On Tuesday, I went to the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) in order to continue preparing for the Regent’s Lecture concert on March 4. I brought most of the setup with me, at least the electronic gear:
Several pieces are going to feature the iPad (yes, the old pre-March 2 version) running TouchOSC controlling Open Sound World on the Macbook. I worked on several new control configurations after trying out some of the sound elements I will be working with. Of course, I have the monome as well, mostly to control sample-looping sections of various pieces.
One of the main reasons for spending time on site is to work directly with the sound system, which features an 8-channel surround speaker configuration. Below are five of the eight speakers.
One of the new pieces is designed specifically for this space – and to also utilize a 12-channel dodecahedron speaker developed at CNMAT. I will also be adapting older pieces and performance elements for the space, including a multichannel version of Charmer:Firmament. In addition to the multichannel, I made changes to the iPad control based on the experience from last Saturday’s performance at Rooz Cafe in Oakland. It now is far more expressive and closer to the original.
I also broke out the newly acquired Wicks Looper on the sound system. It sounded great!
The performance information (yet again) is below.
Friday, March 4, 8PM
Center For New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)
1750 Arch St., Berkeley, CA
CNMAT and the UC Berkeley Regents’ Lecturer program present and evening of music by Amar Chaudhary.
The concert will feature a variety of new and existing pieces based on Amar’s deep experience and dual identity in technology and the arts. He draws upon diverse sources as jazz standards, Indian music, film scores and his past research work, notably the Open Sound World environment for real-time music applications. The program includes performances with instruments on laptop, iPhone and iPad, acoustic grand piano, do-it-yourself analog electronics and Indian and Chinese folk instruments. He will also premier a new piece that utilizes CNMAT’s unique sound spatialization resources.
The concert will include a guest appearance by my friend and frequent collaborator Polly Moller. We will be doing a duo with Polly on flutes and myself on Smule Ocarina and other wind-inspired software instruments – I call it “Real Flutes Versus Fake Flutes.”
The Regents’ Lecturer series features several research and technical talks in addition to this concert. Visit http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu for more information.