‘My Old Lady’ Out in Theaters

25 Sep ’14

My Old Lady SoundtrackThe respected playwright Israel Horovitz (father of another Horovitz, Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys) has a new film out staring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Maggie Smith. It’s a fine film essential set in an old Parisian town house that only a playwright could pen.

“Despondent New Yorker Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) ventures to Paris with plans of liquidating the apartment inherited from his late father, but runs into an unexpected roadblock when he discovers that the flat is currently inhabited by his father’s former lover, an elderly Englishwoman named Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), and her adult daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas). “

I mastered the soundtrack at Bear Call Mastering and the gorgeous score was composed by Mark Orton.

It’s currently in limited run theaters so check it out if its playing near you. 

New Record Out

11 Aug ’14

RabbitsssCover-smI just released a new record by ‘Rabbitsss‘ called Penguins. It’s a collaboration between Rae Howell and myself. We’ve been working on the record since 2005 I believe so we’re excited to finally have it released. It’s available at:
Spotify
iTunes
Amazon

CD’s are also available at Amazon or from us directly.

Penguins is a study in pulsating electronic, that type that lives through the imaginary, imperfect strings of organic (the percussive instruments) and the discrete charm of synthetic sound. The resulting balance is a delicate texture suspended between a colorful rendition of the rigors of contemporary music (Steve Reich, Terry Riley) and ambient pop (Stereolab, above all), that somehow manages to retain a playful tone, slightly clouded by a few melancholic lines.- Pop Matters

Penguins unspools in bright calm clarity, its overlapping marimba, vibraphone and keyboard motifs locking and interlocking like colored puzzle pieces, its hiccuping percussion delineating rhythms with crayon-emphatic precision. Howell is responsible for motif and melody; she carries the tune with a variety of percussive and keyboard instruments. Cohrs manipulates the sound electronically and adds the samples that both ground and distance these compositions. The real world, heard in glitch-stuttering beats, faraway voices and odd sounds, is indistinct behind a scrim. – Dusted Magazine

Catch us on BBC Radio 3 with Nick Luscombe
Also catch us on WNYC’s New Sounds.

Oscar Nominated “Nebraska”

1 Feb ’14

Nebraska

In addition to my art stuff, some of you  know that I also run an audio mastering studio called, Bear Call Mastering.

One of the recent projects I worked on was the sound track to “Nebraska” a film by Alexander Payne. The sound track was written by Mark Orton and is really phenomenal. If you haven’t seen the film, check it out while it’s still in the theatre. It’s beautifully shot and the black & white landscapes are worth seeing on in their own right. It’s exciting to see that the film is up for several Oscars.

Upcoming Shows

25 Aug ’13

It’s the end of the summer when new students begin wandering around my neighborhood congregating around coffee shops, I’m busy working on class syllabus’s and will be teaching at the Pratt Institute this fall.

I’m also in two shows in the next few weeks. The first is a small faculty show at Pratt opening on Monday, August 26th. The opening is from 6-8pm.

The second show is in Colorado called Systems + Subversions together with a couple of artists I greatly admire like Marina Zurkow, and Scott Johnson. The opening is Thursday, September 12th, at 6pm at the I.D.E.A. Space, and the following day I will be in discussion with Philosophy professor Marion Hourdequin at 4:30pm on Friday, September 13th at Colorado College.

NYSCA Individual Artist Grant

13 May ’13

nysca_logoI was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant for 2013. I was notified around the holidays the grant actually arrived in the mail a week ago. I’m excited to be able to use the grant money to continue working a film about the New Jersey Meadowlands. We did two separate expeditions so far and we have one more coming up later this summer to finish off production. Post production will take place in the fall. More to come over the coming months. very excited.
Filming before flood

Radio Kaikukatu 92,2 fm Helsinki

28 Nov ’12

We just launched Radio Kaikukukatu 92,2 FM in Helsinki. We’re broadcasting from the top of KuvA / Finnish Acadamy of Fine Arts. Live radio is broadcasting now and MFA final projects broadcast tomorrow (11/29/12) at 2pm. Helsinki Tune In!

 

This is part of a class I’m teaching at KUVA called Wandering Methodologies that explores various forms of public engagement on the airwaves, online and in public. 

 

DW Television show on Urban Prospector

2 Nov ’12


Here’s a Deutsche Welle Television show about a project I did in 2009 called the Urban Prospector. The show also includes a great project by Andrea Polli, and Blast Theory. Urban Prospector starts at 1:57.

Foreign Bodies – World Beat Radio

1 Jul ’12

Here’s a new interview with Morgan Levy and myself on our project, Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt. Our interview is about 10 minutes long and goes into depth about some aspects of the project that we’ve never talked about before. We’re about 30 minutes into the show, or you can listen to the whole episode which has three other great stories about hookworms, DDT, and the arctic.

New Art/Science Affinities Book Release

25 Oct ’11


New Art/Science Affinities by Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans and Pablo Garcia, has a section about one of my projects, The Urban Prospector. The book focuses on artists working at the intersection of art, science and technology, was produced by a collaborative authoring process known as a “book sprint.” Derived from “code sprinting,” a method in which software developers gather in a single room to work intensely on an open source project for a certain period of time, the term book sprint describes the quick, collective writing of a topical book.

“New Art/Science Affinities” (2011, 8.5×11 inches, 190 pages, perfect-bound paperback, 232 full-color illustrations) is available for purchase ($45.75) through print-on-demand service Lulu, or for free download via the Miller Gallery website (http://www.cmu.edu/millergallery/nasabook).

AUDiNT : The Dead Record Office

16 Jun ’11

AUDiNT: Dead Record Office
June 17–July 23, 2011

Opening this Friday , June 17th, at Art In General.
79 Walker Street | New York, NY 10013

Art in General is pleased to present Dead Record Office, a New Commission project by AUDiNT. The researchers currently active within the AUDiNT research cell are Jon Cohrs(splnlss.com), Toby Heys(cocosolidciti.com) and Steve Goodman(hyperdub.com), whose combined practices include music production and performance, sonic installation, academic research, and writing. For their first exhibition in New York, AUDiNT have produced a multi-sensory installation which brings together a number of their research techniques, softwares, sound systems, and archives for the first time; a culmination of decades worth of investigative analysis into the trans-historical orchestration of the soundscape.

In short, it’s a show about sonic warfare with several custom built tools that explores theories surrounding hauntology and the history of sound used as a tool for deceit.

We’ve written our own software that you can download to embed research and other sound files onto of bittorrents to use viral dynamics as an archive. GhostCoder

The Martial Arts of Sonic Hauntology.

12 Jun ’11


Monday June 13th, at Eyebeam Art + Tech Center, 540 West 21st, NY NY
http://www.eyebeam.org/events/the-martial-arts-of-sonic-hauntology

This panel consisting of individual presentations and a group discussion will explore the intersection of sonic culture and the military-entertainment complex through the disembodied voices of secret communication devices, battlefield sonic deception and propaganda, acoustic weaponry, the physiology of inaudible vibration (unsound systems) and the encrypted, viral transmission channels of both analog and digital culture.
Presenters and organizers
Toby Heys (AUDiNT), Jon Cohrs (AUDiNT), Steve Goodman (AUDiNT), Dave Tompkins, Andy Battaglia.

Screening of Spice Trade Expedition

29 Mar ’11


There will be a 10 minute screening of a rough cut of the film at the Index Art Center in Newark, NJ
this Saturday, April 2nd, from 7-11pm for the opening of Video Village: New Media Expeditions
I’ll give an introductory presentation followed by a Q+A.

It’s a great group of artists including:
Orland Nutt (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1944271/)
Paula Pfoser (http://gorg.kontxt.net/2011/01/eva-engelbert/)
Petra Cortright (http://petracortright.com/)
Stacia Yeapanis (http://www.staciayeapanis.com/)
Alan Resnick (http://www.itsallaboutalan.com/)
Brenna Murphy (http://www.bmruernpnhay.com/)
Eva Engelbert(http://www.evaengelbert.com/)
Jon Rafman (http://jonrafman.com/)
Lillian Gerson (hhttp://lilliangerson.wordpress.com/)