Viral symphOny

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Full viral symphOny cover: art by Joseph Nechvatal

viral symphOny is a collaborative electronic noise music symphony created by the digital artist Joseph Nechvatal.[1][2] It was created between the years 2006 and 2008 using custom artificial life C++ software based on the viral phenomenon model.[3] It is 1 hour and 40 minutes in length.[4]

Awards[edit]

  • viral symphOny was chosen as prize winner at the 9th Festival Internacional de Investigación Artística de Valencia, After The Net, 5–29 June 2008, Valencia, Spain [5]
  • viral symphOny was voted #2 in the top ten at free103.9 radio in 2007
  • SoundLAB VI selected artist: Joseph Nechvatal

Movements[edit]

  • Movement 1 : the enthrOning (28.10 min)
  • Joseph Nechvatal : original concept viral structures
  • Matthew Underwood : nano, micro, meso and macro structures
  • Andrew Deutsch : meso and macro structures
  • Stephane Sikora : C++ programming
  • Steven Mygind Pedersen : IEA project technician
  • Movement 2 : murmuring tOngue Of Ovid (20.53 min)
  • Joseph Nechvatal : original concept, viral structures, & synthesizer
  • Matthew Underwood : nano, micro, meso and macro structures
  • Stephane Sikora : C++ viral programming
  • Ovid's Metamorphosis : text
  • Jane Lawrence Smith : voice
  • Movement 3 : pastOral pleasures (12.08 min)
  • Joseph Nechvatal : original concept, viral structures, and text
  • Matthew Underwood : nano, micro, meso and macro structures
  • Stephane Sikora : C++ programming
  • Movement 4 : viractual terminate (10.10)
  • Joseph Nechvatal : original mix concept
  • Matthew Underwood : nano, micro, meso and macro structures
  • Andrew Deutsch : meso and macro structures
  • Stephane Sikora : C++ programming
  • Kevin Harkins: orchestration for percussion, didgeridoo, piano, violin and strings
  • pOstmOrtem (28:10)
  • Joseph Nechvatal : original mix concept
  • Matthew Underwood : nano, micro, meso and macro structures
  • Andrew Deutsch meso and macro structures Stephane Sikora : C++ programming
  • Kevin Harkins: orchestration for String Section (Violins, Cello and Bass), Dijeridoo, E-pad (sort of harmonium-ish) Air Pizz (hammered calliope, sometimes including the hammered operator), Grand Piano, Orchestral Percussion Section, English Horn, Bassoon, Harp and Horn Section (French Horns, Trumpets, Trombone)

Performance history[edit]

  • viral symphOny was re-mastered into 5.1 surround sound and presented as an immersive concert on April 12, 2012 at Harvestworks in New York City [6]
  • Gen Ken Montgomery performed and recorded 3 pOstmOrtems (for Robert Rauschenberg) - an adaptation of the last movement from viral symphOny - as part of his Generator Sound Art exhibition held at Audio Visual Arts gallery (AVA) in New York City on October 3rd, 2013.
  • The complete viral symphOny was performed as the soundtrack to a digital art projection by Joseph Nechvatal (in collaboration with Stephane Sikora) on April 28, 2012 at Galerie Richard in New York.
  • The complete viral symphOny was performed at Diapason at 882 Third Avenue, Brooklyn New York on Friday February 13, 2009
  • viral symphOny is downloadable for free at www.archive.org
  • The first three movements of the viral symphOny net broadcast by WebSYNradio four times a day from September 30 to October 7, 2010.[2]
  • Web published in 2010 its entirety as part of the W2F Festival [3]
  • Viral Concerto by Rhys Chatham (based on the viral symphOny) was performed at Galerie Richard (Paris) on September 26, 2010 [4]
  • The complete viral symphOny was performed as the soundtrack to a digital art projection by Joseph Nechvatal (in collaboration with Stephane Sikora) on September 26, 2010 at Galerie Richard in Paris.[7]

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