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.

 

Sunday
May292016

Two neat new synthesizers: Reviews in Soundbytesmag.net

In the May issue of Soundbytesmag.net I review two very neat new synthesizers, one for the iPad and one for computers.  The iPad machine is Shoom, by Yuri Turov, and it's a very nice tri-timbral, multi-polyphonic, microtonally enabled synthesizer with a very nice performance interface.  The computer synth is called Virta, and it's by Randy Jones, of Madrona Labs in Seattle.  This is a synth that's designed to analyze sounds from the "real world" and extract control information from them and (microtonally) control a very nice collection of modules.  Both are inexpensive, both are well thought out, and both are brimming with compositional potential.  So check out the reviews here:

http://soundbytesmag.net/music-tablets-shoom-yuri-turov/

and here:

http://soundbytesmag.net/review-virta-voice-controlled-synthesis-madrona-labs/

Enjoy!

Tuesday
May032016

38 Years On, the 3CR New and Experimental Music Show Rides Again!

On April 15, 2016, at Gertrude Street Art Space, courtesy of Liquid Architecture and Community Radio 
3CR, we had a 38th anniversary reunion of the New and Experimental Music Show.  Started by John 
Campbell, he quickly recruited me to the show, and a while later, I got John Crawford involved as 
well.  (This was John Crawford's first encounter with radio, and he went on to a many years long 
career in both community radio and the ABC.)  This reunion was held in conjunction with a show at 
Gertrude St celebrating the 40th anniversary of Community Radio 3CR, Melbourne's uncompromising radio voice of diversity.  We did our show there from around 1977-1978 (or 79), and we played a lot of 
interesting music on air in that period.  For this show, we wanted to play music by composer friends 
past and present, paying tribute to some of our colleagues who are no longer with us, and celebrating 
some who are very much still here.  As well, we did live performances.  Three new pieces of mine were 
performed, two by the three of us, and an iPad solo.  The event was a wonderful success and was 
photographed, recorded, and videoed.  Here are some photos of the event, taken by Catherine Schieve:
1) Soundcheck in the afternoon - John Campbell, Warren Burt, John Crawford, left to right

2) Rehearsing "Symmetries for 21 Tuning Forks" by me.  John Campbell, Warren Burt, John Crawford. 

3) A moment of hilarity during the rehearsal for "Symmetries" - John Campbell, Warren Burt, John 
Crawford.

4) An audience shot, early in the evening.

5) Another audience shot, later in the evening, as a crowd began to congregate on the sidewalk 
outside the gallery, looking through the front window. (There were loudspeakers on the street outside 
the gallery.)

Here is a link to a whole gallery of photos of the event taken by Keelan O'Hehir:

And here is a link to the recording of the whole show, on the Liquid Architecture Soundcloud site:

And here is a link to a video recording of "Symmetries for 21 Tuning Forks" and "for 3 or 4 Readers":

Here are sound recordings of the 3 live pieces:

Symmetries for 21 Tuning Forks by Warren Burt, performed by John Campbell, Warren Burt and John Crawford.  And if you can't see the Flash player above, download the piece HERE.

Disharmonies of Putrefactive Counterpoint by Warren Burt, played by himself. And if you can't see the Flash player above, download the piece HERE.

for 3 to 4 Readers by Warren Burt, performed by John Campbell, Warren Burt and John Crawford.  And if you can't see the Flash player above, download the piece HERE.

And finally, here is the playlist of the music we played that night:
Bridging Music (not announced) Jeff Pressing "Butterfly's Dream"
Fatty Acid "Spanish patrol march" (excerpt)
Chris Wyatt "Bricollage 2"
"1986 3CR Football Show intro"
Jas H Duke "Hot dragon day" 1989.
Ron Nagorcka "Song of the central tree".
Warren Burt "Symmetries for 21 tuning forks" - live performance: John Campbell, Warren Burt, John 
Crawford
Jeltje and Unamonous Quorum "Birds"
Val Stephen  "Fireworks"
Bruce Clarke  "Of spiralling why" 
Percy Grainger   "First Gliding Chords" (1951)
Catherine Schieve   "Aviary (2003) for reconstructed Electric Eye Tone" 
Keith Humble  "Sonata  No.1" (1959) Michael Kieran Harvey, piano
Lawrence Whiffen  "Piano Sonata No. 3" (2011) first movement - Michael Kieran Harvey, piano
Felix Werder: "Dice" (2010) - Michael Kieran Harvey, piano
Herb Jercher and Ernie Althoff "The Sunshine shuffle" (excerpt)
Ria Soemardjo (voice, kechapi) and Anne Norman (shakuhachi) - "Adrift" 
Rewi Alley / John Britton / Warren Burt: "Divide and Rule" and "Worth Fighting For" 
Cindy John   "Hope" - Cindy John electronics; Astra Choir, voices
Warren Burt  "Disharmonies of Putrefactive Counterpoints" - Live iPad
David Chesworth  "Xpand Amor" 
Warren Burt  "For 3 to 4 readers . . ." - live voices, John Campbell, Warren Burt, John Crawford 
Helen Gifford: "Cantillation Fluente" (1966) Michael Kieran Harvey, piano

Thanks to all involved for a wonderful evening.  To Joel Stern and Danni Zuvela, Liquid Architecture for suggesting the event and seeing it through to completion.  To Mike Smith from 3CR for his wonderful engineering, to John Campbell and John Crawford for doing this, to Catherine Schieve and Keelan O'Hehir for their beautiful photographs, and to all the audience members, old and new friends, who made the evening so memorable.