A Networked Installation and Performance
By Eli Keszler
Commissioned by Turbulence.org in partnership with ISSUE Project Room
Co-Presented by Eyebeam Art and Technology Center
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L-Carrier, a work by Eli Keszler
June 7-23, 2012
Turbulence.org and Eyebeam

Composer-percussionist Eli Keszler transformed Eyebeam Art and Technology Center's Project Space with L-Carrier, a large-scale, mechanical stringed instrument that immersed audiences in rich harmonies and sparse, multi-directional rhythms. Fluid, dynamic acoustic sounds pushed and pulled against the installation's sonic control. The website — which needs Safari, Firefox, or Chrome; and Speakers/Headphones — displayed the piece's evolving visual data score, and streamed real-time audio from the physical environment. When people went to the website, they activated invisible "targets" distributed around the visual field. As these "targets" intercepted with Eli's drawings the code that controls the installation was altered which, in turn, changed the percussive patterns of the strings (at Eyebeam).

Reviewed in the New York Times

Eli Keszler (Drums, Crotales, Installation) performing with the L-Carrier installation
Eyebeam, New York City, June 2012
June 7, 2012; 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, New York

On June 7, both the physical and web installations served as accompaniment to a live ensemble performance, composed by Eli Keszler and featuring Keszler with Ashley Paul, Anthony Coleman, Alex Waterman, C Spencer Yeh, Catherine Lamb, Geoff Mullen, and Reuben Son.

This event also inaugurated the release of Eli Keszler's double CD Catching Net, a collection of installation and ensemble recordings released by the Berlin-based PAN – ACT label.

Eli Keszler is a composer, artist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and the US, performing solo and in collaboration with artists such as Phill Niblock, Aki Onda, Tony Conrad, Loren Connors, Jandek, C Spencer Yeh, Ran Blake, and Ashley Paul.
L-Carrier is a 2012 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. It was made possible with funds from the Jerome Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

L-Carrier was commissioned in partnership with ISSUE Project Room.

L-Carrier is presented as part of Eyebeamʼs sound series Rec.Play., a curatorial initiative founded by Eyebeam Creative Director Roddy Schrock.
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