One of the most striking parts of the week-long series was Gabriela creating a new dadaist poem from scratch, via a score written by Tristan Tzara a hundred years ago, in 1920. The photos and videos here show part of the process of creating that new poem, and you can see more about it, along with the rest of the week’s traces, in the post that we put on Medium about Remote Voices: https://medium.com/@kovacsodoherty/remote-voices-61cf99d104fe
With a computer and speakers set up in the main space of bb15, Gabriela has undertaken a text-based intervention or activation each day since the beginning of April. This has included scores and texts from, among others, Yoko Ono, Kazimir Malevich, and Tristan Tzara. Each of these interventions has in turn created layers — both sonic and visual — in the daily slices recorded and archived by Minute/Year.
As part of the recovery, he also confirmed that the LES-1 is still going strong up there, beeping down at us from 2,800 kilometres above our heads. Read more here: https://skyriddles.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/the-recovery-of-les-5/ 🛰
And if you’re curious about Signal Tide, there’s plenty about that here: http://www.signaltide.com/
Here are a couple of archival pictures of the the LES-5, prior to launch, along with a couple of screenshots that were posted by Scott Tilley on Twitter — he’s https://twitter.com/coastal8049 over there — of the process of recovering the signal from the satellite. As part of the recovery, he also confirmed that the LES-1 is still going strong up there, beeping down at us from 2,800 kilometres above our heads.
We were excited to hear this news because throughout 2017, we went hunting for satellites — specifically, the LES-1, the first in the LES series, launched in 1965. This was the research that preceded Signal Tide, the sound and extraterrestrial radio installation that we presented at the LACMA Art+Technology Lab in September 2017, using live signals from the LES-1. Perhaps now we can start trying to get the two satellites to do a little singing duet… 🎶
LES-5 is alive! Signals from the LES-5 satellite, launched in 1967, were discovered last month by Scott Tilley, a Canadian amateur astronomer and satellite-hunter. The satellite is now believed to be the oldest-known functioning geostationary satellite. The LES-5 was the fifth of a series of nine satellites that were launched by the US Air Force from 1965 to 1976.
The resonant frequencies of the room are the only sounds left, creating a series of minute-long drones that shift and blur as they are re-played and re-recorded each day. Without further activities occurring in the space, they will slowly quieten over time, awaiting the re-emergence of some kind of normality on the downward slope of the outbreak curve. Which might be in… May? September? Right now we have no idea. But the drones keep going. You can see them each day on http://www.minuteyear.com. 🎶
Since the middle of March, Austria has been in national lockdown in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This has meant that Minute/Year — currently installed in bb15, Linz — has been continuing its daily task of playing and recording sound, but for now, this process is happening in an empty and unused room. This video shows the result of that process, over the last nine days — both the sounds created, and also a grid of the accompanying spectrogram images.
Happy new year. The fifth annual iteration of Minute/Year began this week. And, as in previous years, the change of the year also brings a change in location. In 2020, Minute/Year is installed at bb15, in Linz, Austria. From January 1. until December 31., 2020, the work will record one minute of audio, at 8:20pm — or, 20:20 — each day.
Take a look at more about the work at www.minuteyear.com or more about bb15 at www.bb15.at ... 🌺
A quick time-lapse of the ongoing assembly of the ‘Minute/Year: Four Years’ wall mural at grüntaler9 — showing all the data recorded in the space so far this year, covering one of the walls. Come along to see the finished work from tomorrow on (Thursday Nov. 28.–Sunday Dec. 1., daily 4pm–9pm). Details here: http://www.gruentaler9.com 🌺
We’ve added the latest spectrogram images to the grid in the window at grüntaler9. The accompanying large-scale wall mural is also in the making (more on that later!) — so come along on Thursday or over the weekend and take a look... all the info is here: https://www.field-notes.berlin/en/programm/41102/minute-year-four-years
New spectrogram-grid images just back from the printer. Now to slice them all neatly up. Come see them in grüntaler9 next week — all the info is here: https://www.field-notes.berlin/en/programm/41102/minute-year-four-years 🎶
Yesterday’s walk was from St. Josef in Weißensee, all the way along Greifswalderstraße back to Mitte. We were up early for the 9am bell, and it was added in with the three previous ones. Here is part of how it looks in the space at the moment, with the bells and their accompanying polaroid images. Today we’ll be fetching the bell from Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche on Hauptstraße in Schöneberg. If you’d like to walk with us, we’ll be there at noon. #carriedbells 🔔🔔🔔🔔
New flyers, new maps, new images... on old, old walls. Doing a few final tweaks at Hosek Contemporary for tonight...
Thanks a million to Kris, and thanks to Teena and grüntaler9 for being an amazing place for allowing this kind of thing to happen. There is more Kris Slyka at slyka.net, more grüntaler9 at www.gruentaler9.com — and we’ll have more Minute/Year news for you all soon. 💥
The week-long structure of the intervention also means that the whole recording neatly fills up the most recent episode of the Minute/Year podcast. So check your podcast app for the latest (or if you’re not subscribed yet then search in your podcast app for “minute year” and you’ll find it). And else take a look at www.minuteyear.com to hear and see all the individual recordings and spectrogram images that were created as a result.
The video above shows some brief excerpts of how it all looked — and here is the grid of the resulting spectrogram images that were created.
Volume up… Over the last week, Kris Slyka has been undertaking an intervention in Minute/Year, adding seven layers of sound, in series, from Monday, 12. August, through to yesterday evening (Sunday, 18. August). The seven separate one-minute performances are based around guitar drones, loops, and e-bow tones, and they all build on each other through the sound-layering action of Minute/Year, creating a single outcome spread over different recordings on subsequent days.
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