AP Associate Professor Greg Niemeyer in the news: Hewlett backs Berkeley Projects for Hip Hop opera, ‘Dreamer’ composition.

New grants from the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will support two ambitious musical projects involving artists at UC Berkeley.

With one grant, UC Berkeley art practice associate professor Greg Niemeyer, DJ Spooky and the Internet Archive will collaborate on an 11-movement multimedia production for a string quartet, vocalist and original electronic instruments about the origins of the Internet and what needs to happen to keep it accessible, neutral, and free.

Niemeyer said he is creating an open source Sonic Web instrument, a large touchscreen with a software tool to draw network diagrams enabling DJ Spooky, the performance name of Paul D. Miller, to explore what networks sound like and to layer sounds with vocals as well as string and sampled sounds.

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