SAIC to host sound-art conference this fall

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David Grubbs
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On November 5 and 6, the sound department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will host an academic conference called Sound Art Theories Symposium; the event is organized by Lou Mallozzi, an adjunct professor at the school and the founder of Experimental Sound Studio. Advance registration will set you back a hundred bucks and individual panels are $20 a pop ($25 if you register on-site), but the list of presenters is impressive enough that I'd consider that a worthwhile investment.

Among those giving talks will be two former Chicagoans: Gastr del Sol cofounder David Grubbs, who's currently an associate professor in the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, and Seth Kim-Cohen (formerly Seth Cohen of Number One Cup and a past Reader contributor under the pen name Warren Sentence), who's a visiting artist in the Sound Area at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the author of In the Blink of an Ear: Toward a Non-Cochlear Sonic Art (Continuum). Also presenting are Christoph Cox, Salomé Voegelin, and Allen S. Weiss.

Several programs that coincide with the conference, all produced by ESS, are free and open to the public. Olivia Block and Joseph Clayton Mills (Haptic) are creating a surround-sound installation at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, which will run from 10 AM-10 PM on Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5. A four-channel installation by Seattle sound artist Steve Peters will be in the middle of its run at the Lincoln Park Conservatory (the latest in ESS's ongoing Florasonic series), and an exhibition of screen prints by Eternals singer Damon Locks, inspired by Sun Ra, will be up at ESS's Audible Gallery the weekend of the conference. Additional performances and exhibitions involving other arts organizations are also expected to come together between now and then.

Today's playlist:

Correction, Two Nights in April (Ayler)
Witch, Introduction (QDK Media)
Rafael Anton Irisarri, The North Bend (Room 40)
Ches Smith & These Arches, Finally Out of My Hands (Skirl)
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Brutalist Bricks (Matador)

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