Sound Installation
The Roedelius Cells

Roedelius Cells
(c) Russ Curry, Curious Music

Audio Installation by Tim Story, Piano by Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Experimental Sound Studio

  •  Visitors may schedule appointments for groups of up to 3 people via this doodle link for Opening Day Saturday, December 12. Appointments run from noon-5pm in 30 minute increments, with 15 minutes in between so any surfaces can be sanitized. 
  • For the duration of the sound installation exhibition, you may schedule appointments  via info@ess.org or by calling 773-998-1069.  Limited to 3 per group.
  • All arrangements depend on the latest State and City health and safety regulations.

    The Roedelius Cells
     is a multi-channel audio installation created by Grammy-nominated US composer/sound artist Tim Story, constructed from thousands of short extracts culled from a decade of informal piano recordings made with friend and colleague Hans-Joachim Roedelius.

    Short, repeating layers – consisting of thousands of fragments, each often just a second or two in duration – create a complex, syncopated interplay.

    To extend the process of ‘re-composition’ to participants, Story incorporates a playback system that divides the individual layers of each piece discretely amongst eight speakers. The Roedelius Cells surrender their cohesion and re-coalesce in unique and unrepeatable ways for each individual participant as they explore the soundstage.
    Challenging ideas of authorship, appropriation and composition, The Roedelius Cells blurs distinctions between composer and listener, and slyly subverts assumptions of what piano music can be.

    Hans-Joachim Roedelius (c) Hetty van Oijen
    Hans-Joachim Roedelius has profoundly influenced generations of musicians in a career spanning more than a half-century and over 100 solo and collaborative recordings. From his groundbreaking duo Cluster with Dieter Moebius, to his genre-crossing solo works and collaborations with luminaries including Brian Eno, Roedelius is recognized as one of Europe’s most important sound pioneers. Equally at ease with the most abstract of electronics and the most evanescent of piano solos, Roedelius has exerted an indelible, global impact on ambient, electronic, experimental, and wholly undefinable genres of music.

    Tim Story 2 (c) Ingo Pertramer
    Grammy-nominated American composer Tim Story has been called "a master of electronic chamber music" (CD Review, USA), and a "true artist in the electronic medium" (Victory review, USA). Through three decades of influential recordings and live performances, Story’s unique blend of careful composition and innovative sound design has garnered a dedicated worldwide following.  


    Longtime friends and colleagues, Roedelius and Story have partnered on many musical projects, including the acclaimed albums Lunz (2003), Inlandish (2007), and Lazy Arc (2014). 

    Roedelius and Story (c) Hetty van Oijen

Details

Experimental Sound Studio

5925 N. Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL

Price: Free Admission, donation appreciated

The exhibition will be available for safe, in-person visits by appointment.