Indiscipline -Music Science Collaboration in performance

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indiscipline: music-science collaboration in performance
Venue/Date: Charlottesville Pavilion (Charlottesville, VA)
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April 21st, 2011
Reviewer: ka2u

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"Indiscipline", on April 21st 2011 at The Haven was an interesting concert, with a high correlation to our technosonics class, MUSIC 2350. It was a great evening with electroacoustic sounds. The two pieces I liked the most were "Lullaby for Newborn Stars" and "North Fork Dry Run in Shaver Hollow. Shenandoah National Park. Winter 2011". The first piece is introduced by a clarinet, while the background noise kept getting louder and louder. Then suddenly the clarinet paused for a second, and then the background noise stopped as the clarinet got louder and faster. There were numerous fluctuations in the speed and loudness of both the clarinet and the background noise. At the end, the clarinet had a solo with the background noise creating sort of a beat. It was easy to relate the topic of the piece to the sounds, especially the background electronic portion of the piece was making it more dynamic through its pitch changes. The second piece, was more interesting for me not only to listen to but also to watch. There was something that resembled a xylophone and drums. The performer was holding two sticks in each hand was playing through all the instruments. The way she was playing the instruments was impressive. There was a variety of pitches during the piece, in combination with reverb and echo; the higher the pitch, the longer was the hold. There was also a background computerized rain noise that kept getting louder and louder. Finally there were female vocals added after the first half of the piece. Both pieces of music, and the concert in general reminded me of pieces we listened to during the course of the class, Music 2350, especially the pieces for the first quiz and a few from the second quiz, where it was mostly electronic sounds and beats composing the music, with minimal instrumental participation. It was also easy to notice the effects used on the pieces, such as the pauses, the echo some instruments made, some were like soudnscapes etc. Also, one of the first composers was Sarah O'Halloran, and it was good to have heard her work before working with her for the Digitalis concert. I think it is important that this kind of music is still produced, because it keeps the initial form of technosonics "alive". As we have learned in our Music class, technosonics has evolved and is changing through the years, with today's pieces sounding completely different from the initial ones (that is evident if one compares the listening of the first quiz to that of the third one), thus is crucial to have some composers keep making music based on older pieces, since it is part of the music history and culture.

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