New York-based musician, synth builder and electronics artist and DJ Antenes (Lori Napoleon) operates a laboratory of self-made sequencers and synthesizers using repurposed vintage telephone equipment. Known for her inventive soundscapes, Antenes treats the studio as a space for sculpting emergent patterns, textures, and percussion layers. Drawing musical influence from the curious and ephemeral sound-world of outdated telephone systems, her productions integrate sounds reminiscent of pulsing analog relay switching systems, errant radio transmissions, cross-continental echo, signature drones and message interferences between wires.
A recipient of the current 2017 Artist in Residency at Issue Project Room, NY, Antenes has held residencies at Harvestworks (NYC) and Signal Culture (Owego NY) and has appeared at interdisciplinary events including the New York Electronic Arts Festival, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s “Intersections” exhibition (Batavia, IL), Open House London’s Sonic Visitations, and Trinity College’s Science Gallery (Dublin). Her work is featured in the 2013 documentary I Dream of Wires: The Modular Synthesizer Documentary, as well as in several master’s theses including Mills College, FIT and Clemson University. Her 2015 production debut, The Track of a Storm vinyl EP on L.I.E.S. was named to the best-of lists of Fact Magazine and Juno Plus, and she recently collaborated with Moog Music in modifying their analog circuits into new instruments for her installation, “The Exchange” at MoogFest 2016. She has been featured in articles and podcasts including The Creators Project, ClockTower Radio, and writer Steven Johnson’s Wonderland Podcast (alongside Brian Eno, Alex Ross and Caroline Shaw).
Interview with Lori Napoleon