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Die Atem Sets

by Hipster Modular




"die Atem Sets" is a capture of a live, online performance by Hipster Modular on 4/10/2020. The performance was shared in 4 areas - via Youtube, with Remixed projected video, back onto Youtube Live and via Radio Axiom. The intent was to communicate essential information through repurposed media. The audio was archived and re-shared in 4 parts.

die Atem Sets, ein Klangleistung von Hipster Modular:

Breathing (or ventilation) is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs to facilitate gas exchange with the internal environment, mostly by bringing in oxygen and flushing out carbon dioxide.

A ventilator is a machine that provides mechanical ventilation by moving breathable air into and out of the lungs, to deliver breaths to a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently. Modern ventilators are computerized microprocessor-controlled machines, but patients can also be ventilated with a simple, hand-operated bag valve mask. Ventilators are chiefly used in intensive-care medicine, home care, and emergency medicine (as standalone units) and in anesthesiology (as a component of an anesthesia machine). During the pandemic of 2020, the U.S. president turned ventilators into a form of patronage while the California state positioned itself as a "Nation State" to procure and redistribute the medical equipment. As such, the term "ventilate" is now associated with political posturing.

The Hipster is "A person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream." The Atem (German for breath) is a living process that is essential to life itself. The tools such as ventilators come and go with infection statistics - they are the embodiment of trend - a fashion that follows viruses, culture, political lies, political posturing, and random environmental factors - the chaos surrounding the Atem character establishes it as a passive hipster.

The Visual presentation of the "Atem Sets" is live performance video chromakeyed onto a collection of 4 media backdrops - (1) a static image, (2) video from a side camera, (3) video from a rear camera, and (4) video of makeshift, emergency, ventilator research labs. The produced video is broadcast via Zoom and recast to Youtube Live for public consumption. The same video is captured by Radio Axiom, reprocessed, projected, recaptured and rebroadcast. The total media, from 4 sources, is repurposed 4 times.

The Sonic presentation of the "Atem Sets" leverages live/looped breaths and flügelhorn combined with essential instructions for those suffering from Covid-19. Synthesis techniques from the '60s, '80s and 21st century are used to produce a final soundscape which is then cut into 4 pieces.

#DigitechObscura #DoepferModular (A-146x2,A-143-9x2,A-138) #EventideH9Max #EventideH910 #KMIK-mix #LaunchpadProMk3 #NobletFlugel #RolandSH-01A #RolandSPD-SX #RolandTR-09 #ShureBeta56 #TCHelicon #AbletonLive #LiveLooping #88BPM

#COVID19 #coronavirus #444 #FearFearFear



Sample credit:
UK Dr. Sarfaraz Munshi of Queens Hospital demonstrates breathing techniques for COVID-19 patients who are struggling to breathe or having a cough fit.

Performance video at:
Remix video at:


released April 12, 2020

Elektronik April 2020
Hergestellt in San Diego, Kalifornien, USA
Schnitt und Mastering von T. Henthorn
Zusammengestellt von Hipster Modular

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von Pan Handler Production
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Die Artefakte inspirierten den Klang:
Fotografien von T. Henthorn und Radio Axiom
Ausrüstung: Doepfer, Digitech, Roland, KMI, Eventide, Noblet, Zoom, Ableton.

Spielzeit 63 min 21 sek


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Trevo Henthor San Diego, California

Trevor Henthorn is a trumpet player, percussionist, composer, music and network technologist currently living in San Diego, California. With a background in electrical engineering and psychology, his music explores aspects of hypertechnology and psychoacoustics. His recent explorations emphasize analog and data-driven synthesis with ’90s electronic percussion forms. ... more

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