KEROAÄN is a musical artificial intelligence developed by Ian M Fraser and Reed Evan Rosenberg that performs by implementing various non-standard synthesis techniques. The synthesis is played in real time by the KEROAÄN program. Pushing and pulling between sections of hard noise, singing glissandos, jagged melodic scribble and other sonic curiosities, the program liberates the computer from its position as a mere tool of hyper-productivity and transports the machine into a state of creative and performative being. Operatic in scope, a live diffusion of KEROAÄN features lasers, strobe lighting, and fog synched to both audible and structural qualities of the music as an infinitely morphing chorus of digital voices croon, cry, scream and everything in between.
Keroaän – “Bairal-Jin Similarity” C-10 cassette
Keroaän – “Daunting In It’s Variousness: First In A Suit Of An Indeterminate Number Of Pieces” – Copy For Your Records hand-stamped fan cd-r // edition of 100.
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“Keroaän is a musical A.I. program developed by Ian M. Fraser and Reed Evan Rosenberg using XENAKIS’S Dynamic Stochastic Synthesis… Non determinist “music” on a Fixed state machine- tricky… The subject is complex and ‘quite’ large, even to the idea of describing the sounds so produced, more than human / human description, I cant help wonder though i know Heidegger would disapprove, how any Dasein is authentic by nature of biology, a hence human air born auditory systems. This I’m exploring elsewhere, music – should it be limited to human auditory systems? Regardless this is a sound work, though its significance for me is much more in the move into territories outside of the correlationist’s ear. Here using A.I. and stochastics. One criticism (which is a positive generation arising from such work!) I have lies in the ontologies of Stochastics Vs those of k-multicombinations, i.e. multi sets or bags, in simple terms the totality of ‘all possible’ rather than the non totality of probables. Probability has for me a possible emptiness in infinities, which is obvious in my own work. I prefer the pedantic algorithm to the stochastic chimp, though this is not to be seen a pejorative description, the play of probabilities offers much, its potentially an embracing field (it includes Meillassoux’s future God!) and it strikes me as something more in my personal psychology to prefer “bags” to great apes. The whole project is commendable in its openness and the placing of so many themes on the table, it’s a pity I can’t explore more here. Possibilities, probabilities, infinities and time! What we hear is 10 or so slabs of noise and tones, drone like oscillations which rise and fall, the first signs of a colossus. A release which has not only sonic interest, one that should open up a discussion for anyone interested in music or sound art, and one way around or out of any HNW nihilism or correlationist’s circle.”
(jliat – vital weekly)
” Crazy computer noise that borders on unlistenable, except for the fact that it’s totally fucking listenable. Sounds of all sorts in here, helium struggling to escape from balloons, metal coins scraping against hard plastic, hail storms & train wrecks, avalanches & atomic bombs, DIY prop plane motor whir, NES consoles aflame, ancient computer hardware disintegrating before your eyes, even a brief techno interlude. Absolute aural destruction.” (Justin Snow – Anti-Gravity Bunny)
“…while one can easily admire the skill that went into designing and programming it, there’s little reason to listen to these 19 minutes of, erm, hard noise, singing glissandos and jagged melodic scribble more than once. I might be more inclined to do so if I suspected there was some compositional forethought behind it and if it didn’t sound so god damn ugly.”(Dan Warburton – Paris Transatlantic )
“Geek duo from Philadelphia. About Reed Evan Rosenberg (Reed Evan Rosenberg) I wrote earlier in connection with his solo work, but Ian Fraser (Ian M. Fraser) for a new “modern music” people. Together (and separately) they are engaged in the generation of the sound on the computer using mathematical formulas and so on. In this case, they have written based on the ideas of Yannis Xenakis (Iannis Xenakis) software, which made this release. Who cares, learn how it’s done. And is it related to music?
By modern experimental – yes, definitely has. And if the hard dense loud sound more could be associated with harsh noyzovoy scene and its attendant brutality of the listener, then the structure of the mini-album will resemble rather something from the world of academic. Can not say exactly how the duo made a pause in real time it was written, or it is cutting pieces after. Essence is – pause to listen to configure a completely different way. Paying attention to all the sound and only him. Let the computer do it, even by accident, but it is so in the spirit of the time, as far as possible.Writing a brief break and then unleash a barrage of twists synthesized noise worthy to voice them, say, the next coming to Earth Transformers.” (Ilya Belorukov – CMMAG)