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Meet The Nerve Tank (Sisyphus 2.0) & Composers Inside Electronics (Rainforest IV)
The Nerve Tank
Named “One to Watch” in 2010 by BroadwayWorld, The Nerve Tank is a world-class innovator in theatrical performance. Founded by Melanie S. Armer and Chance D. Muehleck, the company collaborates with actors and designers (including resident sound designer Stephan Moore) in a spirit of artistic adventure and remodels traditional performance methods. By combining elements of popular culture, mediated image, and physical presence the company tests the lines of engagement between spectator and live event. Based in NYC the Nerve Tank has staged works at LaMama, The Grace Plaza, chashama, FringeNYC, Dixon Place, The Tank, University Settlement, Incubator Arts Project, the World Financial Center Winter Garden, and Pittsburgh’s Flux Festival. From 2008 to 2010 The Nerve Tank was the resident theatre company of the Brooklyn Lyceum. In 2011, The Nerve Tank was named a Person of the Year by the New York Theatre Experience and Sisyphus 2.0 won the AGA Galvanizing Award in 2014.
Composers Inside Electronics (CIE)
CIE is a group of composer/performers dedicated to the composition and live collaborative performance of electronic and electro-acoustic music using both software and circuitry designed and constructed by individual composers. CIE members also create interactive sound installations. The group was formed in 1973 with David Tudor and is known for its pioneering use of original live electronics for both performance and installations, including David Tudor’s Rainforest project. The current members include founders John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein along with You Nakai, Matt Wellins, Matt Rogalsky, Doug Van Nort, and include guest performers.
An ongoing commitment to collaborative performance of new individual and group works is central to CIE’s evolution. The group’s work includes the use of custom-built software instruments, resonant sculptural instruments, rotating and focused loudspeaker systems, and ultrasonic instruments, with an emphasis on creating a rich sonic architecture. Numerous works utilize the resonant character of the performance spaces as instruments. The group specializes in performances and installations that focus on the integration of theatrical and musical elements. CIE is currently offering a range of performance works as well as short and long-term sound installations.
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