Sunday, March 31, 2019

SYG Tracks

All Tracks: Ben Vida, 2019 
Sources Include: Tanzanie. Masumbi. Musique De Divertissement Wagogo; Nouvelle-Guinee. Les Papous Chasseurs de Tetes; Music of the Berta from the Blue Nile; Musique Gbaya; Orchestre Et Lithophones Kabiye; Ethiopia. Ari Polyphonies. 


Thursday, January 31, 2019


“Heteroglossia” describes the coexistence of distinct varieties within a single language. In Ben Vida’s composition Heteroglossic Riot, software reads text scores, which in turn drive the synthesis of synthetic speech and abstract sound. Through the interplay and disparity between text, speech, and sound, Vida points to the idiosyncratic possibilities offered by computationally assisted translation.

                                                                 Heteroglossic Riot

Saturday, December 8, 2018

New Release: Marina Rosenfeld/Ben Vida - Feel Anything

Fractal, electro-acoustic improv from NYC’s Marina Rosenfeld and Ben Vida, conjuring a steeply layered investigation of proprioception and dreamtime psyches...
Marking Marina’s first appearance since the resoundingly unusual electro-dub of her ‘P.A. / Hard Love’ [Room 40, 2013] recordings with Warrior Queen, and also Ben Vida’s follow-up to ‘Damaged Particulates’ [Shelter Press, 2016], their probing collaboration is a wicked exercise in vivid, abstract terraforming.
As they both hail from NYC, it’s possible to hear the 8 parts of ‘Feel Anything’ as a gyring, topographical reading of their environment. In bifurcating formations they strafe and wind thru varying densities of tone and space in sloshing meter, scaling the listener’s focus from vertiginous showers of sparky electronic scree to demolished string orchestrations and wide, abyssal bass in fractious permutations.
We can instantly recognise some of Marina’s signature, eerie dub touches carried over from her ‘P.A. / Hard Love’ EP, but here they are unsettled, unstuck by Vida’s nervy tics and persistently amorphous electronics until they both effectively form a sort of vaporous free jazz describing the waveform-like outline of urban panoramas and the insectoid scuttle of busy populations, scurrying up and down and thru skyscrapers, subways, lofts and streets.

Monday, April 30, 2018

And So Now at BAM/May 12th, 2018

And So Now

Video Link

Composed by Ben Vida
Nina Dante
Brandon Lopez
Jessica Pavone
Ben Vida
BAM is pleased to present a new experimental work by Ben Vida that examines the aural threshold between verbal sense and nonsense. Featuring a quartet of vocalists, And So Nowoscillates between the phonetic and the linguistic; at times the tempo and rhythm of the speech lifts the language outside the realm of communication, shifting it into pure sound. Cyclical singing is juxtaposed with spoken monologues foregrounding the material aspects of language. As the vocalists exchange words and phrases, a narrative develops, revealing how the communicative “signal to noise” ratios have fallen out of balance. Accompanying the vocalists is a soporific bed of electronically synthesized audio. This lattice of voices and electronics acts to create a mesmerizing aural experience.
Inspired by the text sourcing methods used in John Cage’s Diary and Thomas Bernhard’s Voice Imitator, the rhythmical essays of Gertrude Stein and the parsing systems of the Conceptual Writers movement, the verbal score of And So Now references a history of experimental writing.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Presences Electronic, GRM/INA - Paris, France

Présences électronique de retour à la Maison de Radio France



Thursday, February 1, 2018

The MusraraMix Festival

Performance and Talk: Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art and Society, Musrara

Ben Vida/Marina Rosenfeld Duo

MADEIRADiG Music Festival 2016

Ben Vida: Electronics
Marina Rosenfeld: Turntables

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Performance: Reducing the Tempo to Zero, Europe

Reducing the Tempo to Zero (Choir)
Sept 29th, 2016

Reducing the Tempo to Zero (Quartet)
Oct 27th, 2016

Reducing the Tempo to Zero (Choir)
Nov 6th, 2016

Performance: Reducing the Tempo to Zero, The Kitchen, NYC

Reducing the Tempo to Zero (Four Hour Version)

Vocalists: Nina Dante, Eleanor Friedberger, Ryan Sawyer and Ben Vida

Oct. 15th, 2016

The Kitchen

Performance: Reducing the Tempo to Zero at LAMPO, Chicago

June 11th, 2016

The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
Reducing the Tempo to Zero is Ben Vida’s new long-form composition for four vocalists and electronics.
Please note, audience members may come and go throughout the near five-hour performance. Guest vocalists include Melina Ausikaitis, Nina Dante and Dan Mohr. Lighting design by Christine Shallenberg.
Informed by Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, the extended performance length of RtTtZ acts to complicate the listeners’ relationship to memory, absorption and attention. The timeline of this piece takes hours to unfurl, which means some audience members may only experience segments of the overall composition; this eliminates basic structural signifiers (like a strict beginning, middle and end) and leaves room for reconsidering how the developmental arc of a composition can function.
As an example of expanded composition, RtTtZ also takes historic cues from works like Stockhausen’s Sternklang and Le Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House. In much the same way those pieces used staging and site specificity as elemental compositional building blocks, RtTtZ uses direct intervention with the gallery space to oscillate between installation and performance. Not only does this prompt a reinterpretation of agency for the audience (both by encouraging them to experience the piece from a number of different locations as well as having them determine their own length of engagement with the work), but, in terms of audience expectation, context and perspective, it also actively sets up a different kind of experiential proposal.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Exhibition: [Smile on.] . . . [Pause.] . . . [Smile off.] @ Lisa Cooley Gallery, NYC

                                                       Lisa Cooley Gallery

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Performance: Ben Vida and Marina Rosenfeld. Fridman Gallery, NYC.

The 2016 New Ear Festival at Fridman Gallery January 6-12, 2016
Fridman Gallery presents the inaugural edition of The New Ear Festival dedicated to sound and performance. This year’s program includes:
Jan. 6 (Wednesday) — Marina Rosenfeld and Ben Vida
Jan. 7 (Thursday) — Byron Westbrook + Stephen Vitiello and Andrea Parkins
Jan. 8 (Friday) — Leila Bordreuil with Peter Evans, Jaimie Branch and Joanna Mattrey Jan. 9 (Saturday) — Phill Niblock + screening of “The Movement of Phill Niblock” Jan. 10 (Sunday) — Cecilia Lopez, video/sound installation on view 12-8pm
Jan. 11 (Monday) — CT-SWaM:: spatial sound works & talks
Jan. 12 (Tuesday) — Kevin Beasley: Listening Room 

Performances: Rotterdam and Brussels.


BRAUBLFF (Materie und Laut) is a series of live events in collaboration with KRAAK (Gent). Where and how does language transform into music? A possible answer: the point where language loses its meaning and becomes pure matter – by repetition, mutation and deconstruction, made possible by technology, cut-up techniques and tape-manipulation.

The idea for this series of events originated from a shared obsession for the work of vocal poets such as Henri Chopin, Byron Gysin, Lars-Gunnar Bodin, and the Revue OU catalogue.

BRAUBLFF brings together contemporary vocal poets and text-sound composers with the pioneering work of the avant-garde since the 1950s.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Performance: Borderline Festival, Athens, Greece

Slipping Control (Live) Ben Vida w/ Tyondai Braxton and Amirtha Kidambi


Exhibition: 356 S Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA


                                              Slipping Control (West)
                                                  356 S Mission Rd

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Performance: Slipping Control at The Kitchen, NYC Jan. 21st

Ben Vida returns to The Kitchen with Slipping Control (ver.3) which examines the connectivity between machine-derived and spoken rhythms. This new iteration focuses on cycling vocal patterns and psychoacoustics all in the service of a rather broken sort of dance music. With Vida on electronics and Tyondai Braxton and Amirtha Kidambi on vocals.
January 21, 8pm
Tickets $15
Music programs are made possible with support from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. Annual program support in part provided by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Kitchen

Monday, November 24, 2014

Performance: Ben Vida presents Tracers (Santeria) at the Guggenheim Dec 12th, 2014

Join us for an after-hours private viewing of current exhibitions, including ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s which the New York Times calls “an extraordinary accomplishment.” Once the general public has left for the day, the museum’s landmark building will fill with the sounds of a live performance by Ben Vida featuring new compositions of Santeria-inspired rhythms transformed into synthesized music.
Ben Vida is a New York–based artist and composer. He has been an active member of the international experimental music community for two decades with a long list of collaborators, bands, and releases to his credit. In the mid 90ʼs he cofounded the group Town and Country and has since worked as a solo artist with releases on such labels as PAN, Alku, Shelter Press, and Kranky. He has presented works in a range of museums, galleries, and music venues including MoMA, The Kitchen, MCA Chicago, ICA London, Audio Visual Arts, Lisa Cooley Gallery, Leap Gallery Berlin, The Artistʼs Institute, and the Sydney Opera House.
The evening also includes a playlist selected by Zach Layton with songs by artists such as Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Can, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Neu!, and more.

Free for members, $20 general admission. Buy tickets online or by credit card at the door.*
Cash bar serves wine and beer. Guests wishing to purchase alcoholic beverages will be asked for a photo ID.
Want to skip the line and get in free? Become a member today to enjoy priority access to enjoy this after-hours viewing and other exclusive events.

Performance: Bloopers #1 at EMPAC

Bloopers #1

Michael Bell-Smith, Sara Magenheimer, + Ben Vida

DECEMBER 6, 2014

Bloopers #1 is the newest iteration of the performance-driven 
collaboration by artists Michael Bell-Smith, Sara Magenheimer, 
and Ben Vida. Using the language of “breakdowns,” or comedic 
outtakes, the artists blend props, video, and electronic music to 
play with the social power of different kinds of media.
Presenting a joyously subversive take on popular culture and 
the social connections produced through sound and music, 
Bloopers #1 takes the question “Why do we hate some objects 
and love others?” as its starting point, and uses set pieces, 
dance-pop, cinematic cliché, and live performance to 
playfully tease the boundaries of language, crowds,
 and the nature of things that draw them.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Performance: Unsound Festival, Krakow

Ben Vida is an experimental musician working with sound frequencies, psychoacoustics and audio illusions. He is also interested in instrument construction and its improvisational or autocompositional capabilities. Vida releases his work on Pan, Shelter Press and Autumn Records, among others. In Krakow, Vida will present “Damaged Particulates”. Commissioned for Unsound Festival New York, this piece makes use of an external sound system as well as SubPacs, a vibrating audio system that directly channels low frequencies to the body.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Performance/Screening: LEAP Gallery, Berlin

Ben Vida presents 'Damaged Particulates' in Berlin

Opening: Friday 10.10.2014, 19.00
Artist Talk moderated by Lisa Blanning 

+ Subpac Presentation by Thomas Bäz (Subpac Partner Development Germany) 19:00

Plus an exhibition of Ben Vida's video Slipping Control.

leap knecht

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Release: Slipping Control LP on Shelter Press

Slipping Control
by Ben Vida

21 tracks
35:37 min
12′ LP / 33 rpm
first edition of 500 copies
color cover + printed inner sleeve + double sided insert 
140gr black vinyl

More Info:
Shelter Press

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Opening: Aug 7th Lisa Cooley Gallery, NYC

Fia Backström
Julien Bismuth
Michael Dean
Ryan Gander
James Hoff
Susan Howe
Christopher Knowles
Sophia Le Fraga
Rick Myers
Research Service
Aram Saroyan
Imogen Stidworthy
Sue Tompkins
Ben Vida
Performances by Fia Backström, Ben Vida, and Research Service (Avi Alpert, Mashinka Firunts, and Danny Snelson) will take place during the course of the exhibition, on the 21st and 28th of August

Lisa Cooley
107 Norfolk Street
New York, New York 10002

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Live Performance: April10th - Live Arts Week lll, Bologna, Italy.

Mette Edvardsen (N/B)
Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine - a library of living books
performance, italian première
Canedicoda (I)
Processo al Mochi/The size of a green pea
installation, première
Ken Jacobs/Aki Onda (USA/JP)
Nervous Magic Lantern
expanded cinema, italian première
Daniel Löwenbrück (D)
Waiting Room
installation, première
Barokthegreat (I)
Victory Smoke
performance, première
Aki Onda (USA/JP)
Cassette Spectacle #1  #2  #3
nomadic tape concert, première
Èlg (F)
Venti storie su una pagina sola
live concert
Dora Garcia (E)
The Joycean Society
Maria Hassabi (USA/Cipro)
performance, italian première
Ben Vida (USA)
Damaged Particulates
live concert, italian première
Gaëlle Boucand (F)
Mette Edvardsen (N/B)
No Title
performance, italian première
Daniel Löwenbrück/Doreen Kutzke (D)
Aktion 140411
sound performance
Time  Blade~Liquid Hand
sound performance
Enrico Boccioletti (I)
#AERIAL: The Floating Body in a Distraction Economy
live media, première
Ben Rivers/Ben Russell (GB/USA)
A Spell to Ward of the Darkness
Marco Berrettini (CH)
performance, italian première
Porter Ricks (Thomas Köner/Andy Mellwig) (D)
live concert, italian première
Neil Beloufa (F)
Rashad Becker (Syria/D)
rashad becker plays traditional music of notional species
live concert

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Performance: Unsound NYC - April 6th, 2014

Commissioned for Unsound Festival New York and making its worldwide debut at Phill Niblock’s historic downtown loft space Experimental Intermedia is a new exploration of sub bass called Damaged Particulates (undersong edition), created by one the most prolific sound artists and electronic musicians in New York today: Ben Vida. This unique piece makes use of bass frequencies throughout the space and also on the audience's seat-backs through use of SubPac, a high-fidelity tactile audio system that quietly and directly transfers low frequencies to your body.
Seating is extremely limited, advance tickets are necessary.


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Performances: HIVE/Braxton/Vida DUO - Australia

HIVE/Braxton/Vida DUO

January 17th HIVE  @ MONA FOMA Tasmania 
January 18th Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida DUO  @ "Faux Mo" Tasmania 
January 21st HIVE  @ Sydney Opera House
January 22nd Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida DUO  @ Paradiso Terrace Bar  

Performances: Melbourne, Australia

New York based modular synthesizer artist Ben Vida will hit our shores to play with Tyondai Braxton at Sydney Town Hall as part of Sydney Festival 2014. On the heels of this he will head south to play a few special shows for us here in Melbourne including two shows with Australian electronic music legend Ollie Olsen. 

Friday 24th January 
Solo performance
Polyester Records 
Flinders Street

Saturday 25th January
Ben Vida and Ollie Olsen (2 shows)

318 St Georges Road,
North Fitzroy
Tix available on the door.
A night of delicious electronics and transcendental vibes.

Tuesday 28th January
Make It Up Club's 16th Birthday Festivities

Yoann Durant [FR] (Soprano & Alto Saxophones, Tubes) & Robbie Avenaim (Percussion)

Ben Vida [US] (Modular Synth) & Mat Watson (Synthi AKS)

Viv Corringham [UK] (Voice) & Alison Blunt [UK] (Violin)

Kris Wanders (Saxes), Slawek Janicki (Double Bass), Bre
tt Evans (Saxes), Damien Ellis (Drums), Jude Russel (Korg)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Presentation: Dec. 5th, 6th ad 7th - Metal Fatigue Music at NADA Miami

December 5th, 6th and 7th at NADA Miami.  The Previa returns to the Motherland!  Come join Ben and Jeff as they present this new edition of Metal Fatigue Music!!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Performance: Nov. 21st Bloopers #0 presented by Triple Canopy/Performa, NYC

Image courtesy of Bloopers.
Bloopers #0 is the debut of a new performance-based collaboration by Michael Bell-SmithSara Magenheimer, and Ben Vida. As the band Bloopers, they use dance-pop music as a platform to explore the ways in which sound and music operate socially. Their work incorporates videos, props, set pieces, and promotional materials, playfully testing the boundaries of different areas of contemporary culture. Invoking Nam June Paik’s "Global Groove" and Robert Ashley’s "Perfect Lives" through the lens of Internet radio, Bloopers #0 is a multilayered dance party with distractions.

"The wild beauty, cultural richness, spiritual vacancy and ferocious violence of America are explored to compelling effect in virtually every aspect of Bloopers #0—in the title and the cover art, the blues and country borrowings evident in the music," raves Rolling Stone. "Indeed, Bloopers says that 'dismantling the mythology of America' is an important part of Bloopers #0's artistic objective."

Bloopers #0 was commissioned and is presented by Triple Canopy as part of Performa 13, and is hosted at Four81 Broadway by Jack Chiles and Mila Giesler. 
Four81, 481 Broadway, floor 4
November 21, 2013
9:00 p.m. , $5

more here:

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Performance: Boston Nov. 1st *Non-Event*

Non-Event and WZBC present
Damaged Particulates for fixed and live electronics, and Tztztztzt Î Í Í... (video) 2013
Pace Of Time with Ben Pritchard, Sakiko Mori, and Laura Cetillia
Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / All ages
$15 general / $12 students with ID at the door
$12.50 general /$10 students with ID