Peter Kirn, Ico Bukvic
Brad Garton (me!), Peter Kirn, Ico Bukvic
Ron Coulter, Dave Phillips
I just returned from a really nice "mini-festival" organized by
Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio
at Virginia Tech University.
is the web-page about it, and a
Facebook page is here.
A big part of what made it enjoyable were the other 'featured performers' that
I had talked with Dave before; we have been exchanging
e-mails for about 15 years but I had never met
him "live". Peter I had known only through his writings, and
Ron was a new person to meet. We had great fun hanging out, trying various
(quite good!) restaurants in Blacksburg, and hearing each others' work.
I was slated to do two pieces on the Saturday night concert. I also gave
a few presentations and met with several of Ico's students. Ico specifically
asked me to somehow present
My Book of Dreams.
I had done 'readings' from it in the past, so it wasn't difficult to get
More difficult was the piece linked on this page (manta-iphone-vatech).
I wanted to do something with a performative aspect (ooooh, I'm
using academic-speak!) so it wouldn't be too awful-boring, like my
typical laptop-performance mode with our two-laptop/mandolin trio
Mandolinist Terry is our 'front man', actually playing
the mandolin. Gregory and I generally look like we're
answering e-mail. Weirdly.
So I decided to go-it-alone(!) and create a framework for a solo
improvisation performance. For this piece, I decided to let the
dictated by the control interfaces I used, Jeff Snyder's
and my own ancient iPhone using our
software. These interfaces required me to actually play them, hence
a real-live performance. They didn't crash!
The result is the piece above.
People seemed to enjoy it. About halfway through the piece my various
jitters and fears subsided and I was able to get that performance-kick
that signals a part of life worth remembering.
a few more random photos:
me and Dave
me and Ico
Ico in action!
Ron and Ico