First Fort Wayne SOUP Winner Explains Soundwalk
Jun28

First Fort Wayne SOUP Winner Explains Soundwalk

With the next Fort Wayne SOUP (learn more) micro-grant dinner coming up this Thursday, I caught up with Soundwalk’s Kurt Roembke, the first micro-grant winner, to learn more about his creative project designed to enhance the Fort Wayne community by pairing locally composed sounds with local landscapes. Roembke is a music composer and performer and media professional based in Fort Wayne. He is also a co-worker and personal friend of mine, so I was excited to learn more about this project and just what it takes to be a successful presenter at Fort Wayne SOUP. About Soundwalk Roembke and Michael Sullivan, app developer from Elemental Spark, are developing an immersive smartphone application called Soundwalk, which will pair music composed by Roembke with physical objects within a geographic space. Lindenwood Cemetery on Fort Wayne’s west side is the first area being mapped via the app. “What we’ve developed so far and what we plan to be our final form is basically people take their phone, they download the app, and they really could put it in their pocket at that point,” Roembke said. Once app users are walking, the experience would be hands-free and completely controlled by the app at that point. People will be able to walk from place to place while listening to music composed specifically for each area of the cemetery. Users would then be able to check the app to see what music is playing at certain locations. The music will change based on the physical features of the area or the history behind the people buried nearby. For example, if there is a memorial to a former baseball player, the music might be inspired by that. At Lindenwood Cemetery, app users would be able to jump right into the experience once they arrive at the cemetery. People will be able to start their walks near the entrance, but users could really be able to start from anywhere. Although people can technically use the app as part of a group, Roembke believes many people might choose to make it an individual experience within the space. “There’s something about the nature of walking through a cemetery that feels a little more solitary and less group-oriented,” Roembke said. The initial vision in Roembke’s mind for the app was a two-dimensional sound space where users would walk from location to location and the music would do a seamless crossfade transition. With the influx of mini-grant money from SOUP, Roembke has expanded his vision to create a more interactive user experience with the app. “We basically started to develop it as a three-dimensional sound space,” Roembke said. “What that means is, the app pays...

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Hope Arthur presents The CORE
Jan22

Hope Arthur presents The CORE

Disconnect and immerse yourself in the complexity of the human spirit in downtown Fort Wayne this weekend. Local music artist Hope Arthur will be presenting The CORE in Collaboration with Mikautadze Dance Theatre, Hope Arthur Orchestra, Saitnkini of Austria, and Silbo Gomero on Saturday 8 pm at the Parkview Physicians Group Blackbox Theater. This weekend’s performance will consist of two parts – a vocal performance piece by The Hope Arthur Orchestra and “Schreimoment,” a collaborative effort featuring both local and Austrian artists. The performance will feature artistic projections by Alec Johnson, who has created shape-based pieces that will interact with The CORE. So immerse yourselves, Fort Wayne, as it should be be a one-of-a-kind performance, not likely to be performed again in the near future! The CORE, which stands for Cultivating Oneness Reinventing Expression, is a physical artistic performance structure Arthur has been developing since she was a student in an “Entrepreneurship through the Arts” course at IPFW. Local artists Jeremy Stroup and Gregor Roth helped Arthur design and build The CORE as a structure. The vision behind The CORE continued to evolve into what it is today during a residency Arthur completed at the local Wunderkammer Company art gallery. The structure is by no means complete and continues to evolve into a collaborative experience with Arthur and the local artistic community. “I think I wanted to make a physical structure of how I feel on the inside at least, like when I’m reflecting or when I’m sad or when I’m happy – the core of my being or my human spirit,” Arthur said. “I wanted to look at it, and perform on it, and explore it.” Part one on Saturday will feature The CORE with a 20-minute all-vocal performance piece by the Hope Arthur Orchestra. The vocal performers will also be performing the choreography for the piece. This will be followed by “Schreimoment,” an all-dance and music performance piece by Saitnkini, an Austrian artistic duo featuring Ulrich Schleicher and Andre Schwarzl. Saitnkini wrote the story and basic structure of Schriemoment, and then Silbo Gomero and Mikautadze brought it to life in Fort Wayne. The collaborative effort between artists from different artistic areas (and even different continents) has been impressive. Schleicher and Schwarzl collaborated via Skype with Arthur, musician/composer Kurt Roembke, and Elizabeth Mikautadze of the Mikautadze Dance Theatre to help make their detailed vision for the piece come to life. “So many collaborators and a lot of creative input!” said Mikautadze, who directed the choreography of the piece. “This is energizing to me and is the reason I do the work I do.” The piece features original contemporary-inspired choreography performed by the Mikautadze Dance Theatre and music composed by Silbo Gomero, a music collaboration between Arthur...

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