On Nov. 10 I'll be going to New York to give a talk on music and boredom for at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. The exhibition, entitled "Prolonged Exposure," is part of the "Recession Art" series and is curated by Kaegan Sparks. More information here.
I will be hosting a rare public presentation of Bernard Parmegiani's 1975 electronic music masterpiece De natura sonorum this Friday at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. I'm very excited to introduce this stunning piece of work to a wider audience. Please see the Facebook event page for more information: http://www.facebook.com/events/351166751617355/
My essay "Music, Technology, Utopia: The Legacy of Pietro Grossi" (originally published on Acousmata) is now posted on the English language homepage of the Pietro Grossi Association. It's a great honor for my writings to serve as the introduction to Grossi's life and work.
Read it here: http://www.pietrogrossi.org/ENG/index.htm
I'm pleased to announce a new collaboration with Afterpop, a new online music journal out of Mexico City. They have given me column space on their website and will be translating selected pieces of writing from my blog Acousmata into Spanish. I'm honored to have my work shared with a broader global audience and I look forward to further projects with the excellent team at Afterpop.
Please check out the first post there, my "Acousmata Manifesto."
My first published writing, "The Time of Roland Kayn's Cybernetic Music," recently appeared in the book released to accompany the festival "Sonic Acts XIV: Travelling Time," which took place in Amsterdam in February 2012. The book features essays and interviews with Pauline Oliveros, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Siegfried Zielinski, and many others. You can buy it online for a very reasonable 25 Euros.
I'm happy to announce that I've been awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. I'm very grateful to have this generous financial support as I bring my dissertation to a close.
This Friday, March 16, I'll be hosting a Bowerbird event highlighting the career of the remarkable American bandleader, composer, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.
Raymond Scott experts Jeff Winner and Irwin Chusid will present "Inventing the Machine Man: A Multimedia Raymond Scott Exploration." The event will also feature a screening of the new documentary film "Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines, and Mystery of Raymond Scott," which Winner co-produced.
More information at Bowerbird: http://www.bowerbird.org/newsite/events/120316/
I'm very excited to be speaking at Sonic Acts 2012: Travelling Time in Amsterdam later this month, where I'll be discussing the "cybernetic music" of the composer Roland Kayn. My presentation will take place on Friday, February 24, on a panel entitled "Infinite Sounds," with Pauline Oliveros, Ellen Fullman, and Barbara Hammer.
For more information on Roland Kayn, see his official website and my posts on Acousmata.
On Saturday, January 21, I'll be taking part in a panel discussion with David Behrman, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Chris Madak, and Kenneth Goldsmith, preceding a performance of Behrman's composition "My Dear Siegfried." My contribution will focus on the role of musical technologies in the experimental tradition.
This event is part of the Sonic Arts Union Retrospective, a series of concerts and talks exploring the legacy of the late 60s-early 70s experimental music collective consisting of David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and Robert Ashley. It's presented by International House Philadelphia.
My paper "Electric Music of the Spheres: Jörg Mager’s Technologies of Enchantment" was presented at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Francisco last month. This was a condensed version of one of my dissertation chapters on Mager, a pioneering inventor of early electronic instruments in Weimar Republic Germany. Thanks to AMS for allowing my paper to be presented in absentia and to Jeff Kallberg for volunteering to read it.