The CHIME Studio (Chicago Integrated Media Experimental Studio) is a vital creative space in the Music Department at the University of Chicago. Directed by composer, improviser, and sound artist Sam Pluta, the studio is focused on creativity in the many realms of electronic music and its integration with other media.


CHIMEFest 2020: CIRCULATIONS: Symposium on Live Audio Feedback in Art

The CHIME Studio at the University of Chicago presents CHIMEFest 2020: CIRCULATIONS: Symposium on Live Audio Feedback in Art, a gathering of artists and researchers from around the world working with audio feedback. The symposium will include a number of performances, sound installations, paper presentations, and a keynote address by Dr. Cathy van Eck, professor at the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland, and author of Between Air and Electricity.

Friday, February 28 & Saturday, February 29, 2020

All events are free and open to the public.

All events take place in the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, unless otherwise noted.

All of Friday & Saturday Audio Feedback installations at the MADD Center
Presented in collaboration with Commiserate: New Media Art Festival
• Jason Charney Equivocation
• Sean Russell Hallowell Autocymaticon
• Pétur Eggerts Electronic Music For People & Other Objects: Lyricism

Friday, February 28, 2020

9-10am Check in & coffee

10-11:20am Paper Session 1: Feedback in Context 
• 10:00am Florian Hollerweger: Controlled resonance: A sound engineering perspective on feedback
• 10:40am Ted Gordon: No Idea But In Things: Cybernetics and Materiality in Alvin Lucier’s Music for Solo Performer and Vespers

11:30am-1pm Lunch on own (and visit installations at MADD)

1-3pm Paper Session 2: Feedback in Practice 
• 1pm Sam Pluta: Multi-mapped Neural Networks for Control of Multidimensional Crossfeedback Synthesis Systems
• 1:40pm Ted Moore: Interference Patterns: analysis of interacting feedbacks in “hollow”
• 2:20pm Alexandria Smith: Chaos and Compromise:  Experimentations with Flugelhorn and Feedback

3:30-5pm Keynote Address by Cathy van Eck (Colloquium)
From Mistake to Music: Composing with Acoustic Feedback

5pm Colloquium Reception Penthouse Lobby

5-7pm Dinner on own (and visit installations at MADD)

7-8:30pm Concert 1
• Chris Hadley touch network (with Alex Lough, percussion)
• Kristopher Bendrick Semi-Human//Semi-Sentient
• Joo Won Park Large Intestine
• Scott L. Miller This Strange Fine-Tuning of Our Universe II (with Cole Pulice, saxophone)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

11am Concert 2
• Brett Masteller Warren unsound (with Julie Licata)
• Viola Yip Lazy Studies
• Hunter Brown & Dominic Coles improvisation
• Marcel Zaes Setting #26 (with megaphone ensemble: Alejandro T. Acierto, Darlene Castro, Oliver Hickman, Stephan Moore, Olivia Valentine, Cathy van Eck, and Viola Yip)

12:30-1:30pm Lunch on own (and visit installations at MADD)

1:30-3:30pm Paper Session 3: Ecological Feedback
1:30pm Daniel Belgrad: Ecological Implications of Live Audio Feedback
2:10pm Volker Straebel: When acoustic feedback left the stage
2:50pm Lauren Hayes: Sounding Out Spaces

5:30-7:30pm visit between systems and ground performance Logan 802
by Paula Matthusen & Olivia Valentine

6-7:30pm Reception (with food) Penthouse Lobby

7:30-9pm Concert 3 Penthouse
• Cathy van Eck empty chairs
• Oliver Hickman Sonorous Noise (with laptop orchestra: Jason Charney, Lauren Sarah Hayes, Oliver Hickman, Brett Masteller, Viola Yip, and Marcel Zaes)
• Barry Moon & Doug Nottingham Castaway
• Alejandro Acierto Our proximities are tethered with time