12/5/93: MUSIC PARTY III (3-6pm)

3:00

REAL COMPUTER MUSIC

The biggest secret in '90s new music is that computer generated composition lives on down the hall from the room full of clunky old tech where Luening, Babbitt, Ussachevsky, Davidovsky, et al. established the first U.S. Electronic Music Center in 1959. Brad Garton, internationally active but a prophet unsung in his own land, directs rebel unit woof, and curates the only real tape concerts in town.

Though not of one school or aesthetic, woof's renegades agree that computer music deserves a whole new approach. After three installations at RMS Spring '93, they've evolved a manner of chatting from the DAT machine. Their topics include:

Virtual sound. The noise of the bit-stream; the music of the interface. The computer conspiring in another revolution marked not by a single-minded aesthetic but rather a range of styles, as diverse as the information processed daily by Macintoshes and PC's, Sun workstations, custom-built interactive digital devices and esoteric 'software synthesis' computer-music languages such as CMIX & CSOUND.

New and favorite works by Garton, Anna Rubin, Paul Lansky, Mara Helmuth, Doug Chalmers, Jay Hardesty, Roger Reid, Robert Rowe, Alice Shields, Jonathan Berger, David Jaffe, Kitty Brazelton, John Chowning, Ira Mowitz and others.

 

© 1999, Catherine Bowles Brazelton.