Saturday
Nov192016

I'm back - and 5 new Soundbytes articles have appeared.

Sorry for the lack of news - it's been a VERY busy semester.  Meanwhile, in the September soundbytesmag.net, I had 2 reviews - one of Xotopad-2, a lovely Windows based touchscreen controller toolkit, and then reviews of four new-ish books from University of Illinois Press: biographies of Johanna Beyer, John Cage, and Robert Ashley, and a collection of writings from Gordon Mumma.

http://soundbytesmag.net/musicfortablets-xotopad-2/

http://soundbytesmag.net/pionnersofelectronicmusic-fournewbooks/

In the current November 2016 issue, I've got 3 reviews.  One of Henry Lowengard's classic Droneo, now updated, one of Tracktion's extremely powerful BioTek softsynth; and one of a very fun sampling/sequencing app from the Mouse on Mars crew, fluXpad.

http://soundbytesmag.net/musicfortabletsdroneo/

http://soundbytesmag.net/bioteckfromtracktion/

http://soundbytesmag.net/fluxpadfrommouseonmars/

Enjoy!

 

Thursday
Aug182016

Upcoming: METADATA at Dancehouse

Sept 9-10, at Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street, North Carlton, is METADATA, a dance, sound and light program by Tess de Quincey, and friends.  I'm one of the friends, producing the music for the second half of the program, Moths and Mathematics.  Here's a link:

http://dancehouse.com.au/performance/performancedetails.php?id=235

And a photograph, of Tess and Peter Fraser dancing with Boris Morris Bagatini's computer animations providing the set/environment:

 

I hope to see some of you there!

 

Wednesday
Aug102016

A Neat Article by Nate Wolley

Here's a link to a neat article by Nate Wolley, trumpeter, composer, improviser, writer, and organizer of websites, events and etc.  It's a selection of his favorite "weirdo" composers - we might have called them "American experimentalists" at one point, but at this point, maybe the term "wierdos" will do just as well.

http://www.thewire.co.uk/in-writing/the-portal/nate-wooleys-guide-to-american-weirdos

It starts off with a link to Kenneth Gaburo's work, and at the end of that, there's a "see also" link through to me, David Dunn and Larry Polansky.  A lovely article with a bunch of great YouTube links, and a bunch of "see alsos" to give you names of other folks whose music is well worth pursuing.

Monday
Jul182016

Four New Reviews in Soundbytesmag.net

The current issue of Soundbytesmag.net is out, and I have not one, not two, not three, but four - count 'em - four - reviews in it of new software musical delights.  The Moog Modular 15 for iOS devices.  Jacky Ligon's Ivor2 for the PC - a wonderful analog-ish microtonal synthesizer.  Softube Modular - a Eurorack modular synth that fits onto your Mac or PC computeer screen.  And the Attack EP88 Tacked Electric Piano from UVI - an astounding electric piano instrument.  Here are the links to the articles.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Tuesday
Jun072016

For Frank Osowski (1947-2016)

Frank Osowski, visual poet, artist bookmaker, mail artist, sculptor, writer and beloved partner of Leonie, and wonderful, warm friend to both Catherine and me, passed away on May 8, 2016.  He and Leonie operated as FnL Osowski, and produced many wonderful books/objects/treasures, of which we're lucky enough to have a small pile.  I especially remember their wonderful book/object "Almost Stalingrad" which had a number of brilliant photocopy collages in it, as well as a pressed-metal cover that was, in a word (or two), almost lethal.  When Catherine first returned to Australia, when we were married, we spent a lot of time with them, and other members of the AXLE group for visual poetry, including a couple of shows at the Footscray Community Art Gallery and Heide Gallery.  Always engaging in warm and witty conversation, Frank was a real treasure, and he will be deeply missed.  Our sympathies and condolences to Leonie, his partner of many many years.  

In memory of Frank, I've been working on a large scale (four movement) piece for iPad.  This is definitely a work in progress, but here is the most recent version - this is the second movement, recorded this afternoon, 7 June 2016.  I'm using the apps Lemur, Thumbjam, and AltiSpace to make this.

If you can't see the Flash Player above, download the piece HERE.

Here's a picture of FnL from 2008, taken from David Dellafiora's website:

And here's a link to David's website:

http://daviddellafiora.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/francis-osowski-1947-2016-rip.html

Rest in peace, Frank.  We miss you.