Harvestworks in Association with Knockdown Center presents an evening with Morton Subotnick
Saturday May 7, 2016 8pm-9pm
Morton Subotnick will present Song, an evening-length, site-specific composition for the Knockdown Center, an architecturally and acoustically superior space located in Maspeth, New York. The work features live electronics by the composer diffused in the space by 3D speaker arrays created by acoustic engineer Paul Geluso and performed by Ne(x)tworks, a collaborative ensemble of seven musicians. A Harvestworks Commission with help from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
Tickets: $15 for both shows
Morton Subotnick is an American composer of electronic music, best known for his Silver Apples of the Moon, the first electronic work commissioned by a record company, Nonesuch. He was one of the founding members of California Institute of the Arts, where he taught for many years.
Subotnick has worked extensively with interactive electronics and multi-media, co-founding the San Francisco Tape Music Center with Ramon Sender, and often collaborating with his wife Joan La Barbara. Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre.
Paul Geluso received support from the Rockefeller Foundations™ New York City’s Cultural Innovation Fund to develop and build a 3D sound processing and speaker system that could produce complex directional sound radiation characteristics. This area of sonic exploration holds vast possibilities for artistic expression and public exhibition.
Ne(x)tworks is devoted to performing works of living composers as well as enriching understanding of the works of American experimental composers who have influenced their compositions. Funded by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
The new work by Morton Subotnick, composed especially for the ensemble will focus on Ne(x)tworks™ improvisational skills as well as their abilities to realize fully notated scores.