Be Here Now: “The Conquest of Saturn” @ Grand Street Community Arts, 8/7/10

Grand Street Community Arts in Albany is hosting “The Conquest of Saturn,” an all-day audio art festival beginning at 12noon on Saturday.

The festival is curated and organized by ((audience)), a NYC group dedicated to the advancement of the aural arts and exploring “the cinema as a 21st century concert hall.”

From 12noon to 6pm Saturday, a program of 5.1 surround sound audio artworks – presented as “cinema in the dark” – will be “screened” in the GSCA Gallery. The program (with a running time of 110 minutes) will be repeated three times throughout the afternoon. The immersive experience in cinematic audio will feature works by Jamie Allen, Bryan Jacobs, the Loud Objects, Simona Brinkmann, Uli Schuster, Natasha Barrett, Emmanuel Madan & Anna Friz and Cedric Maridet. Admission is free, and listeners are free to wander in and out of the gallery during the event.

Then from 7pm until late night, ((audience)) will present a concert of improvisational electro-acoustic music featuring Ed Bear & Lea Bertucci (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, electronics), Michael Peters (vocalizations, electronics, grate, light, spring, cymbal, images) and Tianna Kennedy & Friends (cello, electronics, more), in collaboration with surprise guests. Admission to the evening performance is $10.

The evening concert will be recorded for later broadcast on free103point9 / WGXC, which is co-sponsor of “The Conquest of Saturn.”

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