Category Archives: Concert Performance

Bitpanic at REDCAT

Bitpanic at REDCAT

Bitpanic, the computer music ensemble that I am in will peform at REDCAT on Saturday, December 3rd for a concert of Mark Trayle’s music. We are sharing the bill with The Hub and are performing two of Mark’s pieces and an improvisation. Here is the information from the REDCAT site:

The superbly imaginative, sonically expansive work of composer and sound artist Mark Trayle (1955–2015) is the subject of this tribute by friends, colleagues and former students in The Hub and Bitpanic. Co-founded by Trayle in 1986, The Hub emerged out of the Mills College scene to become the most influential improvising electronic ensemble since Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV). Known for using networked electronic and digital systems of its own devising, the Bay Area group currently consists of John Bischoff, Chris Brown, Tim Perkis, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Phil Stone and Matt Ingalls. Adding to the computer music lineage pioneered by The Hub is the recently formed collective Bitpanic. Based in Los Angeles, it comprises Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, Clay Chaplin, David Paha and Stephanie Smith—all one-time students of Trayle at CalArts.

Tickets and information can be found on the REDCAT website.

For Bunita Marcus at Boston Court

For Bunita Marcus at Boston Court

I will be providing live-visuals for pianist Vicki Ray’s performance of Morton Feldman’s For Bunita Marcus on Friday, July 8th at Boston Court in Pasadena, CA. Vicki and I originally collaborated on a similar performance of For Bunita Marcus in 1998 using a primitive live video setup and one of the first live-video software programs called Imagine created at STEIM in Amsterdam. The technical setup in 1998 used an analog video camera processed at low resolution using a bulky Power Mac 8500 and a dedicated video card. For this performance I’ll just bring my laptop running Jitter and a pan-tilt-zoom HD video camera to create 1080p live visuals!

Performance at the VU Symposium

VU Symposium

I will be performing a set of improvised computer music featuring my piece, Old Raney, as a part of the first annual VU Symposium on experimental, electronic, and improvised music. The festival will be held in Park City Utah from July 5-7th, 2016. Here is a snippet about the symposium from the VU organizers:

The theme for our first symposium is quite broad. We invite scholars, performers, ensembles, composers, critics, and anyone and everyone interested in experimental, improvised, and/or electronic music to present papers, pieces, curated concerts, ideas, half-ideas, lectures, performance pieces, improvisations, or installations that ask, answer, or critique the following question: “What happened, what’s happening now, and what could happen?”

Field Recording Concert at DogStar Festival

field recording concert at Dog Star Festival

I am organizing a concert of new field recording works to be presented as a part of the 2016 Dog Star Orchestra concerts. The concert will be titled Dog Star from the Fields and will feature new works by local Los Angeles composers including myself, Scott Cazan, Ryan Gaston, David Paha, Sepand Shahab, Stephanie Smith and Colin Wamsgans.

Dogstar from the Fields
Thursday, June 16th
Roy O. Disney Concert Hall at CalArts, 8pm
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

Performance in memory of Mark Trayle at Mills College

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.

Performance at The Wulf

I will perform a new improvised work at The Wulf on Saturday, February 6th, 2016 starting at 8pm or so. I am happily sharing the bill with Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly) and Tania Chen. I will premiere a computer-based improvisation that uses tracks from the Alan Lomax archive as source material.

Potential Artifact at ICMC

Potential Artifact

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.

Marshweed in the Garden at Jam at the Barn

Marshweeds Garden

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 at DogStar 11

Hub Jr

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:

Audio-Visual Installation at ICMC

I will be premiering a new audio-visual installation titled PiAV at this years International Computer Music Conference in Athens, Greece from September 14th through September, 20th 2014.

PiAV is an immersive multi-sensory environment created using twelve Raspberry Pi computers. I have created a portable 8-channel sound environment using custom made speaker boxes, networked Raspberry Pi computers, OSC and Pure Data. In addition I have created a 2-channel video-feedback and motion tracking system using four Raspberry Pi computers, Raspberry Pi camera modules, OSC and a custom Python script. Since the Rasperry Pi computers are so small the whole system is completely portable and only requires a gallery space, a wifi connection (I can bring an ethernet hub if necessary), two video projectors and power.

PiAV is an installation that can be observed and is also participatory but in a subtle way. In its more static form PiAV makes use of quiet sin waves that are tuned in a unique just-intonation scale and activate the space through subtle beatings. Meanwhile two channels of abstracted video images are generated using very simple digital processing inspired by traditional analog video feedback techniques. The system is cross-polinated whereby the ever-changing combinations of pitches (clusters) influence the video feedback system and the colors and the amount of motion within the video influence the audio parameters creating a meta feedback system. Two additional Raspberry Pis are used for simple motion tracking of the gallery space. When viewers/listeners enter the environment their movements are tracked providing another subtle input to the audio-visual system which cues interaction and participation.