Re: Invitation to private presentation

Niels Radtke (
Tue, 10 Nov 1998 15:54:03 +0100

Re: Invitation to private presentation hello
i completely agree, i'm sculptor by education and was working before on a project of translating volume into sound.
i lived in cave in italy for 6 month taping sounds of marble and chissels.
i analised the soundsq by computer and "saw" the mountans in the harmonics of the sound thinking wow, you can see the mountains where the stone comes from in the sound of it.
so i went to the himalayas in order to translate mountain structure into sound+. as i wanted to try it the other way around, tranlating a line (harminic into sound) inspired by non linear dinamics and chaos, movement of hands and density of stone i started making a simultaion and started working on the concept.
when rrived in nepal i went up to 6000 meters altitude, and there it was the world curving under my feet, and i was thinking, why translate this into sound , it's all there, just in front of me....
it not possible this is just a stupid concept of mine.
this to show how far you can get from the actual activity as sculpting. all this time thinking abut sound scanners, VR installation with volume modulators in real time, translating movement into sound into shape, what the sound of an object what's the sound of the world, wel the world is sound. the sound of object is the oject itself

niels radtke
From: Jeff Miller <>
Subject: Re: Invitation to private presentation
Date: Tue, Nov 10, 1998, 2:44 pm


Niels Radtke wrote:
thank you for the invitation however I have some questions which might seem
stupid to you but which seem paradox to me.
Ho on earth is it possible to have a software choreographer? how is it
possible talking about instant-decision making. Isn't dance about body and
human beings?
shouldn't technology only interfere in stage, projection, or virtual stages
and backgrounds immersions.
I do not understand why this pure medium of dance itself being acted upon by
a computer, for what, what "better result" can be achieved ...(I seems to me
like pumping up breasts with silicones..)

can somebody clear me up on this?

with most respects
niels radtke

With all due respect, isn't dance "about" whatever the artists/dancers want to make it about?  I don't think we want to say that tech should only "interfere" in any set number of ways--I'm sure there are many who would prefer to have no set, no costume, just "pure" dance (whatever that is..."Oh, you don't need equipment, only a million-dollar facility to rehearse, perform in?  Wow, you are pure...").  And they can do that--but why limit my freedom to explore random creation, chance movement patterns, etc, which can be explored via computer?  I don't think the objective is "better result".  It's just a different one. Diversity strengthens, I believe.  I've never seen the ChoreOgraph--but I say more power to them.

My 2 cents,
Jeff Miller
University of Wisconsin-Madison IATech student