30 Pieces for String Quartet

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In an exclusive interview with NYPL, David Harrington describes the technique and theory behind "Thirty Pieces for String Quartet," which Cage wrote for the Kronos Quartet in 1983. Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson demonstrates how to interpret certain notations in the violin part of the work.

About The Artist
Violinist David Harrington founded Kronos Quartet in 1973 in Seattle, Washington. Now based in San Francisco, the quartet has collaborated with renowned composers such as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich.
kronosquartet.org

Artist Name: 
David Harrington and Emily Ondracek-Peterson
NYPL video?: 
Yes

Three Cages

Description: 

An impressionistic video in sync with three sections of the John Cage composition "Four Walls" (1944), which also features the poetry of his life partner Merce Cunningham.

About The Artist
Alan Roth is primarily a documentary filmmaker, who also has produced more impressionistic/personal work such as this piece. His first documentary film "Inside Out In The Open" focused on the music known as "free jazz."

Mr. Roth has also directed all the videos for a women's HIV prevention program (http://stophiv.neu.edu

Artist Name: 
Alan Roth
NYPL video?: 
No

John Cage 100 Anniversary Performance in Milan, Italy

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Sept. 5th, 2012: Happy birthday, Mr. Cage!

The prestigious Triennale Design Museum of Milan hosted us for a whole John Cage day and evening of lectures and performances. My contribution was an interpretation of Variations VI (1966).

Many thanks to: Sandro Mussida, Elio Marchesini, Alessandra Novaga, HurlaJanus Ensemble, Inkyung Hwang, Christian Schmitz, Luca Rullo, Lorenzo Villa, Triennale staff and everybody who attended (especially my students)

About The Artist

Giorgio Sancristoforo aka Tobor Experiment is an Italian sound artist. Graduated at SAE College and trained at the state-of-the-art THX certified post-production facility Marinastudios; started his career as audio engineer, sound designer and video editor in music and advertising.

In 2007 he wrote and directed for MTV Italy eleven short documentaries on electronic music called Tech Stuff, produced by The Box Films and recently published as a DVD + book by isbnedizioni. Since 2005 he has written several softwares (Gleetchplugs, Gleetchlab 1/2/3, OM, Berna) for sound-design and experimental music, appreciated in over 40 countries worldwide by thousands of musicians, producers, and teachers. He’s currently resident artist at AGON Contemporary Music Center of Milan working in interactive installations, experimental music and education as well as music assistant for composers. He also teaches sound synthesis, sound design and Max/MSP at Milan’s SAE College since 2002. His sounds and installations have been featured at the Shangai Expo 2010, Palazzo Reale of Milan, Valli Theater of Reggio Emilia, the National Museum of Science and Technology of Milan, Arena del Sole Theater of Bologna, Onedotzero, Nemo France, IDAP China and Japan, Le Cube France and Lovebytes UK.

His side-project Tobor Experiment Disco Experience is published by Bearfunk Records UK and includes collaborations with Stevie Kotey (Chiken Lips) and Fabrizio Mammarella (Clap Rules). Giorgio Sancristoforo is available for classes and lectures(English or Italian language) as well as site-specific installations and concerts.

He’s a member of the Electronic Music Foundation since 2010.

Artist Name: 
Giorgio Sancristoforo
NYPL video?: 
No

Suite for Toy Piano

Description: 

10.1.11 | Opening of CAAA Centre for Art and Architecture Affairs | Guimarães, Portugal
www.centroaaa.org

About The Artist
Joana Gama is a Portuguese pianist who plays mostly contemporary music.
www.joanagama.com

Artist Name: 
Joana Gama
NYPL video?: 
No

Niños de Escenas

Description: 

We have created a piece composed by dance and music called "Niños de Escenas" using "Suite for Toy Piano" by John Cage and "Kinderszenen" Opus 15 by Robert Schumann.

About The Artist
Espacio Latente is a company of dance and music. You can find more information at the website: www.espaciolatente.com

Artist Name: 
Espacio Latente Danza
NYPL video?: 
No

TV Koln and Discussion

Description: 

A discussion of how Barry Morse, Dennis Reyes and Allen Wu prepared and interpreted independent superimposed performances of John Cage's TV Koln at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

About The Artist
Barry R. Morse, Dennis Reyes, and Allen Wu are three doctoral students in music composition at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The multi-layered performance was a project for a course in Indeterminacy taught by Dr. Erik Lund.

Artist Name: 
Barry R. Morse, Dennis Reyes, Allen Wu
NYPL video?: 
No

Giorgio Sancristoforo rehearsing VARIATIONS VI

Description: 

For a Plurality of Sound Systems (Buchla200e, Radio, Tape Recorder, Max/MSP) Score available at Edition Peters

The score is made of symbols printed on transparent plastic sheets, the symbols set the number of available and possible sound systems (a sound system is made of speakers, generators and components such as filters, modulators, amplifiers). The symbols are dropped on a white sheet painted with a straight black line. The axis of each symbol states whether the component or generator must change or stand still (% of amount of change). Some changes are done manually, some other are made by control voltage. Amplification and surround pan are controlled (following the score) by max/MSP.

Recorded in binaural simulation, use headphones.

About The Artist
Giorgio Sancristoforo aka Tobor Experiment is an Italian sound artist.

Graduated at SAE College and trained at the state-of-the-art THX certified post-production facility Marinastudios, started his career as audio engineer, sound designer and video editor in music and advertising.

Since 2005 he has written several softwares (Gleetchplugs, Gleetchlab 1/2/3, OM, Berna) for sound-design and experimental music, appreciated in over 40 countries worldwide by thousands of musicians, producers, and teachers.

He’s currently resident artist at AGON Contemporary Music Center of Milan working in interactive installations, experimental music and education as well as music assistant for composers. He also teaches sound synthesis, sound design and Max/MSP at Milan’s SAE College since 2002.

His sounds and installations have been featured at the Shangai Expo 2010, Palazzo Reale of Milan, Teatro Valli of Reggio Emilia, the National Museum of Science and Technology of Milan, Onedotzero, Nemo France, IDAP China and Japan, Le Cube France and Lovebytes UK.

He’s member of the Electronic Music Foundation since 2010.

www.giorgiosancristoforo.net

Artist Name: 
Giorgio Sancristoforo
NYPL video?: 
No

NYPL Video: Joan La Barbara on John Cage and Vocal Performance

Description: 

Joan La Barbara's career as a composer / performer / soundartist explores the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument expanding traditional boundaries, creating works for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, music theater, orchestra and interactive technology, developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques: multiphonics, circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks that have become her "signature sounds," garnering awards in the U.S. and Europe including the 2008 Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center for her significant contributions to new American music; the 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, the prestigious DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin and seven National Endowment for the Arts fellowships: Music Composition, Opera / Music Theatre, Inter-Arts, Recording (two), Solo Recitalist and Visual Arts.

Artist Name: 
Joan La Barbara
NYPL video?: 
Yes

Program: David Tudor at Carnegie Hall, 1966

The program for the April 26, 1966, presentation of "Evenings for New Music" at Carnegie Recital Hall. Tudor's performance that night was the world premiere of "Music for Carillon No. 4."

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1966
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Carnegie Hall

Manuscript Excerpt: TV-Köln

Four systems of two, three or four lines each, one for interior piano construction, one for exterior piano construction, one auxiliary noise and the bottom line for the keyboard. Scattered over these lines are dots and quarter-notes. Every systems has its equal time length. Position of note with respect to the line gives the relative pitch, duration or amplitude.

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1960
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