The Center For Deep Listening

Day 192 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

1 to ∞, by joshua carro

a postcard work written for James Tenney

joshua michael carro (b. 1982 – ) is a versatile multimedia artist, percussionist, sound designer, producer, teacher, and composer. carro’s current work strives to develop new methods of graphic modular composition for instruments of any kind with the extension of electroacoustic and visual elements.

 

 

Day 191 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

YOUR FAVORITE WORD, by Treya Nash

Treya Nash has studied in England, Germany, Italy, eSwatini, China, and the United States. She graduated with a BA in composition from the University of Florida with Paul Koonce, and an MM in composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty. She worked as Program Director for the 2021 Charlotte New Music Festival. Treya’s work has been performed in the UK, the US, Germany, and Brazil. She is currently studying composition and electronic music at Louisiana State University, with Mara Gibson, Jesse Allison, and Steven David Beck.

 

 

Day 190 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

THE TONE, by Kip Wilson

Kip Wilson started the New London Drone Orchestra in 2017. This radically inclusive, protean collective manifests sustained, layered, gradually evolving, timeless sound. We bring together experienced players with people new to music. We use graphic and text scores as well as stochastic sound sources to guide group improvisation. Find our latest experiments at https://soundcloud.com/nldroneorchestra and our three albums—Live at the Crab Shack (Furnace Records 2022, recorded live in 2018), Pass It On (self-released 2021), and Isolation/Collaboration (Enter the Circle 2020)—on Bandcamp.

 

 

Day 189 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

PLAN FOR OBSOLESCENCE, by Ensemble Decipher

Ensemble Decipher is a modular, experimental music group that performs with vintage, contemporary, and emerging technologies. Founded in 2017 by Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Ensemble Decipher strives to redefine performer virtuosity by drawing on the technological advancements of our time in order to highlight new voices and ways of listening. Current members include Joseph Bohigian, Robert Cosgrove, Eric Lemmon, Chelsea Loew, Taylor Long, and Niloufar Nourbakhsh..

 

 

Day 188 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

YOUR EAR IS A MICROPHONE, by Cassia Streb

We often mistake microphones for ears when we expect a microphone to hear what we’re hearing when in fact, it does not. Listening to a recording, we think “this isn’t at all what I was hearing!” forgetting that our ears are connected to our brains which filter our sound environment. This piece is inspired by a meditation teacher I worked with who would categorise things as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. This idea of gathering a list and then classifying the items made me think of how microphones gather the raw materials and then we humans assign qualities to the sounds. .

Cassia Streb is a sound artist who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She writes music for specific situations and for special places. Her work is often composed for friends and colleagues in order to highlight aspects of their musicality that she admires. Cassia plays viola, small percussion instruments and found objects in her work with improvisation and interpretation of notated scores. Some of her recent projects include Sound House, an interactive sound and puppet piece and Music for Your Inbox, a digital concert platform that presents experimental visual and sound artists.

 

 

Day 187 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

CICATRICES, by Rémy Bélanger de Beauport

I wrote this piece in 2017, when the only scar I could think of on my body was from an old piecing that didn’t heal well. Now a couple of years later the piece acquires new meaning—a new sound—as my skin heals the many scars left by an unexpected sword attack. This is a revised version.

Free-improv cellist and composer Rémy Bélanger de Beauport is currently based in Québec City, Canada where he directs the local improvisers’ orchestra EMIQ. He plays solo, duo, trio up to large ensemble and is a frequent collaborator of dance, poetry and visual arts. He graduated in composition, music theory and mathematics and plays Canada, Germany, Mexico and France. His approach is based on the body, intuition and interaction, sound textures and an intense focus on unfolding structures.

 

 

Day 185 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

DOING AND UNDERGOING, by FRED EVERETT MAUS

Lex Garcia’s peers have likened her solo works to “transmissions from the universe.” Because of her freedom from formal music education, she creates intuitively and experimentally, using texture, space, color, and movement to produce layered and expressive soundscapes. Perhaps due to their visual art background, Lex’s work lends itself to the moving image – it is the intersection of audio and visual art that most intrigues them. No matter the medium, she strives to express the most visceral parts of her subconscious – that which transcend verbal language – with sound and image, hopefully to access that innermost place within others. Lex sings with Portland State’s University Choir and composes and performs with PSU’s Sonic Arts & Music Production Laptop Ensemble (SAMPLE). With SAMPLE, Lex has explored graphic and text scores, computer-mediated improvisation, sound synthesis, and live film scoring under the direction of Christi Denton and in collaboration with the PSU School of Film..

 

 

Day 184 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

DISTANCE, by Alyce Santoro

From “7 PLACE EXPLORATIONS,” a set of scores consisting of 7 separate site-/occasion-specific explorations that can be performed solo or in a group, using voice or any instrumentation. See all 7 scores here: https://www.alycesantoro.com/sound-visual/text-visual-scores/7-place-explorations.

Alyce Santoro is a sound and visual artist with a background in biology and scientific illustration. Her field recordings, invented frameworks for improvised music, collages (both sonic and visual), drawings, and writings are artifacts of ongoing phenomenological explorations. She is particularly interested in practices that can challenge notions of objectivity and serve to illuminate the dynamic/dialectic between the looker and the seen, the listener and the heard—is the observer ever truly separate from that which is being observed?

 

 

Day 183 of A Year of Deep Listening

 

PEN PALS, by Alexis C. Lamb

Alexis C. Lamb is a composer, percussionist, and educator interested in fostering communities of mindful music-making. Her recent commissions and collaborations include Third Coast Percussion, the Albany (NY) Symphony, Aizuri Quartet, Opera Omaha, Contemporaneous, and Yale Philharmonia. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan and has previously earned degrees from the Yale School of Music and Northern Illinois University. Her works are self-published and available at https://alexislamb.com/.