Izzi Ramkissoon recording New York Big Fritz

New York Big Fritz
World premiere

New York Big Fritz

Times Square around the clock

Agnieszka Roginska, ringleader
Paul Geluso, audio engineer
Izzi Ramkissoon, recording engineer
Sandeep Ravindranath, recording engineer
Tom Beyer, composer
Joel Chadabe, composer
Robert Rowe, composer

Saturday, October 11, 8pm
Judson Church
55 Washington Square South
$15 / $10 students, seniors, EMF Subscribers

New York Big Fritz began as the idea for a scientific experiment created by Agnieszka Roginska. Her idea was to gain knowledge of different urban environments throughout the world by analyzing the sound fields in central locations within the cities. New York was to be the starting point and Times Square was the central location. As Joel Chadabe puts it, "In various conversations with Agnieszka, it became apparent that her idea also presented a fabulous opportunity for documenting urban sound. And it created an opportunity for a student project at NYU, where we both teach. She got together with Paul Geluso and worked out the technology for sound field recordings of Times Square at different times of day. Izzi Ramkissoon and Sandeep Ravindranath, both NYU graduate students, were involved from the beginning." Her next idea was to make four hour-long recordings and give them to four NYU composers — Joel Chadabe, Robert Rowe, Tom Beyer, and Paul Geluso — to use as basic material for sound-field compositions.

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Agnieszka Roginska
Ringleader of this project, currently faculty in the NYU Music Technology Program, Agnieszka Roginska researches three- dimensional sound for simulations of acoustic spaces. Before joining NYU, she worked for six years as an audio research scientist at AuSIM Inc., a contract firm specializing in sound reproduction for interactive environments. She has received grants from government agencies, research centers, and universities, including an award from the U.S. Army to study acoustic direction finding for soldiers.
Paul Geluso
Primary sound engineer for this project, currently faculty in the NYU Music Technology Program, Paul Geluso is a New York based musician, educator, sound artist, engineer, and producer. His has composed music and sound scores for live performance, film, video, installation art and dance, presenting original work at major art and performance institutions throughout the world. He has received grants from the New York State Council for the Arts, Meet The Composer, and the James E. Robinson Foundation.
Izzi Ramkissoon
Recording engineer for this project, Izzi Ramkissoon is a composer, engineer, bassist, multimedia artist, performer, and producer. Drawing inspiration from the downtown New York scene, he composes music for various media including television and film, freelances as a sound engineer, plays gigs, and builds various types of transducers, such as microphones and instruments, for composers and his own composition. He is currently pursuing a Master’s at NYU in Music Technology.
Sandeep Ravindranath
Recording engineer for this project, Sandeep Ravindranath is a South Indian classical vocalist, guitarist, and audio engineer. He has worked in projects that span the audio engineering spectrum from programming to circuit building to production, from guitar effects processing to microphone design, and he has worked in sound for film, TV, and albums for clientele ranging from Bollywood to south Indian cinema. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in music technology at NYU.

Langdon Crawford
Langdon C. Crawford, administrative assistant in the Music Technology Program at NYU, created the video for this project. He has been developing performance/ composition systems with electronics since 1999. Starting with guitars, effects and sequencers, he moved into computer music, eventually incorporating graphics and sensor controlled interaction. His work has been seen and heard in North America and Europe. He teaches electronic music performance and audio/video post-production in New York City.

Robert Rowe
Robert Rowe, composer, researcher works with computer sound and traditional instruments. His music is performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan and is available on New World, Roméo, Quindecim, and Harmonia Mundi labels. His book/CD-ROM projects Interactive Music Systems (1993) and Machine Musicianship (2001) are available from the MIT Press. He is currently Professor of Music and Associate Director of the Music Technology program at New York University.

Tom Beyer
Tom Beyer is a composer. percussionist, sound designer, and audio engineer. His compositions, in many genres ranging from solos to huge multimedia extravaganzas have been performed in many venues and festivals in Europe, Asia as well as throughout the United States. Based in New York City, he travels extensively as a performer of new music. He teaches electronic music and he is currently Chief Systems Engineer for the Music Technology Program at NYU.

Joel Chadabe
Joel Chadabe, composer, author, is a pioneer in the development of interactive music systems. His music has been performed throughout the world and recorded on EMF Media, Deep Listening, and other labels. He is the author of 'Electric Sound', a history of electronic music. He has received grants from NEA, New York State Council on the Arts, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Commission, and other organizations, and he is the recipient of the SEAMUS 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Taking its name from the psychoacoustic research model of a 'listening head' called Fritz that wears microphones instead of ears, New York Big Fritz is a multimedia event portraying Times Square around the clock.  The event is a collaboration between EMF and NYU Music Technology faculty members Agnieszka Roginska, Paul Geluso, Tom Beyer, Joel Chadabe, Robert Rowe, and graduate students Izzi Ramkissoon and Sandeep Ravindranath.

Agnieszka Roginska responded to a few questions during dinner at Dojo's:

"It sounds beautiful. And the spatial effect is absolutely superb. It's all Times Square in the triangle between 45th and 46th street, at 6pm, midnight, 6am, and noon.

"This started as a much larger idea, of collecting sounds of various places around the world. We're mostly thinking of larger cities like New York, Paris, Moscow, and analyzing the noise patterns.

"But in this case, we've given the recordings to four composers who will each take a raw recording, process it, and create a composition, and we will assemble all of these compositions and present them at the festival. The audience will hear Times Square. But better than in Times Square, because they'll be hearing it through the ears of artists."

For the moment, a last question and answer:

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