Award: International Computer Music Conference ICMC2010 AI Selection
"Cellphonia, by Steve Bull and Scot Gresham-Lancaster, is an evolutionary sound work"- Sarah Maslin NY Times
Sing the blues to 212-937-7725. Your unique and heartfelt singing will transform the blues sung by all the other callers. Like a pachinko machine, every call pushes each previous call in the score into a new position that you hear in real-time stream to the installation.
Medium: Automatic software song generation aided by cellphone calls and Internet server.
Bio: Steve Bulll is a mixed-media technology artist whose practice includes graphic and audio computer coding. For the last ten years he has created location-specific narratives and games that explore the social, technological, and creative possibilities of cell phones. Cellphonia, a locative-based karaoke opera cued and performed by the cell phone, has been performed at the ISEA Zero One Festival, Eyebeam, Mobility Music in England, and E.A.T. Revisited at Stevens Institute in collaboration with Scott Gresham-Lancaster, and funded by NYSCA and Experimental TV. Bull was recently commissioned by Target to produce a multi-media event with live text messaging. His text-to-speech layering created a sonic environment that accompanied his live VJ presentation. Additional cell phone art was featured at the Gigantic Art Space, and for the Peter Stuyvesant's Ghost project. He also wrote a manual on subversive uses of the cellphone for WITNESS, a human rights activist organization.
Bio: Scot Gresham-Lancasterl is a composer, performer, instrument designer, sound installation builder and educator with over three decades of professional experience. He is dedicated to research and performance using the expanding capabilities of computer networks to create new environments for musical and cross discipline expression. As a member of the HUB, he is one of the early pioneers of "computer network" music which uses the behavior of interconnected music machines to create innovative ways for performers and computers to interact. He has helped develop a new media form called the "cellphone opera" that leverages modern cellphone networks to create sound installations that change with every new participant phone call. For over two decades, he has worked with multimedia prototyping and user interface theory and its relationship to new markets.
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photo: Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times