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My Upcoming GAFFTA Talk: “Sound as Commentary”

If you’re in San Francisco this week, please consider dropping by the digital-arts organization GAFFTA on Wednesday for a 6:00pm discussion session at which I’ll be talking.

I’ll be presenting on the subject “Sound as Commentary: Recent Experiments in the Netlabel Remix Community.”It’s an overview of such remix and free-culture projects as the Brian Eno / David Byrne open-source Our Lives in the Bush of Disquiet, and the group-effort sonic activism of Despite the Downturn and Lowlands: A Sigh Collective. I’ll be talking about how how sound (both music and sound art) can serve as a central component of online conversation, procedural parallels between curating and editing, and related topics.

Also speaking are musician and sound artist Roddy Schrock (, who has contributed to two remix projects, and technologist Barry Threw ( The moderator is Luc Meier, who is the Interdisciplinary Programs Manager at swissnex San Francisco, “a Swiss knowledge outpost for science, education, art and innovation” ( [Update 2011.08.03: Barry Threw wasn’t able to make it, so Shane Myrbeck, composer and acoustic consultant, accepted a last-minute invitation to fill his seat.]

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) is a tremendous institution in San Francisco, dedicated to fomenting digital culture. It’s brought the work of artists such as Zimoun to town, and regularly hosts events on game development, audio synthesis, data visualization, and other such intersections of art and technology. This Wednesday’s discussion is cosponsored by GAFFTA and Eyebeam, a New York “art + technology center” with which it shares many overlaps. Schrock is Eyebeam’s Associate Director: Creative Residencies.

More on this Wednesday’s talk at It’s scheduled to run from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Cost is listed as follows: “$5 ”“ $20 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds).”

By Marc Weidenbaum

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