Sunday, March 20, 2011

Helikoosolek: Ernst Karel

MoKS presents:
helikoosolek:tartu with Ernst Karel
Wednesday, March 23rd
Y Galerii, Tartu

This month the helikoosolek, as part of the Wordfilm Ethnographic Film Festival, moves to Tartu's Y Galerii to welcome festival guest Ernst Karel.

Ernst Karel is Lecturer on Anthropology, Assistant Director of the Film Study Center, and Lab Manager for the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. In his audio projects, he works with analog electronics and with location recordings, sometimes separately, sometimes in combination, to create pieces that move between the abstract and the documentary.

Karel collaborates with video and filmmakers as a sound recordist, mixer, and sound designer. He also works as a mastering engineer, having preparing a wide variety of material for publication on CD, including folk music from various cultures, spoken word, new music, and electronic music. Karel's doctoral research crossed between the disciplines of cultural psychology, anthropology, and ethnomusicology. His fieldwork-based dissertation, Kerala Sound Electricals: Amplified sound and cultural meaning in South India, is a study in the anthropology of sound.

For this month's helikoosolek, Karel will present a "radio edit" of material from his upcoming CD, Swiss Mountain Transport Systems. Over the course of frequent walks in the mountains in different parts of Switzerland over the summer and fall of 2008, Karel recorded the various transport systems which are specific to mountainous terrain -- gondolas, funiculars, and chairlifts -- of different types, of different vintages, and accessing different elevations. Recorded with high-quality microphones and preamps from within these mostly enclosed mobile environments, the sounds include mechanical drones, intermittent percussiveness, and transient acoustic glimpses of a vast surrounding landscape inhabited by humans and other animals.

helikoosolek:tartu is organised my MoKS and supported by Eesti Rahva Muuseum and Tartu Kultuurkapital.

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