hBar, Jeff Kolar, Peter J Woods, Peter Speer


On November first we have an excellent show of sonic performances planned. hBar is on tour in the US from Italy, Peter J Woods will join us from far away Milwaukee, WI debuting new work, Jeff Kolar debuts GSM Buzz, and Peter Speer joins us with excellent new synthesis. This is a night not to miss!



A set of live-electronic structured improvisations for flute and computer based on the theme of quantum mechanics.

The Planck’s constant (written also as symbol “h bar”) represents the energetic discontinuity implicit in all natural phenomena. This inherent granularity is counterintuitive in the everyday world because the energetic quanta are so small to be unobservable.

We choose to explore physics in a set of compositions as guidelines of inspiration. In this first exploratory piece, the game between the sensuous fluidity of the flute and the discrete roughness of the digital sounds are confronted and fused to explore the subtle limits between continuity and discontinuity, between fluidity and steps, between perception and reality, visible and invisible, analogue and digital.

Alberto Novello – Live Digital Processing
Paolo Pascolo – Flute

Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN is a scientist, composer, sound and video artist born in Udine (Italy) in 1977. In his youth, he studied piano and double bass at the Conservatory of Udine, and played electric bass with several Italian bands. In 2002, he graduated in Physics at the University of Trieste (Italy), he then joined his passion for music experimentation and science completing in 2004 the master “Art, Science and Technologies” at the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble (France), under the guidance of J.C. Risset, J.B. Barriere, and C. Cadoz. He was teacher of electronic music composition at the Conservatory Ghedini of Cuneo form 2004 to 2006. From 2004 to 2009 he worked at the Philips Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands in the field of Music Perception and Music Information Retrieval with several publications in international conferences and journals. In 2009 he received a PhD degree at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands). He completed the master of sonology in 2012 with P. Berg and J Ryan. Since 2004 he produced several electronic audio visual pieces, performed in international festivals such as Rewire, Sonic Acts, CMMAS and conferences such as NIME and ICMC. His pieces can be found on his website: jestern.com.

PAOLO PASCOLO is a flute and saxophone player active since 2003 in the field of experimental and improvised music. He played in Italy, Slovenija, Hrvatska, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, England and Germany in jazz and improvised and electroacoustic music such as Devil?Man, Res_et, Phophonix Orchestra, Neokarma Jooklo Sextet, Dob Ensemble and Aghe Clope. He collaborated with Giancarlo Schiaffini, Giorgio Pacorig, Giovanni Maier, Tristan Honsinger, Phil Minton, Kawabata Makoto, Takehishe Kosugi, John Paul Jones, Hartmut Geerken, Daniele D’Agaro, U.T. Ghandi, Piero Bittolo Bon, Enrico Sartori, Francesco Bigoni, Stefano Giust, Matjaz Mancek, Tomaz Grom, Maurizio Abate, Bruno Romani and bands like Improvvirus sound experience and Ronin.
He published records for Palomar records, Qbico, Troglosound, Setola di Maiale and Ghost records. He collaborated also in theater field with Mattatoioscenico, Paolo Fagiolo, Tristan Honsinger and Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He is the cultural director of Dobialab Cultural Centre and of the intercultural exchange project Live‚ Musiche di Sconfine.

Peter J. Woods

Peter J Woods is a musician, playwright and performance artist from Milwaukee, WI. Up until a few years ago, these three areas were kept isolated, performing music under a number of different monikers and with a handful of different bands, writing short absurdists pieces for a number of different theatre companies and doing random bits of street theatre and more structured performance pieces on the side. On top of all of this, he has spent the past eight years promoting DIY experimental arts in Milwaukee under the FTAM productions banner, releasing music from fellow noise musicians and hosting shows across town, including the annual Milwaukee Noise Fest.

Woods will be debuting a brand new work entitled “Museum of Skin and Movement” that focuses on the theme of time destroying identity and combines minimalistic theatrical elements with harsh noise.

Jeff Kolar

Jeff Kolar is an audio artist and curator working in Chicago, USA. His work, described as “speaker-shredding” (HALF LETTER PRESS) and “wonderfully strange” (JOHN CORBETT), includes cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance. Jeff is a FREE103POINT9 Transmission Artist, and also the director of RADIUS, an experimental radio broadcast platform.

Kolar’s (debuting) GSM Buzz is an audible investigation of electromagnetic interference patterns between mobile phones and computer speakers. GSM Buzz captures bursts of electromagnetic radiation when mobile devices connect to cellular towers. The buzzy bursts are a result of overcrowded cellular networks transmitting data in rapid succession, one after the other, every 0.004615 seconds. GSM Buzz explores these synchronized interference patterns as source material. Each track uses a different generation of mobile wireless Internet to manipulate the repeated humming signals. GSM Buzz was produced for the book Totally Relaxed by Nick Ferreira.

Peter Speer

Peter Speer is a musician based out of Chicago.  Using modular synthesizers and oscilloscopes, he creates experimental pieces of audio/visual electronic music.  Examples of recent work can be seen on his website.

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