Eyebeam / GAFFTA Sound Research Panel

Next Wednesday, August 3rd, I will be a part of a panel launching the new Grey Area Foundation for the Arts/Eyebeam Sound Research Meetup. We’ll be discussing a range of advanced audio projects in spatialization and multichannel presentations from perspectives of both composition and technical logistics. I’ll be talking about the Recombinant Media Labs’ Cinechamber, the Laoban Soundsystem, Virtual Reality systems, and interactive installations; it should be a vibrant discussion.

I’m delighted to be joined by Roddy Schrock, Marc Weidenbaum, and Luc Meier for this first of many discussions on advanced sound at Gray Area. We’d be happy to see you there.

Date: Wednesday, August 3rd
Times: 6pm – 8pm
Cost: $5 – $20 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Location: GAFFTA, 998 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94131


Calling all San Francisco audiophiles! Join us August 3rd for the first rendition of the GAFFTA/Eyebeam Sound Research Meetup. Come share your experience, ask questions, and learn about what other sound researchers in the Bay Area area are working on.

This will be a joint presentation of Eyebeam and GAFFTA showcasing current works and research from the Eyebeam Sound Research Group and San Francisco-based sound artists/theorists/hackers/etc…Our goal is to present current work in a collaborative manner through a process-oriented, wide-spectrum meeting. Both Eyebeam and GAFFTA share many interest areas of art, technology, sound and working ethos.

There will be a panel after a series of short presentations moderated by Luc Meier of SwissNex. The panel will discuss topics such as what goes into curating a a piece of sound art, performance capabilities in a multichannel environment, sound localization in 3D space, ambisonics vs. other playback systems, netlabel culture, and psychoacoustics.

Feel free to bring your questions, ideas, and research to the open discussion that will ensue after the panel.

6:00pm – 6:45pm : Presentations

6:45pm – 7:15pm : Panel

7:15pm – 8:00pm : Open Discussion



Roddy Schrock, formerly of Tokyo-based noise unit Tog, makes digital music and sound art. His work has been presented at ShoboShobo Festival, Ostrava New Music Days, Theater Poo Shinjuku, Sonic Circuits Festival, Signal Flow Festival, Tokyo Improv. Festival, San Francisco MOMA, SoundScrape, MATA NYC Festival, Spasibar Oslo, Zentrale Randlage Berlin, Kuunstvlai Festival Amsterdam, Hammer Museum, Deitch Art Parade, SuperDeluxe Tokyo, and Art Miami Basel. He studied at Mills College, primarily with Alvin Curran and Fred Frith with post-grad studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He is a co-founder of Kunsole (wildly pragmatic avant-pop sound + image + performance collective).

As a cultural worker, Schrock is Associate Director: Creative Residencies at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.

Marc Weidenbaum founded Disquiet.com (a website about the intersection of sound, art, and technology) in 1996. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, Down Beat, and NewMusicBox.org, among other publications. He founded Tower Records’ first web publication, co-founded its classical music magazine, and has executive-produced remixes for Tabletmag.com. Comics he’s edited have appeared in Adrian Tomine’s Scrapbook, Justin Green’s Musical Legends, and other books.

Marc will be discussing “Sound as Commentary: Recent Experiments in the Netlabel Remix Community.”


Barry Threw is a technologist working to enable digital artwork. He develops systems and tools for rich immersive and interactive media experience; combining sound, video, network, and audience interactions. He has a background in engineering and composition with a dual major in Music Production & Engineering, and Music Synthesis, from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA; and an MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media from Mills College in Oakland, CA. He is the software director for Keith McMillen Instruments, a Berkeley CA based company developing advanced technology to bridge string instruments with the computer. In addition, he is a technician and software designer with Recombinant Media Labs, the premiere surround cinema presentation facility based San Francisco, CA. He also serves on the board of directors for the BEAM Foundation; a Berkeley, CA non-profit foundation seeking to spark a new Western classical music movement based on the technologies and aesthetics of the 21st century. Barry serves the Gray Area Foundation with technical consultation for the arts exhibitions presented at their gallery spaces and events.


Luc Meier is the Interdisciplinary Programs Manager at swissnex San Francisco, a Swiss knowledge outpost for science, education, art and innovation.