Adam Basanta carte blanche + Jen Reimer/Max Stein/Adam Basanta @ Free Arts Space, Helsinki

Excited to perform light+sound with my friends Jen Reimer + Max Stein in former bunker in Helsinki, followed by a carte blanche of my recent electroacoustic works.

Presented by Äänen Lumo, Tuesday August 5, 2014 @ Vapaan Taiteen Tila Vilhovuorenkuja 16, 00500 Helsinki, Finland

Doors open 7pm. Performances begin 8pm. Free entry.

Adam Basanta audio-visual set @ Norberg Festival, July 26 2014

Excited to perform at Mimerlaven – an abandoned mine building in Norberg, Sweden – as part of the closing night of the Norberg Festival, Scandinavia’s premiere experimental audiovisual festival. I will perform using 12 light bulbs and 14.1 channel sound system spread out throughout the building.

for more details see  the festival website or my artist page

Residency at EMS

I will be starting a 2 week residency at the EMS studios in Stockholm, looking forward to developing some new projects!

“when you’re looking for something, all you can find is yourself” awarded honorary mention in the PIARS Sonic Arts Awards.

when you’re looking for something, all you can find is yourself” was awarded an Honorary Mention in the Soundscapes category of the 2014 PIARS Sonic Arts Awards in Rome, Italy. Congrats to the winners, press release here.

“Three Myths of Liberalism” selected for the Urban Solar Audio Plant sound installation in Berlin.

“Three Myths of Liberalism” will be one of the pieces by a 12 channel outdoor solar-powered sound installation by the C60 Collaboratorium. For information on shows, go to the USAP site. To listen to “Three Myths of Liberalism”, click here.

“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.”


“when you’re looking for something, all you can find is yourself” reviewed in the Georgia Straight

The composition was singled out very positively in the review by Alexander Varty:

“…a high point… voices embedded within a near-symphonic surround-sound matrix of electronically treated environmental sound… [The piece…] eschewed narrative in favour of an impressionistic flow—a strategy that nicely depicts a region shrouded in raincoast mist, where time itself hangs suspended…. constantly shifting, immersive atmosphere…”

click here to read the review of the entire event.

New work and installations at Cluster New Music + Integrated Art Festival 2014

I will be travelling to Winnipeg, MB to participate in the 2014 edition of Cluster New Music + Integrated Art Festival,  March 1-9, 2014.

As part of the festival, I will present the installations Invisible Lines (collaboration with Julian Stein) and Room Dynamics, as well as premiere a new work for 5 performers and controlled feedback entitled gently contained but slowly spilling outwards, long and flat.

I will also be giving a talk at the University of Manitoba and participating in a composer panel, so come say hi at the festival (which features many other fascinating artists!) or related events.

Detailed schedule coming soon, but for now refer to