[Development starts December 15th, 2018 and finishes January 20th, 2020]
Exodus Gale examines Germany’s unique history of migration to Brazil during war and political unrest in conjunction with modern Brazilian migration to Germany. Derived from field recordings, interviews, and other primary source material, the resulting composition will be performed for Latinx communities that lack access to cultural diversity and live electronic performances. An ideal performance will result in increased awareness regarding the experience of Brazilian and German immigrants, an enhanced sense of cohesion within the Latinx community, and a performance narration using modern electronic techniques.
There are several Latinx migrant communities around Idaho that are faced with aloneness and isolation with many suffering from poverty and lack of cultural identity. This project can alleviate the hardships of having a migrant background by performing "Exodus Gale" in small towns around Idaho; these performances will provide a sense of community and understanding for migrant communities in Germany and Brazil, and create awareness regarding conditions of LatinX conditions to Non-Latinx audiences through performances in Berlin and Boise. Artists and musicians through Berlin venues can draw inspiration on narrating personal experiences through multimedia technology and performances.
Budget: $5, 171
[Two year development continuing production and performance Summer of 2019]
Composed in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountain Range, located more than 4,125 m in altitude, this multi-movement work traverses through various landscapes that depict several Wild Flowers. Ranging from humid marshes to extreme tundra winds these Wild Flowers were documented and processed to give listeners a journey of delicacy and wonder. The instrumentation includes harmonica and strong use of field recordings as to accurately depict the untouched landscape while the electronic elements are creative tools of perception.
Visuals were created by Elliot Jensen and Samaquias Lorta.
1. Sego Lily - Cello & Field Recordings
2. Rydberg’s Penstemon - Vocoder Harmonica
3. Tweedy’s Snowflower - Seaboard Ambient Synth
4. Rocky Mountain Aster - Minimalist Cello
5. Alpine Silverleaf Phacelia - Field Recordings & Hand Percussion
6. Prairie Smoke - Techno
7. Scarlet Paintbrush - Choreography
8. Western Columbine - Electronic Drums
9. Heartleaf Arnica - Field Recordings
I. Sego Lily The Hypnosis
3. Tweedys Snowflower [Live Recording] (The Still)
The ridge that forms when glaciers carve out mountains,… Present in several mountain ranges simultaneously to signifying “Moral Virtue”; Arete - used by the Greeks to signify a person living their life to the fullest; bravery and courage but not without efficiency taking on a Goddess personification.. Once I found myself atop an arête with the feeling of self-fulfillment that calmed a bleeding hole in my heart…
The sampler used within the loops of this composition are field recordings taken near Imogene Divide located in the Sawtooth Mountain. This work itself was presented at the first episode of the Etikett Radio Show title “Frontier”. Crossing the Imogene Divide is as close as one gets to submitting a mountain, with an extremely heavy backpack and food for a couple days I found myself accomplishing a humbling venture with a map, camera, and field recorder ready to be awakened by Pacha Mama. This performance shows the tranquility necessary to push one to such heights.
Using Electronic Magnetic Field Recorder, Voca FM, Sampling, and Electric Cello performed and produced with producer Dani Yang and filmed by director Gerard O’Keeffe.
Inundate - Funkhaus
Inspired by the null presence of algorithms and artificial intelligence that surrounds modern-day Western society. This composition challenges performer’s understanding of time and ensemble cohesiveness because of the stage layout and use of Quadrophonic Sound System.
It is important to recognize that this composition and its notation is still in its draft form.
Each instrument will be color-coded to notate instruction of Quadrophonic as an instrument. It is highly recommended to use Ableton Live as the DAW for the performance, if not then a standard analog mixer board with a minimum of 11 channels will work just as well. A mixer should have a channel assigned to each instrument and the corresponding color will be used to indicate which channel to send to which monitor. Max for Live has a Quadrophonic VST Plugin that allows for easy control of sound manipulation in space. Performer who is in control of the Mixer should consider using pedals in the Aux Inputs to integrate added effects to particular sections of the performance. In Ableton Live MIDI assignments can be used to map out various FX, parameters, and automation to match the instrumentation and musicality of performers. Be sure to consider gain staging and EQ as to allow equal distribution of audio throughout the performance space
Any tape player that can send audio into mixer and receive audio from a microphone. Minimum 2 separate tapes are required. Mixer will need to switch between tapes twice throughout the performance.
1st tape needs to be a longer loop, roughly around 5-10 seconds.
Start loop during notated section (m62 beat3)
Arm recording roughly at 4min 38sec
Goal is to capture random sections of audio that will eventually overdub to a drone
Use EQ to control timbre
Decrease amplitude and cutoff around 9 min 10 sec
2nd tape needs to match the tempo of the 7/4 section, that being a loop of exactly 3.5 seconds.
Capture audio of piano 8th notes at m175 b3 for one measure and then disable recording.
Overdub audio of 7/4 loop with random
Every channel will have a random oscillator that creates an automatic pan at each Stereo System. This will mean that panning will occur separately from the quadraphonic system notation.
Ending of Mira’s Complex
The beginning melodies will be recorded onto a separate track during the live performance m1 thru m32. At m234 this recording will be launched with conjunction to armed tracks of each microphone/instrument and enabling vocoder FX. Performers will get very close to their microphones and whisper provided texts at random. This will create vocoder voices moving around the room that match the same harmonies presented in the beginning of the piece. Mixer should fade out all channels (except for launched clips) after 2 minutes and 5 seconds. Piece ends with field recording clip.
Harmony of the Worlds
“Harmony of the Worlds” is an immersive performance involving: electronic music, movement, dynamic visuals, and light design. Imagine humans collectively using technology in harmony with the environment and that the world has reflected on the irreversible damage caused by humankind. Audiences can explore the performance space in an intimate experience that is both informative and thought-provoking. Artists will include the use of Arduino controlled visuals and music generated through artificial intelligence.
Audio Samples will be used in conjunction with electronic composition informing audiences of a global movement towards reconnecting with nature. Visuals enhance the experience while representing human’s growth of wisdom and spirituality by means of technology. Music and visual compositions alternate in embodying researched material and thought-provoking abstract ideas. Audience members will be free to walk around the performance space as to create variety in perception and an intimate experience.
Performed in 3 movements:
“6th Extinction” - Honoring species made extinct by humans
“Scarce” - Required efficient use of non-renewable/renewable resources
“Cohesion” - Global elevated mindset towards connecting science and nature
Documentary: This will showcase footage that covers artist’s scientific research LED Light installation, drawings, quadraphonic orchestrations, com-positional techniques, instrumentation, and narrative. Samaquias and Emme will write and script interviews during the residency while simultaneously collaborating with hired Director and Editor for its release after residency. This will allow for further development of conceptual inspirations and processes.
To support our conceptual idea, there would be a documentary released, showcasing experiences during the development of the residency and researched scientific material that supports the project narrative.