Cage/Gould, a music circus

Cage/Gould, a music circus from Michael Century on Vimeo.

I’m so happy to share the gorgeous documentation of this event. Along with Cage’s Inlets, Bacchanale and Litany for the Whale, there’s some Gibbons, Bach and Gould. Interspersed through the second part are on-the-fly virtual conversations between Cage and Gould.

Amped Up Hemi

I recently upgraded my salad bowl hemispherical speaker with a new amp board, and I’m loving the sound. I get more volume with less distortion.

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This 6-channel board (Sure Electronics TDA7498) is significantly more powerful and easier to install than my previous configuration of 3 stereo amps. I had to use a router to make room for the cooling fan, but otherwise the installation was straightforward.

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Here’s everything hooked up before I stuffed the innards back in place and fastened the bottom plate.

Dans les arbres + Dewar/Feeney/Hopson Trio, Telematically

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Dans les arbres and the Dewar/Feeney/Hopson Trio will perform a joint concert Wednesday night via Internet2. Dans les arbres will be in Colorado Springs, CO and the Dewar/Feeney/Hopson Trio will be in Tuscaloosa, AL. Live audio and video streams will be sent between each venue, allowing the musicians to play together in (near) real time.

Wednesday November 5 8:30pm (Central)
Sonic Frontiers and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Music/Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Collective presents
Dans les arbres
with Andrew Dewar, Tim Feeney, Holland Hopson
in a telematic performance
Moody Recital Hall
Tuscaloosa AL
or
Berger Hall
Colorado Springs CO

Tim Barnes at The Grocery

I’m happy to be part of the welcoming committee for Tim Barnes performing tomorrow at Northport’s newest gallery.

Tuesday October 14 7:30pm
The Grocery presents
Tim Barnes
with Andrew Dewar, Tim Feeney, Holland Hopson
900 Main Ave, Northport AL 35476
$5 students/$10 general public at the door.

Fencepost vs. Fencepost

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One is a refreshing pale ale from Back Forty Beer Co. with a modest alcohol content and an American hop profile: a touch of pine. The other is a wintry meditation on mortality from Post & Beam with an intoxicating Pythagorean minor third: slightly lower than equal tempered. Both are Alabama natives wistfully recalling a vanishing rural past.

This fall when I plow the fields under I’ll be thinking only of you.

 

Hear the Hive Mind

Last May the Huntsville Master Chorale premiered my choral piece, Having Told the Hive the News (or “the bee piece” as the singers affectionately called it). Here’s a recording from their concert under the direction of Patricia Ramirez-Hacker.

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Presenting the New College Ad Hoc Laptop Orchestra

…or just another Tuesday in my Creativity and Computers class.

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New212 Pd Patches

We’ve been working with Pd for almost two weeks now, and this recording was made as the students were demonstrating their work.

Sudden Swan Soars Saturday

Susan WilliamsSoprano Susan Williams will premiere Sudden Swan for voice and live electronics at the Birmingham New Music Festival on Saturday August 23 at 7:30pm. The concert is at UAB’s Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South, Birmingham, AL. Admission is free.

Susan and I have known each other since our college days at Birmingham-Southern.  Since then she’s landed leading opera roles and appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Duke Symphony Orchestra and many others. This is the first time Susan and I have worked on a piece together, and we’re so excited to present it on Saturday.

The performer in Sudden Swan improvises a melody to a drone using a small set of just-tuned pitches. Each pitch is associated with one or more words which are strung together to create an ever-evolving poetry. The computer responds to variations in the vocal performance with subtle shifts of timbre, pulsating rhythms, and sometimes unpredictable flourishes.

Here’s a snippet of our working score:

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