[Aug 31] Intern Presentation: Instruments Of Choice

Eight performers, four pieces, one show. This concert consists of a variety of artistic
performances. Live electronics, visuals, acoustic and electronic instruments all come
together and create an hour-long show. There are three solo performances and one
band performance. The over-all theme of the evening is the interplay between
humans and their instruments of choice.

[Aug 31] Intern Presentation: Instruments Of Choice

Daniel Bequer, Claire Kwong, Edek Sher, Divya Farias, Glassia Lu, Aaron Rourk, Moritz Stäubli, Maurice Könz

Sat, Aug 31, 8pm

Location:
Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker

Eight performers, four pieces, one show. This concert consists of a variety of artistic performances. Live electronics, visuals, acoustic and electronic instruments all come together and create an hour-long show. There are three solo performances and one band performance. The over-all theme of the evening is the interplay between humans and their instruments of choice.

What instruments do we choose? How do we use them to connect with each other? What are the results of our choices?

From interplay between electronic circuits in our instruments and bioelectric signals in our bodies derives our language, our music. We let the swinging strings and speaker membranes dance with each other and fill the room with kinetic energy. We set the space around us in motion in order to create a connection to one another. Let us tell you our stories through our instruments. Come to our show and enter our world of structurally vibrating particles.

Live Xtras, Daniel Belquer

This piece is a kind of DVD special feature, performed live. This performance will spam briefly through the five acts of the trans media theatre play: ‘A-Faust, a subjective tragedy’. Using audio, video, a tablet and game controllers a personification of a high-tech Mephisto will be created to unmask strict rationality not as a mean to seek the truth but rather as a way to gain control over life and reduce its entropy through the illusions of narrative. belque1.wix.com/faust belquer.wix.com/multiarte

I don’t know I don’t know I don’t remember, Claire Kwong

My body is electric. My body controls my voice. I use Max, a voice recording, my body, and an electronic mouse, which I control with my mouth. My body and technology interrupts my vocal stream of consciousness. A portrait of a frenetic mind emerges. I am human. I am a machine. I am a cyborg, somewhere in between my speaker-voice and my mouse-mouth. Technology gags me, yet I hear fragments of it all around me. I am in control. I lose control. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t even remember what it is I don’t remember. clairekwong.com vimeo.com/clairekwong

Pop Music, Edek Sher

This is a piece that is in almost complete opposition to popular music: it is different with every performance, there is no familiar structure, there are no vocal melodies or recognizable chord changes, and the production is technically sloppy. The piece is called “Pop Music” because it exploits the popping sound one hears when slicing an audio file in a DAW or in real-time without fading the audio file in or out, which is something that’s rarely heard on the radio. “Pop Music”, however, because of the way it has been programmed, as an instrument that can be learned and controlled with practice, has potential to mimic most elements of popular music and even sound like a pop song, although I choose not to perform the piece in this way. If performed as a pop song in tandem with the popping quality of the sounds, perhaps “Pop Music” is more “poppy” than radio-friendly music. vimeo.com/55806079

Take the Fifth, Divya Farias, Glassia Lu, Aaron Rourk, Moritz Stäubli, Maurice Könz

Everything vibrates. Five people take their instruments and organize the vibrations around them to create a bond between the audience and themselves. In order to do so, they create a connection between each other first. A violin, a bass clarinet and an electric guitar are molded together by the live electronics and colorized by the visuals. The live electronics take material from the other instruments and rebuild their patterns into a fourth, constantly evolving pattern. A metric grid is the foundation of the building. There are stories built on top of that structure by the instrumentalists, which are also linked together in rhythmic patterns. A complex sound structure is created consistent of synthetic percussion elements, analog and digital synthesizer sounds, acoustic and electronic instruments, and visuals.

Aaron Rourk: soundcloud.com/aaron-rourk
Divya Farias: sensemayamusic.com/music
Moritz Stäubli: moritzalfons.com/vita
Glassia Lu: vimeo.com/user10619452
Maurice Könz: youtube.com/user/breitbandig/videos

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