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What do you do at TAMU / What kind of music do you compose?
As a professor at TAMU, my job is to create new research and creative work, present it in internationally prominent venues to raise TAMU’s profile, and—since TAMU is a Tier One Research University—to bring students in on the intellectual frontiers I explore, as much as possible. (This course is taught with the assumption that this is why you are here.) Here is some of my work toward this goal.
What music do you find inspiring?
This is not because this course is about this music, and it’s not my goal to get you to like this music too. I just get asked about this occasionally. It’s a playlist, so skip around as you like.
In spring 2016, Maiß returned to TAMU on his ZenMan X tour. Inspired by the recent release of performance materials by cellist and performance artist Charlotte Moorman, and reflecting on the fact that her work can now be experienced only through its documentation, often scant and poor in quality, Maiß and TAMU’s students created works of “performance for video”—live performances that consider all aspects of the live moment, created with more than just pitches and rhythms, works that were necessarily written for cello (or cellist) in some way, and whose significant features can still be experienced through its video documentation.
The entire performance is below in program order. Click each composer’s name to read artistic statements and portfolios of research, development, and creative work leading up to the creation of this performance. Continue reading →
Your Project and your Portfolio are two separate parts of your course grade. Here are the details on both. They will be due at 8:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 11—this is almost a week after the registrar-scheduled exam time, which was the due date listed in the syllabus.
In addition to your continuing weekly progress reports reflecting any project-specific instructions and advice given in class (mock up recordings of your pieces!), include a the following in your next progress report, due at class time, Tuesday, April 19. Progress report is due Tuesday, April 19, but since I emailed you late about this post, you can take until class time Thursday, April 21 if you need. Continue reading →
In addition to your continuing weekly progress reports reflecting any project-specific instructions and advice given in class, include a technical rider in your next progress report, due at class time, Tuesday, April 12.
In the last class, conversation changed before I could mention Stelarc’s mass-remote-controlled body performance pieces, most notably Split Body: Voltage In/Out but also Ping Body, of which a video can be found here. I also came across a history of performance art using electrically manipulated bodies in Leonardo. Of course, Jonathan and Blake’s idea didn’t involve direct control over a performer’s body, but the concept is related; it might be seen as the same but replacing the electrodes with a social contract and voting mechanism, a view on the piece which may be helpful in inspiring future decisions shaping the piece.