Bubble Bursting at the California Electronic Music Exchange Concert - UCSD
This year's California Electronic Music Exchange Concert features musicians from across the state, and will include the dismantling of a 'nuclear bomb'
In the current time period in which we all live, there are innovations that are conceivably defining new genres within a framework of electronic music, new media, and sound-art. Many of these paradigm-shifting-potentials exist within the confines of individual academic bubbles at the highly-respected music departments of the following California educational institutions: UCSD, UCSB, Mills, and CalArts.
Once a year a metaphorical wormhole-network connects these individual bubble-universes to form the California Electronic Music Exchange Concert series.
The statewide spectacular is run by UCSD's Cooper Baker, with curators at the other campuses making selections for their local events from the pool of 30-50 submissions. The original concept was hatched in 2002 in a fruitful idea-incubator at CalArts, involving Tom Erbe (current professor at UCSD) and Clay Chaplin.
This year's event at UCSD will showcase "hand built circuitry, live computer graphics, re-purposed electronics, pre-recorded electroacoustic music, and real-time signal processing," writes concert organizer Baker.
Ori Barel's piece entitled Rewinder #2 focuses on the creation of perceived sound objects. An explanation of the piece quotes Barel saying, "I was particularly interested in creating organic gestures in a highly artificial manner and in blurring the boundaries between the natural and the synthetic."
Eric Derr's piece Pop Stutter is an exploration into what Derr wishes pop music sounded like.
Taurin Barrera's BentoBox is a homemade lunchbox synthesizer which creates three voices of phasing percussive impulses. The performance will incorporate Barrera's custom built Electronic Music Visualization (EMVIZ) software, created in Max/Msp/Jitter, to provide visual accompaniment.
An Iranian Dismantling A Nuclear Bomb On U.S. Soil, which will be performed by Saba Alizadeh, involves taking a "nuclear bomb" apart and using the electronic components (including light sensors) to build an oscillator circuit, which will be used to play the Star Spangled Banner. The piece ends in darkness with S.O.S pulses. Alizadeh's performance is meant to portray the relationship between Iran and the US over the past few years, and positions himself as a messenger of peace.
Sometimes national news events spawn knee-jerk responses, in the form of cataloging entire groups of humans on the planet. This classification of people can serve as a potential precursor to racism or even hate crimes. It seems Alizadeh is touching on this subject.
California Electronic Music Exchange Concert
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
UCSD - Conrad Prebys Music Center Theatre - Room 122
8:00pm - Free and open to the public
"Noxious" • Max Wanderman (CalArts), "Requiem" • Youngmin Joo (CalArts), "Pop Stutter" • Eric Derr (UCSD), "BentoBox" • Taurin Barrera (Mills), "An Iranian Dismantling A Nuclear Bomb On U.S. Soil" • Saba Alizadeh (CalArts), "EXE" • Jeepneys (CalArts), "Camouflage Veils" • Nick Henry (Mills), "Rewinder #2" • Ori Barel (UCSB)
More like this:
- SpringFest 2013: a week of experimental music — April 3, 2013
- Fresh Sound: 4 sets of multi-generational electronic music, Sept. 5 — Sept. 3, 2012
- Statewide Sound Masters Unite at UCSD — April 27, 2012
- Quaking — April 18, 2012
- Can we nuke every computer in the country with one well-placed bomb? — Nov. 29, 2001