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Stereotank, founded by Venezuelan NY-based architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, is dedicated to exploring the common territories between space and sound through the design and construction of sound instruments, urban artifacts, and public installations. At PK Night Brooklyn Volume 6, they share some of their sound recordings from installations around the world!

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Being of Sound Mind

BY PAULA ALASAD ASBELL
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 04, 2012

In Paula Alasad Asbell's presentation, "sound mind" is not a reference to a psychological state, but refers instead to the source of the inspiration for her art: her favorite music and musicians. (in English)

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Experiments in Form and Sound

BY KEITA AKIYAMA
@ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE ON MAY 15, 2013

When it comes to his creative process, Keita Akiyama has two main themes he follows: form and sound. In this presentation, he walks us through recent drawings and electronic musical instruments, showing off some of his acoustic plants. (in Japanese with English subtitles)

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Harmony through Sound Design

BY IMAN FATTAH
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 23, 2014

Iman Fattah has been in the Indonesia's rock and experimental music world since approximately 15 years ago, as a guitarist in his own band; Zeke and the Popo and RAKSASA. Growing up, he never though music will be one of his greatest passion. In PechaKucha, Iman take us as he strips down music into one single element: sound. As an aspiring sound designer, he learned how to synchronize sound with visuals through film scoring project. 'Music' is not necessarily comes in 'band' form, instead, simple toe-tapping in dance rhythm is also music. The challenge in 'designing' sound is how far can we shape them, not only by hearing but also listening. Listen means paying more attention, so eventually we can create our own harmony.

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Noise

BY MARTIN LUTZ
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 07, 2014

Martin Lutz makes things with sounds and sound out of things. makes this to music. sometimes. declares the ambience to music. makes music to a part of the ambience. this is the music. and this music is the sound.

Martin Lutz studied musicology at LMU Munich and SoundStudies at UdK Berlin. He works as a composer, musician and sound artist for dance, performances, theatre, installations and film. The focus of his work is the examination with sound and its relevance for and texture in the space. Field recordings and experimental sound production are the basis for compositions, that take sounds and soundscapes out of their natural context to give them a new content-related and spatial sense.

Martin Lutz has been invited to work out and realise the sound concept and a music score for the new dance production "Bhinna Vinyasa – Multiple Assemblages" commissioned by the Kochi-Muziris Biennale from the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, for the 2014 edition.

Two years ago he worked with Attakkalari on the performance "AadhaaraChakra - A Dancelogue“, which performed in India and Europe. The idea was to research contemporary Indian urban sound environments, to make field recordings of them and to create with this audio-material (in collaboration with the Austrian sound artist Sam Auinger) sound compositions that could be termed as somewhere between music and soundscapes. For this project they also worked together with Indian musicians to mix parts of the soundscapes with elements of Indian classical and folk music.

The requirements for the new performance will be similar. Basis for the artistic process will be the examination of site-specific Indian urban developments, social and cultural transformations of individuals and societies. The task will be to find a sonic language that characterises typical urban Indian milieus and their inner dynamics. He will work with Indian percussion musicians from Bangalore and also with video and light artists from Europe to find a performative path between (sound)installation, performance and music for contemporary Indian dance.

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Shipping Container Architecture

BY MYLES ALEXANDER
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 31, 2015

What is it like to design and build the largest shipping-container building in the US?

Myles Alexander is the founding and managing principal for Form & Function Architecture. He shared his experience designing the Smoky Park Supper Club and provided some behind-the-scenes knowledge about the property, the process and the challenges along the way at PechaKucha Night Asheville: "The Art of Science."

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The Chicago House Sound

BY NEIL STEVENSON
@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

"The kick drum went through my chest, the bass line came up through the floor, the high hats and cymbals came fizzing from above ... when the smoke machine cleared, there were rich people, poor people, black, white, straight, gay ...and I thought, 'these are my people now, this is my music'."  

In The Chicago House Sound from PechaKucha Night Chicago Vol. 36, IDEO's Neil Stevenson went on a quest to find the roots of House Music that, during its evolution from New York to Chicago and then in its momentum across Europe, he fell in love with. Here he shares that compelling quest and his love for Chicago House, its evolution, and the legacy of Frankie Knuckles.

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From Model to Installation

BY MICHAEL SZIVOS
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

Michael Szivos is the founder of SOFTlab, a New York City based design studio that combines research, technology, and ideas to craft work that spans multiple mediums and scales. In 2012 SOFTlab was awarded the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, and in 2010 the studio was selected, along with seven other young studios, for the New Practices New York award by the AIA Chapter of New York. He also teaches at Pratt Institute and Columbia University.

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Taut - alive sound experiment

BY INGRID PLUM
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 08, 2017

A classiclaly trained singer, with a five octave range (!), as well as being an artist, Ingrid Plum shares a new sound experiment live within the PechaKucha format.  

A native of Denmark, she has made her home in Brighton England, but travels worldwide collaborating, researching and installing artwork.

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The True Power of the Sound of Your Voice

BY TINA FIREWOLF
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 23, 2018

Imagine communicating from a powerfully peaceful place. Tina Firworlf explains to us that it is possible to do so when we use our unique sound to sustain our inner peace.