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Sonic Architectures
July 17th, 2000
Location 1
26 Greene Street

With Bill and Mary Buchen, Ken Butler, Paul van den Hout and Hans Tammen

Bill and Mary Buchen will emphasize on the topic "sonic architecture projects for public spaces, stupas for UFO's and extra terrestrial seating" Web Sites: and

Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose hybrid musical instruments, collage drawings, performances, and installations explore the interaction and transformation of common objects, altered images, sounds and silence. His projects include Voices of Anxious Objects, a mesmerizing world trance textures and driving melodic gypsy grooves on an arsenal of amplified hybrid string instruments made from household objects, sports equipment, and tools. Duchampian Dada meets Hybrid Hindu Hendrix. Function and form collide as audio-visual antics and explorations create a provoking cultural portrait of man/machine adaptation and transformation. Ken Butler's works have been featured in numerous exhibitions and performances throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe. He has performed with John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Butch Morris, The Soldier String Quartet, The Tonight Show Band, and The Master Gnawa musicians of Morocco. His CD, Voices of Anxious Objects is on Zorn's Tzadik label.

Paul van den Hout, an artist living in Rotterdam, Holland. Around 1990 he started making sculpture and installations closely related to our furnished homes. After the introduction of musical instruments as part of these installations, the instruments became the focus of his most recent projects. Travelling in India he made a lot of friends and contacts among instrument builders and musicians alike. It is for this reason the Indian instrument has taken a special place in his projects over the last four years, now produced under the name 'Green Onion Projects'. Musical instruments, making and listening to music, are a favourite way of sharing opinions and experiences among a huge part of the world's population. One of the main goals of Green Onion Projects is therefore communication. By producing new designs and concepts for stringed instruments he has found the perfect way to meet people all over the world to discuss their art and their visions. A new magazine called 'Green Groceries' will be released in the of this year in connection to Green Onion Projects. Prior to his visit to New York he will do a research on wood supplies for Indian stringed instruments in British Columbia, Canada. More information on the research project in the use of woods for Indian musical instruments by Green Onion can be found on and info on his latest project on

Composer and improviser Hans Tammen performs with a remarkable collection of mechanical preparations on his guitars, in site-specific performances, and collaborative efforts with dance, light actions or other art forms. With various sized ensembles and as a solo performer, he gives concerts and performances at festivals and other venues throughout Europe, in the US, Russia and Mexico. He has released CDs with Denman Maroney, Michael Vorfeld, Ursel Schlicht, Dominic Duval and Jay Rosen among others. His solo CD on Nur/Nicht/Nur was released 1999. Critic Klaus Hübner recommended it -- "Anyone who's still says that experimentalism, especially on guitar, has no future, should hear Hans Tammen's Endangered Guitar." Originally from Germany, he now lives in New York City. website