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Noise Room

format: CD | catalogue: sonig 66CD | year: 2008

The NOISE ROOM CD documents the NOISE ROOM, an autonomous surround sound space built for pre-recorded musical works and sonic experiments. Each musical work which is performed in the NOISE ROOM has been selected, edited and arranged for a listening situation in which the listeners can dedicate themselves to a maximum listening experience. The pieces presented in the NOISE ROOM refer specifically to the concept of a so-called 'speaker' concert in contrast to a so-called 'live' concert. Each composition is played back through a multi-channel 5.1 speaker setup that is configured according to the spatial acoustics of the NOISE ROOM. The CD version offfers a selection of shortened stereo edits. NOISE ROOM 1 was built and set up at STEIM, Center for research & development of instruments & tools for performers in the electronic performance arts in Amsterdam in 2005, Version 2 was located at the Melkweg concert space in Amsterdam in 2006. Version 3 will be installed in the Cubitt Gallery in London in september 2008. The NOISE ROOM was initiated and designed by Jan St. Werner, former artistic director of STEIM and member of Mouse on Mars.

"Going to a tape music concert characterized by a lack of performance can be a valuable experience in itself: a situation where one is presented with a high fidelity sound installation in which one can finally hear the subtle details of the music. It is this situation that defines the need for the Noise Room. At the same time, it builds upon in the history of acousmatic music--a history of using space for sound compositions— while referring to the transgression of boundaries and the utopian inspiration of the avant-garde." Roland Spekle

The NOISEROOM CD features exclusive compositions by:
Lee Ranaldo, Black Dice, Kevin Blechdom, Mouse on Mars, David Grubbs, Vert, Jason Forrest, Daniel Schorno, Sun OK Papi K.O., Casey Rice, Robert van Heumen, Jeff Carey, Keith Fullerton Whitman aka Hrvatski and Michel Waisvisz