Spectrum, a Performance and Art Venue

We are pleased to announce the opening of Spectrum, a performance and art venue at
121 Ludlow, Second Floor
New York NY 10002

 

This is in Manhattan’s vibrant Lower East Side neighborhood. It is less than a block north of Delancey Street, and a short (about 3 minutes) walk from the Essex stop of the J, M and Z trains and the Delancey stop of the F train.

 

 

Spectrum is a key component of The New Spectrum Foundation’s core strategy to enhance the viability of careers in contemporary music. Spectrum has in part been established to fill the vacuum left by former Manhattan venues that have either departed to Brooklyn (e. g., Roulette, Issue Project Room and Knitting Factory) or disappeared altogether (e. g., Tonic).

Spectrum is a technology-intensive venue with excellent facilities for the presentation of innovative music (and other arts) in an intimate setting that seats an audience of about 60. The space is focused on presentation of music (and other arts) by innovative performers, composers and other practitioners.

Spectrum features a Steinway D concert grand piano that was purchased new in 2010 and has since been maintained in excellent condition by expert technicians on a regular basis.

 

The sound system, already at a reasonable standard for the presentation of excellent music, is undergoing a series of upgrades with the assistance of audio-technology inventor Lawrence de Martin, who serves as Spectrum’s Chief Technology Officer. Spectrum has already hosted the premiere of some of Lawrence’s innovations, with more to follow over the coming months.

 

High-intensity, high-definition video projection is available.

 

Additionally, a medium-resolution array of 24-bit-color lights is being configured for Spectrum. It was originally designed and deployed in Palo Alto, California, and was moved to the Spectrum site in Spring 2012. The array is controlled by a number of means, including

  • A dedicated hardware platform
  • A series of Max/MSP patches developed for the array (Max/MSP is a computer program for experimental music and video)
  • A custom-designed hardware/software interface for detecting and processing brainwaves

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