Monday, October 28, 2013

Notations 15: Anderson and Chaplin

After a brief hiatus, here is the fifteenth 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 Casey Anderson and Clay Chaplin. All images used with permission, and copyright is retained by each image's respective creator. Click on the images to see a larger view.

from Other Cities (for 2) by Casey Anderson

Casey Anderson is an artist working with sound in a number of media, including composition, improvisation, electronic music, saxophone, text, and installations. He has performed with Jason Kahn, Ulrich Krieger, MKM, Fomoudou Don Moye, Michael Pisaro, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Trayle, and the Dog Star Orchestra. Performances, exhibitions, and residencies include MOCA – Los Angeles (CA), ISSUE Project Room (NY), STEIM (NL), Atlantic Center for the Arts (FL), and Mass MOCA (MA). He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, teaches in the Media Design Practices department at Art Center College of Design, and works with Machine Project.

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korg by Clay Chaplin

Clay Chaplin’s works have been performed internationally including performances at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, the Bent Festival, the Busan International Computer Music Festival, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Elektroakustiche Musik (DEGEM) studios, the Ear Zoom Sonic Arts festival, the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM), the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conferences, the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College (CCM), the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Olympia Experimental Music Festival, the Korean Electro-Acoustic Society Festival, the Sonic Circuits Festivals, the Santa Fe Electronic Music Festival and many others. Clay is currently the Director of the Computer Music and Experimental Media studios at the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts and is a member of the composition/experimental sound practices faculty.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sláturtíð 2013!

I am excited to be in Reykjavík, Iceland taking part in Sláturtíð 2013, organized by S.L.Á.T.U.R! This weekend, I will be sharing my music at the Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús and at Harpa Concert Hall!

On Thursday night, I will playing solo and duo pieces with Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir at Hafnarhús

On Friday afternoon, we will present an accordion orchestra piece titled Neotrope in Harpa! Originally commissioned by Machine Project for the 2010 Glow Festival, Neotrope was premiered by Free Reed Conspiracy, who played it while riding on the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel.

Finally, on Friday the Reykjavik-based experimental ensemble Fengjastrútur will premiere two movements from a new piece of mine called Maximiliana Counterpoint at Hafnarhús!

Below a video of the Santa Monica premiere of Neotrope.

Bless bless

Monday, October 7, 2013

To Reykjavik!

So, I have been bad about posting Notations in the last few weeks. but it has been an amazing whirlwind of activity! After a magnificent show at the Bootleg with Live Arts Exchange, I played electric accordion for 6 hours as part of the Glowmasphere at the 2013 Glow Festival.

I just got done playing with Timur and the Dime Museum in New York, and now I'm off to sunny Reykjavik, Iceland to participate in Slaturtid 2013!

Once I have landed and settled in Reykjavik, the Notations will continue once again, I swear.