"io 0.0.1 beta++"
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.
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