Fascinating book by Andrew J. Nelson on the history of CCRMA, particularly focusing on the 1980s and 1990s. Chapter 7 is called "Plucking the Golden Gate Bridge," with extensive excerpts from the author's interviews with me, Julius Smith, and others. Available here. Overview from web site...
In the 1960s, a team of Stanford musicians, engineers, computer scientists, and psychologists used computing in an entirely novel way: to produce and manipulate sound and create the sonic basis of new musical compositions. This group of interdisciplinary researchers at the nascent Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA, pronounced “karma”) helped to develop computer music as an academic field, invent the technologies that underlie it, and usher in the age of digital music. In The Sound of Innovation, Andrew Nelson chronicles the history of CCRMA, tracing its origins in Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory through its present-day influence on Silicon Valley and digital music groups worldwide...
I will be presenting a concert and lecture at Mills College on November 23, as part of their Songlines series. Entitled "Bits, Birds and Bluegrass," it will include my first public performance of "Cluck Old Hen Variations" (though not the first time the work has been performed). I will also be performing "Impossible Animals," for Zeta violin and computer voices. The lecture will include excerpts from such works as "Would You Just As Soon Sing As Make That Noise!?," "Who's on First?" and "The Space Between Us."
More info at Mills Now.
Here is a short excerpt of my performance of "Cluck..." from an informal concert at Universal Audio corporate headquarters in Scotts Valley, California.
On October 24, 2015, Santa Cruz New Music Works performed my 1980 work, Dybbuk, as part of their annual halloween concert, "Night of the Living Composers" at Samper Recital Hall at Cabrillo College, Aptos, California. I performed the offstage mandolin part from a hidden location in the balcony. Photos below. The concert was conducted by Phil Collins.
Thanks to a gift from Pierre Boulez, the group piece I participated in, along with 124 other composers, is being premiered in Leipzig on January 20,2016. Press release below...
On the initiative of the Forum of Contemporary Music Leipzig [FZML] 125 of the most distinguished contemporary composers created »Party Pieces«. On January 20th the world's largest group composition will finally experience its European premiere in Leipzig.
Patron: Pierre Boulez
20th January 2016 | 7.30 pm | UT Connewitz Leipzig
04315 Leipzig, Germany
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