New Turbulence Commission: “L-Carrier” by Eli Keszler
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From June 7-23, composer-percussionist Eli Keszler transforms Eyebeam Art & Technology Center’s Project Space (New York City) with “L-Carrier,” a large-scale, mechanical stringed instrument that immerses audiences in rich harmonies and sparse, multi-directional rhythms. Fluid, dynamic acoustic sounds push and pull against the installation’s sonic control. The website — where visual images trigger the Arduino at Eyebeam — displays the piece’s evolving visual data score, and streams real-time audio from the physical environment. Users can interact via iPhone.
On June 7, both the physical and web installations served as accompaniment to a live ensemble performance, composed by Keszler and featuring him with Ashley Paul, Anthony Coleman, Alex Waterman, C Spencer Yeh, Catherine Lamb, Geoff Mullen, and Reuben Son.
“L-Carrier” is a 2012 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. It was made possible with funds from the Jerome Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support has been provided by ISSUE Project Room.
“L-Carrier” is presented as part of Eyebeam’s sound series Rec.Play., a curatorial initiative founded by Eyebeam Creative Director Roddy Schrock.
Eli Keszler is a composer, artist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, performing solo and in collaboration with artists such as Phill Niblock, Aki Onda, Tony Conrad, Loren Connors, Jandek, C Spencer Yeh, Ran Blake, and Ashley Paul.
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