2013: NOISE

NOISE – Golan Levin and Spike Wolff, Festival Curators

‘Ancient life was all silence…. with the invention of the machine, Noise was born.’ – Luigi Russolo, ‘L’Arte dei rumori’

Noise continually surrounds us, from white static to violent intensity. We are absorbed into, embraced by, and assaulted with sound. Vibrating through our bodies, we capitulate as it engulfs us and permeates our psyche. In the still of its quiet absence and the thrill of its deafening roar, the force of sound is a constant. wats:ON? 2013 explores the realm of noise through a variety of analog, digital, and apparatus enhanced sound-music performances. Noise asks you to surrender to the possibility of the rush of the sublime.

Intonarumori 100 Intonarumori 100
A celebration of the centennial of Luigi Russolo’s ‘The Art of Noises’, featuring a new performance on reconstructed Intonarumori (Fururist noise instruments) Thu 04 Apr, 5:00pm Kresge Theatre, CFA
Geeta Dayal Geeta Dayal
Renowned arts journalist, Geeta Dayal, has been covering the intersections between sound, culture, and technology for a decade. For Wats:ON, she presents: "Signal and Noise: A Brief History of Electronic Music." Thu 04 Apr, 5:00pm Kresge Theatre, CMU College of Fine Arts
Jeff Hinkelman Jeff Hinkelman
"What is the Sound of a Pig Dancing?" Film historian Jeff Hinkelman asks in this lecture about the birth of sound in cinema. Featuring screenings of silent films -- with live musical accompaniment. Fri 05 Apr, 8:00pm Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA-111
Dan Wilcox Dan Wilcox
Bang Your Head: Making Noise with Pure Data Sat 06 Apr, 2:30pm STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA-111
Cyborgs of Sound Cyborgs of Sound
Jeremy Boyle, Michael Johnsen, Eric Singer Sat 06 Apr, 7:00pm Kresge Theater, CFA
Lesley Flanigan Lesley Flanigan
Amplifications Sat 06 Apr, 7:00pm Kresge Theater, CFA