between music and sound

Robert Erickson’s book Sound Structure in Music is a classic treatment of the problems and potential of sound-centered composition. Percorsi Musicali has just published my thoughts on the book here.

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dancing about architecture, outside

Sam dancers & meTim Jeff & RichTom Ken Sam & meTom W w dancers

Some images of The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra, with dancers, performing on the grounds of the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center building during last weekend’s Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music.

Sam Byrd, percussion; Tim Harding, alto saxophone; Rich O’Meara, vibraphone; Tom Wall, baritone saxophone; Jeff Surak, benevolent Dictaphone; Amanda Blythe, Ken Manheimer and Sarah Schaffer, dance.
Photographs by Gary Rouzer

sonic circuits 2014

This past weekend’s Sonic Circuits Festival was an edifying and exhausting time for all involved. Percorsi Musicali was good enough to ask me to report on the event; it’s just been posted here.
Playing with both the Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra and the BLK Arkestra was a great pleasure. And special thanks to Sam Byrd and Tim Harding for driving the four-hour round trip from Richmond in order to play Subtle Body’s twenty-minute set.

sonic circuits 2014

Outside Pyramid Atlantic. Photo by Nico Barbiero.

Outside Pyramid Atlantic. Photo by Nico Barbiero.

The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra (Sam Byrd, percussion; Tim Harding, alto saxophone; Rich O’Meara, vibraphone; Tom Wall, baritone saxophone; me, double bass) with Dictaphone interventionist Jeff Surak and dancers Amanda Blythe, Ken Manheimer, Sarah Schaffer and Hannah Whitley kick off Day 2 of the 2014 Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music on Saturday at 5:30 PM with a site-specific improvisation on the grounds surrounding the Pyramid Atlantic building (pictured above), 8230 Georgia Avenue in beautiful downtown Silver Spring. And that’s just the beginning of an entire evening’s worth of music and multimedia.

(The Sonic Circuits festival starts tonight at 7:30 at Pyramid Atlantic and runs through Sunday.)