Lis Rhodes’ “Light Music” @ EMPAC (photo: Jeff Nania)
Review and photographs by Jeff Nania
The latest installment of EMPAC’sOn Screen/Sound series continued its exploration into interesting and unique connections between film and sound last week with two pieces composed entirely for light. Lis Rhodes’ “Light Music,” and Henning Lohner and John Cage’s collaborative piece “One11 and 103” were both screened.
Notably, “Light Music” was the only piece of the entire On Screen/Sound series to be presented in Studio One with standing room only because it is meant to be experienced in an environmental space. Old school film projectors sat on the floor on either side of the room and sputtered at each other through a theatrical haze as they projected onto opposing screens. The visual images were black and white patterns printed onto the celluloid film and then read as both visual and audio information, so that what you see is also what you hear. It makes for a bath of early computer and videogame-esque sounds. Because of the haze that filled the room you could see this happening throughout the airspace as well.
Proposals can be focused on existing recordings of a specific piece, a live performance of a radio composition, or works in homage to Cage’s radio work.
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 1, and submissions must include a description of work or a link to a sample of audio work. More info and a submission form can be found here.
PS: Congrats go out to community radio station WGXC 90.7FM, who will be celebrating their first anniversary on the air with a big birthday party at the Catskill Community Center from 2-6pm on Sunday, February 26. Keep on rockin’ the airwaves…
No question about it, composer John Cage was ahead of his time. In fact, although he died in 1992, his music is still ahead of our time. So it seems only proper that the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy would be ahead of its time in honoring the centennial of his birth.
As part of a weekend-long celebration of the life and work of John Cage, students and faculty of The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Music Program at Bard College are performing a concert of Cage’s chamber works, including:
Inlets (Improvisation II) for four conch shells and the sound of burning pinecones (1977)
Five Dances for String Quartet (arr. Salzman) (1996-97)
Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard (1950)
Three Songs for Voice and Piano (text by Gertrude Stein) (1933)
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1942)
A Flower (1950)
Nowth Upon Nacht (1984)
Radio Music (1956)
String Quartet in Four Parts (1950)
Eight Whiskus for solo violin (1985)
Nocturne for violin and piano (1947)
The Beatles 1962–1970 (1990)
WHAT: John Cage at Bard College: Chamber Music
WHEN: Friday, October 30, 2009, 7pm
WHERE: Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
Free and open to the public
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