Sound Design for Prelude to a Kiss

We had some fun with the sound design for the TAMU mainstage production of Prelude to a Kiss directed by Anne Quackenbush. In addition to using music from TAMU alumni band The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (some of which was recorded in our own studio), the music for the new age wedding ceremony is an algorithmic composition featuring Theatre Arts and Music student J.J. Ceniceros. We called the project Pomegranate Aspiration. Continue reading

Related posts:

Available for Intermedia Performance Workshops

Over the years, I’ve developed a model for composition interdisciplinary/intermedia performances and have used it to devise performances with my students, typically getting a dozen students involved in one performance. I can do this at your school too, adapting an existing composition to your students’ skills or working with them to create a completely new performance. I can also do extended intensive residencies in which students develop Continue reading

Related posts:

PerfTech Presents: The TAMU Laptet and Friends with Guest Artist Ivica Ico Bukvic

PerfTech students presented new compositions for live electronics with a 3D surround sound system in TAMU’s Fallout Theatre. The concert featured a performance by the TAMU Laptet, TAMU’s freshman laptop ensemble, one by guest artist Ivica Ico Bukvic (Virginia Tech). Continue reading

Related posts:

PopMusing: On Evil

Students and faculty met to discuss the notion of evil in music, from Paganini to Robert Johnson to the Rolling Stones to death metal. It was a great mixing of minds at all levels of academia to reflect on deeper issues between popular and classical music.

Related posts:

PerfTech Presents: Electroacoustic Masterworks 2011

PerfTech students got hands-on experience performing classic electroacoustic literature by spatializing the recorded works live in a 11.2 channel, 3D surround sound system using a multitouch interface in TAMU’s Fallout Theatre.

Related posts:

PerfTech Presents: InterMEDIA Performance 2011

PerfTech students presented intermedia performances in TAMU’s Fallout Theatre.

Professor Morris led his students in devising a performance titled Soccer Mom, which played on giallo horror film, using everyday experiences to generate a chilling musical score and sound effects. Students made sounds by preparing dinner (spaghetti and a cocktail for dad), using a power drill, and a Nintendo Wii Remote embedded in a soccer ball. Offstage performers controlled the processing of the video footage and chose pitches to be played each time our “boy” on stage hit the soccer ball. Other students contributed by preparing the vintage lo-fi looking projections.

Another notable performance was Black Hole for audio and video feedback. One student’s instrument was a microphone running through guitar effects pedals and a guitar amp, and the other student performed with a video camera focused on the projected image from its output, in addition to various light sources. The result was a surprisingly rich and organic performance.

Related posts: