Other Past Events

LDEO Open House 2014 !

OCTOBER 11, 2014, 10 am – 4 pm, @ LDEO !  

How to get to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory:  http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/news-events/events/open-house

We will again build our 8-channel surround sound system with the shaking floor. We will play sounds and movies that we have developed for the shows at the Hayden Planetarium, of five earthquakes in the last decade (Parkfield CA, M6, 2006; Haiti, M7, 2010; Sumatra, M9.2, 2004; Tohoku, M9.0, 2011; Kamchatka, M8.3, 2013), with new movies of earthquake sequences through time for each of the above regions, and also of data from large arrays of seismometers— all new ways of experiencing seism
ECB_faceic data. New this year, the exhibit will be interactive (!) driven by a device called the “Earthquake Control Box” (made with the incontrovertibly Douglas Repetto). We will also have smaller exhibits on listening to earthquakes in Oklahoma that were caused by human activity (deep injection of wastewater from hydrofracturing), and the ever-popular “BIRTHQUAKES!”, in which you can make a map of the five biggest earthquakes on the day you were born, and then listen to the biggest.




Co-seismic Piano @ “Entertaining Science”
December 1, 2013 – Cornelia Street Cafe


On Sunday December 1, 2013, at 6:00 pm in the West Village, in a small basement theater, a small representation of a large thing will happen. As part of the long-running “Entertaining Science” series organized by Roald Hoffman and David Sulzer at the Cornelia Street Cafe, we (Jason Candler, Jason Moran and Ben Holtzman) will be presenting our collaborative thing (music mingling with a science lecture) entitled “Co-seismic Piano”. Candler and Holtzman have been making sounds and movies using seismic data since 2006, to bring an understanding to people of this natural phenomenon. We have always emphasized the understanding of the natural phenomenon as separate and distinct from the consequences of earthquakes for humanity and people’s lives. In working with Jason Moran to bring music into this picture, we quickly decided to abandon that approach, as humanity is inescapable in music. Instead, we dive in to the question of scale: How can music and earthquake sounds give us a sense of the magnitude of these events relative to the scale of our own lives?  These days, Moran has in mind a piece by Schubert, “Der Doppelgänger”, and an array of Chicago Blues, that lie on some extremities of human experience.  Somehow, when mingling with seismic sounds, they narrate the Earth and a human life before an earthquake, after an earthquake, before the next earthquake…

We will present a musical lecture in three units.

Co-seismic Piano @ “Entertaining Science”
Sunday, December 1, 6:00 pm,
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NY NY 10014


LDEO Open House 2012 – “Hugo”

Open House, October 2012Here’s our setup for the LDEO Open House 2012 exhibit. It was the first show for Hugo, The Machine, a road case filled with all the necessary hardware for 16 channel out, including a Mac Mini, a digital interface, four 4-channel car stereo amplifiers, 16-channel powered out and 8-channel unpowered outs.  Last summer, we built the Machine and the 16 little speakers, 8 of which are hanging from the ceiling … (Photo: Helen Janiszewski, LDEO)