time for the awards, but stayed in back. The Massachusetts art community was well represented. Read more here.

It was a wonderful honor to get this year’s Commonwealth Award. Especially with the other awardees this year, all of whom are smaller scrappier organizations, who have done great work for many years. The Revolving Museum, Ploughshares and Express Yourself are all inspiring organizations. It was a thrill to be included in their company.
George Fifield