John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, and Matt Rogalsky will present different perspectives on their work with David Tudor’s Rainforest project including: creation of resonant sculptural loudspeakers, analog and digital synthesis for sound sources, and acoustical modeling of sculptural loudspeakers in software. They will also discuss the impact of Rainforest on their own compositions and installation works.
Rainforest V Workshop / Composers Inside Electronics
Composers Inside Electronics (CIE):
John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, and Matt Rogalsky
Wed, Jul 6, 3-6pm
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
Rainforest V (1973) is an electro-acoustic environment conceived by David Tudor and realized by the group Composers Inside Electronics. Each composer designs and constructs a set of sculptures which function as instrumental loudspeakers under their control, and each independently produces sound material to display their sculptures’ resonant characteristics. The appreciation of Rainforest V depends upon individual exploration, and the audience is invited to move freely among the sculptures.
Three members of Composers Inside Electronics (John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, and Matt Rogalsky) will present different perspectives on their work with David Tudor’s Rainforest project including: creation of resonant sculptural loudspeakers, analog and digital synthesis for sound sources, and acoustical modeling of sculptural loudspeakers in software.
Demonstrations will include:
• Using audio transducers to drive sound into sculptural objects to create unique resonant loudspeakers
• Audio transformations using chains of objects (including spatial considerations)
• A visual catalog of sculptural objects created for the work
• The application of various vibration microphones (piezo, phono cartridges, throat mics, etc) to amplify the harmonic transformations in the sculptural objects
• Examples of analog/digital sound generation techniques used for Rainforest sound sources and tuning the sound sources to specific objects
• The techniques of acoustic modeling of resonant sculptural loudspeakers (with examples)
This presentation will also address the creative evolution of the Rainforest work as both a performed work and as a self-running installation work including the technological evolution of the work over a 35 yr. time period.
Composers Inside Electronics (CIE) was formed in the mid 1970’s to collaborate with David Tudor on the Rainforest IV project, and to create collaborative electronic performance works. Over the years, these works have involved unique sound generation techniques (neural networks, ultrasonic instruments, resonant sculptural objects, circuit bending, feedback circuits, etc) along with interlocked performance networks, focused loudspeaker research, rotating robotic loudspeakers and digital synthesis.
Leadership support for Meet The Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program is generously provided by MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Amphion Foundation, Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, BMI Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Jerome Foundation, mediaThe foundation, The Experimental Television Center Presentation Funds, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.