2019 Faculty Biennial Exhibition

Still from Brush Mind: Second Hand

The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History’s 2019 Faculty Biennial Exhibition opens today. I’m showing three works:

  • Brush Mind: Second Hand – a collaboration with Jane Cassidy and Hank Lazer (a still from the piece is above)
  • Pink Noise – a new piece of sound art
  • A Work of Art for Every Entry in Index—Subjects—Library of Congress – a new piece of generative computer art

Two other new faculty are exhibiting work:  Jonathan Cumberland and Wade MacDonald. Featured artists also include William DooleyAllison GrantJason GuynesChris JordanSarah MarshallGiang PhamPete SchulteSky ShinemanBryce Speed, and Craig Wedderspoon.

The exhibit runs through October 11, 2019. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 5 from 5-7pm.

…about the size of a… Birmingham New Music Festival

I’ll be performing …about the size of a fist and located slightly to the left of… at the Birmingham New Music Festival electroacoustic concert.

Thursday October 18 7:00pm
Birmingham New Music Festival
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Hulsey Recital Hall
950 13th Street South
Birmingham AL

The piece is an improvisation (composed instrument?) using a custom mapping of an off-the-shelf MIDI fader box (the Korg nanokontrol2 pictured above). The typical position information of each fader/knob is ignored in favor of gestural information about how the control is manipulated over time. This transforms the controls into virtual bellows on a pump organ or springs in a wind-up toy.

I’ll also share the stage with Geni Skendo and LaDonna Smith for an improvisation.

Badstar at iCAT

I had a great time playing in the Badstar production last week at the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (iCAT) at Virginia Institute of Technology in Blacksburg, Virginia.

L to R: Zach Duer, Brandon Hale, Andre Foisy, Denver Nuckolls, Charles Nichols, Holland Hopson. Not pictured: Jon Rugh

And here are a few photos from rehearsals.

More documentation to come.

Case Management

Cleaning and organizing for the new year; a place for everything and everything in its place. I’m loving these neoprene cable wranglers. I’ve added one for all my input devices (instruments, pedalboard, sensors) and one for the bundle of USB cables that runs to the laptop. A little dab of hot glue on all the power connectors for the finishing touch.

In the Backyard with Kelley and Matt

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I’ve traveled long distances for gigs before, but Friday I’ll just walk around the corner and down the street for a backyard concert featuring Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein. (Weather permitting; In the event of rain we’ll be inside.) Kelley and Matt are wrapping up an album release tour for The Wayside. I’ll be opening with a song-oriented set of banjo and electronics pieces including at least one new tune. Hope to see you in the ‘hood!

Friday May 20 6:30pm
Kelley McRae
Holland Hopson
1523 13th St
Tuscaloosa AL 35401
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