This list is nowhere near complete, but we’re already into the month of November and I wanted to include some things that I’ve heard about. Please let me know of others by emailing jennie (at) soundexpanse.com.
Bludenzer Tage zeitgemaßer Musik
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Berlin: Splitter Music Festival
The four evenings with over 80 artists revolve around music-making in large formats, based on the power of improvisation. The festival is organised and programmed by Gregor Hotz, manager of the Splitter Orchester. The festival is partly a showcase for the Splitter Orchester and it’s composer-performers, but also features other formations from the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene and beyond.
In the eighteenth century, the body was thought to be comprised of resonant strings. Music vibrated them, shaking emotions and temperaments in time to its reverberations. Filthy Lucre explores the strange noises and mathematical constructions built on these Sounding Bodies.
On Saturday 26th, we will move from installation to concert to gig, with a live music night being preceded by Jacob Kirkegaard’s sound art. On Sunday 27th, we will present Kirkegaard’s work alongside free workshops.
They have also released a compelling preview video of George Barton performing Vinko Globokar’s ?Corporel.
November 30-December 4
Oaxaca: UMBRAL Festival
an intensive workshop including vocal meditations, listening exercises, and group composition. Beginning at 9:00 am, the workshop will culminate in a performance on Music for Contemplation at 8:05 pm. Members can bring a bag lunch and there will be a break for dinner. $30 suggested donation for participation in workshop. $15 suggested donation for attendance at performance.
The workshop is open to anyone willing to make a commitment for the day; no prior musical training is necessary. To apply, please send an email to craig [at] craigshepard [dot] net and tell us who you are and why you want to participate.
I asked him a few questions about the event.
What inspired you to initiate this project? Or what’s the impetus for it?
Last year, we presented works by Pauline Oliveros. I had taken her Deep Listening Course in 1997, and remembered her saying that the voice is one thing we all have in common. One of the communities MufoCo serves are the long-standing residents in North Brooklyn; it seemed a good way to invite people in.
I can imagine that the intensive nature of this workshop – and being involved for the whole day – presents a set of possible engagements that is very different from the usual rehearsal/concert situation. What are some of the opportunities that you look forward to along these lines?
For me, the best opportunity is to spend the day offline! Also, when we open up the music to those outside the connoisseur, it reveals parts of the music which we insiders take for granted. A lot of people get nervous at the thought of spending a day without their cell-phone; I can understand, many of us need to be in touch with loved ones and freelancers need to respond to calls for gigs as soon as possible. Those who can leave their phones at home may find that they are more present in their day–like they have more life in their day. I went back to a dumb phone a couple of weeks ago and I have so much more time!
1) Wandelweiser late summer sale: September 22-October 3
€50 euros for 10 CDs (double and triple CDs count as one CD), including international shipping. (That’s about $56 total with today’s US exchange rate.)
This is a great opportunity to try out a range of titles. Be sure to check your order against the list of sold-out CDs at the link. Here is the complete catalogue.
2) Bloomsbury Academic is running a 30% off sale through Friday on all of the titles I recommended recently, as well as my book and many earlier publications. Here are a few titles:
After Sound: Toward a Critical Music
Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music
Experimentations: John Cage in Music, Art, and Architecture
Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom
The Process that is the World: Cage/Deleuze/Events/Performance
Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the Listener
Word Events: Perspectives on Verbal Notation
Shipping within the US is $3.50 for the first item, $1 for additional items.
Feel free to chime in with your own recommendations.
3) Huddersfield Contemporary Records is having a 20% off sale through Friday. Just add the promo code HCR20 at checkout. There are many great titles here, one of which was the subject of a series of interviews here on sound expanse.
4) The price of the major 3-CD Julius Eastman release, Unjust Malaise, has dropped significantly in the past few days. It may not be a coincidence that price drop coincides with the great success of Femenine, released by Frozen Reeds.
5) Changing the System: The Music of Christian Wolff, edited by Stephen Chase and Philip Thomas, is now in paperback at a much reduced price – and an extra 20% off. It’s a very useful book and I’ve wanted to buy it many times over, but opted for library consultations instead. This is a great time to get it.