Ambient Fields – Live At Bonaforth

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Ambient Fields performance in Bonaforth, recorded live August 22, 2022

Ambient Fields – A site-specific soundscape performance as a silent headphone concert

Elke Utermöhlen, Martin Slawig: live processing, live stream
Microphones: stereo microphone, contact microphones, hydrophone, geophone, ultrasound mic (bat detector), electromagnetic sensor



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recorded in the installation at Haus der Braunschweigischen Stiftungen – im Garten in the range of sensor units 12, 9 and 7
Each of these three sensor units is equipped with two piezo sensors to detect the movements of the branches of the plants. Unit #7 is in a tree, unit #9 on a bush and unit #12 on a hedge. The sensor data is sent via a radio network to the central computer, where it is converted into the control data for the sound synthesis of these three locations. Via Wi-Fi, the data is sent to the user’s smartphone at this location and, together with the smartphone’s motion sensors, controls the sound generated in the app.

Residency in Sydney

During october 2015 blackhole-factory stays as Artists in Residence in Sydney as guests of SOPA Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Our special thanks to Tony Nesbitt

The place:

The Armory - building 20
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Newington Armory in the Sydney Olympic Park is an old magazine for gunpowder and later high explosive ammunition for the army until it was changed into a public park for the Olympic Games in the year 2000
More information about this heritage area

Here we are:

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We are staying in a beautiful cottage in the park, in a fantastic and peaceful environment. Working in a spectacular studio in building 20 of the Newington Armory. The old storage for weapons has its special atmosphere and great acoustique. A perfect place for our research on the new piece “Die Erschütterung der Welt”, which will be shown in Braunschweig by February 2016.
We are setting up the wireless sensor network for the project and testing different modes of integrating it into the stagework.

Newington Amory building 20
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studio in the Armory
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Beside our research work we are doing a lot of public activities. See the timetable here:

Oct 2: Hacking the Stage – lecture about blackhole-factory concepts of work at CCS in the University of Technology in Sydney

UTS Sydney
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Oct 3-5 and 17-18: we present some installations in the studio for the public.
Workshops are being held In collaboration with the Sydney based arts collective tranSTURM and musician Roger Mills about the common work under the title “Waterline”.
In the exhibition we show “The Flight of the Seaswallow” as an interactive installation, fragments of the work with the wireless sensor network, our “CamBot” and some other sound experiments.

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Oct 7: Martin Slawig live playing with the Ethernet Orchestra at Parramatta Lanes Festival. The concert being planned for Oct 9 had to be cancelled because of a protest demonstration on the streets against a mosque in Parramatta.

Oct 8 blackhole-factory played SnakeRiverDream as a live set at FBI-Radio ‘Ears Have Ears’ as guests of Brooke Olsen.

Oct 21-22: a series of workshops happens as a part of the Youth Eco Summit (YES) in the Olympic Park.

Oct 28: Ethernet Orchestra concert. After years of playing networked concerts blackhole-factory and the Sydney based members of the Ethernet Orchestra are meeting for the first time  live on stage: Roger Mills, Yavuz Uydu, Bukhchuluun Ganburged, Shaun Premnath + streamed from Londrina Brazil: Chris Vine

Ethernet Orchstra @ People's Republic Sydney
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Documentations of the residency can be found here:
Flickr Page

Windsor + Toronto 2013

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”” font_container=”tag:h3|font_size:20px|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes” text_transform=”none”][vc_column_text]We are now back from our trip to Windsor and Toronto, Canada where we did some concerts/ performances, collaborations and workshops.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1848″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”1850″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”1905″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_column_text]Some wonderful photos of ‘Picknick am FeldRand’ at East Side Boom, Gerrard Art Space, Toronto taken by the great photographer Ed Hanley. Thanks for sharing![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1852″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”1855″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”1854″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”1856″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”1857″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”1859″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_single_image image=”1860″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_column_text]Flyer by Sigi Torinus for the performance at Lamton Tower, University of Windsor:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1874″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Setting up at Lambton Tower:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1899″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”1902″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Picknick am FeldRand at the Art Gallery of Windsor:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1903″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”1876″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Ethernet Orchestra @ FBi Radio, Sydney

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Video from last year networked improvisation for FBI Radio Sydney on YouTube
Featuring Live Performances from:

Sydney, Australia: Bukhchuluun Ganburged – Mongolian Horse fiddle and throat singing, Yavuz Uydu Turkish Oud and Bendir, Roger Mills – Processed Trumpets.

Londrina, Brazil: Chris Vine – Guitar (ex Blurt, Factory Records)
Braunschweig, Germany: Martin Slawig – Laptop Electronics and Max/MSP processing.

London, United Kingdom: Graziano Milano.
Munich, Germany: Helen Varley Jamieson.
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Ethernet Orchestra – documentation online


Our recent collaboration with Roger Mills and the Ethernet Orchestra worked out really well and there is some material online now.

Detailed information about the project can be found here:

“Distant Presences” – Live Networked A/V Performance
Sunday Night At The Movies, FBi Radio 94.5 FM Sydney and Visitors Studio.
Sunday 20th June 9-10 pm (Sydney) 12-1 pm (UK) 1-2pm (Central Europe) 8-9 am (Londrina, Brazil).
From the project site: “Distant Presences” is an improvised sound work which reflects the nature and aesthetic of the ensembles dispersed interaction. As divergent musical cultures meet in improvisation, the work is a meditation on the multifarious nature of location and being. It forms part of an ongoing series of networked improvisations curated by for “Explorations in Sound” Vol 4.

Featuring Live Performances from:

Sydney, Australia.
Bukhchuluun Ganburged – Mongolian Horse fiddle and throat singing.
Yavuz Uydu Turkish Oud and Bendir.
Roger Mills – Processed Trumpets.

Londrina, Brazil – Chris Vine Guitar (ex Blurt, Factory Records)
Braunschweig, Germany – Martin Slawig Laptop Electronics and Max/MSP processing.

London, United Kingdom – Graziano Milano.
Munich, Germany – Helen Varley Jamieson.
Sydney, Australia – Neil Jenkins.

View A/V Performance

      download Audio

This is a photo taken by Neil Jenkins of the performance Live at NIME++2010 • Live Networked Performance
Bon Marche Studio, University of Sydney, 17th June, 2010.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1039″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”img_link_large”][vc_column_text]Featuring:
Bukhchuluun Ganburged – Mongolian horse fiddle and throat singing
Roger Mills – Processed trumpets.

Braunschweig, Germany.
Martin Slawig – Laptop electronics and Max/MSP processing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]