Kari Besharse

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Electric Monster and the Invasion of the Incredible B.S.O.s VIDEO!!!

I have finally uploaded the video of the world premiere performance of my laptop ensemble piece, Electric Monster and the Invasion of the Incredible B.S.O.s to YouTube (embedded below). The B.S.O. soloists did a great job, showing great mastery over their bouncy, mischievous instruments. I was also very happy with the laptop performers who got to know their patches very well and came up with many interesting sounds during the performance. Overall, the performance was a success and I look forward to seeing future interpretations of the piece.

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ICMC 2010 – New York, New York

Last week I took a short trip to New York City for the 2010 International Computer Music Conference hosted by SUNY Stony Brook (my husband’s alma mater). The first two days of the festival took place in various locations around Manhattan, and then the festival moved out to Long Island for the last three days. Unfortunately, I could only attend one day this year, so I registered for June 2, which was the day my piece Small Things was performed on one of the Ear to the Earth concerts. I am also a member of the Ear to the Earth organization, which seeks to raise concern and awareness to the environmental issues that we face through sound and artistic works. Nature and the environment are at the core of what drives me as an artist, so I was delighted that Small Things was chosen for one of the Ear to the Earth concerts. This concert took at the White Box gallery in Manhattan.

I tried to attend as much as possible in my one day at ICMC this year, but transportation between venues did take some time, so I missed out on the installations and performance events that took place in Brooklyn and Grand Central Station. I saw some interesting poster and paper sessions at Hotel Pennsylvania, and a fantastic evening concert at Miller Theater. It was a lot to pack into one day, but I do wish I could have stayed for more!