Where: Lamont School of Music, University of Denver , Newman Performing Arts Center – Gates Concert Hall. Parking and directions.
When: Friday Oct 17th, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Tickets: While this is a convocation for the music school, the event is also open to the public and is FREE
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/939960689352864
I’m super excited to be performing at this event. First off, it will be great to bring our Musique concrète show to the Lamont School of music. Second, my daughter will be sitting in on one of my songs providing vocal drones. Third, , the venue is simply stunning.
“I can feel, as if it were quivering in my memory, the whole drama of these last three years of experimentation […] The miracle of concrete music is […] things begin to speak by themselves, as if they were bringing a message from a world unknown to us and outside us.”
– Pierre Schaeffer, “In Search of a Concrete Music”
The Lamont School of Music is hosting five artists presenting acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy. The artists will play in multiple configurations as solos, duos, and other combinations. Mark Mosher will create expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly, building up his instruments in real-time by sampling his own synthesizers as well as capturing audio from contact mics, and output from the other artists. To compliment the music and sound, Mark will also project interactive visuals, and the visuals created by the other artists. Theremin artist Victoria Lundy, and sound designer and musician Rick Reid—all performing solo and interactive work, will join him. Lizzy Mosher will provide vocal drones, and Thomas Lundy will perform dry ice on metal “Copper Heart,” the Carbon Dioxide Orchestra’s signature instrument.
- Copper Heart Trio Improv, – Victoria Lundy, theremin; Thomas Lundy, copper heart with dry ice; Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis + visuals
- Sounds from a Distant Outpost – Mark Mosher from album Fear Cannot Save Us – Mark Mosher, Ableton Llve/sampler performed on Ableton Push + visuals; Lizzy Mosher, vocal
- After Hours (Part 2) Rick Reid – Rick Reid, field recordings, iPad. This composition is offered as a sequel to John Pfeiffer’s “After Hours,” a track on his 1968 RCA album, Electronomusic: 9 Images. Pfeiffer used field recordings of office machines of that era (typewriters, rotary dial telephones, etc.) to create a percussion orchestra. “After Hours (Part 2)” updates that concept with sounds from the 21st century workplace.
- Concrete Birds Victoria Lundy –Victoria Lundy, theremin, Ableton Live with samples
- Wind and Ghosts Victoria Lundy – Victoria Lundy, theremin, Ableton Live with samples
- “Tools of the Trade” Improv – Rick Reid, tools; Thomas Lundy, tools; Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis
- Birth Mark Mosher & Michael O’Bannon, from A.I. Winter EP Instantiate – Mark Mosher, Octatrack with original harmonic content; Lizzy Mosher, voice over recording at age 5
- End Jam – Victoria Lundy, theremin; Thomas Lundy, copper heart with dry ice; Rick Reid, live spoken word; Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis + visuals
Thomas Lundy has served as curator of the Concréte Mixerseries since its beginning.He will provide metal shrieks and tool noise sources for Mark Mosher and Rick Reid.
Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground/punk scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, who opened for the legendary Silver Apples in 1997; is a founding member of Denver’s acclaimed nerd rock band The Inactivists and has appeared all of their 6 CDs and EP, and as a guest player live and in recordings with other local artists. She also was a member of Jackson Induced Mutant Laboratory and performed with them at the 2011 Denver Noise Festival and at the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase with ambient project Pythian Whispers. Victoria has appeared at many venues in -Denver as well as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, and demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention. Recently she’s been concentrating on solo ambient work exploring the expressive qualities of the theremin. http://fandalism.com/victorialundy.
Lizzy Mosher is a vocal artist and actor from Boulder. She is currently a senior at Fairview High School. She has performed in local theatre since she was twelve and as a vocalist in numerous performances with several Boulder-based choirs. Lizzy is excited to be performing in this Concréte Mixer and will be providing live looping vocals as a sampling source.
Mark Mosher is an electronic musician, sound designer, composer and performer from Boulder. He has performed at festivals and theaters around the country such as Electro-Music Festivals in NY and Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Georgia Tech, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts and more. Mark is the founder of the 190+ member strong Boulder Synthezier Meetup (www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup) and has been blogging on music technology for over 9 years at www.ModulateThis.com.
Mark is excited to be returning for his 3rd Concréte Mixer show and his second performance on DU Campus – the first being in the grand opening of The Hypercube space in 2011. At this event, Mark will be creating expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly on a computer-less and deep hardware sampler called the Elektron Octatrack. On most pieces, he will build up his instruments in real-time by capturing audio from contact mics and output from other musicians at the event. Mark will also be performing using original harmonic content distilled down into expressive performance patches on the Octatrack and on Ableton Sampler and Ableton Push. To accompany the music and sound for the show, Mark will also be providing interactive visuals with live camera input. For more information and links to albums, please visit www.MarkMosherMusic.com and www.AIWinter.net.
Rick Reid has been fascinated with recorded sound ever since early childhood, when he heard his own voice played back on his older brother’s reel-to-reel tape deck. His first electronic instrument was a photo theremin, built with a Radio Shack electronics kit. Rick now owns and plays a wide range of electronic and acoustic instruments ranging from the conventional to the truly peculiar. Rick studied radio and TV broadcasting in both high school and college and worked part-time as a radio personality while still in school. He has since created thousands of TV on-air promos, marketing videos and commercials as a writer/producer for Starz, Encore, MoviePlex, TNN and broadcast TV stations in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. As a freelance voice actor, he has also been heard on dozens of national and regional radio and TV commercials, web videos and corporate/industrial media productions. Rick has been a sound designer for more than sixty theater production in the Denver-Boulder area, and has occasionally performed as a stage actor. He has released two experimental electronic music albums and created underscore and theme music for the sci-fi web video series “Lucha Libre: El Tecolote vs. the Body Thief from Dimension X.” He is slated to play theremin on the score of an upcoming indie horror feature film. Rick makes his home in Denver with his pet tarantula, Curly. For more details about Rick’s creative work and links to his music, visit www.RickReid.com.
More on Musique Concrète
Wiki Entry – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musique_concr%C3%A8te
Here is a fun old documentary taken from the BBC 1979 documentary “The New Sound of Music” http://youtu.be/c4ea0sBrw6M.