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.
My new work for laptop ensemble, Electric Monster and the Invasion of the Incredible B.S.O.s will premiere this Tuesday, May 4th at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Tryon Festival Theater in Urbana Illinois!!!
I put together an ad hoc laptop ensemble featuring University of Illinois students, staff, associates, and an alumni (me). The piece has come together very well, and each member of the ensemble is contributing in new and exciting ways each time we run the piece. It’s one of those pieces where each performance is different because each player has a lot of leeway in the sounds and effects that they can use, and new juxtapositions of sound are constantly created.
Here is a brief preview of the piece. I’ll post more video and audio soon after the performance Tuesday.
My wonderful performers:
Kurt Werner, Gautam Srikishan, Jason Mitchell, Jake Rundall, Ming-Ching Chiu, and myself, laptops
For the past couple of months I have been working day and night on a piece for 5-12 laptops and I am extremely happy to report it is almost finished. The work was written for the Electric Monster Laptop Ensemble founded and directed by Hsiao-Lan Wang and will be premiered later this spring. I am extremely excited about this piece which uses live sound from mysterious sound-making objects, BSOs (Bouncing Spherical Objects). The live sound from the BSO soloists is processed, manipulated, and passed around a WiFi network via Max/Msp.