Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Notations 27: Setzer and Rosenboom

Here's the twenty-seventh 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 other Monday (Tuesday this week...) we'll showcase notation by two different composers, primarily focusing on those local to Los Angeles. This week's composers are Matthew Setzer and David Rosenboom. All images are used with permission, and copyright is retained by each piece's respective creator. Click on the images to see a larger view.

Setzer Sonic Locator by Matthew Setzer

Matthew Setzer is a musician, composer, and music technologist living in Los Angeles California. He is the guitarist for the gothic industrial band London After Midnight. Matthew received a Bachelor of Music in Composition/Technology from the University of Montana in Missoula. He studied Composition with Charles Nichols. In 2008 Matthew graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental Sound Practices. While at CalArts he studied with David Rosenboom, Ajay Kapur, Mark Trayle, Ulrich Krieger, Morton Subotnick, and visiting artist Trimpin. Before CalArts Matthew trained with John Carruthers for luthier skills. From 2006-2008 Matthew worked as a luthier for the Moser Custom shop with Neal Moser.

More info at matthewsetzer.com

From In The Beginning: Etude III by David Rosenboom

David Rosenboom is an American composer and a pioneer in the use of neurofeedback, cross-cultural collaborations and compositional algorithms. Working with Don Buchla, he was one of the first composers to use a digital synthesizer. Since the 1960s David Rosenboom has explored the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system. His work is widely distributed and presented around the world. He is currently Professor of Music and Dean of the School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts.

More info at davidrosenboom.com

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