Old Raney is a computer-based improvisation using field recordings from the Alan Lomax archive as source material. The field recordings I chose for this piece are significantly filled with pops, clicks, and scrapes from the acetate disc recording media used in the 1930s and 1940s. The recording media mistakes are a framework for the improvisation and are blended with the voices and sounds of the musicians being recorded. The result is a tapestry of noise, processed musical instruments, and processed voices of the characters Alan Lomax encountered creating a sonic world that is a blend of processed computer-based sounds and old analog disc sounds.
Saturday, February 13th 2016 – Mills College
A tribute to composer and sound artist Mark Trayle, featuring his solo compositions and works for network bands performed by his musical friends, colleagues, and students associated with Mills and Cal Arts: Casey Anderson, John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Scott Cazan, Clay Chaplin, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Matt Ingalls, David Paha, Tim Perkis, Sara Roberts, Zachary Mariano, and Phil Stone. Pieces include Unstable Trombone, Paper, In My Room, Pins & Splits, and Simple Degradation.
I will be premiering a new piece called Potential Artifact on Monday, September 28th at the ICMC conference in Denton, Texas. The piece is a structured improvisation for viola and computer. I will be using a new custom-made, Raspberry Pi based synthesizer for the performance.
This summer I’ve been working on a prototype for a low-cost, Raspberry Pi synthesizer that is completely self-contained and ready for performance. The prototype uses a Raspberry Pi B+ computer and the built-in GPIO pins to provide controller inputs. No external micro-controller is necessary. Pure Data is the software engine behind the instrument which provides a never ending array of sonic possibilities. The goal of the project is to provide an updated instrument for my own performances and to provide an update to the system I’ve been using in my Networked Music Performance class at CalArts. For now I’ve been focussing on creating an audio synthesizer but a video synthesizer that uses the same hardware is also in the works. One goal for the project is to basically create a hardware “shell” that can be flashed with different software configurations for audio (Pure Data) and video (Python, PiCamera). The hardware, 16 buttons, 8 knobs and 8 sliders, will be installed in a custom case that will house the Raspberry Pi, provide a stereo audio connector and access to the USB ports for WiFi connectivity and battery operation possibilities.
Heather Lockie and I will be premiering some of the songs from the upcoming Marshweed in the Garden record that we’ve been working on for about a year. We are very excited but also a little tense since we’re both a little out of our musical safety zones. I’ve been forced to use Ableton Live for backing tracks and Heather will have to perform to a click track on a couple of tunes. Oh the horror! Here’s a link to the Facebook Event
Embedded below is a demo mix of Findr Keepr from the upcoming Marshweed in the Garden record.
bitpanic, is a newly formed networked computer music ensemble located in Los Angeles comprised of composers Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, David Paha, Stephanie Smith and myself. Each of us studied at CalArts with Mark Trayle who was one of the founding members of The Hub and was a big influence on each of our own musical pathways. With Mark’s sudden passing this past Spring, we were asked to organize a concert for the DogStar Orchestra concert series featuring Mark’s music. We performed two pieces on the concert. The first piece, Pins and Splits was a networked-based composition that Mark wrote and the second was a free improvisation that we performed in Mark’s honor. Check out the live recording below: