Category: Thoughts

The Buchla400

When Kent arrived in the Santa Clarita valley in 1994, CalArts was only just re-opening after the Northridge Quake.  The electronic music studios were declared a total loss and needed re-building.  David Rosenboom tasked Kent to work closely with Tom Erbe to reconstruct a modern digital recording studio and media arts laboratories.  In the six weeks before the fall semester…

ObjectiveC code poetry

One of our current ventures is making us explore the world of laser cutters.. Kent’s ObjectiveC in the audio editing tool LiveBetterSuite is being given a poetic treatment. Handwritten by jana°,  it is then transferred by laser onto the disused wooden shelves from the 200 year old W3rkH0f where our art is created. Line_code poetry          …

We are line_code

We often get asked what we do, how we explain our media arts made @ the w3rkhof,  aka W3rkH0f media arts: Kent is a highly experienced coder, with a distingushed career both in coding for computer music composition for renowned computer media artists as well as commercial tools (such as the Vokator, Spektral Delay, and Reaktor from Native Instruments and many others) See…

Gerald Bennett from ICST

We were privileged this last Saturday to be attending a very special 75th birthday party. Gerald Bennett, composer and co-founder of several music institutions, including ICEM (International Confederation of Electroacustic Music), SZCM (Swiss Institute for Computer Music) and the ICST computer music department at the Zurich school of applied arts (ZHdK) where he was also the director until 2007. His…

Vintage microphone restoration

Kent’s recent visit to his parents attic in Pennsylvania USA unearthed an exciting relic from the 1940’s. A couple of industrial microphones that would have originally been installed in a factory or a coal mine for staff announcements. The slim long one is a Lafayette, the other is a Shure Brothers Fat Boy. They are very very dirty inside and…

the 150yr old blacksmiths workshop

..and how it became the topic of our next audio/visual composition “Treibenreif”: Shortly after moving to the Klettgau, a remote valley on the northern Swiss border, we were wandering around our idyllic medieval village of Neunkirch when we first bumbled upon the old blacksmith shop. As chance would have it, the door was open and we entered into what seemed…

finally, the promo shot

We are very busy assembling our prototypes for our upcoming concerts, one in September and one in October. Finally, we managed to produce our promo shot – “all about the bees”. The 3 new works we are developing are composed of various field recordings and photographs, – the long awaited 150 year old smithy (Treibenreif) , – the Zäuerle und…