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EHRES completes studio session in Banff

by on Jun.13, 2009, under Media, Open Source, Projects, Technology, Video

This past week, I have been involved in documenting the programming and rehearsals and finally, the recording of the audio for the musical quartet, EHRES. This is only one of the projects I have been involved in while I have been in Banff, and it has been very exciting to watch the MAX/MSP programmer, Ryan, work on creating a gesture control patch.

John DS Adams not only plays in the group, he was the recording engineer on a hugely complex session that included 36 tracks of recorded audio. I have lots of work to do editing the video and photos and  then editing them to the music that was recorded yesterday and today.  I should have some photos ready to post soon, but I want the group to see them first.

The next steps include processing the photos, editing the video, matching the visuals to the mixed audio and authoring a DVD.  I will be busy for a while doing this.

I have quoted some information about the ensemble sent to me by Norm Adams, composer, cellist and electronics player.

Exteme High Risk Entertainment System (EHRES)

EHRES is Pauline Oliveros, John DS Adams, Ione, and Norman Adams: a quartet of performers employing a groundbreaking system of acoustic and electronic interconnections for live performance. EHRES creates multilayered networks of connections allowing all sounds to be shared, processed and distributed to a multi-channel sound system.

The web of connections begins with the interaction of the artist’s immediate music making process. EHRES balances on the unique qualities of listening, intuition, emotion, timbre, and range that make their individual methods of music making present. Their web extends further into electronic sound, as the musicians process various signals, as the artists interact with one another’s acoustic and electronic sounds and as the sounds move through the performance space, via the immersive, eight channel speaker array.

Musical structures are created spontaneously within each of the performer’s instruments/systems and extends into the interconnections and interactions between the artists and the control of their systems.

EHRES has performed on the suddenlyLISTEN Series in Halifax, Nova Scotia; on the NUMUS Series in Waterloo, Ontario; and at The Lincoln Center Outdoor Festival in New York City.

Tech Notes: I have tagged this post as Open Source because all of the photos will be processed in Ubuntu Linux using various software. Ubuntu software handles RAW conversion with a Gimp plug-in or in RAW Studio.

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Going to Banff

by on Jun.02, 2009, under Projects, Video

My trip to Banff is now confirmed. I will be riding my trusty Yamaha FJ 1200 to Banff to meet with Pauline Oliveros and Ione to document their residency. My goals include completely documenting the current residency with audio/video/still images and to work on the material that was recorded at the Fort Worden Cistern and the  Seattle concert to produce streaming promotional material.

View Vancouver to Banff – June 4-5, 2009 in a larger map

Tech Notes:  The facility at Banff does not have a Blu-ray DVD burner,  so I am considering purchasing one so I can author a completed DVD.  I am going to try to Google map my trip as it happens – I have embedded the code from Google, but I hope to power this through a wordpress plug-in.  Thanks to the plug-in maker, “MapPress makes it easy to insert Google Maps in WordPress posts and pages. By Chris Richardson.”

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