Wave Field Synthesis at Harvestworks in 2020

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Later in 2020, I will be working on a Workspace Residency at Harvestworks, one of New York City’s longest-running electronic arts centers. I’ll be building a small wave field synthesis array and using it to develop my own compositions as well as to work with other artists in developing their own work. Here’s what the Harvestworks website says about it:

“Mike Bullock is designing and building a Wave Field Synthesis (WFS) system that will be portable and flexible. Wave field synthesis (WFS) is a spatial audio technology that places virtual sound sources in real space with a high degree of precision, using anywhere from a dozen to hundreds of small speakers in a linear array. Mike will continue researching, refining, and building WFS systems, and invite composers and artists to explore the system. To the listener, the synthesized source sounds “real” no matter where the listener sits. Listeners can perceive musical instruments as if they were in the presence of real musicians, or take a walk inside a highly realistic natural environment.

“Mike Bullock is a composer, improviser, visual artist, and writer based in Western Massachusetts. Bullock has been performing since the mid-90s at venues across the US and in Europe, including Fylkingen in Stockholm, Sweden; Instants Chavirés in Paris; Café OTO in London; Experimental Intermedia and ISSUE Project Room in New York City; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and EMPAC in Troy, NY. In June 2015, Bullock received a Performance Grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. Bullock is an Ambassador for The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV] and also serves as the KREV Minister of Fine Noise and Light.

“Funding for this program was provided in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, mediaThe foundation inc and Friends of Harvestworks.”

Mysterious photo by Linda Gale Aubry.

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