New Works Residencies
“Whistling and Working”
An interdisciplinary project for video, music and 9 performers, which examines the cultural assumptions about the difference between business and pleasure. Scheduled performances include the International House and the Community Education Center in Philadelphia and the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
An abstract/poetic video work that explores dreams, present-day mythology and metaphysics. Partial funding for this project has been received from the New York State Council on the Arts.
A collaboration with Steve Factor (text) and the David Dorfman Dance Company. Loosely based on a hypothetical mixture of James Agee’s novel “A Death in the Family” and the history of Lizzie Borden. The work will premier at the Dance Theater Workshop in NYC.
“On the Way Home”
An installation for multiple-screen video, sound, slides and reflective pool. Based on a train trip in Taiwan, the work incorporates an audio loop of sounds recorded at each station. This work will be included in the Film Arts Festival sponsored by the San Francisco Film Arts Foundation.
“Imaginary Portrait #1
A work for radio based on recordings of vocalist Jill Burton. Sounds from the smallest vocal utterance to full-voiced multi-tracked singing will be combined with various spatial settings to create an imaginary vocal portrait. To be broadcast on WNYC in the fall of 1989.
“EO-9066”, a score for Bay area choreographer June Watanabe. The score, for vocalists and tape, will be a collage of various vocal behaviors such as whispering, talking, yelling, and singing. Performances are scheduled for the Theater Artaud in San Francisco and the Japan Society in NYC.
“A Radio Play”
A surreal narrative structure of LPs of opera, pop, spoken words, and poetry. Commissioned by the New American Radio Series for broadcast in 1990.
A semi-autobiographical work that focuses on purely abstract and figurative (textural/communicative) sound. Performances of this work are scheduled at the Alternative Museum (NYC) and in Germany, Holland, and Belgium.
“Eat Your Words (Letter by Letter)”
A video study of language, semantics and the absurdity of communication with words. The soundtrack will use live sound, music, sound effects and narration. It will be presented at the Kitchen (NYC).
A new work for acoustic instruments and interactive electronics. The piece will premier at the Jewish Museum in March 1989.
Score for “This State I’m IN”
An experimental narrative film, in which three composers will write a musical structure, inspired by sound effects and samples taken from the Texas coast, for each of the three narrators involved in telling the story of a young girl in search of her identity.
Nancy Laird Chance
Film score composer and recent composer/fellow at the Sundance Institute, Chance seeks to acquire a knowledge of computer music systems and the techniques required to produce these sounds and sync them to film or video.
An audio work for a multi-channel site piece designed for pedestrians. The artist will also work on developing a flexible software program for exterior soundscapes.
The application of MIDI technology to live orchestral work.
Pianist and composer Melford, will explore computer MIDI systems and samplers with a view towards incorporating these techniques into her solo ensemble work.
The use of sound sample programs on computer for use in real-time performance.
Schlanger’s video work to date has been produced using a hybrid of analog and digital processing. Using analog synthesis as a model, video segments are real-time structures where sound and image tracks are produced simultaneously. He will be exploring the possibilities of assimilating MIDI techniques into his work.
Instrument maker, collector, and adapter, Simon will create samples of many of these sounds for flexibility of use in live performance.
Regina Beyer, radio producer; Brenda Hutchinson, audio-engineer; Carol Ann Klonairdes, video artist; A. Leroy, composer; Harvestworks staff: Carol Parkinson, Diana Meckley.