Confetti Machine presents a concert of realtime media works, featuring generative notation for string ensemble, live video feedback and spatatialized procedural sampling performed by Eric Barry Drasin, Matthew D. Gantt and Joseph Branciforte.
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Eric Barry Drasin is a Visual Artist, Musician and Curator working at the intersection of Digital Media, Installation and Real-time Synesthetic Audio-visual Performance. He investigates ideas of Network, Community and Score through interactive performance environments, public interventions, impossible gestures, games, and abject failure. Influenced by Improvised Music, Early Electronic Art, Esoteric Philosophies, Alternative Psychotherapeutic Modalities, Fluxus, and Radical Community Organizing, Eric creates systems and environments where digital media and performance embody notions of utopian collectivity and where space is operated upon as a compositional score.
Matthew D. Gantt is a composer and conceptualist focused on the overlap between production and consumption of cultural artifacts in the post-digital age and friction between virtual spaces and the body. He has performed at the New Museum, Roulette, the Stone, IRCAM, Fridman Gallery, Knockdown Center, Abrons Art Center, and DIY venues across the US. He has been an artist-in-residence at Signal Culture, released music with Orange Milk Records and presented VR pieces at Time Media. He holds an M.M. from CUNY Brooklyn College, teaches music technology through the Kaufman Center and works as a studio assistant to Morton Subotnick.
Joseph Branciforte is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound artist, and recording & mixing engineer based out of New York City. As a composer, he has developed a unique process of real-time generative composition for instrumental ensembles using custom software of his own design. This technique involves generating a notated piece of music from scratch during performance, according to real-time input from the composer and a series of pre-defined musical rules. As solo performer, he has developed an improvisation practice around the Fender Rhodes, extended with a wide variety of processing and looping devices — he has embarked upon several collaborations in this format, including a duo with Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann. As recording & mixing engineer Branciforte has worked on over 200 releases for some of the most well-respected names in creative jazz including Vijay Iyer, Tim Berne, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Ben Monder, and Nir Felder.