NEWS FROM THE DANIEL LANGLOIS FOUNDATION - NOVEMBER 2004 Html version  Version française 

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 An archive of electroacoustic music by Latin American composers

We are pleased to present the initial findings of the research conducted by Ricardo Dal Farra as part of the Foundation's Researcher in Residence program. During his residency, Ricardo Dal Farra digitized numerous aging audio tapes and cassettes containing important Latin American electroacoustic music compositions from the past 50 years. Many of these recordings are rare and date back to the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. Among the composers are Juan Amenabar (Chili), Juan Blanco (Cuba), César Bolaños (Pérou), Hilda Dianda (Argentine), Alfredo del Mónaco (Venezuela), Joaquín Orellana (Guatemala), Héctor Quintanar (Mexico), and Alberto Villalpando (Bolivie). These archives represent a concrete gesture to preserve, document and make accessible the music created in Latin America using electroacoustic media.

The Foundation is currently presenting an online selection of 30 such compositions. This selection, compiled by Ricardo Dal Farra, is accompanied by an introductory text and a list of the pieces featured. In a few weeks, the complete archive will be available for consultation at the Foundation's Centre for Research and Documentation, and extensive documentation on the composers and their works will be accessible via our Web site. [To listen to Latin American electroacoustic music...]


 Documentary file on Steve Heimbecker: Wind Array Cascade Machine & Pod

This month, we are presenting a revised documentary file on Steve Heimbecker. A self-described sonic sculptor, Heimbecker is known for his creations in audio art and electroacoustic music. He has also produced a number of sculptures and installations that integrate sound components or sound generation devices of his own creation. Heimbecker is a founding member of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. In addition to updating our existing texts, we have added numerous audio and video documents about his work. In 2003, with the assistance of the Foundation, Heimbecker developed a wind capture system known as the Wind Array Cascade Machine (WACM). His Pod installation, presented for the first time in Europe at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland, as part of ISEA 2004, incorporates data transmitted by WACM, which is currently installed on the roof of the Ex-Centris complex in Montreal. Pod is being presented for the first time in Montreal at Oboro, from November 13 to December 11, 2004. [To access the documentary file on Steve Heimbecker...]


 Oboro (Montreal, Canada) announces the official opening of its New Media Lab

After three years of effort, Oboro has announced the opening of its New Media Lab. The public is invited to visit the lab during an open house on November 13, 2004. The Foundation is pleased to be involved in the development of Oboro, a centre for the production & presentation of art.

For more information on Oboro and its new lab, please visit: http://www.oboro.net/


 Devices of Design: a collaborative effort of the Daniel Langlois Foundation and the CCA

November 18, 2004 - Devices of Design: colloquium/workshop, a collaborative effort of the Daniel Langlois Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. http://www.fondation-langlois.org/devicesofdesign/

Devices of Design will be held in Montreal at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) on November 18, 2004. This colloquium/workshop will address the increasing use of digital media in architectural design, construction and building materials. The colloquium and a subsequent roundtable discussion will explore both the impact and changes that this shift brings to architectural theory and practices. Also studied will be the urgent need to better understand the conservation and archiving issues that such tools and technologies raise for research institutions.


 New CR+D acquisitions and our monthly selection

Each month, we publish a bibliography of the most recent acquisitions made by the Foundation's Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) .

The Foundation's Web page dedicated to our monthly selection normally focuses on written material (essays, exhibition catalogues, DVDs, CD-ROMs) associated with current acquisitions and making news in the media arts sector. Because the CR+D also documents the 20th century precursors to these practices through its acquisition of rare materials from the 1960s and 1970s, this month we are publishing the catalogue card that accompanied the Software exhibit, presented at the Jewish Museum (New York) in 1970. [More...]


 About the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology

The Daniel Langlois Foundation's purpose is to further artistic and scientific knowledge by fostering the meeting of art and science in the field of technologies. The Foundation seeks to nurture a critical awareness of technology's implications for human beings and their natural and cultural environments, and to promote the exploration of aesthetics suited to evolving human environments. The Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) seeks to document history, artworks and practices associated with electronic and digital media arts and to make this information available to researchers in an innovative manner through data communications. [http://www.fondation-langlois.org/]


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