Back in 1995, I was invited by Dan Senn, then of Tacoma, Washington to be part of a new music festival he was putting on called Six Exquisites. The participants were Dan, myself, Jaap Blonk, Johannes S. Sistermanns, Jim Staley and Trimpin. As part of the festival, we toured the show out to Spokane, Washington to the Interplayers Theatre, and Dan videoed part of the performance. Now, years later, he's made an edited version of the show, and put it up on the web at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHMoUfZl-BA&feature=youtu.be. It's a very nice video. There are brief excerpts from three pieces of mine: "Tuning the Furniture of Chaos," "Werribee Mitsubishi Minnesota Bonsai," (in a duet version with Jaap Blonk), and "Artists are the Roadkill of the Information Superhighway." The real delight of this edit though, are extended takes of spectacular performances by Jaap Blonk and Johannes Sistermanns. A good time was had by all, including the audience, as you'll see. Enjoy!
In October I published a review of AudioMulch 2.2.1 (it's now up to 2.2.3) in Wusik Sound Magazine, then in December, I published an article, "Extreme Distortion" in the December issue. The distortion one deals with the idea of using sound modification software to change source sounds to the point where their origin is almost or totally obscured. I mention plugins such as Sonic Charge's Bitspeek and Permut8, and dBlue's Glitch, among others. Here's the link for accessing the magazines: http://www.wusik.com/ww/products/wusik-magazine. The AudioMulch review is on Page 43 of the October 2012 issue, and "Extreme Distortion is on P29 of the December issue. Enjoy.
In November, I had the great good fortune to travel up to Sydney and work with Tess de Quincey, Peter Fraser, Boris Morris Boris Baggatini, Martin Fox, Sian James-Holland and the other wonderful members of the production Moths and Mathematics. This is a dance - music - computer graphics - lighting piece that deals with the intersections of science and movement. This week was a creative development week, and at the end of it, a 23 minute performance was given to a select audience. An in-progress video was made, and you can see a provisional edit of the video HERE. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope that work will continue on with the piece, so that we can bring you the full length production (ca. 40 minutes) sometime in early 2014.
Peter Fraser and Tess de Quincey in Moths and Mathematics, November 2012
In November, I finally finished Nightshade Etudes, 24 pieces, in 4 Books, which use DNA protein patterns from members of the Solanum family (tomato, potato, capsicum (bell pepper), tobacco, eggplant and belladonna (deadly nightshade)) as musical information. Earlier in 2012, I posted Book 1 and Book 2 on this website (see below). Now I've finally finished Books 3 and 4 and you can download them to complete your collection. As well, I've also included the liner notes to the CD which features all of the Etudes in full fidelity, without any compression. Of course, for those of you who would like to have a signed collectors edition of the CD, just send me an email through the Contact Me page at the top right of the right links column, and we can work out how much postage will be on top of the $23 Aus for the CD.
Click HERE to download Book 3 (mp3 files - 31mb).
Click HERE to download Book 4 (mp3 files - 24mb).
Six Preludes and Six Postludes to a Meeting with the Giant Murray Cod - a new album - available NOW!
Just released on the VicMod label, my digital-download-only album "Six Preludes and Six Postludes to a Meeting with the Giant Murray Cod." It's an exploration of resources available in Martin Fay's venerable softsynth Vaz Modular, as well as exploring some more microtonal scales, and is, hopefully, just plain fun listening. There are plentiful program notes (of course) and the whole thing is available on the VicMod website at http://www.vicmod.net/index.html.
Listen for free, or download the whole album for $3 (that's three bucks) or more if you wish. This is an interesting new model for me - free streaming, and pay-if-you-wish for the whole thing. They also feature downloading in a whole bunch of formats, so audiophiles among you are bound to find a format that will please your discerning taste. So if you want to make me rich, a million of you should pay to download the album!
And copious thanks, of course, to Ross Healy of VicMod for asking me to do this, and for his support during the long process of composition and production. While you're at the VicMod site, check out the other great albums they have there, including music by Richard Lainhart, Todd Barton, and Ross himself - recording under the moniker of Cray.