Monday, January 22, 2007

Food for thought

April 28, 1983

"High-tech" music is very canny, i.e., ultra-knowing and sophisticated. As sound, it tends to be "brilliant," full of spit and polish, flashy as hell, lots of fancy-footwork, if not to say also lots of fireworks and uses of the orchestra . . . as a machine which operates at high levels of physical power and ingenuity . . . But what is gained in treating the orchestra as a gleaming, 1000 horse-power piece of chrome-plated steel machinery is gained at the expense of radical simplicity, seriousness, nobility and gravity of demeanor, genuine emotional power. It results in a series of mere cosmetic effects--one more "brilliant" than the other. And mostly vacuity and hollowness of musical meaning . . . The sheer concentration on texture and color ends up by the 80s in complete extrusion of any possible solid values so that everything becomes surface--glistening, shining, polished--and superficiality of gesture and manner--in fact, all gesture and manner . . . "High-tech," I suppose, had to be when you consider there is a kind of talent in the world today that finds only the surface of things available to it: such talent can't go below the surface, it dies there. But on the surface of things it dances and prances, prates and pirouettes; it trades simplicity for fake complexity; . . . it loves the trivial, the obvious, the sure-fire, or goes in for a kind of fake seriousness--which is to say it is full of pretension and gaseous material.

-George Rochberg, The Aesthetics of Survival

Monday, December 18, 2006

Illiac Band?

How about using the Illiac in the ensemble name somewhere? As long as that's OK with the powers that be.

Also - I'm thinking of converting this blog into the laptop ensemble blog, that seems easiest as long as there are no objections.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Laptop Ensemble Name Proposition


Has the "Ill" for Illinois, has a reference to laptops, and puns semi-meaninglessly with "elapse."

Does anybody even check this blog anymore?

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Friday, December 01, 2006

I don't usually do this - but I just found out that one of my Max/MSP pieces is featured today on a website I read regularly,

It's for a festival in Ithaca, NY, with the Harvard string physicist Lisa Randall and Bang on a Can, among others.

Here's more info about the festival:

And just a reminder - no class next Tuesday - see you next Thursday!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

CNMAT spectral tutorials

Here are the spectral tutorials I showed in class today, written by Michael Zbyszynski. Very interesting!

To make sure everything works, you should download "everything" (about 13MB), from the set of links at the top of the table. The objects are listed individually below.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Possibly the greatest controller ever?