io 0.0.1 beta

Artist: Han-Earl Park

Date of Release: 01/08/2011

Catalogue no: SLAMCD 531

Label: SLAM

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io 0.0.1 beta (itself), Han-earl Park (guitar), Bruce Coates (alto and sopranino saxophones) and Franziska Schroeder (soprano saxophone).An extraordinary meeting between human and machine improvisers. Featuring the machine musician io 0.0.1 beta with guitarist Han-earl Park (Mathilde 253, Wadada Leo Smith) and saxophonists Bruce Coates (Birmingham Improvisers’ Orchestra, Paul Dunmall) and Franziska Schroeder (FAINT, Evan Parker), the recording is part critique and part playful exploration, both a boundary-breaking demonstration of socio-musical technologies and an ironic sci-fi parody.Constructed by Han-earl Park, io 0.0.1 beta is a modern-day musical automaton. It is not an instrument to be played but a non-human artificial musician that performs alongside its human counterparts. Seemingly jerry-rigged, constructed from ad-hoc components including plumbing, kitchenware, speakers and missile switches, io 0.0.1 beta celebrates the material and corporeal.The CD, with liner notes by the California-based interactive media artist Sara Roberts, highlights society’s entanglement with technology, sketches alternative modes of interfacing the musical and the technological, and illuminates the creative and improvisative processes in music.




25/11/2011 Vittorio Lo Conte

Il titolo da romanzo o di sigla di messaggio segreto è il nome della
macchina sparamusica/rumori che fa bella mostra di sè sul palco e che
senza alcun intervento dei musicisti intorno tira giù il suo catalogo di
suoni con cui gli altri si trovano a confrontarsi. Un´idea che sarebbe
piaciuta ai futuristi di omai un secolo fa, un inno totale alla
modernità. Altro che strumenti acustici!
I tre musicisti coinvolti insieme alla macchina sono Han-earl
Park alla chitarra, Bruce Coates al sax alto e sopranino e
Franziska Schroeder al sax soprano. Non hanno nessuna paura per
il confronto e così si avventano con passione sulla proposta
dell´oggetto inanimato.
La session completamente improvvisata richiede molta attenzione da parte
dell´ascoltatore, ripagata completamente da quello che è un esperimento
riuscito. Non siamo qui in presenza di programmi che danno un risultato
che il compositore/programmatore si aspetta già bensì di una macchina
lasciata in balia di se stessa a proporre, rispondere, per quel che è la
sua comprensione, rilanciare, su cui il trio dei musicisti umani crea
interazione all´istante, improvvisazioni che a tratti acquistano
atmosfere molto forti.
I tre non stanno solo a scoprire le possibilità intrinseche ai loro
strumenti al di fuori delle tecniche ortodosse. Stanno anche ad
esplorare, a farsi prendere dalle possibilità intrinseche al suono in
quanto tale ed a volte sembra di ascoltare la lezione di uno Steve Lacy.
È cosí che il tutto acquista una dimensione più terrestre e
l´incontro/scontro con la macchina improvvisante regala paesaggi sonori
inconsueti e densi di idee. Vittorio Lo Conte

The title theme of the novel or secret message is the name of the
machine sparamusica / noise that makes a fine show of himself on stage and that no intervention from musicians around pulling down his catalog of other sounds with which they are confronted. An idea that would like to Futurist henceforth a century ago, a hymn to the total modernity. Nothing but acoustic instruments!
The three musicians involved with the machine are Han-earl Park on guitar, Bruce Coates on alto and sopranino and Franziska Schroeder on soprano sax. They have no fear of confrontation, and so they passionately with passion on the proposal inanimate object. The completely improvised session requires a lot of attention from the listener, to be paid back fully what it is an experiment failed. We are not here in the presence of programs that give a result that the composer / programmer is expected to have a car but left to fend for itself propose to answer, for what it is his understanding, raise, on which the trio of musicians creates human interaction instantly, improvisations that sometimes buy very strong atmosphere. The three are not only to discover the possibilities inherent in theirinstruments outside of engineering solutions. They are also to explore, to get caught by the possibilities inherent in the sound itself, and sometimes seems to listen to a lesson Steve Lacy. It is so that everything takes on a more earthly and the encounter / clash with the machine gives improvvisante soundscapes and full of unusual ideas.


01/11/2011 Rui Eduardo Paes

Rui Eduardo Paes describes a “fake quartet” in which the organic musicians bring their experience in ‘avant-jazz’ and the “electroacoustics’ border with contemporary music” to the music, and in which the automaton “interactively reacting to what they do and even giving them cues”:
Este é um falso quarteto entre uma máquina de improvisar, o io 0.0.1 beta++, criada pelo guitarristaHan-earl Park, e três improvisadores humanos, o próprio Park e os saxofonistas Bruce Coates (alto e sopranino) e Franziska Schroeder (soprano). O autómato em questão tem um computador incorporado, mas foi construído com utensílios de cozinha. Os sons que produz são de espectro limitado, pois o propósito é ironizar as bandas sonoras dos filmes de ficção científica das décadas de 1950 e 60. Os músicos de carbono envolvidos ora trabalham na área do ‘avant-jazz’, ora na da electroacústica de fronteira com a música contemporânea: Park com Charles Hayward, Wadada Leo Smith e Paul Dunmall, Coates com Tony Oxley, Lol Coxhill e o compositor indeterminista Christian Wolff, e Schroeder ao lado do pianista português Pedro Rebelo e em colaborações com Pauline Oliveros e Evan Parker. Todas essas experiências se reflectem em temas como ‘Ground-Based Telemetry’ e ‘Laplace: Instability’, sempre com o io a reagir interactivamente ao que fazem e até a dar-lhes deixas. Rui Eduardo Paes Jazz.pt #39 Nov 2011

Translation below by Felipe Hickman.
This is a fake quartet between an improvisation machine, io 0.0.1 beta++, created by guitarist Han-earl Park, and three human improvisors, Park himself and saxophonists Bruce Coates (alto and sopranino) and Franziska Schroeder (soprano). The automaton in question has a computer attached, but was built with kitchen utensils. The sounds it produces have a limited spectrum, as the purpose is to mock the soundtracks of sci-fi movies from the 1950s and 60s. The carbon musicians involved sometimes work in the field of ‘avant-jazz’, sometimes on the electroacoustics’ border with contemporary music: Park with Charles Havward, Wadada Leo Smith and Paul Dunmall, Coates with Tony Oxley, Lol Coxhill and the indeterminacy composer Christian Wolff, and Schroeder besides the Portuguese pianist Pedro Rebelo and in collaborations with Pauline Oliveros and Evan Parker. All these experiences are reflected in themes such as ‘Ground-Based Telemetry’ and ‘Laplace: Instability’, always with io interactively reacting to what they do and even giving them cues.


09/10/2011 Ed Pinsent

io o.o.1. beta++ (SLAMCD 531) is the title of a CD I received via the School of Music and Sonic Arts at Queen’s in Belfast, although it’s released on Slam Productions in Oxford and the chief instigator, Han-Earl Park, is based in Los Angeles. The guitarist Park, sometime member ofMathilde 253 whose fine CD impressed us in March this year, is joined by two improvising saxophonists, Bruce Coates (from the Birmingham Improviser’s Orchestra) and Franziska Schroeder (member of the trio FAINT), and the record documents the meeting of this trio with the “machine musician” io o.o.1. beta++. This device is an automaton, a musical robot if you will, built by Mr Park; it’s not just another computer programme that plays random sounds or builds an “interactive” space for other laptop musicians, but actually occupies physical space and performs on the stage alongside its human counterparts. Shades of Pierre Bastien…it might have been nice to scope some photos of this mechanical man at work, but there are none provided with the release. The multi-media artist Sara Roberts from California writes the liner notes and she does a much better job than I possibly could in articulating the cultural resonances of this man-meets-automaton event.
By Ed Pinsent http://www.thesoundprojector.com/2011/09/10/the-infiltrators/


01/08/2011 François Couture

HAN-EARL PARK, BRUCE COATES & FRANZISKA SCHROEDER / io 0.0.1 beta++ (Slam Productions)
Une collaboration improvisée entre le guitariste Han-earl Park, le saxophoniste (alto et sopranino) Bruce Coates, la saxophoniste (soprano) Franziska Schroeder… et io 0.0.1 beta++, un automate. Cette créature mécanique, présente physiquement sur scène et commandée par un ordinateur intégré à son “corps”, interagit et improvise avec les improvisateurs humains. Ce quatuor (ou faux-quatuor, à la limite) propose des improvisations libres exigeantes faisant appel à de nombreuses techniques étendues, des pièces aux gestes décomposés, aux timbres déstabilisants, mais à la synergie impressionnante.
A free improvisation collaboration between guitarist Han-earl Park, (alto/sopranino) saxophonist Bruce Coates, (soprano) saxophonist (Franziska Schroeder,… and io 0.0.1 beta++, an automaton. This mechanical creature is physically present on stage and commanded by a computer sitting inside its “body.” And it interacts and improvises with the human improvisers. This quartet (or faux-quartet, if you prefer) performs demanding free improvisation calling on a range of extended techniques. Pieces of dismantled gestures, destabilizing timbres, and impressive synergy.
François Couture http://blog.monsieurdelire.com/2011/08/2011-08-04-antonio-quijano-quartet.html


18/07/2011 Bruce Lee Gallanter

O 0.0.1 BETA++ [HAN-EARL PARK/BRUCE COATES/FRANZISKA SCHROEDER] - io 0.0.1 beta++ (Slam 531; UK) Featuring Han-earl Park on guitar, Bruce Coates on alto & sopranino saxes, Franziska Schroeder on soprano sax and io 0.0.1 Beta playing itself. Some of you should recall guitarist Han-earl Park from a couple of discs he has done Paul Dunmall, a duo and a quartet. British saxist Bruce Coates also worked with Mr. Dunmall as well as with John Edwards and Christopher Hobbs. I hadn't heard of Franziska Schroeder before this although she has worked with Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker and Chris Brown. Even more rare is that these three human musicians are improvising with a machine called io 0.0.1 beta or io for short. Io was constructed by Han-earl Park and is an integral part of this quartet. Io creates some sort of electronics sounds which don't really sound like that much like the electronic sounds created by humans. Io does create sounds based on what the other three musicians are doing. The music made by this quartet is improvised and does make sense. Both saxists work well together, cautiously bending their notes around one another while Han-earl also plays fragmented sounds on his guitar. Io also adds its own diverse yet fractured sounds to the blend. On "Pioneer: Dance" Mr. Coates plays slightly twisted alto sax while io adds similar textural sounds. If I didn't know better, I would think that this was a successful session of European improv by a quartet of gifted yet thoughtful players who take their time to explore similar textures and terrain together. I am not so sure that machines will ever take the place of human improvisers in the future, however this disc shows that someone is working in the right direction. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, July 2011.


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