The event begins with an electronic music performance by The Health and Beauty Consortium. Jean Michel Crettaz discusses the MediaScapes program and the relevance of sound to architecture. Crettaz introduces panelists David Rosenboom, Steve Roden, Carolina Trigo, Juan Azulay, Lance Putnam and Curtis Roads. Rosenboom discusses architect and musician Iannis Xenakis and the relationship between music and architecture. This part of the event concludes by a live video and audio performance by artist Steve Roden.
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Carolina Trigo characterizes her work as an exploration of how sound resonates with bodies and the built environment. She presents part of “Ora Lucia,” citing Georges Bataille and Spinoza. Juan Azulay presents “Aural Bestiality,” on the relation of architecture and sound. He plays sound samples of naturally-produced radio emissions from the planet Saturn. Azulay refers to John Cage and Walter March, the sound designer for George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. Lance Putnam describes his work as an exploration of the connection between sound and graphics, especially sonic spatial structures. He presents a piece from 2007 to shape waveforms using filters, and an audio-visual piece from 2010, “Wrapture.” Curtis Roads talks about his opportunity to study with Iannis Xenakis. Roads plays some samples and shows some images. He describes a building designed by Xenakis as a score mapped to three dimensions. Roads talks about the AlloSphere experimental multimedia environmental at UC Santa Barbara. After the presentations, Craig Hodgetts and the other participants discuss the place of emotion in the work.
Roads discusses the relation of electronic music with acoustic music, and plays some samples of classical music generated by a computer. He describes electronic music as the liberation of sound. By paying attention to sound spatialization can generate synthetic portraits of imaginary spaces. Besides playing several sound samples, Roads discusses sound visualization, showing some scientific and artistic examples. Roads concludes by stating that his work is all about awakening consciousness through perception.