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Ernst Karel's multidimensional audio work includes electroacoustic improvisation and composition, location recording, sound for nonfiction vilm, and solo and collaborative sound installations. Using analog electronics and location recordings, either separately or in combination, Karel creates audio pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary.

Recent installations include the ongoing project Hourly Directional Sound Recordings (with Helen Mirra), instantiations of which have been exhibited in the 2012 Sao Paulo Bienal and at MIT List Visual Arts Center. Together with Pawel Wojtasik and Toby Kim Lee, he made Single Stream, first as a large-scale video and four-channel audio installation for the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, and then as a cinematic work with 5.1 sound.

Karel has been using modular analog electronics in live performance since 1998, and making location recordings since 1996. Current sound projects also include the long-running electroacoustic duo EKG, and the location recording collective the New England Phonographers Union. Vilms for which Karel has edited and mixed sound include Sweetgrass (2009), Foreign Parts(2010), Leviathan (2012), Yumen (2013), and Manakamana (2013). His most recent albums composed with location recordings are Materials Recovery Facility (2012), Swiss Mountain Transport Systems (2011), and Heard Laboratories (2010). His multichannel audio work is also included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Karel is currently technical advisor and sound engineer for Non-Event, and lab manager for the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, where as Lecturer on Anthropology, he teaches a course in sonic ethnography.

My Artists Sessions

Wednesday, May 14

7:00pm EDT