While compulsively checking the internet for mentions of my name I came across this video of a recent performance of Babybot. I've never heard it with this sort of pitch content before (the players choose the physical materials, so the contour of the melody is really up to their ears). It's a really nice performance all around, and I'm grateful that these "Bot" pieces are making the rounds.
The whole show is available on my video page, broken into songs. You can also link to Vimeo versions via the set list below.
vs. the New Machine
Live at Westbeth, 4.6.13
1. "Curious Condition"
2. "Things As They Are"
4. "Problems of Abundance"
5. "Springboard" straight into "Worksong"
It would be great to see you at one of these...or both of these...it's my set from Wassaic but with acoustic drums incorporated. Makes it harder to play and better to hear, I think.
I'm pleased beyond my ability to blog that I have joined the composition faculty for the Summer 2013 edition of the So Percussion Summer Institute! I'm in esteemed company. Look. It's going to be so real. As an enticement, you can view PROFESSIONAL QUALITY video of my SoSI piece from last summer's session here.
I'm pleased to announce that a short piece of mine was selected for inclusion on the SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Miniatures series! This year's theme was "Re-Caged," in honor of John Cage. Check it out on CDbaby here.
The Exchange Project is live! Please visit/contribute/spread the word! Many thanks.
Here's a long, unedited, weird-angled video of my entire Wassaic Festival set. You'll hear hand-fired porcelain dominoes going down.at the end; this is apparently a danger of being an "artist" instead of a "musician." Long story. But it was a really satisfying thing to play, and I hope to do more of this exact set. Thanks for watching and listening!
The amazing, amazing participants at the So Percussion Summer Institute premiered my new piece for laptop/percussion quartet last night. From left to right: Jamey Kollar, Brendan Betyn, Elizabeth John, and Evan Chapman. Full disclosure: this is the dress rehearsal, because I forgot to press record at the actual performance.
This premiere was exciting for a few reasons: the aforementioned four gave this piece real attention and insight and committed fully to a potentially disorienting learning process; the little sampler that Dan and I (mostly Dan) built to play The Exchange (and that I'll also use to perform vs. the New Machine at Wassaic) now has legs, has been used successfully by others who don't reside in my brain; and the response to the whole thing during the Institute was just so warm, from the So guys and from their really incredible students. Magical.
I also wanted to announce that I'll be performing at The Wassaic Festival, which happens over the weekend of August 3-5. I go on at noon on Saturday, August 4. I'm playing a set of songs on the solo instrument (keys, pads, laptop) called vs. the New Machine. Come up if you can! Also note that I am playing the exhibition space, not the music space. In other words, check out "art," not "music." To find me at Wassaic, not as a general rule. Unless you roll like that.