Thursday, April 30, 2009

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Rafael Toral, The Space Program | Friday, May 8th, 8 PM

Rafael Toral, The Space Program 
Friday, May 8, 8 PM 

EMPAC welcomes Portuguese artist and musician Rafael Toral.

Known best for his masterpiece of avant-rock guitar, Wave Field, Toral has collaborated with such innovators as Sonic Youth, Jim O'Rourke and John Zorn.

In his newest works, The Space Program, Toral uses physical gestures to control oscillators, acoustic feedback, and filters, creating invisible instruments in the air.

Toral constructs a unique relationship between performing and sound materials. This isn't just mouse clicking and screen staring, but an exhilarating post-free-jazz electronic musical language.

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Thursday + Friday, April 30 + May 1

EMPAC will keep its doors open until 10 PM on Thursday and Friday to provide a space in the cafe for studying and group meetings. Complimentary coffee will be available to get those synapses firing, and proximity to the concert hall will almost certainly increase the grade of the projects being worked on... Good luck on all your final projects, papers, and tests from all of us @ EMPAC.

The Art of Science – The Science of Art 
Monday + Tuesday, May 11 + 12, 9 AM 

A superb group of speakers will explore connections among technology, science, and the arts at the upcoming Ninth Annual RPI Colloquium on Teaching and Learning (in the EMPAC Theater). Speakers include Roger Reynolds, the Pulitzer prize-winning composer and pioneer of digital technology and music; Andrea Halpern, a cognitive psychologist exploring how the brain, memory and music work; Marina Wallace, director of Universal Leonardo; and science writer Michael Balter on the origins of symbolism and art. Rensselaer researchers will also share recent innovations in telematic music, virtual environments and augmented reality. Lunch will be provided in EMPAC's Evelyn's café. The first day concludes with a reception and chamber music by the Perfect Duo. 

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