Auditorium is a loft party for lovers of ambient, experimental, downtempo and slow electroacoustic sounds. Expect an inspired soundtrack, immersive eight-channel sound, enchanting lighting, mountains of rugs and seas of pillows. All music is performed live.
After a successful debut in 2011, Auditorium is returning for its second season. Please join us as we continue to showcase the finest slow music that New York City has to offer.
Our audiologists for the evening are Morgan Packard, Forma, Rob Byrd & Zemi17.
Additional dates for the 2012 season will be announced shortly.
Our venue is Acme Studio, a 5,000 square foot prop house in the heart of Williamsburg. It features 15′ ceilings and an expansive collection of antiques and curiosities.
Please help support us by making some noise on Facebook and telling your friends. Purchasing tickets above the minimum levels is also most appreciated. We are in the process of forming a not-for-profit organization.
Auditorium’s founders and directors are Kevin Balktick and Taylor Kuffner. Kevin Balktick is a designer and producer of imaginative experiences and culture events, including the Winkel & Balktick warehouse parties, The Lost Horizon Night Market and Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics. Taylor Kuffner (aka Zemi17) is a sound designer, media artist and composer who has performed across the world. Most recently, he is the creator of the Gamelatron, a MIDI-controlled robotic gamelan orchestra.
FORMA is a Brooklyn-based synthesizer and drums trio. Together, Mark Dwinell, Sophie Lam, and George Bennett) combine Krautrock’s propulsive force with the hypnotic drones of early Minimalism to create “beatific beds of Kosmische rhythm and tone” (The Wire, UK). Their eponymous debut LP was released in 2011 on Spectrum Spools (Editions Mego). A new record is forthcoming in fall 2012. formasounds.com
MORGAN PACKARD planned to be a jazz saxophone player when he grew up. After quitting a jazz school in Boston and moving to New York, he wandered through drum n bass, classical music, and acoustic compositions, eventually learning how to create music software. He started working closely with visualist/programmer Joshue Ott, and also found himself aligned with musician and label man Ezekiel Honig. Josh challenged him to write better software, Ezekiel challenged him to make an album for his label, Anticipate. His first solo album, “Airships Fill the Sky”, pricked up ears around the world. His sound is characterized by constantly shifting textures, a minimalist approach to rhythm, unconventional use of traditional acoustic instruments, and a sensitivity to melody and harmony. morganpackard.com.
ROB BYRD's music is created using electric guitar and an array of signal processing gear, and is entirely improvised. One of his aims is to create portals to imaginary places while performing, evoking settings like an immense, decaying room with strange shadows in an abandoned warehouse, a small family graveyard soaking with mud and mist at the far end of a New England farm property, or an old schoolhouse discovered at dusk at the end of a country road whose long-gone students linger in some incorporeal form and
can be glimpsed in peripheral movements. Byrd has brought his music to a wide variety of venues, ranging from the legendary CBGB’s, the Burning Man festival in Nevada, the Queens Museum of Art, and Southworth Planetarium in Portland, Maine. His latest release ‘My Ghosts and Yours’ is out on Del Chapel Recordings..
ZEMI17 is a composer, musician, sound and installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the co-creator, composer and art director for the Gamelatron, the world’s first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. He is a featured artist of the Berlin software company Ableton Live, teaches audio production at Dubspot, performs with the group Zero Gravity Thinkers, and is the resident DJ for the legendary Danger warehouse parties. He has received grants and awards from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York State Council on the Arts, Indonesian Foreign Ministry, The Berlin Arts Council, EU / European Commission, James F. Robison Foundation, and The Soros Foundation. zemi17.net.