Monday, June 24, 2013

Notations 3: Schankler and Travis

Here is the third installment of Notations! Inspired by Cage's 1969 bookNotations is a collection of graphic scores, hand drawn music calligraphy, computer code, compositional sketches, text scores, and other innovative forms of musical notation.

Every Monday we'll showcase notation by two different composers, primarily focusing on those local to Los Angeles. This week's composers are Isaac Schankler and Abby Travis.

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Song from 28 Rooms by Isaac Schankler

Isaac Schankler is a composer, pianist, accordionist and electronic musician based in Los Angeles. His music is inspired by improvisation, indeterminacy, language, narrative, and puzzles. His recent projects include collaborations with writers (Light and Power, The Familiar Spirit), video artists (Sonderbauten, Blocking the Exits), computer scientists (Multimodal Interaction for Musical Improvisation), and video game designers (Analogue: A Hate Story, Depression Quest).

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Mr. Here Right Now by Abby Travis

First coming into the public eye as the 16-year-old bass player in the garagey Lovedolls, L.A.-born-and-raised Abby Travis went on to become a much-favored session bassist/singer with Elastica and Beck at Lollapalooza ’95, then with an eclectic array including The Eagles of Death Metal, Masters of Reality, The Bangles, Exene Cervenka, Michael Penn, KMFDM, Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, Dee Dee Ramone, Vanessa Paradis and Spinal Tap. Travis is the current bassist in The Go Go's (2013) She has four critically acclaimed (Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, AP) full length solo releases: "The Abby TravisFoundation", "Cutthroat Standards & Black Pop", "Glittermouth", and "IV" She has appeared in several indie films, including Shadow Hours, Weathermen ’69 and The Book of Manson, and makes frequent appearances in theater roles; her musical catalogue was adapted for the 2009 drag queen musical Little Black Veil in Los Angeles.

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