Archives for May 2014

“this machine breathes to the rhythms of its own heartbeat” premieres in NYC and Montreal.

“this machine breathes to the rhythms of its own heartbeat” is a new piece for solo piano, electronics, and two surface transducers, commissioned by NYC-based pianist Vicky Chow with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The world premiere will take place at Spectrum on May 23, 2014, followed by the Canadian premiere at Cafe Resonance, Montreal QC, on May 24th. Some details below, and recordings coming soon!
NYC show: 19h, $15, Spectrum @ 121 Ludlow St, NYC. Featuring Vicky Chow (piano), Ian Rosenbaum (percussion), Florent Ghys (bass), performing works by Adam Basanta, John Luther Adams, Nik Bärtsch, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, and Andy Akiho.

Montreal show: 21h30, $5-10, Cafe Resonance @ 5175A av du Parc. Also featuring Vicky Chow (piano), Felix Del Tredici (augmented trombone) + Christian Smith (percussion), Ensemble Wapiti (Daniel Anez, piano; Genevieve Liboiron, violin), Krista Martynes (bass clarinet), performing works by Marianna Rocca,  Wolf Edwards, and Adam Basanta.

“memory is the residue of thought”, solo CD, released on Kohlenstoff Records

Happy to announce my first solo CD: “memory is the residue of thought”, is out now on Kohlenstoff Records.

The CD features my electroacoustic compositions ranging between 2009-2014. It can be purchased from me in person, or online via the Kohlenstoff store.

The cover is based on an art work (cassette tape made of styrofoam) by Hello Jenka,

Invisible Lines wins the 2014 Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists

Happy to announce that the collaboration installation  Invisible Lines (Adam Basanta + Julian Stein) won the 2014 Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists!

The work will be presented as part of a show at the Edith-Russ-Haus fur Mediakunst, Oldenburg, Germany in September 2014.

“The jury has unanimously decided to present Edith-Russ-Haus Awards for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda-Bank 2014, each of which includes prize money to the amount of €3,000 and participation in an exhibition, to the following artists:

Adam Basanta & Julian Stein, Invisible Lines, 2013 – Sound installation
Axel Straschnoy, Kilpisjärvellä, 2012 – 4k full-dome film, 17’00” (planetarium)

The work Invisible Lines by the two Montreal-based sound artists and composers Adam Basanta and Julian Stein impressed the jury with the clarity of its uniting an apparent acoustic malfunction (microphone feedback) to become a multilayered sound and spatial composition. In this installation, six speakers and six microphones are situated opposite each other in a fixed order. Using software developed specifically for this purpose, the feedback loops and oscillating processes that are produced are held in a permanently changing yet self-regulating field of tension made up of chaotic structures (instability) and ordered structures (stability). This gives rise to a complex instrument from what is initially a simple arrangement that both plays with the expectations of viewers or listeners and at the same time baffles them in its nearly virtuoso intricacy as a composition.”