Listening to New Music Live

Posted in Music on September 11, 2008 by HD Artists

 Saturday, September 13, 2008 10 AM SLT

Devin Maxwell will be performing with his group at the HD Artists Music Hall.

He is an experimental music composer from New York and for this concert he is bringing along pieces for marimba, bass clarinet, string bass and tape. He has chosen four or five pieces to perform live, and it should be an interesting program!

He works with a lot of groups in NYC – So Percussion, Steve Horowitz, Bat For Lashes, Anni Rossi, Joseph Davancens, Spider, Jason Ajemian, Mike Pisaro, and Ora Cogan.

Along with him will be Katie Porter, Clarinets and Kevin Farrell, Double Bass.

See you there at Listening to New Music Live!

HD Artists Music Hall: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cliffoed/14/48/45/

Listening to New Music

Posted in Music on August 26, 2008 by HD Artists

On our next Listening to New Music on August 31 at 11 am SLT we offer the music of Mary Jane Leach.

MARY JANE LEACH is a composer/performer whose work reaveals a fascination with the physicality of sound, its acoustic properties and how they interact with space. In many of her works Leach creates an other-worldly sound using different, combination, and interference tones; these are tones not actually sounded by the performers, but avoustic phenomena arising from her deft manipulation of intonation and timbral qualities. The result is striking music which has a powerful effect on listeners.

 

 

Music of Max Go

Posted in Music on July 30, 2008 by HD Artists

HD Artists presents a new music radio show on their property every Sunday at 11 am SLT, and this Sunday, August 3, we present the gentle sounds of Max Go, aka Bethlehemufo. He’s a composer living in the American midwest, and his songs and pieces are quite unusual. He performed in a local band in Ypsilanti, Michigan called commandant lassard, playing backup guitar and writing the songs. He also got into writing drone music, and released several large drone works called “spreadsheets”.

So come on by our hall on Sunday and hear these pieces by Max Go.

Max Go

Max Go

 

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cliffoed/14/48/45/

To the Manor Born

Posted in Music on July 20, 2008 by HD Artists

Arr, get me some haggis and climb the greased pole! Musician’s Manor is built in the highlands of Scotland, and features a half-replica of… Stonehenge? Well, a bit out of place, but a nice ootdoor place for a concert! So, get into your kilt, grab the bagpipe, and coom on oover to the Manor!

 

 

Musician’s Manor ::  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Scotland%20Inchcruin/188/93/22/

MIDI

Posted in Music on July 18, 2008 by HD Artists

A lot of people spill out huge words when discussing technological ideas in music, and MIDI is one of them. “Does this computer use MIDI for controllers or software synthesis?”  “Is that a MIDI guitar? Cool!” But what does MIDI mean? well, it means Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is a protocol to represent musical information in digital format, which then becomes an interchange between musical instruments and computers. MIDI itself does not contain the sounds, but it controls the functions – sound off and on, dynamics, vibrato, pitch, glissandi, and other attributes.

The basic instrument that everybody knows is, of course, the MIDI keyboard. Here’s a basic keyboard:

basic MIDI keyboard and computer

basic MIDI keyboard and computer

You push a key, and the MIDI information is sent to the computer (or sound device), and the appropriate sound is played, which obeys all the information sent. Using more sounds and voices at once will get you quite complex textures, like this sample here.
The keyboard is a nice, simple interface between you, the performer, and the computer. It resembles a piano, an instrument everybody knows. If you had to play via the little MIDI controller inside, you probably wouldn’t get very far:
MIDI Controller

MIDI Controller

Now, if I can make MIDI keyboards, why not MIDI trumpets, or MIDI violins, or MIDI guitars? Well, we can. Just make little MIDI sensors which detect the speed, loudness, etc; all the usual stuff, and voila! other MIDI devices!
MIDI trumpet

MIDI trumpet

MIDI violin

MIDI violin

MIDI guitars

MIDI guitars

But what about less intuitive approaches to  controlling MIDI? What I I want to create sounds by dancing? or wiggling my fingers in the air? People create all sorts of things – Here is a small device called the MIDI stick, you can use it to hit something or move around, and it sends signals to the computer to create a panoply of sounds.
MIDI stick

MIDI stick

Or MIDI data gloves. I can put on gloves lined with MIDI sensors, and create sounds. Here is a picture of composer J. Anthony Allen wearing a pair of “data gloves”, which he designed himself. 
J. Anthony Allen in data gloves

J. Anthony Allen in data gloves

Since MIDI can send pretty much anything to control the sound, you can make the sound do pretty much whatever you want it to do – loud, soft, swoop, stereo field control, etc and etc. I found this video on YouTube. It was the first concert of Elektronengehirn with a data glove as an instrument. With the glove the graphics were controlled, which in turn control the sound engine. The visual software is custom made with C/C++ and OpenGL while the sound engine is programmed with pd (pure data), both running on a linuxlaptop. The concert was performed at gallery KuBaSta Hamburg, Germany, on the 29. april 2006.
I hope we can present a live performance of a data glove at the HD Artists Music Hall one day – now that would be great!
Sites to visit:
 

Looking for Performers / Composers

Posted in Music on July 8, 2008 by HD Artists

We are looking for performer / composers to pplay in our hall.  Music that we want to have is ambient, minimalism, art noise, music influenced by popular styles, etc. If you can fill this role, just get in touch with us for more information!

Our First Concert!

Posted in Music on July 6, 2008 by HD Artists

We gave our first concert today! Well, not a concert, but a “listening” time, where people could listen to new music. it was quite good, and the audience didnt leave in the first 5 seconds. Here is the program note:

 Concert July 6, 2008

Sunday Listening Concert

July 6, 2008 1:30 pm SLT

 

Good Afternoon and welcome to our concert for new music – What the Heck is that???

New music can raise this question, but music shouldn’t always glide off the ears like soft warm water. I enjoy pop music as much as anybody, but there is more to life than just that. There is so much out there to hear, and it will reward you so greatly. The pieces we will hear today:

 

 

Adina Spire

 

Adina is a composer from Romania and currently teaches music at the conservatory there and directs several church choirs. The work presented today is a religious piece. Her music is influenced by the Eastern Orthodox Church in the use of low lugubrious sounds, sweeping landscapes and slowly changing progressions. The piece I have chosen is titled “A little Moment of my World”, written as a soundtrack for a film written by one of her students at the Music Conservatory in Arad. Although not religious, it incorporates many of the techniques used in her larger choral works.

 

A Little Moment of My World – 3’22”

http://www.garageband.com/artist/adinaspire

 

Tim Risher

 

Over and Under was written for the Palladian Ensemble in England, for alto recorder, violin, baroque guitar and bass gamba. It is a chaconne, and features the recorder and violin in virtuosic solos.

Over and Under – 7’33”

 http://www.timrisher.com

 

Michael Bies

 

A Romp Through the Wood is a set of three short pieces written for two marimbas. The two outer pieces or movements are fantasias with a similar rhythmic structure based on two groups of three eighth notes and a group of two eighth notes in various order. The second piece offers rhythmic contrast to the set and utilizes the mallett technique of “dead stroking” in large sections of the short composition hence the name “Deadwood”.

 

http://www.michaelbies.com/

 

Deadwood – 4’12”

 

Claus Gahrn

 

Danish composer of contemporary classical music and electroacoustic music.

 

Claus Gahrn (b. 1978) received his MA degree in composition from the Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark, in 2006. He now lives and works in Esbjerg as a freelance composer as well as a lecturer at the Academy of Music.

 

Gahrn´s work mainly consists of music for solo instruments and small ensembles with and without electronics. His music has been performed in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, Russia and in the UK.

 

Feather – 5’56”

 http://www.clausgahrn.dk/

 

 

Charlie de Tar

 

  This piece was composed for John Arroyo’s “Remixin” project, as I’m sure you’re aware.
    The piece is based on Ruoho Ruotsi’s remix of Charles Dodge’s
“Canons for Larry (123)”. you can find the project on line at:

The piece is rather dark; the title is a TLA for Child of God.  The
screams are sampled from news reports chronicling a takeover of a
Christian boarding school by Child Services, found in the middle of a
conspiracy documentary describing the impending takeover of the UN in a
One World Government which bans religion.  The “All men are children of
god… I couldn’t wait to start” sample is from an odd ephemeral
animated public service film which equates “being a good christian” with
“being a good driver”, in which a car-shaped alien is molested and
abused by evil humans.  The piece is about moral superiority.

 

Cog – 4’12”

 http://tirl.org/

 

 

Alex Kotch

 

Here is Alex’s bio from his website:

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I have chosen his remix Nude (Cyborg Remix) to grace our little show. It’s sung by a little cyborg.

5′ 19”

 http://www.alexkotch.com/

Tim Risher

 

Alex’s piece leads directly into a second little piece by Tim Risher called “My Advice”. An unusual little pop piece using voices as the basis of the rhythms. This was recorded using live and computer sounds.

 

My Advice – 3’18”

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