Thursday, September 25, 2008

Somaya Langley performance art audio at Rhizome

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I did a search on the keyword "music" on Rhizome and discovered composer / multi media performance artist Somaya Langley. I'm downloading the many FREE audio files that she provides, wisely, to promote gigs and record sales. This music she is creating is among the hippest, most avant garde work coming out of New York. Adjust your ears to it now.

Get her live electroacoustic performance works (sound installations, live electronics, radio transmissions, instrumental works, and soundtracks) at CriticalSenses.

I strongly recommend such tracks as:

* Shimmer

* Electronic Explorations

* Patterns of Nothing

* aphasing II

* bleeptrain

* Selfacade

* Fool's Day

* Parliament

* out | side | in

* Trans + Mute (live at the National Festival of Womens Music 2001)

* Passion in the Protest

* Live at Liquid Architecture 6

From her About page at CriticalSenses:

Somaya Langley is a sound and media artist (

Her work has been presented and performed in festivals and conferences throughout Australia and internationally including Transmediale.08, Tuned City, New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), das kleine field recordings festival, Liquid Architecture 6, the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), Sound Lab Channel III, Electrofringe, the Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC), the Australasian Sound Recording Association (ASRA) Conference, the Totally Huge New Music Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Skylounge at the National Museum of Australia.

In 2005 she completed commissions for Experimenta’s New Visions and the National Film and Sound Archive’s Ten Minutes of Passion, for which her piece Passion in the Protest also received a finalist’s award. Highlights over the past three years include surround-sound compositions for tele path, a trilogy of video works by media artist David McDowell, funded by artsACT and sound for the solo theatre work The Minutiae of Inertia, as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. She also participated in the Performance Space’s Time_Place_Space 5 workshop, which was supported by an artsACT 2006 Travel Grant and participated in the Australian Network for Art and Technology’s Create_Space 2005 New Media Lab, which was supported by an ANAT workshop grant.

In 2007, she attended the Australian Network for Art and Technology’s re:skin Media Laboratory that was supported by an ANAT workshop grant. Subsequently, she travelled overseas to attend the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference in New York, the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) in Montreal plus a collaborative residency at STEIM in Amsterdam ,which was made possible by an Australia Council for the Arts Run_Way grant.

For over a decade she hosted a weekly radio programme, SubSequence, broadcast across the Australian Community Radio Network and until mid-2007 was the National Library of Australia’s Digital Preservation Officer.

Over five years of employment at the Library, her work included creation of MusicAustralia and the Library's online Digital Collections. Additionally she developed models and workflows for long-term sustainability of complex digital objects as part of the Library's Digital Preservation Project.

In 2006, she was the recipient of the inaugural Friends of the National Library of Australia Travelling Fellowship to research models for archiving complex born-digital objects, in California USA.

She is currently co-director of the 2008 Electrofringe festival in Newcastle, Australia, is guest co-curator for Transit Lounge 2009.

During the daytime, she works for the Australian Music Centre as their Online Projects Officer and for the Australian Network for Art and Technology as their international media correspondent. With suitcases spread across the world, she lives in transit - mainly between Sydney and Berlin.

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