Miha Ciglar, photo courtesy the artist
Miha Ciglar, photo courtesy the artist
Miha Ciglar, No Input Mixing
Originally aired 5/2/11

NOTE TO LISTENERS: Due to the detailed and granular nature of these recordings, headphones are recommended. Computer multimedia speakers are going to fail you in this instance.

In excerpts from a concert recorded live on December 6, 2010, Miha Ciglar performs an improvised set based on a "no input mixing board" feedback concept. This idea is part of a research project being developed at the IRZU center in Slovenia (see below for more), where he and others are working on a method for creating a tactile feedback signal using acoustic pressure waves, i.e. utilizing airborne ultrasound to generate a force field in mid-air that can be sensed in a tactile way. The interface allows a musician to feel the actual sound (its temporal and harmonic texture) and also to mold and shape it with the hands.

Miha Ciglar is an audio engineer and sound artist, working at the intersection of art and technology. Since 2001 he has performed his own compositions for various acoustic instruments, electro-acoustical performances, interactive dance performances, computer music and audiovisual installations at many international arts festivals. In 2008 he founded IRZU – the Institute for Sonic Arts Research in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The institute is operating as a non governmental organization. It is based on an interdisciplinary concept and is carrying out artistic productions in the field of electronic music, audio technology research as well as educational activities. In 2009 and 2010 he organized and curated the sonic arts festival EarZoom, one of IRZU's first major projects.

This program is produced in partnership with Experimental Intermedia Foundation, curated by Phill Niblock.