Dafna Naphtali and Hans Tammen in Stanford on 04/25/19

[Book chapter] Audio Augmented Reality For Interactive Soundwalks, Sound Art and Music Delivery

Book chapter by Dafna Naphtali and Richard Rodkin for Foundations in Sound Design for Interactive Media, Vol 2. edited by Michael Filimowicz. 2019.


Locative Media is an established musical/sound art practice with a rich and diverse history encompassing many musical styles and genres. With the advent of the smartphone and sophisticated tracking systems, Audio Augmented Reality has emerged as an effective way to produce highly interactive and widely distributable works.  Using their own work as a backdrop, the authors discuss approaches and decision points for building an AAR system as well as the considerations that composers must work through to capitalize on the technology and create a truly engaging, interactive experience for the listener.

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Ras Moshe : Music Now Ensemble in Brooklyn on 04/30/19


DSC_0142-2-200x300Dafna Naphtali is a singer/instrumentalist/electronic-musician who composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music.  For 20+ years, drawing on a wide-ranging musical background in jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music and using her custom Max/MSP programming, she’s performed in the US, Canada, Europe, India, Russia and the Middle East, with current projects also including: “Audio Chandelier”, multi-channel audio piece presented in US, Berlin, and Montreal (IX Symposium 2017 @Satosphére); “Robotica” (music robots and voice) at Avant Music Fest ’16 and continuing ; “Walkie Talkie Dream Angles”, an “Audio Augmented-reality” sound walk and personalized interactive composition written for NY’s Washington Square Park, and a new walk “Walkie Talkie Dream Garden” to be premiered in June 2018 for the waterfront area of Willliamsburg Brooklyn.

Dafna’s has long-running projects in live sound-processing of voice and acoustic instruments, as her a performable “instrument”.  The current focus is on duos with acoustic instrumentalists –pianist Gordon Beeferman (new CD “Pulsing Dot”), trombonist Jen Baker (Clip Mouth Unit), percussionist Luis Tabuenca (CD “Index of Refraction”), Chuck Bettis (electronics/throat – CD “Chatter Blip”) and with Hans Tammen (endangered guitar). Performing as a singer (unplugged!), Naphtali has interpreted the music of Cage, Stockhausen (Stimmung w/choreographer Daria Fain / Magic Names vocal sextet), Eisler/Brecht (Hollywood Liederbuch), and contemporary composers Joshua Fried, Shelley Hirsch, Kitty Brazelton, José Halac, Yotam Haber, Jonathan Bepler, she’s performed Spanish Civil War songs with the genre-transcending band Barbez, and organized “Voice Activated” public interventions for Make Music NY.

Fellowships/awards include: NY Foundation for the Arts (‘13, ‘01), NY State Council on the Arts (’99, ’18), Brooklyn Arts Council (’18), Franklin Furnace, American Composers Forum (’99, ’09), Foundation for Contemporary Arts, American Music Center; residencies: Music/OMI, STEIM, and Signal Culture. Discography includes “What is it Like to be a Bat?” digital punk trio with Kitty Brazelton (Tzadik), “Pulsing Dot” duo with pianist Gordon Beeferman, CDs with Chuck Bettis, Hans Tammen, and many as side-person / singer.  Her work-in-progress album, “Machines & Memory”, is commissioned pieces since 2010: “Panda Half-Life” (vocal sextet- electronics), “Marching Men” (voice/chamber group/electronics) and Robotica (voice/music robots).

“…luminary” (Time Out New York)

“extraordinary experimental vocalist”  (Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery)


Chemtech article 1983

My dad was a chemical engineer (now retired), my mother was a dancer and later a sociologist (worked on her doctorate throughout my teens).

Their debates and viewpoints on science, philosophy of science, social science, politics and their library (enormous) were the background noise and foreground content that made my home life growing up *always* extremely interesting and set me and my sister up for lifetime of inquiry and curiosity about so many things.

The other day, clearing up some papers, they came across this article they wrote together in 1983 for Chemtech magazine. Reading it and seeing that collaborative spirit in the article is reminding me how lucky I was to grow up with the two of them.. (plus they look really cute in their backpacks..) .. grateful ! ! <3

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Audio Fixations:: Improvisation / Party with Dafna Naphtali / Ofer Bymel with Hans Tammen / Ras Moshe / Shoko Nagai

Sept12PromoPhotoKick off the almost-Fall season with some fun, improvisation and fulfillment of audio fixations–

Dafna Naphtali (live electronics/ sound processing /voice) plus visiting creative mind and drummer Ofer Bymel (of Electro Free Trio / Tel Aviv).

With fellow audio fixators from New York,..
Shoko Nagai (piano, electronics),
Ras Moshe (reeds),
Hans Tammen (electronics) and guests..

beeps squeaks, noise-beauty, processed pulse and sparks will ensue..

Ofer Bymel /////// A leading Israeli drummer and improviser, Bymel has played with an extensive amount of musicians from Israel and abroad. Using his immense musicality combined with a vast palette of sounds and techniques, he is capable of playing an impressive range of effects: from the extremely soft and delicately inaudible to the harsh and explosive. Bymel has also led, and took part in many Improvised Music and Free-Jazz groups in Israel, as well as recently in Germany.

Dafna Naphtali – www.dafna.info
Hans Tammen – www.tammen.org
Shoko Nagai — www.shokonagai.net
Ras Moshe – http://straw2goldpictures.com/rasmoshe.htm

January 2014 News!

Good news! I was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts 2014 Fellowship !! (in Music and Sound category).

In Tel Aviv now for a few weeks and will do a concert with Yoni Niv and Musica Nova in Jerusalem, and also guest teach/discuss my work with students at Musrara also in Jerusalem.

Later in the month, I will get out to California for to join Thea Farhadian to work on our duo project during her residency at Montalvo in Saratoga, CA. Also, will do a concert with Steve Horowitz and friends as part of the Berkeley Arts Festival!

This Spring, I will be doing a lot of teaching, writing and mixing my CD “Machines and Memory” with Paul Geluso.