Harvest is being presented as part of Sound>Walk>Berlin, the sound in urban space program of the 2021 Monat der Zeitgenössischen Musik Festival (Month of Contemporary Music Festival 2021).
Development and presentation of Harvest has been supported by Musikfonds.

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Once the performers meet, the loops are ended, and the work is complete.

The audience of the work are at the performers’ meeting-point. At the beginning, they can hear the original four bells ringing in the distance. Over the course of the work, as the performers walk, the looped recorded sound slowly approaches them, shifting from background sound to foreground, from distant sound to immediate, and from source sound to recorded.

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Harvest is a gathering of four bells.

Harvest is a score-based work for four performers, outdoors. The sound of ringing bells from four different locations in Kreuzberg are simultaneously recorded, when they begin to ring at 6pm. These recordings are then re-played in a loop by the performers. They then start to walk towards each other, through the streets of the city. As they converge, the sounds of the four recordings combine, creating an ephemeral acoustic gathering.

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Date and time: Saturday, September 25., 2021, 5:45pm sharp
Location: Görlitzer Park, in the middle of the bowl
Admission: Free
Performers: Natal Igor Dobkin, Shiran Eliaserov, Kata Kovács, Chia-Liang Lai

Where exactly? Why, here: openstreetmap.org/#map=19/52.4

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Hi. We have a new piece, called Harvest. We’ll be presenting it in Kreuzberg this coming Saturday, September 25., as part of the Sound>Walk>Berlin series.

kovacsodoherty.com/work/harves

The event will also feature live sets by Błażej Kotowski and Daphne Xanthopoulou, where they will use the recordings from Minute/Year in 2020 as material for remixing and repurposing. And we will be giving a talk about Minute/Year — specifically about time-based ‘streaks’ as an unexpected visual outcome formed by the spectrogram images generated by Minute/Year.

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The event, “Listening Back: Minute/Year 2020,” will be the release event for a new limited-edition tape, “Minute/Year 2020,” compiled and curated by Gabriela Gordillo and Sebastian Six from the recordings generated by the durational installation Minute/Year throughout 2020 (when, as you might remember, the work was installed and running in bb15).

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This Friday, 3. September, at bb15 in Linz, we will be giving at talk, releasing a tape, and getting remixed. Let’s explain...

We are very grateful to have been asked to be among the participants. We recorded our contributions last month, in a couple of nicely-resonant rooms in Friedrichshain Nordkiez. It looked a bit like this.

vimeo.com/547633816

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This Friday, May 14th 2021, will be the ninetieth birthday of Alvin Lucier. To celebrate, ISSUE Project Room in New York will be presenting a 26-hour live-stream, in which ninety artists will each present a version of his iconic 1969 work, ‘I am Sitting in a Room.’

issueprojectroom.org/event/i-a

Our intention for our research on the M-Bahn line, together with other lines from different eras of rail transport in Berlin and Brandenburg, is to juxtapose our documentation of these routes with machine-learning generated audio of non-existent trains—thus combining the physical routes of these now-absent trains with an accompaniment of nonexistent, computer-imagined sound.

kovacsodoherty.com/work/other-

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As part of the research for ‘Other Trains,’ we re-traced the modern route of the M-Bahn track, now utterly transformed by the development of Potsdamer Platz and the surrounding areas over the last three decades.

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Construction on this line began in the centre of Berlin in 1983, and had just opened for testing in 1989 when the Berlin wall came down, rendering the entire project obsolete overnight. In the end, the line only ran as an open part of the city’s transport network for a grand total of two weeks, in July 1991, before closing for good. Here are a couple of impressions from this week, along with an excerpt from one of the original promotional videos for the line.
vimeo.com/547218668

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Now that the Berlin weather has finally gotten a little bit less wintry, we are back on the hunt for the traces of abandoned railway routes. Last week, it was the Berlin M-Bahn, one of the world’s earliest magnetic-levitation train routes.

Minute/Year flyers just got back from the printers. Also got added to the row on the wall. Year six.

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