Sunday
Jan142018

Two Ruined Pianos for Ross Bolleter

Ross Bolleter, composer-improviser in Perth extraordinaire, loves collecting Ruined Pianos (http://bolleter.wixsite.com/warpsmusic). Recently, my wife, Catherine Schieve, discovered these two.  (One is a frame rather than a true Ruined Piano, but what the heck?)  This tiny cell-phone video is the result of visits to these two in December 2017 and January 2018.  Enjoy!  And greetings Ross!

Monday
Dec112017

Mosaics and Transparencies on 3MBS-FM live, now streaming

Last Tuesday night, December 5th, I was Tony Thomas's guest on his new music radio show, Contemporary Visions, on 3MBS-FM.  On the air, I played the group of pieces by the recent Box Hill Institute graduate composers that I played recently also on 3PBS-FM, and then I did a live performance of "Mosaics and Transparencies" my improvisational live electronics multichannel piece, in a half-hour version.

That show is now up on the 3MBS-FM website, available for streaming. Here's the link to it.

 I play and talk about the pieces from the Box Hill composers first: Dylan Imeneo, David Weaver, Tamara Violet Partridge, Jeffrey Dunn, and Matthew Paine.  Then I talk about and we play my piece.

If you just want to hear my piece, we talk about it from 47:30, and I begin playing the piece at 56:20.  Enjoy!

https://3mbs.org.au/player/streamer.php?title=Contemporary%20Visions&file=http://media.emit.com/3mbs/contemporary-visions/201712052000/aac_mid.m4a&date=5th%20December

 

Monday
Nov202017

Five New Reviews in Soundbytemag.net

The new issue of soundbytesmag.net has come out and I have four reviews in it.  First of all, there's a review of Anthony Saunders absolutely wonderful Quantum Sequencer app.

http://soundbytesmag.net/music-tablets-quantum-sequencer-anthony-saunders/

 

Then I review some nifty new modules for Softube's Modular softsynth:

 

http://soundbytesmag.net/review-new-modular-expansions-softube/

And I also review IK Multimedia's powerful new softsynth, Syntronik:

http://soundbytesmag.net/review-syntronik-ipad/

and finally, there's a review of Amplesound's sampled Ukulele, which amazed me with it's sound quality and versatility:

http://soundbytesmag.net/review-amplesound-ethnic-ukulele/

And then, two months ago, in the July issue of Soundbytes, I reviewed two new iOS apps by UVI - Ravenscroft 275 Sampled Piano, and Beathawk, a rather nifty sampler/sequencer:

http://soundbytesmag.net/music-tablets-uvitouch-ravenscroft-275-sampled-piano-beathawk/

A lot of testing went into these articles, and it's a lot of writing to read, but I hope that some of you will find something of amusement or value in these articles.  Enjoy.

 

Wednesday
Nov152017

Mosaics and Transparencies on FBi-FM in Sydney, Thursday night

Following on Sunday night's broadcast on PBS-FM in Melbourne, on this Thursday night, Nov. 16, on Ears Have Ears, hosted by Scarlett di Maio and Brooke Olsen, on FBi Radio, 94.5 FM in Sydney, from 9pm-11pm, will be a presentation of a different version of Mosaics and Transparencies, made specially for this broadcast, as well as two pieces from the group of Box Hill composition graduates that were commissioned for the September Astra Now and Then Festival. (The other 3 pieces will be played next week.)

Here's a promo for the show: https://fbiradio.com/945fm/programs/ears-have-ears/

And you can stream the show on https://fbiradio.com/

For international folks, 9-11pm on a Thursday night in Sydney translates into the following:

New York 5-7am Thursday

Los Angeles 2-4am Thursday

London 10am-noon Thursday

Europe 11am-1pm Thursday.

I'll be interviewed via phone at about 10pm, with the piece shortly after that.  And sound artist Holly Hearndon will be featured in the first half of the show.

Thanks to Scarlett and Brooke for asking for the piece, and for doing the broadcast.  I hope some of you can tune in to the show.

 

Sunday
Nov122017

Mosaics and Transparencies tonight on PBS-FM 106.7

This evening, Sunday 12 November, from 10pm - midnight, I'll be on Ian Parson's show, "The Sound Barrier," on PBS-FM 106.7. In the second hour of the show, I'll be playing a live-to-air version of Mosaics and Transparencies, that I've been playing live over the past few months in a variety of locations. (Bendigo, for Undue Noise, June 24; Fitzroy, for Astra, Sept 9; Adelaide Uni, ACMA Conference, Sept 30; Box Hill Institute, Oct 10).  

In the first hour, I'll be presenting, along with Ian, works by composers who recently graduated from Box Hill Institute, and whose works were commissioned by Astra Chamber Music for their September "Now and Then" Festival.  The composers, who will also be in the studio, and will be presenting their work, are Matthew Paine, Dylan Imeneo, Jeffrey Dunn, Tamara Violet Partridge and David Weaver.

If you can't listen to the show on the radio (106.7 FM), you can listen to it on a live-to-air stream, at https://www.pbsfm.org.au/.  For those not in the Melbourne time zone, 10pm - midnight here is at these times in some other places:

 

New York City 6-8 am sunday
Los Angeles 3-5 am Sunday
London  Sun 11am - 1 pm
Europe Sun noon - 2pm

 

Thanks for Ian for having me on the show, and Astra, for commissioning the composers for Now and Then.  I hope that some of you can tune in.