no idea festival
in association with heavy Denim
Now that there's cool gear, what do we do?
Does the music make the instrument, or is it the other way around?
Thursday, January 27: 4pm-6pm
SMART Art Project Space, 1906 S Flores St, San Antonio, TX
Bryan Eubanks and Vic Rawlings will both evade and attempt to answer these questions by describing and demonstrating their self-made electronic instruments, their approach to improvisation, and the building process itself. The focus will be on the practical use of the instruments in the context of improvised electro-acoustic music. There will be detailed discussion of the instruments and how/ why these particular, idiosyncratic instruments were designed and built. Technical particulars of the gear will be discussed as they relate to the musical uses of the gear..... Don't worry - it's going to involve gear.
Not quite Lecture/ Performance.
Rather: Demonstration/ Discussion/ Performance/ Q+A
This workshop is intended for all people interested in the process of creating electronic music: musicians and non-musicians included.
You do not need to have technical skills to attend this session.
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This workshop is presented by the No Idea Festival in association with heavy Denim.
The 8th edition of No Idea Festival will be held in:
San Antonio -- January 27
Austin -- January 28 + 29
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Bryan Eubanks (b. 1977, Pasco, WA.) is focused on collaborations, solo musical projects, and sound installations. He has performed his work in live settings across the US, Europe, Japan, and Korea. Originally a saxophonist, his work has expanded to include computer music and instruments of his own design that incorporate open-circuits, samplers, radio transmission, and other electronics. He became musically active in Portland, Oregon in the late 90's working with Joe Foster, Jean Paul Jenkins, GOD, and Super Unity, among many others, before moving to New York City in 2005 where he worked closely with Andrew Lafkas for the next 5 years in a variety of settings: realizing ensemble music, performance/installations, a trio with drummer Todd Capp, and an ongoing electro-acoustic duo. In 2001 he co-founded Rasbliutto to distribute music. He has held residencies at Diapason Gallery for Sound in NYC and Centrum Center for the Arts in Port Townesend, WA. He currently lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
For more info on Bryan: http://www.rasbliutto.net/bryaneubanks/main.html
Vic Rawlings employs a still and unstable sound language from the visceral excess of the Laurence Cook Disaster Unit to the extreme austerity of undr quartet. He has designed and built two instruments to realize this aesthetic. He uses an amplified cello as a sounding surface/ resonant microphone, augmenting it with extensive and invasive preparations (some directly based on obscure baroque instrumentation). He also continually develops an electronic instrument from the exposed circuit boards of sound processors, effectively producing an analog synthesizer with a highly unstable interface. This electric instrument is acoustically realized by a flexible array of exposed speaker elements, chosen for their often unpredictable and idiosyncratic sonic qualities.
Longtime active collaborations include Laurence Cook Disaster Unit (Laurence Cook, Jason Lescalleet, Greg Kelley), undr quartet (Greg Kelley, Liz Tonne, James Coleman), and the BSC (octet led by Bhob Rainey), as well as duos and trios with Michael Bullock, Mazen Kerbaj, Tim Feeney, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ricardo Arias, Bryan Eubanks, and Chris Cogburn. He has performed with a diverse group of major figures of improvised music including Ikue Mori, Eddie Prevost, Jaap Blonk, Daniel Carter, Donald Miller, and Andrea Neumann. He has also performed the works of Christian Wolff (with the composer), Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, and Michael Pisaro (with the composer). His solo performances deny conventional assumptions about the use of time.
Vic has toured internationally and appeared at numerous Festivals: Victoriaville International Festival of Improvised Music (Victoriaville, Quebec), Musique Action Festival (Nancy, France), Cha'ak'ab Paaxil Festival of Free Improvisation (Merida, Mexico), Vision Festival (NYC), Improvised and Otherwise Festival (NYC), Festival of New Trumpet Music (NYC), Seattle Improvised Music Festival, No Idea Festival (Austin, TX), High Zero Festival of Improvised Music (Baltimore, MD), Boston Cyberarts Festival and the Autumn Uprising Festival (Boston, MA).
Rawlings appears on several international record labels including: Grob, RRR, Sedimental, YDLMIER, Absurd, Emanem, Intransitive, Boxmedia, Semata, Audio Dispatch, H+H, Chloe, and Rykodisc, among others. His writings on music/instrumentation have been published in Leonardo Music Journal.
He has taught free-improvised music to Music Composition students at Harvard University as well as elementary school-age children in a rural village in Yucatan, Mexico. Other teaching/ workshop appointments have ranged from juvenile detention centers to UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Dartmouth College, and Wesleyan University, among many others.
For more info on Vic: http://www.vicrawlings.com/vicrawlings.com/Improvised_Music.html
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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division. Further funding provided by Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program.