"Silicon City" exhibition at New York Historical Society

On November 13th, 2015, the New York Historical Society Library and Museum presents the public opening of "Silicon City, Computer History Made in New York,", highlighting technical innovations in New York City.

It includes an exhibit on the Radiodrum, which I have used extensively in many works. Associated with the exhibit is an educational program that goes out to 30,000 students and includes videos of my works with the Radiodrum and Andrew Schloss, including "The Space Between Us" and "Wildlife."

The exhibit is open from November 13, 2015 to April 17, 2016.

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New videos

Just posted a new video here: Descent Into Flatland. Performed by the WestEast Brass Quintet in November 2013. the video includes annotations about the piece.

Also, a video of me playing Impossible Animals on the Zeta violin, from a performance at CCRMA, Stanford University on 3/4/15.


"Library of Babel" at San Francisco Conservatory of Music

On Feb. 22, 2015, Jack Van Geem and Yi David Yang gave a virtuoso performance of my "Library of Babel", on a recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The program ranged from Bach's Chaconne to arrangements of Super Mario Brothers video game themes!


30 years of spatial music for computer

I will be giving a colloquium and concert at the Center for Computer Music in Research and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University; March 4th 2015. Click here for further info.


In the mid-1950s American composer Henry Brant wrote that “single-style music can no longer evoke the multi-directional assaults of contemporary life on the spirit.” In pursuit of a framework for music based on simultaneity, he made a series of experiments and compositions exploring the physical position of sounds as an essential compositional element. David A. Jaffe met Brant in the mid-1970s and became a life-long friend and advocate. In 1979, at CCRMA, he began applying the principles of acoustic spatial music to the computer domain. In this colloquium/concert, Jaffe discusses and presents three of his spatial works, spanning a thirty-year period.

"Silicon Valley Breakdown" for synthetic plucked strings (1982) will be heard in a newly-restored form, a rare opportunity to hear this well-known work in its original 4-channel format. "Impossible Animals" (1986) for live performers and computer-synthesized voices creates a hybrid human-bird vocalise, as if the brain of a bird were transplanted into the body of a wildly-gifted soprano. Finally, "The Space Between Us" (2011), an acoustic spatial work with interactive computer control, uses twenty-one robotic mechanical instruments created by Trimpin, positioned around and above the audience. A video of this work will be presented, featuring CCRMA alumnus Andrew Schloss performing on a new version of the Boie/Mathews Radiodrum, accompanied by eight string players distributed throughout the hall.


UA at NAMM, 2015

On the technical front, Universal Audio announced at NAMM what I've been working on for the last year: "apollo expanded" allows mix/match multi-unit with all audio busses over thunderbolt, as well as a new GUI and other enhancements. More info here.

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