For the first work of the Jazz, Rock, and Improvised Music concert, Joshua Fried presented his work "Radio Wonderland." Before Fried entered the stage, the audience had the opportunity to ponder his sonic devices, the Musical Shoes, a collection of four shoes mounted upside down on stands, which were to be used to trigger electronics when struck by drumsticks. Occasionally manipulating a mixer to control how the snippets of a portable radio's output were edited,
Fried proceeded to explore the sonic world of triggering and recombining
these samples into a collage.
The Musical Shoes then did their "dance of
samples" as Fried hammered away with his drumsticks, sometimes gently and
sometimes aggressively, and at times acting surprised at the results. The
work moved through different recontextualizations of the various samples
by throwing them out at the audience in different collections. The visual
and dramatic element of watching Fried trigger his samples in the visceral
manner of hitting shoes added another facet to the juxtaposition of
various vocal and musical snippets.
Report written by Jonathan Lee
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