[ STEIM ] REMINDER: Hotpot Lab #3: BIO-MANTA-BENJOLIN

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STEIM Hotpot Lab #3
BIO-MANTA-BENJOLIN

Presentations by
Jeff Snyder / Snyderphonics
Alan Macy / BIOPAC

Performances by
Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein
Benjolin workshop after-party

Saturday, March 27 2010
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Door open: 20:00 hrs.
Charge: Free

Volume 3 of our monthly event Hotpot lab will feature Jeff Snyder  
talking about his work in electro-acoustic music and instrument design  
as well as introducing his unique product, the Manta. Alan Macy will  
talk about general and cutting edge techniques in bioinformatic  
sensing through his work as director of R&D at BIOPAC. Jan Trützschler  
von Falkenstein will talk about about some of his recent work  
including Gliss, a performance oriented music sequencer for the  
iPhone, and will perform his piece Hexagon for Manta and  
SuperCollider. Additionally participants of the super popular Benjolin  
workshop will perform with their freshly made instruments under the  
guidance of Joker Nies. We plan to host another Benjolin workshop in  
May, so this will be a great opportunity to check out the actual kit.  
Hope to see you there!
Artist videos here : http://www.steim.org/STEIMBLOG/?p=1422



ARTIST  
BIOGRAPHIES 
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Jeff Snyder (b.1978) is a composer, instrument designer, electronics  
performer and sound artist working in New York City. His works, which  
often employ combinations of acoustic, electric, and electronic  
instruments, have been performed by a variety of ensembles, including  
the Knights String Orchestra, ICE, the Timetable Percussion Trio and  
L'Ensemble Portique. His work for solo saxophone with custom-built  
feedback electronics has been performed several times around the  
country by saxophonist Eliot Gattegno. In addition to his concert  
works, he often collaborates with artists from other mediums, most  
frequently with the modern dance group Fivefour, the choreographer/ 
video artist Nora Stephens, and the visual artist Gandalf Gavan.



Alan Macy is currently the Research and Development Director for  
BIOPAC Systems, Inc. BIOPAC (http://www.biopac.com/) is a biomedical  
equipment developer and manufacturer based in Goleta, California,  
which employs approximately 50 people.  He has been acting in this  
capacity since 2008.  Macy is responsible for managing the development  
of new products destined for BIOPAC’s R&D product line.  He is also  
responsible for coordinating technical certification efforts including  
those for CE marking - Safety and Electromagnetic Compatibility  
Standards.

Macy has designed systems to monitor the electrical signals generated  
by the heart, neuronal activity of the brain, eye motion as related to  
the corneal-retinal potential, skeletal and intestinal muscle.  He has  
developed systems and transducers to monitor additional physiological  
variables, such as electrodermal activity, vaso-dialation/ 
constriction, respiration, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide  
production, cardiac output, skin temperature, blood oxygen levels,  
isometric strength, joint angle, 3D acceleration and respiratory  
airflow.  He has developed haptic, optical, electric and auditory- 
based stimulation systems, designed to support evoked response type  
measurements.  He has developed digital signal processing methods to  
create filters and associated algorithms to extract meaningful data  
from physiological data.



The Benjolin is a ‘noise box’ that is ‘bent by design’, meaning that  
it always has a definite amount of unpredictability while it is still  
intuitive to play. The Benjolin features two eighteen-octave range  
voltage controlled oscillators that drive a ‘rungler’ circuit,  
circuitry that in essence uses a special interference technique  
feeding back into the oscillators to force them into wild chaotic  
behaviour. A special slightly chaotic filter is both excited and  
modulated by the signals from the rungler circuitry processes,  
producing sounds between fat drones to grungy noise havoc. The kit is  
somewhat challenging to build, but with a little patience and accuracy  
a beginner in DIY can definitely do it successfully. In a one-day  
workshop conducted by legendary synth builder Rob Hordijk and circuit  
bender Joker Nies, participants will build the Benjolin, an analog  
sound-device that is very different from what you usually will find  
with other DIY-kits.



Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein is active in and in between various  
areas ranging from compositions, live electronics and sound  
installation to software design, radio programming and teaching. His  
work often focuses on one material or subject and seeks for ways to  
set it in different contexts and perspectives. He is the founder of  
TeaTracks, a company for mobile applications, which released Gliss, a  
tilt controlled and performance oriented sequencer for the iPhone in  
2009. With t.i.e. (transportable instruments ensemble) he is  
performing music using Gliss. Since 2002 he has been an active  
SuperCollider developer and organised of the second international  
SuperCollider Symposium in The Hague in 2007. Currently he is  
completing a PhD in Composition at the University of Birmingham. His  
activities have been supported by the Gaudeamus Foundation, the Prins  
Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Arts & Humanities Research Council and  
Stroom Den Haag.


LINKS 
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Jeff Snyder http://www.scattershot.org/news.htm

Manta Controller http://www.snyderphonics.com/products.htm

Biopac http://www.biopac.com/

Benjolin workshop http://www.steim.org/steim/workshops.php?id=148&b=1&r=1

Jan Trützschler von Falkenstein http://falkenst.com

Gliss  http://teatracks.com/gliss

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