The contemporary points towards incommensurable definitions. Intensely debated in the fields of visual arts, art theory, and philosophy, it describes different practices, relating to disparate conceptual horizons. However, if distinguished from the contemporaneous of a given historical time, the contemporary becomes a selective concept: it promotes or excludes things and practices according to their ability of diagnosing previously unnoticed aspects of the present. In this sense, it gains a critical function, involving particular modes of relating to history and to one’s own time.
SoundBoxes are small, primitive electro-acoustic instruments built from a wooden box, a speaker, a small audio amplifier and a contact microphone. Discover the hidden sonic qualities of objects from our everyday world in this hands-on workshop, combining the arts of electronics, noise, sculpture and collage.
The Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2017, Traditions-Transitions, will explore how different modes of relationships between past and present affect musical performance practice and composition. Further, practitioners and researchers from the fields of music and social sciences will draw on Eric Hobsbawm’s notion of “invented traditions”, examining how traditions are forged, broken or interrupted and how they might be used as sources of renewal.
Credits photo: Karen Stuke
The second edition in a new series of events for sound artists, composers and performers who are engaged (or want to be engaged) with new (and not so new) technologies.
Electric Salons are developped for an invited guest artist to share their work, discuss practical issues. Workshop and audio facilities are available in our new lab for work on personal projects or to develop ideas with the guest and with Orpheus researchers Juan Parra and Jonathan Impett. There is opportunity for participnants to present or discuss your own work and we hope to end each session with a performance in the concert hall: work you bring or create on the day, music from our guest, and collaborations.
The salons are informal, relaxed sessions for exchange and creation. Show, share and work together with others who are likewise serious about exploring new sound and music with technology.
Composition as Critical Technical Practice
Orpheus Research Seminar 2016
21-23 November 2016, Ghent, Belgium
2016-2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Orpheus Institute. We will celebrate this occasion with forty-eight hours of music, discussion and festivity to take place in Ghent from the afternoon of Sunday 13 November to the morning of Tuesday 15, 2016.
We would be very honored if you could join us in celebrating our jubilee for all or any of our activities.