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Tarek Atoui’s Un-drum performances are a series of complex interactions between music composition, movement, performance, and computer and electronic engineering. Un-drum 1: Strategies of Surviving Noise, an intense and physical electronic sound performance produced in 2009, draws upon the three days of arrest and torture the artist experienced during the July 2006 war on Lebanon. Un-drum 2: The Chinese Connection considers how traditional and modern art forms were radically affected and altered by the ideology of the Cultural Revolution. For Un-drum 3: Semantic Scanning Electron Microscope, Atoui developed an audio library of tens of thousands of microsamples to explore semantics through a system analogous to a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Like the SEM, which magnifies things on a fine scale, the tools of Un-drum 3 allow live exploration of long audio tracks on a very small scale. Systems of infrared modules respond to Atoui’s movements to select microsamples according to mathematical serial algorithms that create elaborate rhythmical structures of hundreds of microsamples played simultaneously.
> Un-drum 1: Strategies for Surviving Noise
> Un-drum 2: The Chinese Connection
> Un-drum 3: The Semantic Scanning Electron Microscope
Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and moved to Paris in 1998 where he studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. Atoui is an electro-acoustic musician who initiates and curates multidisciplinary interventions, events, concerts and workshops in Europe and the Middle East. He builds new software for each project he works on and specializes in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education.
Un-drum 1 is produced by Sharjah Biennial 9, 2009, Un-drum 2 is produced by the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), and Un-drum 3 is produced by the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), La Maison Rouge (France), and Darat Al Funun (Jordan).