Brooklyn-based sound artist Ben Vida began performing in Chicago with the minimalist acoustic quartet Town & Country, an influx of artists and improvisers had arrived in the city -- among them Ken Vandermark, Jim O’Rourke and Kevin Drumm. Peaked by an interested in ring modulation, Vida began to shift from acoustic music to synthesis; a particular form of synthesised music that shifted the role of the composer to that of the listener.
Utilising Max/MSP, he became aware of aural phenomenon and how sound is located in space, methods of emanating sound from the human skull, micro tones, spatialisation are all key components of his current work.
The following broadcast incorporates a talk and performance by Ben Vida recorded at Transmission. The talk creates the context of a performance that utilises frequencies to stimulate the bones inside your ear, a "psycho-acoustic trickery" if you will --as heard on his Esstends - Esstends - Esstends release available on PAN. Snippets of compositions in the Musique Concrete mode, using Epicly Later'd as it’s source, and his most recent project building a “boom-car� (which uses specific frequencies to rattle different components of the car) are also a feature.16:30 - 18:00