Major Sound Series

This season, HCL has invited three music ensembles to develop their work in a series of workshop showings centered around the exploration and presentation of new sound. Combining elements of installation, video, sculpture, electronics and movement, each of these artist, in their own way, seeks to uncover unique territories that engage the listener in a new definition of sound.

Good Willsmith

Good Willsmith will use their time at HCL to explore the physical, temporal and referential properties of sound, by designing and executing live performances within a series of thematic structures.  Because the group’s sound is rooted in seemingly “static” drones and sustained tones, simple variations in the acoustic properties of the performance space, the instrumentation, and the sound sources sampled can yield seismic changes in the “outcome” of each new performance.  With this sonic dynamism in mind, each group member will use rehearsal time at HCL to incorporate new instruments and sound sources (tape machines, analog synthesizers, digital samplers, unique noisemakers) into live performances meant to exist within specific spaces / conceptual headspaces of HCL. These rehearsals will culminate in a showcase performance in which the space’s physical constraints (across three floors) will be exploited to their maximum…read more at their page.

Sound RoomSound Room

Sound Room is a collaboration between Chicago based composers/ sound artists Kyle Vegter, Ryan Ingebritsen, and Daniel Dehaan.

Using custom built software and a complex, multi-channel speaker system they will create a unique and intuitive three dimensional sound spatialization system, specifically tuned to the acoustic nuances of the High Concept Laboratories space.

Once this system is in place, the three composers will work to uncover the full range of methods by which such a system can be used to create meaningful, sonic experience. Along the way, they’ll invite artists and musicians from across disciplines to engage with the system in a series of improvisation sessions focused on exploring it as a creative provocation…read more at their page.

NbNNbN Trio

While in residence at High Concept Laboratories, NbN (Nora Barton, Billie Howard, Nomi Epstein) will prepare material for an evening-length performance entitled AMBEDO. The ensemble will explore sonic relationships between instruments and develop new sound ideas through improvisation in response to the unique architectural design of HCL. NbN will also begin work on a new multimedia project with projection, lighting, and sculpture. In an age of fast-paced media and immediate satisfaction, NbN’s goal is to heighten awareness of the most quiet aspects of sight and sound by encouraging the audience to become absorbed by sensory details……read more at their page.