New on Weblogmusic: Live Sampling Mix

Do you do live sampling in your improvisations? Join us in the Live Sampling mix on Weblogmusic! Just video yourself playing along with the first track (below), using it as your ONLY SOUND SOURCE, post it on YouTube, and send it to us. Details are at http://weblogmusic.org . To keep the mix pure, even the first track is built by using itself as a sound source: simple acoustic feedback.

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New on Weblogmusic: The Screen Capture Mix!

Computer improvisers! If a lot of the action during your performance happen’s on your computer’s display, join me in the Screen Capture mix on Weblogmusic! Here’s the first track: just improvise along with it, record your screen (you can edit your hands in too if you like), post it on YouTube and send us the link! Details at http://www.weblogmusic.org/

 

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Fresh Minds Festival

Fresh-Minds-Festival-PosterTexas A&M University invites fixed media works of visual music or other non-narrative fine art animation, video, or film in which the sound/music and visuals play equally important roles in the work, for a presentation on the Texas A&M University campus called the Fresh Minds Festival. The event will be mass curated by hundreds of TAMU students learning the elements of visual and musical design with the goal of presenting a program of works that are engaging and rewarding to curious newcomer audiences. This is an event filling the gap between “for experts only” and “people’s choice” type events. Each year, several hundred students co-curate the festival. Each year’s evaluation cycle is launched with the screening of the previous year’s finalists.

A faculty panel will use the students’ evaluations of submitted works to shape a program. Creators of selected works are encouraged but not required to attend the event. Multiple entries will be accepted. There is no entry fee.

Due to the large number of students participating in the selection process, works will reviewed in stereo on student-owned equipment, delivered via internet links for evaluation. Works selected for the event will be presented in full quality in surround sound, spatialized live by TAMU students.

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Weblogmusic

Weblogmusic640x480-1Using the structure of today’s screen-mediated communications, these performers contribute their parts one at a time, responding to what was played before, and together they build “born digital” performances that expose the delays and glitches of network communications and make something genuinely *human* with it.  As the audience, we witness performances that only exist in our web browsers, in the moments we’re viewing it. There is no “definitive version” of the performance!

This isn’t “pop music.”

It’s not likely to be danceable or singable, so if that’s the only way you define music, then you can call this “sound art” or“performance art.” It’s free improvisation in the avant garde tradition: adventurous and skilled improvisers building a performance together spontaneously,  without any pre-written melodies or chord charts. They’re simply having a conversationtogether in music, sound, visuals, and performance!

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