(Ravello Records, RR7954, 2017)
The CD includes music for solo instruments and Kyma processing (including Lyra, System of Shadows, Summer Phantoms: Nocturne, (Disturbed) Radiance, and Still Harmless [BASS]ically), two live musique concrète collages (Name Droppings and Sea Lion Mix), and three one-minute miniatures (including Remembering Allen). Marianne Bickett painted the original watercolor for the CD cover art.
Explore the PARMA CD website for added content.
1) A Strange Diversion has also been accepted for performance at this year's Kyma International Sound
Symposium, which will occur September 6-9 in Santa Cruz, California. In addition to the live concert
performance, Stephen and I will present a paper/demo detailing how we use the Buchla and Kyma platforms
in live performance, with an emphasis on both the technical and aesthetic aspects of this collaboration.
2) Separately, visual artist Marianne Bickett and I will present a 'progress report' paper/demo for our ongoing
Wacom tablet drawing-sound synthesis collaboration. The central issue in this project is using the
Wacom tablet to simultaneously drive a drawing/painting program with the same pen motions (X, Y, Z, & tilt)
controlling sound synthesis parameters within Kyma.
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My 2016 brass quintet Three by Five was premiered by the Brass Act
Quintet (Stephen Ruppenthal, lead trumpet) on April 10, 2018 at the
Hammer Theater in downtown San Jose, CA. This concert showcased
music by SJSU faculty composers, both current and past. Stephen
Ruppenthal and I, joined by Sarah Jones (violin), performed Allen Strange's
Misty Magic Land (for any number of instruments and electronics).
Brass Act Quintet (l-r): Jason Park, Diane Ryan,
Michael Kuntz, Don Howe, & Stephen Ruppenthal
Photographs by Belinda Carr, © 2018
Stephen Ruppenthal and I performed A Strange Diversion at this year's annual conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States [SEAMUS 2018], March 29, 2018. The conference was hosted by the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
The SPLICE Ensemble performed Loose Canon (for any three instruments and Kyma, 2017) at the BEAMS Festival, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA on March 16, 2018.
A Strange Diversion, for Buchla synthesizer and Kyma (co-composed by Stephen Ruppenthal and myself),
was performed (fixed media mix) on the EM | 3 Concert, Sursa Performance Hall, Ball State University,
Muncie, IN, on February 6, 2018.
Loose Canon (for any three instruments and Kyma, 2017) was premiered by the SPLICE Ensemble at this festival on January 27, 2018. I also presented a related paper which addressed the technical and aesthetic issues of the composition. The festival was hosted by Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Loose Canon is written for any three instruments and interactive Kyma processing. The SPLICE Ensemble consists of Sam Wells (trumpet), Keith Kirchoff (piano), and Adam Vidiksis (percussion). The festival program is posted online.
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