Granular Synthesis Revolutionizes Kasser

"Areal" by Granular=Synthesis will be presented on February 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Montclair State University's Alexander Kasser Theater. Tickets are $30 for the general public, $24 for MSU Faculty/Staff/Graduate Students; there is no charge for MSU undergrads through the Performing Arts Fee.

"Areal" is a large-scale improvisational media art event which will be created anew during each performance. Using mathematical algorithms and computer software that they developed themselves, Granular=Synthesis collects audio and video, breaks it down into tiny granules of data a re-masters it, creating new sounds and images with blinding, deafening force. "Areal" employs monumental projected images and towering sound environments which affect the viewer on both the physical and emotional planes. Each viewer/listener's experience is completely unique as they watch and interpret the bits of light and color on the video screens.

Austrians Ulf Langheinrich and Kurt Hentschläger are among the pioneers of audio-visual-media art. They met in the late 1980's as members of a group called Pyramedia and formed Granular=Synthesis in 1991. Since then, they have created several performance-based projects including “POL" (featuring Diamanda Galás), "We Want God Now", "NoiseGate" and "360" (in which the audience is completely surrounded by video/light screens); museum installations like "Lux"; an orchestral piece called "Sinken" commissioned by the Orchestre National de Lille and a public art project entitled "Lichtwork" which transforms the recently redesigned IBM building in the heart of Vienna into a computer controlled light sculpture at night. For more information, visit www.granularsynthesis.info.

A note of warning: the piece employs intense loudness, heavy sub low bass, strobe-like video sequences and may not be suitable for pregnant women or people with epilepsy or certain heart conditions.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (973) 655-5112 or visiting www.montclair.edu/kasser.