[spectre] Turbulence Commission: "Quartet With Pyramid Scheme" by Jordan Topiel Paul, Eric Laska, Richard Kamerman, Reed Evan Rosenberg

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March 14, 2011
Turbulence Commission: "Quartet With Pyramid Scheme" by Jordan Topiel  
Paul, Eric Laska, Richard Kamerman, and Reed Evan Rosenberg

"Quartet With Pyramid Scheme" is a streaming online sound  
installation whose audio content is collected through a sixteen-week  
pyramid scheme structure. Every two weeks, a new set of participants  
(recruited by prior participants) submits sound samples that the  
quartet will selectively work into the stream. The samples are played  
continuously in unpredictable variations through a Max/MSP patch. By  
the end of the process, 512 participants will have been asked to  

"Quartet With Pyramid Scheme" is a 2011 commission of New Radio and  
Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. It was made  
possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.


JORDAN TOPIEL PAUL is a musician, artist and elementary educator  
based out of Queens, NY. Originally an improvising percussionist, he  
continues to explore improvisation in his current work with sound  
installation and electronic media. His recent pieces have involved  
collaborative planning and production, field recordings, site- 
specificity, FM and Internet transmission, Max/MSP programming and  
indeterminate processes.
ERIC LASKA is a New York-based musician. Examples from recent work  
focus on the proliferation of sounds from localized material  
processes, the arrangement of improvised music for extended periods  
of time, and composing for electro-acoustic music based on "back-end"  
principles such as power consumption. In addition he is part of the  
Internet surf club "Double Happiness."

RICHARD KAMERMAN'S artistic interest is aimed foremost on the task of  
magnification. Small sounds, small gestures -- made large.  
Inconsequential events -- made important. The vast difference made to  
a narrative by a small change in focus. Room acoustics, microphone/ 
pickup placement, and amplification are often very important to his  
live construction of sound, where he places great weight on the  
embracing of unintended consequences - e.g. errors in translation/ 
format conversion, bursts of feedback, power supply failures.

REED EVAN ROSENBERG is an American multidisciplinary artist working  
primarily in sound. He programs various digital instruments for each  
specific project on which he embarks, encompassing the areas of  
improvised electronic music, extreme computer music, and installation  
art. Recent projects include an in depth study of chaotic synthesis  
using Boris Chirikov's "Standard Map," systems that hack and trouble  
auto-tune and phase vocoding, and a musical system using the boids  
algorithm which simulates the flocking patterns of birds and was most  
famously implemented in the CG of Jurassic Park.

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