Stepper Choir: M72 P1 / Music of the Spheres

08.12 — 21.12 / 2017

Ezra Teboul presents the project he created during a two month residency at Sporobole. This international artist residency comes from an agreement between the “Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec” and the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.

Ezra J. Teboul is an artist and writer exploring the compositional potential of material decay and the history of homemade electronic music instruments. He has a B.A. from Hampshire College, an A.M. from Dartmouth College, and is currently a PhD student at RPI. He has a tape with Karl Hohn under the name _Passive Tones_ available at the Afternoons Modelling label, and has had pieces at Silo City, Moogfest and Acht Bruecken with various collaborators. He has composed soundtracks for the short films Refuge and Fetishes, and has published in the International Journal of Zizek Studies, the Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music(Springer), and Making Things and Drawing Boundaries (University of Minnesota Press). He was researcher in residence at Signal Culture in May

Project description:

Printers contain motors which produce controllable pitches as the printer nozzle travels within the small space. During this residency, I will first compose a series of small etudes exploring the musical structures produced by the printing of simple patterns, shapes and structures on 3D and 2D printers. I will then develop approaches to amplifying and spatializing the sounds of these motors in a 3D audio space, so that the location of the sound in the space reflects where the printing head is within the printing space. Finally, I will work on composing longer pieces which take advantage of the nature of this unique instrument and its complementary listening environment and attempt to answer the following question: with these tools, can one compose music by designing shapes? Ezra Teboul