The Hant Variance

Peter Edwards + Sabisha Friedberg

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A work in progress performance as part of a residency in which Pete Edwards (Casper Electronics, Troy, NY) and Sabisha Friedberg develop a composition influenced by the audience’s movement through space.

Using array of loudspeakers distributed in three-dimensional space throughout Studio 1, they explore how frequency waves interact with one another and physical bodies, canceling each other out or making sounds audible. Edwards and Friedberg will be controlling the piece from stations in the center of the room, reacting to the sonic environment created around them.

The score is inspired by various scientific and metaphysical sources, including the writings of Vic Tandy, which suggest that certain sonic equations yield supernatural experiences. This exploration of the aural and the physical—informed scientifically, logistically and intuitively—will be the basis of this experiential performance.


Peter Edwards received a BFA in sculpture from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 and has spent the last decade working with experimental sound and light producing technologies. He recently developed a performance interface as a resident artist at the Studio for Electro-instrumental Music (STEIM, Amsterdam) and will be developing a new musical instrument as a sponsored resident at Perte De Signal in Montreal.

In 2005 he developed the creative electronics department at Hampshire College where he served as adjunct faculty for two years. He currently teaches circuit bending classes at New York City’s new media arts center, Harvestworks and writes musical electronics tutorials for American DIY tech magazine Make.

Edwards performs regularly and speaks on topics of art and technology at institutions and arts events worldwide including The Piksel Festival (Bergen, Norway), MIT’s Media Lab (Boston), The OFFF Festival (Paris, France), Sequences Festival (Reykjavik, Iceland), Steim (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

Born in Johannesburg South Africa, Sabisha Friedberg studied Fine Arts and completed her degree in Sound and Installation in the New Genres Department of The San Francisco Art Institute. There she studied experimental film with Ernie Gehr and recording and electro-acoustic/ tape music composition with Don Llloyd, Paul de Marinas and Chris Brown of Mills College of Contemporary Music.

Aside from her solo project entitled The Torch Press, she records and performs in Sol Del Moon with Jamie Del Moon and the Paris based band Lustrine. She recently was awarded a prize at the Bourges International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition in France for her musique concrète piece Ellipsis. Currently she is composing for AIR (Artist International Radio)/ Clocktower Gallery New York the sequel of the experimental live broadcast radio play The Starry Garter: A Certain Point Within A Spher. In collaboration with Peter Edwards she will be in residence at EMPAC in the Spring of 2012. She is the recipient of the New York State Council of the Arts/ Transmission Arts Grant for 2012. Sabisha is currently based in Paris and New York.

The Hant Variance
Studio 1—Goodman
April 4, 2012, 8:30PM

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA