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Jason Freeman – Composition, Imagination and Collaboration


May 23, 2012
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Net_Music_Weekly: Weather Scores & Sculptures

hurricane_noel_sculpture.jpgNathalie Miebach is a Boston-based artist who translates weather data into complex sculptures and musical scores.

“Recently, I have begun translating weather data collected in cities into musical scores, which are then translated into sculptures as well as being a source for collaboration with musicians. These pieces are not only devices that map meteorological conditions of a specific time and place, but are also functional musical scores to be played by musicians. While musicians have freedom to interpret, they are asked not to change the essential relationship of the notes to ensure that what is still heard is indeed the meteorological relationship of weather data.” (Scroll down for the Call for Composers.) Continue reading


Oct 25, 2011
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Philip Glass at 75

glass_pyke_1705_retouched-small.jpgComposer Philip Glass will be inducted into the Cincinnati-based American Classical Music Hall of Fame in a special ceremony Saturday evening, Oct. 1. That coincides with Mobile Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Glass Violin Concerto featuring 25-year-old Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova.

Orchestras worldwide are celebrating the composer’s 75th year. Glass will present the world premiere of his Symphony No. 9 by Bruckner Orchestra Linz in Austria before the symphony’s New York City premiere at Carnegie Hall on Glass’s 75th birthday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Theatermania lists other highlights as: a reprise of his opera “Satyagraha” at Metropolitan Opera, November 4 to December 1, 2011; the previously announced international tour of “Einstein on the Beach”; Continue reading


Sep 25, 2011
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More on Eliane Radigue

elaine.jpgFollowing on yesterday’s post… Here is a 2009 Leonardo Music Journal (vol 29) article on Eliane Radigue, “The Mysterious Power of the Infinitesimal” . You can download the article here: http://www.leonardo.info/lmj/ :: Introduction by Joel Chadabe ::

In the 1960s, Eliane Radigue began to move away from her earlier work in musique concrète as Pierre Henry’s assistant, with its focus on the juxtaposition of self-contained “musical objects,” and towards an exploration of sound as an evolution with subtle transformations.

… In a concert, her music floated in the air, coming from everywhere as music without a source, just a natural part of our world, just there, and without effort.


Jun 11, 2011
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Live Stage: Furtherfield on Resonance FM [uk London]

resonance3.jpgFurtherfield on Resonance FM :: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (UK-GMT) :: http://resonancefm.com :: Hosts: Marc Garrett, Irini Papdimitriou & Jonathon Munro :: Special Guests: Joseph Young & sketchPatch (Sophie McDonald & Davide Della Casa)

This critically acclaimed broadcast is every Wednesday evening at 7-8pm, a series of hour long live interviews with people working at the edge of contemporary practices in art, technology & social change; discussing events and controversies, exhibitions, artworks and their social contexts. Continue reading


Nov 15, 2010
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Live Stage: Gareth Mitchell: Workshop for Composers [de Berlin]

gareth-mitchell1.jpg Workshop for composers (beginners and advanced) by Gareth Mitchell :: October 27-28, 2010 :: NK, Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage 12059 Berlin ::
The number of participants is limited to 10 :: Participation fee is €15 ::

How have approaches to guitar and voice in songwriting changed? What has developed since (arguably) the renaissance in this area of the 60s and 70s? What has become acceptable and desirable to our ears? Have certain aspects of the form become less longer acceptable?

The following areas will be discussed and illustrated, partly in live form, partly prerecorded:

Approaches to voice: the Influence of other cultures i.e. World Music/ the internet, the increasing cross-polination of ideas caused by the influx of various diasporas. Effects-i.e. harmonisation, pitch correction, double tracking, filter sweeps, delay, echo Continue reading


Oct 20, 2010
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Student Composer Commissioning Program

seamus.jpgThe Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) is pleased to announce the 2011 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Composer Commissioning Program. The deadline for applications is:
October 15, 2010.

The purpose of this program is to stimulate student participation in SEAMUS activities, and to encourage young composers to pursue creative endeavors in electro-acoustic music. The program is administered by SEAMUS and funded by Frances Richard and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) .

The postmarked deadline is October 15, 2010. Continue reading


Sep 20, 2010
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Live Stage: Iannis Xenakis’ Opera + Alvin Lucier [nl The Hague]

Dag in de Branding presents Alvin Lucier in a one-off unique concert :: May 29, 2010; 3:00 p.m. :: at various locations in The Hague.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vsjoDrXpDM[/youtube]

The Hague festival for new music, has joined forces in this sixteenth edition with TAG, the ultimate platform for contemporary audio-visual art in The Hague. The programme not only presents a Greek avant-garde opera by Iannis Xenakis, but also focuses on the trailblazing work of Alvin Lucier (USA), professor of music and composition. Since 2006 Dag in de Branding has captivated audiences time and again with its one-day journeys of discovery into the world of new music. Continue reading


May 25, 2010
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Storage in Collaborative Networked Art

networked.jpgRead | Write Storage in Collaborative Networked Art by Jason Freeman — in Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art):

ABSTRACT: This chapter explores the role of storage in media art and, more specifically, its role in collaborative creativity within the field of networked music. Through a series of paired analyses of works that differentially emphasize transmission and storage or which employ different approaches to storage, the chapter discusses different opportunities, challenges, and issues related to storage in collaborative, networked art. Music by the Rova Saxophone Quartet and by Nick Collins frames a discussion of composition and improvisation; two works by The Hub initiate an analysis of the influence of technology on network design and on collaborative models of shared material and shared control; broadcast works by Max Neuhaus introduce the concept of active storage systems; the online sites WebDrum and Jamglue raise questions about network latency and the persistency of storage; and Bicycle Built for 2,000 and Graph Theory manipulate the level of awareness of storage mechanisms by various participants.


Jul 31, 2009
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‘The Piano Etudes Project’ A Space for Play

freeman.jpg‘The Piano Etudes Project’ A Space for Play — Review by Les Loncharich, furtherfield.org: The Piano Etudes project by Jason Freeman, with Akito Van Troyer and Jenny Lin, is a move towards opening the forbidden city of musical composition. The project is based on piano etudes, musical compositions in which the pianist can rearrange connections between some open form pieces. Site visitors are invited to create their own etudes from four short compositions by Jason Freeman. Each etude is transcribed graphically into something that resembles an organizational chart. Each visual component of the chart has a corresponding audio note pattern. The pitch of a note pattern is roughly indicated by the height of a horizontal bar that is part of the graphic. A site user can select graphic elements and arrange them on a time-line to hear the resulting sound piece. Pieces created on the site can be saved and transcribed into musical notation so that pianists can perform pieces created by site visitors. More >>

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Jun 17, 2009
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