Dirtscraper at Sundance

Dirtscraper is showing at Sundance this year at the Immersive Stage at New Frontiers Central.

This large-scale installation simulates an underground structure whose “smart
architecture” is overseen by artificial intelligences—spatial and social designers that observe, learn, and make changes to the system. Unaware of the control exerted by these entities, residents of the structure move through and live in spaces that reflect varied economies and class hierarchies. Periodically, this system will interject one of 48 cinematic interludes that reveal different facets of life in this decaying arcology.

Credits

Lead Artist: Peter Burr

Key Collaborators: John Also Bennett, Mark Fingerhut, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Eric Timothy Carlson, Brandon Blommaert

Audio: John Also Bennett

Technical Director: Mark Fingerhut

Text: Porpentine Charity Heartscape

Additional Graphics: Eric Timothy Carlson, Brandon Blommaert

Produced By: 3-Legged Dog

House of My Fathers OST

I arranged and performed various flutes on Forest Christenson’s original score for House of My Fathers (Dir. Suba Sivakuraman). Full OST available below.

Seabat - Outside The Disc

Available now across digital platforms and on limited edition compact disc and cassette. A portion of the proceed will go to the B612 Foundation, who are dedicated to protecting the Earth from asteroids.

The new CV & JAB track “Seeing Redness, Plastic Fingers” was included on this Geographic North compilation, benefiting youthSpark.

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CV & JAB - Zin Taylor - Thoughts of a Dot as it Travels a Surface

Out now via Shelter Press. More info here or here. Pick one up if you can, it's a beauty. Boomkat made the record its album of the week. 

"...together they have made this slowly engrossing album for Shelter Press - who else - perhaps one of the most elusive, uncanny and multi-layered “Ambient” albums we’ve heard in what feels like a long time, a worthy follow-up to a frankly astonishing sequence of releases on the label that started with Felicia Atkinson’s modern classic 'Hand In Hand'."

NEMATODES

This sound design project for Peter Burr was honored with a Vimeo Staff Pick. The audio came from a ribbon controlled eurorack synthesizer, processed voice and a bucket of wet paper towels. Originally premiered at the Imagine Science Film Festival in NYC in late 2017. 

The NYC (and USA) debut of CV & JAB is November 10th, 2017 at Ambient Church with Felicia Atkinson, Jefre-Cantu Ledesma & Gregg Kowalsky. Pretty nice lineup for the rest of their fall season, too. 

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Descent.exe

DESCENT
by Peter Burr, Mark Fingerhut, and Forma

In 1562, Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder completed a painting called "The Triumph Of Death". In this panoramic landscape the sky is blotted out by black smoke; ships and dead fish litter the ocean shore; and an army of skeletons experiment with myriad death techniques. The living are badly outnumbered and the variety of fated tortures seems endless. There is little room for whimsy in this tableaux.

Over 200 years earlier, a nasty plague, commonly known as "The Black Death", left a cruel and massive mark on European civilization, wiping out half of Europe’s total population. This was a quiet pervasion of death - an invisible pathogen carried by herds of tired rats. This plague triggered a series of social and economic upheavals with profound effects on the history of medieval Europe, guiding its survivors into the sort of self-inflicted darkness pictured by the Elder Bruegel.

Looking back at this historical trajectory, Peter Burr, Mark Fingerhut, and Forma have created a spiraling interdimensional narrative aptly titled DESCENT - a meditation on one of humanity’s blackest hours. Taking the form of a desktop application, descent.exe gives the user a brief glimpse of a world descending into darkness - an unrelenting plague indifferent to the struggles of the user. There is a silver lining, however, tucked into the software’s final sweep. An equanimous watcher, reduced to a single eye, looks on as the plague of rats that has infested your desktop destroys itself.

This video is a recording of descent.exe running alongside Fingerhut's deepdesktop.exe.

DOWNLOAD DESCENT.EXE (PC ONLY)

Disquiet Vol. 1

I contributed a collaboration with Christina Vantzou to this benefit compilation put together by Keith Kenneth (Helios) and his wife Hollie. Other contributors include Ryuchi Sakamoto, Loscil, Windy and Carl, Jefre-Cantu Ledesma, Liz Harris, Deru and so many more. 100% of proceeds go to non-profits that support the environment, investigative journalism, women and minorities. Digital available for preorder now, vinyl and CD coming soon via Western Vinyl. 

More info here. Bandcamp and soundcloud below.