Attention IPR community;
Be sure to visit Robinson Hall next Wednesday afternoon at 3pm to attend IPR’s COMPUTER MUSIC WORKSHOP ft. Richard Devine (ATL), Joshua Fried (NYC), and Puzzleweasel (DENMARK).
These 3 global innovators in computer music will be walking all of us through their own techniques and principles of music creation, From Richard Devine’s recent feature films and work with Native Instruments, to Joshua Fried’s 12 years as a Max/MSP mastermind.
This is a free event, but seating will be limited. Come early if you want to witness music unlike anything you’ve ever imagined.
Richard Devine is an Atlanta-based electronic musician. He is recognised for producing a layered and heavily processed sound, combining influences from old and modern electronic music. Devine largely records for the Miami-based Schematic Records. As a result of praise of his music from Autechre as well as a remix of Aphex Twin’s Come To Daddy, Devine recorded an album for Warp Records which was jointly released by Schematic and Warp. Devine first started using computers for composition around 1993. Don Hasslier, a professor at the Atlanta College of Art, got him interested in computer synthesis, introducing Devine to CSound and other powerful computer-based applications. Devine also coded a couple FFT applications in SuperCollider, an environment and programming language for real-time audio synthesis. “It’s interesting, because you’re doing things to sound that just aren’t physically possible.” Devine also uses Native Instruments (NI) software. His favorite NI applications are Reaktor and Absynth. Reaktor is a very powerful modular system, similar in many respects to classic modular synthesizer systems but also capable of performing low-level DSP sound processing. Devine has also designed sound patches for NI’s Absynth. He has also scored commercials for Nike and Touchstone Pictures, and engineered and performed his own music worldwide. ] Sublight Records 2005]]
Profile: Puzzleweasel is the sonic output of Peter Dahlgren. Originally swedish, the puzzleweasel was brought up around europe in Zürich, Amsterdam and Stockholm and now resides in Aarhus, Denmark. Where he started churning out his music in 2001. Fueled by years of dance floor attendance at raves and jungle/ dnb venues he started sculpting away at his intricate take on beat programming. Quickly getting recognition for his uncompromising sound and overwhelming presence on stage.
Always pushing the boundaries of rhythm and sonic possibilities, puzzleweasel’s compositions are dense storms of, complex brain wave manipulating wonderment. Fusing IDM, breakcore and all things experimental, leaving your synapses tingling and ankles wrecked.
Joshua Fried emerged from New York’s downtown experimental music and East Village performance art scenes of the 1980s. His full-length HEADFONE FOLLIES completed its 12-week run at HERE Arts Center in 2001 with a rotating cast of sixty-four headphone-driven performers. His collaboration with choreographer Douglas Dunn, Spell for Opening the Mouth of N (featuring eight headphone-driven singer/actors and a dance company of ten), premiered in a sold-out run at The Kitchen, New York, and was one of the highlights of the 1997 Lincoln Center-Out-of-Doors Festival. Fried’s 30-minute Welcome to the Ice-Box, commissioned by Danish Radio and recorded at Danish Broadcasting Corp. studios, recently premiered on Danish Radio and at Sound/Gallery–25 loudspeakers permanently installed in Copenhagen’s main town square.
Fried is known for turning technology on its head, challenging its assumptions, while using machines to accentuate the raw human qualities of live events that are unique to the moment. His work partakes equally of minimalism and the rhythmic experimentation of Nancarrow and his followers, as well as contemporary performance art, dance rhythm and sound processing techniques.
Fried is also known for his invention The Musical Shoes, four ordinary shoes mounted upside-down on stands and plugged into electronics which are activated by striking the shoes.
Fried’s 1986 recording “Jimmy Because,” with guest guitarist Fred Frith, was released by Atlantic Records. He is re-mix producer on dance records by They Might Be Giants, Chaka Khan and Ofra Haza.
Fried is a recipient of numerous awards including a 1994 NEA Composer’s Fellowship, two NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellowships, a 1996 Artist Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy, and MacDowell, Yaddo and Djerassi Colony Fellowships.
His work has been presented at the Bang On A Can Festival, Music Now Prague, New Music America, Lincoln Center, The Israel Festival (Jerusalem), ICC (Tokyo), John Schaefer’s “New Sounds Live” (syndicated on NPR), ISCM’s World Music Days Warsaw, Café de la Danse (Paris), Het Apollohuis (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Podewil (Berlin) and the Dutch Royal Palace, plus New York City venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, the Knitting Factory, The Kitchen, DTW, The Bottom Line, Limelight, Irving Plaza, Danceteria, Here, P.S. 122, Dixon Place and La MaMa Experimental Theater.