ADAM BARKER-MILL’S “MODEL FOR AHLEN” IN DIALOGUE WITH SOUND ARTIST MATT ROGALSKY’S WORK “RESONATE (TONES)”

FRIDAY 10 MARCH, 2017 5 PM - 7PM

ADAM BARKER-MILL’S “MODEL FOR AHLEN” IN DIALOGUE WITH SOUND ARTIST MATT ROGALSKY’S WORK “RESONATE (TONES)”
On the occasion of the closing of Adam Barker-Mill’s exhibition “Model for Ahlen”, Bartha Contemporary is delighted to host a one-off performance of the sonic piece “Resonate (Tones)” by sound artist Matt Rogalsky, the performance will accompany a special program of Adam Barker-Mill’s light work.

Resonate (Tones) (1996)
Recorded as a live improvisation, the dense textures of this piece are generated by playing hundreds or thousands of notes per second, in eight different layers, using homemade software. The densities and volumes of the layers are controlled by the performer, while the choice of harmonic combinations can be strictly controlled or left to chance. In the recording you’ll hear the moments where the dice are rolled to get a new harmonic structure: the system unbalances for a few turbulent seconds and then finds new footing. All the sounds in this piece are from a 1990s-era orchestral sample playback module, and there is a companion piece Resonate (Noise) which uses the same module but focuses only on non-pitched orchestral instruments.

Matt Rogalsky
Matt Rogalsky’s work in sonic arts includes focus on live electroacoustic music performance, intermedia installation, and study/recreation of late-20th century live electronic music works by other composers. His installation work has most recently been shown at Université de Laval Gallery (Québec 2016), the Asunción Biennial (Paraguay 2015), the Electric Eclectics Festival (Ontario 2016 and 2014), Supercrawl (Hamilton 2015), and Mercer Union (Toronto 2013). Most recent performances include Canadian dates in 2017 with the duo Sound of the Mountain. He teaches at Queen’s University (Kingston Ontario) where he is Director of the Sonic Arts Studio in the Dan School of Drama and Music.

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