Friday, September 22, 2023, 8 – 10:30pm PDT
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building
Presented by the Center for Contemporary Music and Mills College at Northeastern University
This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is encouraged.
In performances of Monitress, there's an improvising human onstage. The spontaneous sounds that result are transcribed by fifty year old machine listening algorithms running on iPads, driving an ensemble of softsynth apps. The performer's improvisation becomes a score in less than 30 millseconds, driving error-strewn unison lines which then cascade into further misinterpretations as the mistakes reenter the feedback loop. Complex results trace the line between human and algorithm, in a way worth being in the room for, even if your eyes are closed.
Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly) is a human in the loop, making music with people and machines that listen. Improvising with recorded sounds, his emphasis on live performance blurs any clear distinction between his solo and collaborative work, which includes touring and recording with Negativland, the Thurston Moore Group, Jennifer Walshe, Zeena Parkins, Zoh Amba, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, Matmos, People Like Us, SUE-C, John Oswald, Fred Frith, Thomas Dimuzio, Sagan and Huun-Huur-Tu. Labels that have released his music include Hausu Mountain, Illegal Art, Deathbomb Arc, Bureau B. His lectures on the secret histories of electronic music have been presented at Mills, Stanford, Oxford, UC Berkeley / Davis / Santa Cruz, MACBA and Peabody Conservatory. In 2015 he inherited Negativland's long-running Over The Edge radio live mix program, which continues to broadcast KPFA FM in Berkeley.
The David Tudor Endowment was established as a growing endowment by composer Gordon Mumma. The endowment provides a residency for composers and creative performing artists who exemplify the model of David Tudor's life and work.
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