The sounds of nature, jazz, electronic and ancient instruments by Jaron Lanier, David Rothenberg and Scanner, and a collaboration with videoartist Tereza Stehlikova
The Serpentine Way
Composed and performed by David Rothenberg and Scanner
Video by Tereza Stehlikova
from the CD Album, You Can’t Get There From Here
Jaron Lanier, pioneer computer scientist, father of virtual reality, Scholar at Large for Microsoft, author, artist and composer, plays a variety of instruments… to name a few – the Ba Wu, Seljeflote, Gu Zheng, piano, and a modern version of the 8000 year old Khaen which he calls the first digital device and demonstrates in this TEDx performance.
“Musical instruments are more satifying to me than computers are as yet. I mean I devote my life largely to making computers better, and I think we’ve made a little progress, but [musical instruments] put it into perspective – they are humbling but just as expressive machines they’re so much more intense.” Jaron Lanier
Trio Menura (MP3)
from the CD album Why Birds Sing
performed by The Healesville Superb Lyrebird; Michael Pestel, flute; David Rothenberg, clarinet
Recorded live at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia
Terra Nova Music
Composers Now, an annual New York City-wide festival of music by contemporary composers taking place February 1 to 28, founded by internationally renowned composer Tania Leon. Streaming Museum presented Synergized as an online program, including a collection of music by Jaron Lanier, David Rothenberg, and Scanner created with the sounds of nature, and jazz, electronic and ancient instruments. Tereza Stehlikova has created the video for The Serpentine Way.
Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, March 15-25, 2013 – The Serpentine Way.
Jaron Lanier: jaronlanier.com
A Renaissance Man for the 21st century, Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author who writes on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism.
In 2005, Jaron Lanier was included in the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines. The Encyclopedia Britannica includes him in its list of history’s 300 or so greatest inventors. A pioneer in virtual reality (a term he coined), Lanier founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products, and led teams creating technology for medicine, design, and numerous other fields. From 2001-2004 Lanier was Visiting Scientist at Silicon Graphics and was Scholar at Large for Microsoft from 2006-2009, where he is currently Partner Architect.
Jaron Lanier is also a musician and artist. He has been active in the world of new “classical” music since the late ‘70s, and writes chamber and orchestral music. He is a pianist and a specialist in unusual musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments of Asia. He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played instruments in the world. Current commissions include a symphony for the Bach Festival. Lanier’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe.
In January, 2010, Knopf published Lanier’s book You Are Not a Gadget, A Manifesto,
which the New York Times described as “necessary reading for anyone interested in how the Web and the software we use every day are reshaping culture and the marketplace.”
Profile from imediaconnection.com
David Rothenberg: davidrothenberg.net
Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years. He is the author of Why Birds Sing, on making music with birds, also published in England, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany. It was turned into a feature length BBC TV documentary. His following book, Thousand Mile Song, is on making music with whales. It is being developed into a film for the French television, hopefully to be broadcast worldwide. Other books include Sudden Music, Blue Cliff Record, Hand’s End, and Always the Mountains. His latest book, on the evolution of beauty, and how art and science can be better intertwined, is Survival of the Beautiful, published by Bloomsbury in 2011. There have been nice reviews in the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and the Telegraph.
Rothenberg is also a composer and jazz clarinetist, and he has nine CDs out under his own name, including On the Cliffs of the Heart, named one of the top ten CDs by Jazziz Magazine in 1995. Other recent releases include Why Birds Sing and Whale Music. Recently released is Whale Music Remixed, with contributions from noted electronic artists such as Scanner, DJ Spooky, Lukas Ligeti, Mira Calix, Ben Neill, and Robert Rich. His first CD on ECM Records, with pianist Marilyn Crispell, One Dark Night I Left My Silent House came out in May 2010. Read more…
David B. Rothenberg, PhD, professor in the department of humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner: scannerdot.com
British artist Robin Rimbaud traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. From his early controversial work using found mobile phone conversations, through to his focus on trawling the hidden noise of the modern metropolis as the symbol of the place where hidden meanings and missed contacts emerge, his restless explorations of the experimental terrain have won him international admiration from amongst others, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Stockhausen.
His work connects the points between a bewilderingly diverse array of genres – a partial list would include sound design, film scores, computer music, digital avant garde, contemporary composition, large-scale multimedia performances, product design, architecture, fashion design, rock music and jazz. Read more…
Tereza Stehlikova: terezast.com
Stehlíková works as an artist, filmmaker, writer and lecturer. She holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art, where she researched the tactile language of the moving image. She teaches animation theory and practice at the Universities of Westminster and Royal College of Art. She is the founder of Art in Touch, an international tactile arts network, and Artesian, a journal for committed creativity, featuring the writings of John Berger, Don DeLillo amongst many others. Stehlíková’s moving image work and photography has been exhibited internationally. Recently her photographs were also published in Railtracks (2011), a collaborative dialogue between the writers John Berger and Anne Michaels and her film The Perpetual (2010), with an original score by Scanner, was exhibited on a dedicated creative website for the 2011 TURBINE HALL Commission by TACITA DEAN.