Cyborgs of Sound
Digital, robotic, and electronically enhanced sound-music performances.
Artist/musician Jeremy Boyle received his BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and MFA from The Ohio State University. He was a founding member of the Chicago group Joan of Arc and has performed music (both solo and collaborative) throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. He has exhibited artwork, most of which is sound and technology based, in major cities across the U.S. including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Buffalo, Davenport, Sacramento, Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Jeremy currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is Co-Director of the Children’s Innovation Project at the CREATE Lab of the Robotics Institute at CMU and Assistant Professor of Art at Clarion University of PA.
Instrument builder and performer Michael Johnsen was born in 1968 in Pennsylvania. Drawing on the rich American tradition of experimentation and cobbling, his integrated menagerie of devices reveals idiosyncratic behaviors through their complex interactions. His work is characterized by a relative lack of ideas per se, and an intense focus on observation, the way a shepherd watches sheep. The extensive patching of large numbers of devices produces teeming chirps, sudden transients and charming failure modes; embracing the dirt in pure electronics. As an antidote to all that wire, he is equally devoted to the singing saw, a simple folk instrument. Most of what he might have learned has come from the natural world,
like watching robins run. He is particularly fond of sounds that end.
He teaches electronic music widely, designs voltage-controlled synthesis equipment for Pittsburgh Modular and co-organizes an archive for the technical history of electronic music at ubuweb.com. He has played widely in the US and Europe in noise and improvising contexts, at large festivals, museums, squats, and kindergartens. Recent collaborators include Pascal Battus, C Spencer Yeh, Margaret Cox, Jerome Noetinger, Jack Wright, Thomas Lehn; also Michel Doneda, Michael Zerang, Joe McPhee, Bhob Rainey, and Tom Djll. His recordings are distributed in Europe by Metamkine.
Eric Singer is an engineer, programmer, roboticist and artist. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music Synthesis, Magna Cum Laude, from Berklee College of Music; and an MS in Computer Science from New York University. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of real-time systems, embedded processing, software/hardware integration, interactive and networked multimedia systems, and electronic musical instrument design. He performs and lectures around the world and teaches a wide range of subjects integrating art, technology and creative engineering. He is known internationally for his software and hardware products for interactive art and music creation and is considered a leading expert in the use of sensors and robotics in multimedia systems. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Interactive Telecommunication Program and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts. Singer’s performance for Cyborgs of Sound will include LEMUR robots performing mystery robot music fit for human consumption.