60×60 is an audio collage containing 60 one-minute works by 60 different composers presented continuously in an hour performance. 60×60 is a project of “signature works” and short works created specifically for the 60×60 project. The one-minute works can be of any style, aesthetic or technique. The project embraces diversity in order showcase the wealth of new music being written by the composers of today.
Robert Voisey (curator)
Friday, October 4 at 7:00 PM
Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
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East Coast mix is the first 60×60 mix comprised of works which incorporate composers from the United States East Coast. Bert Van Herck is the audio coordinator for the 60×60 (2012) East Coast Mix. 60×60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60×60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by present a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today. 60×60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries, produced radio shows, created multimedia and multidisciplinary events, and released several albums.
During the concert each of the 60 pieces selected will begin precisely at the beginning of the minute, this will mark the end of one piece and the beginning of another. There will be no pause between the pieces. Works may be less than 60 seconds in length, but may not exceed 60 seconds. Works selected that are less than 60 seconds long are “padded” with silence either before, after, or surrounding the composition. The passage of time is marked by a synchronized clock.
60×60 is a project of “signature works” and short works created specifically for the 60×60 project. The one-minute works can be of any style, aesthetic or technique. The project embraces diversity in order showcase the wealth of new music being written by the composers of today.
60×60 is in its 10th concert season celebrating a decade worth of one-minute works submitted to the project. 60×60 has already presented more than 2000 composers in over 45 different one-hour mixes in more than 250 performances in over 30 countries to audiences in the tens of thousands. 60×60 was specifically designed to present a slice of what is happening today’s music scene and has done so by presenting the maximum amount of composers to the largest audience possible through its various projects and activities.
This 60×60, the East Coast mix is the first 60×60 mix comprised of works which incorporate composers from the United States East Coast. Bert Van Herck is the audio coordinator for the 60×60 (2012) East Coast Mix. 60×60 (2012) East Coast Mix Audio Coordinator Bert Van Herck Bert Van Herck was trained as a pianist and composer at the Lemmensinstitute in Belgium and obtained a PhD in composition from Harvard University Harvard University, where he worked with Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Julian Anderson, Magnus Lindberg, Chaya Czernowin, Cristopher Hasty; and at Columbia University with Tristan Murail
60×60 Director: Robert Voisey
“The word ‘viral,’ comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly accurate image for Robert Voisey’s infectious enthusiasm. He is always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to maintain the highest degree of project fever – and yes, it is spreading.” – 60×60: netsuke for the musical mind Richard Arnest, Sounding Board, Spring 2011
Rob Voisey and his idea 60×60, has been described as “mad” by the New York Times and publications around the world, the “kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round.” Besides founding and directing 60×60, Voisey composes/curates the one hour “macro-compositions” consisting of 60 one minute works from different composers/sound artists. He has created over 35 one hour mixes which have been performed hundreds of times in more than 30 countries in performances, radio, and Television.
“Composer and electronic music impresario Robert Voisey devised the 60×60 concept so large numbers of composers could bring their work to audiences in a portable, palatable, and decidedly unconventional format. Since the series’ inception in 2003, Vox Novus – Voisey’s organization dedicated to the promotion of contemporary composers and their work – has solicited 60×60 submissions by composers at all professional levels worldwide and presented its hour-long recordings at concerts in cities from Brooklyn to Bucharest. .This digitized, compartmentalized, sound-bite format is a tantalizing new way to experience widely varied and eclectic electronic music. And 60×60’s longevity and international acclaim show that Vox Novus’ innovative strategy to attract audiences and encourage composers has actually worked” – Alexandra Jones, Classical Voice of North Carolina
60×60 contains 60 works from 60 different artists. Each work is 60 seconds in duration and sequenced together to create a one hour performance. “A minute can be ample time to express a whole gamut of imaginative sounds, or it can be a constraint which forces an artist to isolate what is the most important element of a work. The point of the project is that it enables an audience to take in and enjoy a cross section of different approaches to new music within a reasonable duration. And the purpose of Robert Voisey is to promote new music” -Malcolm Miller, Music & Vision
60×60 actively seeks to find listeners unaware of the new music scene. 60×60 offers an interesting and exciting program to be discovered by the listener. Performance of various incarnations of 60×60 have been presented in concert halls, theater stages, museums, art galleries, public atriums, bars, nightclubs, building facades, and storefront windows in New York City; not to mention radio airplay, television and Internet broadcast around the world. 60×60 has had hundreds of performances stretching around the globe from remote rural venues in place like Wollongong, Australia and Presque d’ Isle, Maine to city centers such as New York City’s World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium and London’s Open Weekend for 2012 Olympics at Stratford Circus.