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Experimental Intermedia Foundation, founded in 1968 by Elaine Summers, has been presenting performances since 1973.  Produced and curated by composer Phill Niblock, over 1000 concerts have been given at his loft, and he has opened his doors to hundreds of composers, giving them a place to explore the use of new ideas and technologies in their music.

As an offshoot of Experimental Intermedia, XI Records was formed in 1990 XI's main purpose has been to ensure that the music of composers who have produced great work over a long period of time is archived. While continuing with this goal in mind, XI is also in the process of releasing a series of compact discs by younger composers whose works have yet to be adequately documented on recordings.

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almar on 03/06/2014 at 02:28PM

Experimental Intermedia March Concert/Video Series - March 7-22 - EI, NYC

The Fortieth Anniversary of EI performances at 224 Centre Street, The Forty-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of Experimental Intermedia, the Forty-fifth Anniversary of the 224 Centre Street loft, and, not least, The Twenty-fourth Annual Festival  with no fancy name, Part Two (or B)               
Phill Niblock, curator      
March 2014 
Bolsa Ernesto de Sousa, a memorial fellowship named for the Portuguese Intermedia Artist, sponsored by the Luso-Americana Foundation and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, in Lisbon, coordinated by Isabel Alves, presents an intermedia performance by:  
Pedro Sousa (Portugal)               Friday  7
A Song for True: Performance for Plural Larynx: "Using as an inspiration - Jerry True, an American saxophonist who used an air compressor to be able to play saxophone following a throat cancer operation, this composition aims at the experimentation of the saxophone as an unusual medium for the creation of drone music - exploring the microtonal, reflective and acoustic properties or differences that are characteristic of these woodwind instruments      

Benjamin Thigpen and Stefano Bassanese (USA/Italy/France)         
Sunday 9
Les Frères Bobine - Paris-based electroacoustic composers working regularly at GRM and fascinated by electromagnetism and gesturality; they collaborate on sonic research experiments and perform instant collective compositions based on newly-invented instruments and (silent) magnetic feedback loops; they will perform Les Aimants by Stefano Bassanese, malfunction30931 by Benjamin Thigpen, and a new collective work, Induction
Sarah Halpern (New York) A Video Presentation                  
Monday 10  
A series of collages made with printed text, found images and discarded film, mounted onto 35mm leader and projected frame by frame through a film strip projector; each of these new compositions presents the viewer with suggestive language and imagery, as an experiment in the perception of meaning            
Marica Radojčić Prešić (Belgrade, Serbia)  A Video Presentation                           Tuesday 11 
BRANCHING: - DIGITAL AMBIENT: diffracted projections of 3D animations and video, digital sound, sound effects; the artist was inspired by the tree; experts and public have found the project as a kind of mathematical poetic ambience through which public can walk - the tree is one of the oldest symbols with layers of meanings developed through history; old meanings culminated in the twentieth century with the mathematical theory of trees; and the branching itself, so much more powerful than the human step-by-step traveling through the crags of its own existence, has a power of growing-up, but also the power of disappearance – fatal power of Death         
Marco Donnarumma (UK)                 
Wednesday 12
Biophysical Music: This concert includes two music performances, Music for Flesh II and Ominous both for the Xth Sense, a biophysical musical instrument I perform with since 4 years; in these pieces I create music by literally composing in real time the sounds emitted by my body muscular tissues; by performing physical, whole-body gestures, muscle sounds are produced by my limbs, amplified, live sampled, and diffused through loudspeakers; the natural sound of my flesh and its virtual counterpart blend together into an unstable sonic object; this is what I call biophysical music, music that is a joint result of bioacoustic body mechanisms and physical performance
Hallveig Agustsdottir (Belgium, Iceland)                
Thursday 13
From Graphic Score To Sound Drawing - her performances are purified reflections on sound and image, finding their roots in the 'graphic score' as it started to appear in the 1950s in the works of composers such as J. Cage, E. Brown, and M. Feldman; each drawing leads towards and is at the same time the immediate result of a new composition; the improvised communication between artist, computer and musician creates an environment where sound and image combine and conduct each other - what remains is a witness; a drawing / a video composition capturing the gesture of drawing, melody and rhythm; with David Watson, collaboration                
SCREEN COMPOSITIONS 10 curated by Katherine Liberovskaya             Saturday 22
A Video Presentation
Screen Compositions celebrates its 10th edition this year! as always a collection of intersections of moving image with sonic art; a program of screen works representing dynamic two-way collaborations between video/ film artists and sound/ music artists specifically intended for single-channel projection with no live or performance component; featuring collaborations by: Carlos Casas / Ghedalia Tazartes; Bradley Eros / Rachael Guma; Kit Fitzgerald / Peter Gordon; Richard Garet / Wolfgang Gil; Sarah Halpern / Matt Wellins; Victoria Keddie / Scott Kiernan; Hedya Klein / Bulbul; Carole Kim / Toshimaru Nakamura + Lewis Keller; Katherine Liberovskaya / Al Margolis (If,Bwana); Marie Verry / Yvan Etienne
Our programs are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, The David & Sylvia Teitelbaum Fund, Inc, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Phaedrus Foundation 
224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, N Y 10013       
212 431 5127, 431 6430 and

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almar on 12/07/2012 at 06:00PM

The Twenty-third Annual Festival with no fancy name, Part One (or A) December 2012

         December 2012

David Linton, David First, David Watson(NYC)Wednesday 12

D D D @ XI on XII /XII /XII      Why would three veteran musicians, with back-stories crossing the last three decades of New York experimental music, undertake a joint event at Experimental Intermedia -  welcome to the Creepy Triangle Variety Show:  Ex Post Facto: David First, David Linton, & David Watson : guitars, video, feedback, drones, bagpipes, percussion, voice, electronics and distended cinema; reshuffling their decks, dealing a fresh round and waiting to take you away  -     @ XI XII/XII/XII @ IX

Linton:;;         First: Watson:

Zach Layton (NYC)  Thursday 13

New works for bowed electric guitar and electronics...a series of improvised and composed works exploring non-standard tunings and aperiodic rhythmic structures derived from autonomic nervous system activity

Al Margolis and Doug Van Nort (USA)Friday 14

For this laptop duo project, the musicians utilize acoustic materials and capture/transform one another's sound in an endless loop; both use digital means - Van Nort tends to favor sculpting/ stretching from small sound fragments, while Margolis often likes to make collages out of 

larger sound segments; they will be joined by Katherine Liberovskaya providing live video; you can hear them:

Jon Abbey (USA)                  DJing continuously from  3-11 PM           Saturday 15

Erstwhile Records programs a very special day/night of electroacoustic music created from 2009-2012, including work from Keith Rowe, Jason Lescalleet, Toshiya Tsunoda, Michael Pisaro, Taku Unami, Toshimaru Nakamura, Antoine Beuger, and many more. 

Frédéric Acquaviva (FR / Berlin)                                               Sunday 16

A three hour concert with four pieces mixing texts sounds and instruments into both a conceptual and physical sound by one of the radical french experimental acousmatic composers; world creations of "Lore Ipsum", a voices + electronic composition and " {...} " (2010), the total compression of his sounds works since 1990; his new CD-DVD "Aatie" (2011-2012 with videos) and "Le Disque"(2009-2010), with sounds recorded in a BDSM dungeon and psychiatric hospital, partly created in NY last year; with Frédéric Acquaviva, spatialization and Loré Lixenberg (UK), mezzo-soprano /


Rie Nakajima and Miki Yui (J, GB; J, De)  Monday 17

Accompaniment for A-O-I-E-U              Rie Nakajima meets Miki Yui

found objects, toy-instruments playing with small sounds; real sounds playing with acoustic memories   


Bolsa Ernesto de Sousa, a memorial fellowship named for the Portuguese Intermedia Artist, sponsored by the Luso-Americana Foundation and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, in Lisbon, coordinated by Isabel Alves, presents an intermedia performance by: 

Ana Carvalho (Portugal)Wednesday 19

with Andrea Parkins and Ben Owen - “Refractive composition for live video and sound in two parts” develops from multiple experiments with refraction, where chance is essential in the connection between process and performance, and between structures of collaboration and of creation

Portfolio:; Personal blog:; Vimeo:

Long term project:


Our programs are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts,the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, andthe Phaedrus Foundation 

224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor, N Y 10013       

9pm, unless otherwise advised   212 431 5127, 431 6430 and


On December 20, 5 - 7pm, at White Box, 329 Broome Street, NYC - there will be a book launch for a new book of articles about Phill Niblock, which will include 4 DVDs of video, entitled "Working Title".

The event will be part of: Ear to the Earth, in collaboration with MA.P.S at White Box: 100 x John - A festival of sound and image

In the spirit of the 100th anniversary year of his birth, this festival salutes John Cage for his leadership in what Joel Chadabe called "the great opening up of music to all sounds".

Thursday December 20 -5 - 10pm - opening party; Program:   5-7 - Meet Phill Niblock: Working Title, a book release reception ; 7-10 - Cageian mix; Friday, December 21 - 8pm - multimedia introduction; performances; Saturday, December 22- noon - 10pm - sounds and images; Sunday, December 23 - noon - 10pm - sounds and images and Christmas party


And for the second time in history, Phill Niblock will be at Roulette in Brooklyn on Friday December 21, the Winter Solstice, for six hours of Music and Film/Video – 6pm to 12am

ROULETTE, 509 Atlantic Ave  (and 3rd Ave), Brooklyn, (917) 267-0363

For $10 tickets for this concert, you can book online and use the coupon code - Niblock2012 (it's not case sensitive). You can book until 4pm the day of the concert, and you cannot have this price at the door.

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