I just posted an mp3 copy of my 8 CD set: "Music for Microtonal Piano Sounds 1992-1998" to Hightail.com, for a friend in the Netherlands. And it occurred to me that as long as it's up there, I might as well let the world know about it. So, for a limited time - until February 9th, you can download the zip file of the mp3 copies of the set for free. Just go to this link, and download away! And if you like what you hear, let me know.
The latest soundbytesmag.net is out, and is well worth a read. I have three articles in it. First, in my usual "Music on Tablets" column, I have a review of Waldorf's Nave softsynth, previously just for iOS (iPad) format, but now available on PCs and Macs as well:
Then, there's an introductory article to the language PD, to accompany Dave Baer's review of Andy Farnell's new book "Designing Sound." If you are a newbie to visual programming languages, this article might provide a bit of enlightenment.
Finally, there's a (too short!) review of Curtis Roads' wonderful new book "Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic." I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's wonderful.
Unassisted Fold, which is Flavio Virzi, guitar, and Sonja Horlacher, flute, have just made a version of my "Flutes Guitars Celli" from 2014, and they've done a wonderful job with it. "Flutes Guitars Celli" is a 30 minute recording made with the Novation Launchpad, where I improvise a mix of recorded microtonal melodies played with flute, guitar and cello samples. This recording is then to be used by a chamber ensemble to improvise with. Flavio and Sonja assembled a 5 minute recording of various bits from the tape, and then improvised with it, and the results are, I think, splendid. They call their version "flute, guitar and recording," and it will eventually appear on a forthcoming album of theirs. Flavio has performed my music in the past. He's played my "Fast Random Walk on a Microtonal Fingerboard" for guitar, and then in 2013 performed a guitar and percussion version of my "Bourbaki Two" which was originally written for violin and percussion. So it was a delight to hear from him and to hear the recording of their realization of my piece. Many thanks for them, and also thanks for letting me share this recording with you. Enjoy!
The Bent Leather Band (Joanne Cannon, contra-monster; Stuart Favilla, light-harp; and Dale Chant, extended guitar, invited me to improvise with them at the OZCHI conference at Melbourne Uni on Dec 10, 2015. We had all just given presentations at a panel discussion on new interfaces for musicians. Catherine was there with her cell-phone and grabbed this 4 and 1/2 minute excerpt from the proceedings, which were noisy, and a lot of fun. I especially enjoy some of the audience interaction here. Stelarc, who had just given a lovely keynote address, is of course, documenting things, and I enjoy the statue of (is that?) Athena standing impassively behind us, or maybe she's doing a kind of extremely minimal post-modern dance. (grin) Here's the video:
Second semester 2015 sped by in a blur, and lots of things happened, but I didn't have time to write about them on this blog. Several friends have asked me to make a mailing list to let them know about things I'm doing, but I haven't had time even to publicise the events I'm in. Man was that semester BUSY.
Making a small amount of amends, here's a listing and description of 10 events I or my music was part of since early September, with lots of links to them, etc.
1) Soundbytesmag.net Articles Sept and Nov 2015
http://soundbytesmag.net/musicontablets201509/ From the September Soundbytes Mag, a review of the music notation program Notion, in the iPad version, and then reviews of Midimux and Audiomux, and Audiobus Remote, interesting utility programs for connecting the iPad to the computer environment.
http://soundbytesmag.net/musicfortablets201511/ And from the November Soundbytes Mag, a review of Studiomux, the upgraded version of Audiomux, and MusicIO, another utility program to connect the iOS environment to the computer (Mac or PC) world. These programs suddenly increase the possibilities for both the computer and iPad environment quite a bit. A most welcome development.
Here's a screenshot:
2. Louise Devenish plays Chromophone for pre-recorded sounds and percussion, Perth Sept 17, 2015
On Sept 17, 2015 in the Astor Theatre Lounge in the Astor Theatre in Mt Lawley, Louise Devenish gave a program of Electro-Acoustic Music for Solo Percussion. One of the pieces she played was my Chromophone (2014) for pre-recorded sounds and improvising percussionist. There were not one, but TWO reviews of the concert!
http://www.coolperthnights.com/articles/music%20writer/1015 by Lyndon Blue and
Thanks to Arts Brookfield, Rob Voisey, 60x60, Darial Sneed and Katie Rose McLauglin for all their work on this.
6) Colour Fields 2015, a new video and sound composition.
I've had to post a copy of my new video and sound work Colour Fields 2015 on YouTube for various showings which I've applied for it to be part of. So I might as well share it with you as well. The text accompanying the video on YouTube is the standard information required by showing organizations. The graphics were made with ArtWonk, edited in Vegas, and the sound was made with 2C Audio's Kaleidoscope. Enjoy:
7) WB on The Sound Barrier with Ian Parsons Nov 12, 2015
Ian Parsons, new musicologist extraordinaire, runs a weekly new music show on radio 3PBS-FM in Melbourne. The show is on Wednesdays from midnight to 2am, but is fortunately available on podcast and streaming audio world wide 24/7. On Nov 11, I went to PBS in the evening to pre-record the show with Ian, and he then broadcast it at the witching hour. The show was all my music, and Ian interviewed me. A good time was had by all. The playlist and audio of the show are here:
And Ian's blog about the show is here:
It's a two hour show, and there are a couple of places where, for reasons that mystify us both (and the 3PBS technical staff) some of the interview has disappeared, but you'll get the gist of the interview in any case, and the music is all intact. Enjoy, and many many thanks to Ian for having me on his show, and I hope we get to do this again someday soon.
8) A Plethora of Polys - Artist's Talk and Performance at ACMC2015 in Sydney, Nov 20, 2015
As part of this years Australasian Computer Music Conference, held this year at the University of Technology, Sydney, and organised wonderfully by Jon Drummond, Ian Stevenson, Sophea Lerner and Donna Hewitt (thanks guys!), I gave te premier performance of a new composition for iPad apps, "A Plethora of Polys." A copy of my artist's talk can be found here:
And here's a copy of the piece:
For those of you interested in such things, here's a link to the proceedings of the whole conference:
It was a great conference, and I had a great time, and I'm sure the other participants did as well. Looking forward to next year in Brisbane!
9) "Elegy" performed by Astra Choir in Carmelites Church, Middle Park, Nov 29, 2015
The Astra Choir, conducted by John McCaughey, performed my 2013 a capella choir piece "Elegy" on a wonderful concert at the Carmelites Church in Middle Park, one of Melbourne's most beautiful churches and wonderful acoustics. The choir performed the quite difficult piece admirably, and John McCaughey's conducting and phrasing decisions for the piece were spot on. I found the performance transporting, and it was just one element in a really stunning concert. Here's a link to the Astra website describing the concert:
Michael Hewes recorded the concert for Astra. This is a good sign, as he's a fantastic engineer (and a wonderful composer as well). Once I get in touch with him, if the recording of the concert came out well, I'll endeavour to post the performance here. The choir and ensemble's TWO performances (opening and closing the concert) of Feldman's rarely heard Swallows of Salangan were fantastic. I remember back in the late 1960s, Joel Chadabe, my teacher, waxing eloquent about Feldman's work, and finally, 45 years later, I got a chance to hear it. It was every bit as beautiful as he described it, all those many years ago. The concert was, for me, one of the musical high points of my concert going in 2015. Beautiful works, lovingly performed, in a beautiful environment and a wonderful acoustic. And the calimari at the Beach Hotel in Albert Park afterwards was superb as well.
10) WB contribution to the soundtrack for Duende Physical Theatre's production of "A Ridiculous Dream" in Athens, 29 November - 2 December, 2015.
And then I heard from my old friend and collaborator John Britton, director of Duende Physical Theatre, of a performance his group gave in Athens, Greece from 29 November - 2 December. It was called "A Ridiculous Dream" and included, as part of the soundtrack, an excerpt from my XI records release, "The Animation of Lists and the Archytan Transpositions": http://www.xirecords.org/130.shtml. Here's a video of Duende preparing for the performance. The music for this video is not by me, but by Elias Kotzias.
Looks like it was a great show. Pity the TARDIS is getting repaired at the Quantum Mechanic's, otherwise I would have been there.
11) UPCOMING EVENT: WB to be on Panel Discussion at OZCHI 2015, Dec 10, 2015
Finally, an upcoming event report! This coming Thursday, Dec 10, 2015, I'll be appearing on a panel discussion on "Liveness: Interaction, Interfacing, and Performance" at OZCHI 2015, the Australian Computer Human Interface conference, being held at the University of Melbourne. The panel is organized by Joanne Canon, and includes myself, Dale Chant, Stuart Favila, and Marcelo Wanderley. Here's a link to the description of the panels for the conference: http://www.ozchi.org/2015/program.html#panels. The conference will be held at the Melbourne School of Design on the Melbourne Uni Campus. I'm looking forward to it!
Whew! What a lot of stuff! Hopefully, I won't wait 3 months before posting things to this blog again!