Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound

Digital, robotic, and electronically enhanced sound-music performances by:

JEREMY BOYLE in an artist/musician who 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.

MICHAEL JOHNSEN is an instrument builder and performer who 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.

Cyborgs of Sound

Jeremy Boyle, Michael Johnsen, Eric Singer

Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound
Cyborgs of Sound

Digital, robotic, and electronically enhanced sound-music performances by:

JEREMY BOYLE in an artist/musician who 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.

MICHAEL JOHNSEN is an instrument builder and performer who 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.

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SPIKE WOLFF

Curator, Artistic and Executive Director

https://soa.cmu.edu/spike-wolff

lwolff [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu

Spike Wolff is Special Faculty in the College of Fine Arts and School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to her work as Artistic and Executive Director of the wats:ON Festival, Spike is Curator of the School of Architecture Lecture Series and has curated exhibitions for the Miller Gallery on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Spike assumed directorship of the wats:ON Festival in 2010 and has been instrumental in its revitalization, bringing an eclectic and diverse range of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists and their work to Carnegie Mellon. Spike’s work and interests are interdisciplinary in nature. Recent design projects include ‘Shadow’ an installation for the Mattress Factory Museum, ‘The Hurricane’ a temporary jazz club for the Hill House of Pittsburgh, and exhibition design for ‘Contrarreloj, Felix de la Concha’ at the Frick Art Museum. Spike holds a Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.
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CASSIE HOWARD

Curatorial Assistant

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cmhoward [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu

Cassie Howard is a student in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University entering her fourth year. Cassie has been an invaluable member of the festival team since 2017 and is Curatorial Assistant for the 2019: NOW. Cassie is interested in the intersection of contemporary practice and activism, especially in how the arts can bring a voice to people who are continuously marginalized, engaging and empowering diverse communities.
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LIZ FOX

Assistant Dean for Staff Engagement

https://www.cmu.edu/cfa/about/leadership/bios/liz-fox.html

lizfox [at] cmu [dot] edu

Liz Fox is an assistant dean in the College of Fine Arts. She has been with the university for more than 30 years and most recently served as the assistant dean for Research for the College of Fine Arts and was a certified research administrator. Recently, Fox took on a new role in CFA, managing staff engagement. To that end, she focuses on the following priorities: staff morale, professional and personal development, diversity, recognition and events. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Fox is working to develop workshops and opportunities for the College of Fine Arts staff, as well as meaningful occasions for recognition and rewards.
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EDDY MAN KIM

Associate Curator Emeritus

https://soa.cmu.edu/eddy-mankim

eddymankim [at] cmu [dot] edu

Eddy Man Kim is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he serves as a Co-director of the Computational & Tangible Interaction Design Laboratory (CoDe Lab). Eddy Man is a designer, researcher, educator, and entrepreneur who was awarded the George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellowship to join Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the academic year of 2014/2015. A technologist and futurist at heart, Eddy Man is interested in interdisciplinary efforts to mutually augment design and technology—especially as they relate to current trends in web technology. Eddy Man is also one of the founding members of openUU, a design research agency based in Hong Kong. While holding the position of Technical Director, Eddy Man marketed for, managed, and delivered openUU projects that won four Best-of-Year Awards by Interior Design magazine and the 40-under-40 Award by Perspective Global magazine. While managing his practice in Hong Kong, Eddy Man taught graduate students at The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture as a visiting design studio instructor and design workshops for Hong Kong Interior Design Association. Eddy Man received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University College of Architecture, Art & Planning and obtained his Master in Design Studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, with a concentration in Design Technology. Upon completion of his Masters thesis, Sandbox3D: Web App for Real-time Design Collaboration, he was awarded the Digital Design Prize for _“the most creative use of digital media in relation to the design professions.”_ Eddy Man has worked in the offices of POSCO A&C of Seoul, South Korea; Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City; EPIPHYTE Lab of Ithaca, New York.
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GOLAN LEVIN

Curator Emeritus

https://www.cmu.edu/cas/people/levin_golan.html

golan [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu

Golan Levin develops artifacts and events which explore supple new modes of reactive expression. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound, as part of a more general inquiry into the formal language of interactivity, and of nonverbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, often created with a variety of collaborators, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines, make visible our ways of interacting with each other, and explore the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity. Levin has exhibited widely in Europe, America and Asia. Levin’s work combines equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative, and the sublime in a wide variety of online, installation and performance media. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, the Neuberger Museum, and The Whitney Biennial, all in New York; Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan; The InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, Japan; and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, among other venues. Levin received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory, where he studied with John Maeda in the Aesthetics and Computation Group. Between degrees, he worked for four years as an interaction designer and research scientist at Interval Research Corporation. Presently Levin is Associate Professor of Electronic Time-Based Art at Carnegie Mellon University.