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

Performance: OCT 25th Akousma Festival, Montreal, QB.

Since 2005, the AKOUSMA concert series has been exploring the diveristy of electroacoustic music, as today's composers are also doing in this ever expending musical universe.

AKOUSMA is a place for young local artists as well as a place for well established international composers, and this makes for some stimulating programs.
INFO:  akousma

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Performance/Video Screening: Lampo Event in Chicago

SAT OCT 12 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE; RSVP here
Ben Vida, of Brooklyn, formerly from Chicago, returns to screen a new video piece and premiere a 4-channel electronics work that the artist and traitor made for the occasion. We joke, Ben.
More info here: lampo

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Writing: BOMB Magazine

In the new issue of BOMB Magazine:

Florian Hecker by Ben Vida

by Ben Vida

Upon the release of her new album, Loud City Song, the singer and composer on her interests in the poetry of Frank O’Hara, the operas of Robert Ashley, and Colette’s novella Gigi.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Live Performance: Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida Duo at Sacrum Profanum in Krakow

The European debut of Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida electronic duo.

part 1:

Julia Wolfe – Reeling
Florent Ghys – An Open Cage
Christian Marclay – Fade to Slide
Todd Reynolds – Seven Sundays
Bryce Dessner – new work [commission with Edinburg Festival]
Steve Reich – The Cave [commission with Edinburg Festival]

part 2:

Tyondai Braxton/Ben Vida [duo set]
Mira Calix – Meeting you seemed easy [feat. Mira Calix]
Michael Gordon – Gene takes a drink
David Lang – Unused Swan
Tyondai Braxton – Casino Trem
Anna Clyne – A Wonderful Day
Nick Zammuto – Real Beauty Turns 
PlaceThe Małopolska Garden of Arts
ArtistsMira Calix
Tyondai Braxton
Ben Vida
Bang on a Can All-Stars

sacrum profanum

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sat, June 22, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn

As part of the June PAN_ACT festival, Resident Advisor teams up with ISSUE Project Room and Goethe-Institut New York to present an evening with 2013 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence Ben Vida, London-based sound artist Helm, and composer / Root Strata label founder Jefre Cantu-Ledesma in a performance with his longtime collaborator, filmmaker Paul Clipson.
Ben Vida has worked with artists Siebren Versteeg, Meredyth Sparks, Marina Rosenfeld, Luke Fowler, Hisham Bharoocha, Nadia Hironaka, and Mathew Suib and has played in ensembles led by Tony Conrad, Rhys Chattam, and Werner Dafeldecker. He has performed with with David Behrman, Tyondai Braxton, Nate Wooley, Ryan Sawyer, Chad Taylor, Eli Keszler, Yamatsuka Eye, and C. Spencer Yeh, among many others. He has released over twenty records on such labels as Thrill Jockey, Drag City, PAN, Amish, Bottrop-Boy, Hapna, and Kranky. In 2011 Vida was Composer in Residency at Diapason Space, NYC and at EMS Studios, Stockholm and was awarded a Swedish Arts Committee Travel Grant, ISSUE Project Room Emerging Artists Commission and Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona "Composing with Process" Exclusive Works Commission. 2012 he premiered a new composition for fixed electronics and small ensemble commissioned by the ACM/Palomar Ensemble in Chicago. In the spring of 2013 he was an Artist in Residence at Clocktower, NYC and is a 2013 resident at ISSUE Project Room. Vida’s first solo exhibition, “Slipping Control” opened at Audio Visual Arts Gallery in Manhattan in April 2013. As both a solo artist and in collaboration Vida has presented his work in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South Korea, and Japan.
Helm is a sound artist and experimental musician based in London, working with a vast array of revolving instrumentation and abstract sound sources. Helm's compositions build a dense aural landscape that touches on musique concrete, uncomfortable sound poetry, noise, and hallucinatory drones. His latest LP Cryptography presented a five-part suite of expertly rendered electro-acoustic study which uses processed piano, Casio MT-40, cymbal, and broken guitar strings. Helm creates a world where these instruments morph into spectral rust, a shimmering klang swims alongside passive noise and the relationship between acoustic and electronic derived sounds forms a solid foundation. This sound is steered through a melange of fringe territories: glacial drone meditations, reconfigured gamelan clusters, and howling walls of organized feedback, all coalesced in a post-industrial fashion with a commitment to homemade exploratory zeal. For the past ten years, Helm has also performed extensively in Europe and the US with Steven Warwick as pioneering avant-drone duo Birds of Delay.
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Paul Clipson have collaborated for over 10 years on live sound / film performances and installations. Their work is intuitive and focuses on a spontaneous coming together of the two mediums. They have performed nationally and internationally at the New York Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, 25FPS in Zagreb, SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & The San Francisco Exploratorium. They were Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Spring of 2013.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Event: Sound Spill, NYC

Private View: 7 May 6-8pm, RSVP essential to

Exhibition runs 8-26 May 2013

Cory Arcangel, André Avelãs, John Baldessari, Trisha Baga, Michael Bell-Smith, Ben Cain, Peter Coffin, David Raymond Conroy, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Lesley Flanigan, James Hoff, Stephen Sharp and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Lucky Dragons, Oliver Payne, Amalia Pica, Seth Price, Hannah Sawtell, Lorenzo Senni, Ben Vida, Raphaël Zarka


Sound Spill, a group exhibition curated by Thom O’Nions and Richard Sides, a curator and an artist who have been awarded a curatorial research grant to develop the exhibition after a research period in New York City. Sound Spill will bring together existing works from the Zabludowicz Collection by artists including Fischli/Weiss, Amalia Pica, Seth Price and Raphael Zarka alongside a series of new commissions and other works selected by the curators in the lead up to the exhibition.

Sound Spill is an ongoing project by Thom O’Nions, Richard Sides and Haroon Mirza. This will be its fifth manifestation after versions in the UK at S1, Sheffield; Spike Island, Bristol and Seventeen, London as well as at West in Den Haag, The Netherlands.

This iteration of the project will be divided into two sections, the first on the 7th floor and the second on the 33rd floor of the iconic Manhattan building.

The 7th floor contains a set of prexisiting works, including works from the Zabludowicz Collection, alongside a new commission by Trisha Baga. The interaction of the sound made by each work dictates and structures their arrangement, creating a composition. This model allows for unexpected relationships to be highlighted between works in contrast to a traditional thematic approach to exhibition-making.

For the 33rd floor section of the project the curators have worked with Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S Davidson, incorporating their project Volumes for Sound into the exhibition. Davidson and Dubbin have been invited to produce a new set of speaker sculptures which the curators put forward to a group of 8 artists, asking them to produce a new multichannel sound work that responded to the ideas of the Sound Spill exhibition as well as addressing the particularities of the Volumes for Sound project. New Commissions are being made by: Ben Cain, David Raymond Conroy, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Lesley Flanigan, James Hoff, Stephen Sharp and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Lucky Dragons, Lorenzo Senni, Ben Vida

The curatorial research grant has enabled O’Nions and Sides to spend time in New York in order to seek artists outside the Zabludowicz Collection for inclusion in the exhibition as well as to extend their independent practice in an important contemporary art capital. Sound Spill will include new commissions made for the Collection’s dramatic Times Square location at 1500 Broadway. The resulting exhibition will extend their research interests in the threshold between art production and exhibition-making. Their research will form the basis for a publication and can
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Event: Metal Fatigue Music at AVA, NYC

In conjunction with Ben Vida's current show at AVA, we're presenting the second edition of Ben Vida and Jeff DeGolier's Metal Fatigue Music (1992 Toyota Previa). Here are the details:

Sunday, May 5th
at Audio Visual Arts

. . . .

Ben Vida and Jeff DeGolier
Metal Fatigue Music (1992 Toyota Previa), 2012
Site Specific Audio Piece

Toyota Previa will be parked in front of AVA playing the bass tunes. 
You can sit inside of it if you want.

Contributing composers and artists for this edition of Metal Fatigue Music include:

Alexis Georgopoulos & Max Ravitz, Bryan Eubanks, Cory Arcangel, Eric Frye, Holly Herndon, James Hoff, Jefre Cantu, Joshua Abrams, Matteah Baim, New Humans, Pat Noecker, Roc Jiménez de Cisneros (EVOL), Sabisha Friedberg, Stephen Sharp (EVOL), Jared Madere, Zach Layton, Michael Bell-Smith, Sebastien Roux and More!!!!

Mix of works is played every hour on the hour from 2-6pm.