Sunday
Jan082017

If you're in New York, tonight, January 8.....

You could do far worse than go to the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St New York City for the opening event of their New Ear Festival, which goes from Jan 8-16.  Tonight is a "Tribute to Pauline Oliveros," and it includes a massive version of Pauline's "Applebox Orchestra" piece, to which I'm a contributor.

Here's a link to the whole festival:

http://www.fridmangallery.com/new-ear-2017

And from 6PM on, New York time, or 10AM Monday Jan 9, Melbourne time, you can stream the whole event at

https://wavefarm.org/listen

Here's the whole program, with the cast of thousands (well, 25) for the Applebox Orchestra at 8PM:

 

Tribute to Pauline Oliveros 
Fridman Gallery   287 Spring Street   New York City 
Sunday, January 8, 2017 
Begins at 6 pm  
 
 
PROGRAM 
 
6-8pm – special dedication and performances of 3 works by Pauline Oliveros  
 
Presenting the video document of Pauline and Seth playing Apple Box Duo at 9E +50 
Maria Chavez - special dedication 
Peter Evans/Nate Wooley - Earth Ears 
Leila Bordreuil - Dissolving Your Earplugs 
Susie Ibarra - All Fours 
 
Some photos from Gordon Mumma and Julie Martin with short films by Billy Klüver and Aura Satz 
8pm 
 
Apple Box Orchestra: a piece for 10 performers by Pauline Oliveros accompanied and extended by 
telematic streaming, supplemental collaborative performers and contributed sound files.  
 
Performing live: 
Tom Beyer,  Michael Bullock, Joel Chadabe, Seth Cluett, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein,   
Joshua Fried, Susie Ibarra, John King, Ron Kuivila, Eric Leonardson, Alan Licht,  
Paula Matthusen, Liz Phillips, Michael Schumacher, Hans Tammen 
 
Sound Files from : Warren Burt , Danny McCarthy, Al Margolis, Phil Niblock, Aura Satz,  
Stephen Vitiello 
 
Telematic performers Shelley Burgon, Stephan Moore, Spencer Topal


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If you're in NYC, I hope you can make it.  I'll certainly be listening to the live stream from here in Daylesford.

 

 

Wednesday
Dec142016

Launching Piece 2, for the launch of Chris Mann's new book, Dec 13 and 14, 2016

Kent MacCarter, of Cordite Books, has just published two volumes of poetry, one by Chris Mann, and the other by Kris Hemensley, two of Melbourne's most interesting poets.  Kent invited me to perform a small piece for the launch of Chris's book, with Gig Ryan launching Kris's book on the same evening.  (She is seen sitting next to me in the first video, patiently waiting her turn.)

The launch took place on the evening of December 13, and it was very well attended.  Here's a picture (all pictures by Catherine Schieve) of the assembled crowd in Collected Works Nicholas Building aerie.

Here are the covers of Chris' and Kris' books.

 

Here's Kent MacCarter introducing the evenings proceedings.

And here is Kris Hemensley reading from his new book.

And here's a one minute excerpt of my performance on the night.  Here I'm doing a smaller "chamber" version of the piece, using only an iPhone and an iPad and two Marshall stacks. Like the pix, the video is by Catherine Schieve.

Here's a picture of the crowd listening to me.

 

The next day, back in Daylesford, we videoed the full seven minutes of the piece, this time in the version for 3 devices.  The iPhone is playing the small collage of time-stretched Chris Mann sounds I made using the Composers Desktop Project sofware.  The Windows 8 Tablet is playing other versions of the processing of the sounds made with the same CDP processes.  The iPad has Chris Mann's own app, "the use," on it (also available on-line as "theuse.info").  The idea of performing the piece outdoors and on the verandah was Catherine's, as was having me stand up and placing the Windows 8 tablet and the iPad fairly far apart.  She was right, that arrangement produced a much livelier performance on my part.  Thanks to Kent for commissioning the piece, to Catherine for videoing and lots of great creative input, to Chris, for years and years of friendship, and to Kris for hosting the event.  A wonderful time was had by all.  

Oh yes, and Cordite Books, PO Box 393, Carlton South, VIC 3053 Australia for the finest in contemporary Australian poetry! (http://corditebooks.org.au/)

 

 

 

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.