the december 1952 project tonight at sonic circuits

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.


new from pan y rosas

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.