Category: Thoughts

We are line_code

We often get asked what we do, how we explain our media arts, made @ the w3rkhof aka W3rkH0f media arts: Kent is a highly experienced coder, with a distingushed career both in coding for computer music composition for renowned computer media artists as well as commercial tools (such as the Vocator by Native Instruments, or Spectral Delay and many others)…

Gerald Bennet from ICST

We were privileged this last Saturday to be attending a very special 75th birthday party. Gerald Bennet, composer and co-founder of several music institutions, including ICEM (International Confederation of Electroacustic Music), SZCM (Swiss Institute for Computer Music) and the ICST computer music department at the Zurich school of applied arts (ZHdK) where he was also the director until 2007. His…

Vintage microphone restoration

Kent’s recent visit to his parents attic in Pennsylvania USA unearthed an exciting relic from the 1940’s. A couple of industrial microphones that would have originally been installed in a factory or a coal mine for staff announcements. The slim long one is a Lafayette, the other is a Shure Brothers Fat Boy. They are very very dirty inside and…

the 150yr old blacksmiths workshop

..and how it became the topic of our next audio/visual composition “Treibenreif”: Shortly after moving to the Klettgau, a remote valley on the northern Swiss border, we were wandering around our idyllic medieval village of Neunkirch when we first bumbled upon the old blacksmith shop. As chance would have it, the door was open and we entered into what seemed…

finally, the promo shot

We are very busy assembling our prototypes for our upcoming concerts, one in September and one in October. Finally, we managed to produce our promo shot – “all about the bees”. The 3 new works we are developing are composed of various field recordings and photographs, – the long awaited 150 year old smithy (Treibenreif) , – the Zäuerle und…

We’ve been hacked!

I guess it happens to anyone at some point,- but it sure is frustrating all the same.   It turns out our server has been hacked and trying to extract all the foreign contaminants seems an endless task. We are slowly reassembling all our content, please be patient if some images dont show at this time.   Let us know…

Laundry day for computer archaeologists

So yesterday we embarked on a very special laundry day. It turns out, cleaning vintage circuit boards is best done in the dish washer, who would have thought! – But lets explain:  – Last Friday we were invited to our almost 80 year old neighbors house, who had been hinting he might have a few technological devices that we might…

NI – Spektral Delay

The things you can find at a new years’ clear out! Stefan Huber from Silent Wave found an old issue of Keys Magazine from 2001, containing an article about Spektral Delay (a real-time audio processing tool released by Native Instruments) and sent us a reminder. Guess who was the coder for it? You guessed right: Kent Clelland and Joachim Haas. The…