I made the original score to this feature from my dear friends at Sunnyside Films. Below you'll find the official trailer. If you're in or near L.A., our first screening happens on Oct 13 at ScreamFest.
***update: the name is Antidote now, you can purchase it at Best Buy, the trailer is gone, this is just a weird artifact from the past...***
By which I mean both the name of the tune that's on firesale today, and my newfound sense that community can be built brick by brick, through things like firesales and tweets and being nice.
The tune was supposed to be about a lady friend, but gets hijacked in the middle. You'll see.
This summer So Percussion opened their Summer Institute up to composers and brought me on as faculty. I worked intensively with six young composers over the course of two weeks, on creating new music for percussion quartet. At the end of our time together, So gave an informal public reading of the new pieces.
The students were exceptional: thoughtful, clever, rigorous, disciplined. It was my distinct pleasure working with them, and experiencing as an insider the deep community that So builds each summer around its ideals.
I wanted to link you to the online presences of each of The Six, as I started calling them, in the hopes that you'll click and listen:
Update: click here for video.
We've shot The Exchange, half in my family's home in the Bronx, half in a blank space at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn. It was a transformative experience, and I am eager to see what Mark makes of the sound, the raw footage, and the old VHS/Super8 transfers. Watch this space for information on an upcoming launch for the film and for some other things.
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.
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.
...but embedded this time. Here you have it:
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.
My new percussion quartet, Electrobot, will be premiered this July in Princeton, at the Matthews Acting Studio on Saturday, July 21 at 8PM. Here's video of last year's SoSI participants doing a great job with Babybot, another piece in the series.
I'm pleased to announce my participation in this summer's Wassaic Festival, over the weekend of August 3-5. I'll be playing songs arranged for the sampler instrument (keys, pads, pedals, laptop) I've been developing.
Here's video of a recent performance in Long Island City. Check the Refused t-shirt, graciously purchased at their Terminal 5 show by former students. I mess up at the end.
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