Chicago Reader critic Justin Hayford reviews the Articular Facet performance of “Bracken (for Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins, including Department of Sound faculty, Julia Miller in Rhinofest, February 4 at the Prop Thtr.
7PM , Wed. Feb. 4 RhinoFest 2015
3502 N Elston Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618
I perform in “Bracken (after Christian Wolff)” by Nicolas Collins (2014) with Articular Facet.
Bracken adapts the language of circuits and software for interpretation by any instrument. A computer generates and projects a live streaming score that that directs the payers to interact with one another following rules derived from binary logic and various methods of analog and digital signal processing. Articular Facet first performed Bracken for the Chicago Composers’ Consortium in 2014.
Performers include: Sam Bradshaw, contrabass; Johanna Brock, violin; Mark Hardy, electronics; Deirdre Harrison, voice and objects; Ed Herrmann, skatchbox; Dan Godston, trumpet; Eric Leonardson, springboard; Jeff Kowalkowski, Nord; Julia Miller, electric guitars; William Jason Raynovich, cello; Sid Samberg, viola and piano; Will Soderberg, electronics
Also performed this evening, “The Hound” by Mark Hardy.
On Saturday, April 16 I will give a talk about the World Listening Project and give a performance at the CIT Cork School of Music. Pauline Oliveros will also be performing telematically from the US with John Godfrey. On Sunday at 12 p.m. I lead a soundwalk workshop in Cork.
Just Listen is a sound art event initiated by the National Sculpture Factory that will unfold across various venues and sites across Cork and Limerick through April 2011. Just Listen will include installations, performances, talks, workshops events and concerts. Invited artists include: David Toop, Anne Bean, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Prime, Eric Leonardson, Stephen Vitiello, John Godfrey, Sabine Breitsameter, and Nicolas Collins. Just Listen was curated by Danny McCarthy and Sean Taylor.
For further information, download the programme.
You can watch it here: http://vimeo.com/10216719
“one of the 87 videos on the accompanying DVD to the second edition of Nicolas Collins’s book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, published by Routledge in 2009. This 1-minute video was shot and edited by Gretchen Hasse from the original Gearwire.com video interviews about the Springboard.”
The 2005 Springboard video interview by Gretchen Hasse, was re-edited to 0ne minute for inclusion on the new DVD accompanying the new, expanded edition of Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, by Nicolas Collins.
The new edition of my book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, is out! Lots of new circuits and illustrations, more examples of artists’ designs, and a DVD with 87 1-minute video clips by hackers from all over the globe, as well as a series of step-by-step video tutorials by me.
Here’s a little reminder: on Saturday, May 2, at 3PM Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W. North Avenue) is hosting a book release party. I’ll screen some video, sign books, and the Chicago Symphacking Orchestra (CSO) will perform.