Tonight at 7:15 PM The December 1952 Project will be performed during this concluding evening of the 2018 Sonic Circuits Festival. The precis:
December, 1952 saw the coincidence of two incongruous and presumably causally independent events: Earle Brown’s composition of the classic graphic score December 1952, a work within the larger set of unconventional scores Brown titled FOLIO, and the alleged acquisition by flying saucer contactee George Adamski of a communication in Venusian script. In the spirit of objective chance, The December 1952 Project conjoins these two signs of their times with a realization of December 1952 by the wind and string ensemble Exfoliage, followed by J. S. Adams’ Sloth Ensemble’s performance of a new work for sound and projections inspired by Adamski’s Venusian text.
Exfoliage is Jimmy Ghaphery, flute; Jeff Kahan, oboe; Will Robin, alto saxophone; Tom Wall, baritone saxophone; Patrick Crossland, trombone; Robin Hayward, tuba; Daniel Barbiero, double bass and arrangement.
For more about the genesis of the project, listen in to the 19 September episode of WOWD-LP’s Coda program, at the station’s online archive.
That’s tonight at 7:15, at Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma Park DC. Silver space suits optional.
Many thanks to Avant Music News for making Transparent Points on Four Axes a pick of the week.
For a limited time, my guest appearance on WOWD-LP’s Coda show will be available from the station’s online archive. Matt and I talked about the upcoming Sonic Circuits Festival, The December 1952 Project, and more.
Tonight I’ll be the guest on the Coda show on WOWD-LP, Takoma Radio. Host Matt Testa and I will be talking about The December 1952 Project, graphic scores, the upcoming Sonic Circuits Festival (have you gotten your tickets yet?) and whatever else occurs to us. Tonight, 6:00-8:00 PM on WOWD-LP, 94.3 and streaming at takomaradio.org.
I’m happy to say that Epoche, a track from my first solo release Selva Oscura, is appearing as the opening and closing music for Temps de Tesselles, a fine series of documentary films by Cie. Candide on the restoration of a Gallo-Roman mosaic in Licinius’s Villa in Clonas-sur-Vareze in France.
With thanks to Remi Salas for choosing the music.
New, and available for free download from the netlabel Pan y Rosas–Transparent Points on Four Axes.
Transparent Points on Four Axes is a layered, electroacoustic studio collaboration from double bassist Daniel Barbiero, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Ken Moore, and modular synthesist Dave Vosh. Each track began with a ground layer of a composed or improvised performance on double bass or synthesizer, in tandem with a directed, auto-generated soundscape produced by an analogue modular synthesizer. The tracks were finished with a further layering of synthesizer, electronics and percussion. The result is a richly textured music growing out of the dynamic interactions of sound shape, color and line.
Daniel Barbiero: double bass (tracks 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8); Sylosynth app (tracks 1 & 3); Microbrute synthesizer (track 4).
Ken Moore: Crackle Box (track 2); MiniMoog (track 8); Emax sampler (tracks 1, 5, 6) ; tam tams (tracks 3, 4, 7); steel pan drum (track 8); glockenspiel (track 8); bells, bowls and other percussion (all tracks).
Dave Vosh: analogue modular synthesizer (all tracks).
Recorded January & February 2018 in Silver Spring MD, Upper Marlboro MD, and Cuyahoga Falls, OH; assembled in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, February 2018, at Anvil Creations Studio.
I’ll be playing a duet with Layne Garrett (pictured with Phong Tran) on prepared resonator guitar. It’ll be an evening of exploratory guitar work all around. Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. This Friday, 7 September at 8 PM; $10 at the door.