|Hourglass Group in association with
Yamaha Pianos and Other Minds presents
a tribute to composer George Antheil (1900-1959)
curated by Charles Amirkhanian
June 7, 2008 - 3LD Art & Technology Center
8pm Frequency Hopping * 9:30pm Antheil's Legacy Concert
Curated by Charles Amirkhanian, Antheil's Legacy showcases live performances by cutting edge composer-musicians working in the spirit of George Antheil. Capping the event will be the NYC premiere of Antheil's 1924 composition Ballet Mécanique performed by LEMUR's automated orchestra
Delta Space, performed by renowned pianist Kathleen Supové
Delta Space, written in 2002 for Yamaha Disklavier being played simultaneously by a pianist and a computer, plus sampled sounds, was commissioned by Kathleen Supové, New York University, and the Mary Flagler Cary Trust. An exuberant mixture of Western experimentalism and African song, the piece builds on a melody that could be the guitar part of an African pop piece and develops into an ultra-dense counterpoint of angular rhythms in which pianist and computer fight for space on the keyboard. The density is gradually reduced, and towards the end, the recording of an African pop song, composed by myself and sung by Burkinabè singer Mai Lingani, emerges: the original melody was indeed part of an African song!
Equal Tempered Canon for James Tenney
Equal-Tempered Canon for James Tenney was inspired by and written in honor of recently deceased James Tenney. Using our irrational tuning system as a mathematical basis, a complex network of out of phase tempi are layered in a gradually unfolding process.
Harris Wulfson : Untitled
performed by the fully automated ensemble created by
LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (Eric Singer, Director)
Programmed by Paul D. Lehrman of the
The score will accompany the recently restored eponymous film created by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy.
This not-to-be-missed event is the first time NYC audiences will be able to experience the legendary film-with-music (the first “music video”) as originally conceived by the artists 84 years ago.
Following the screening will be an Afterparty with the artists featuring a performance of "Radio Wonderland" by Joshua Fried: Live commercial radio is processed in the laptop, controlled by an actual steering wheel, old shoes hit with sticks, knobs, buttons, pedals and sliders, all LIVE. RADIO WONDERLAND turns the bits and bytes of commercial culture into the driving back-beat to our dance of independence.
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