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Michael Masaru Flora – Dynamical Systems for Twelve Loudspeakers
November 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$10
MICHAEL MASARU FLORA – DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS FOR TWELVE LOUDSPEAKERS
sound performance (première)
Minneapolis based artist Michael Masaru Flora presents the première of Dynamical Systems for Twelve Loudspeakers, a computer-generated 12-channel sound piece in the 2800 sq ft gallery space of Co Exhibitions, Minneapolis. Inspired by systems from the natural world, the work examines the emergent sonic behavior that arises from the intersection of science, mathematics, music, and art.
Dynamical Systems for Twelve Loudspeakers stems from research into generative approaches to composition. The work uses processes exhibited in such natural phenomena as weather patterns, the flow of water, animal population dynamics, and structure of coastlines as conceptual starting points. Through computer sound synthesis and multiple loudspeakers the performance abstracts and redefines the exhibition space through sound.
Michael Masaru Flora is an artist working primarily with sound in various contexts. Within the intersections of art, music, science, and mathematics he creates work that examines sonic morphology, spatialization, and human perception. His practice includes installation, performance, recording, and curation as well as numerous collaborations with artists in the fields of visual arts, dance, performance, and transdisciplinarity. He is the founder and co-organizer of Nada, a platform for promoting subversive musics and contemporary sound works. He is a 2019 recipient of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (USA), 2016 Jerome Foundation Grant from 416 Commissions (USA), and has received commissions from various artists working in performance and the visual arts. Flora presented work at Stanford University’s CCRMA – Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (USA), St Cloud State University (USA), as well as clubs, galleries, theatres, warehouses, and universities throughout North America.
Michael Flora is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.