Virtual House Concerts

Yesterday I performed my first virtual house concert, an idea I hope to continue through the COVID-19 crisis that has halted public performances around the globe. The archive of that stream is below.

Some other ideas include a shorter 12-tone/serial solo bass concert with works by Robert Morris, Erik Carlson, Charles Wuorinen, and perhaps others; improvisations with a new computer system I’m designing; other solo bass music; networked improvisations with others; etc. If you have ideas or pieces you’d like me to consider, please feel free to send them my way!

If I can get a good set up and balance performing with electronics, that will open more of my repertoire to this format. I think it will be possible, I just need some more time to experiment.

Please enjoy Eva-Maria Houben’s nachtstück (begins about 6:20), stay healthy, and stay home for now :)

The Moon Landing

50 years ago today, humans walked on the moon.

Ken Hunt used that mission’s voice transcript to make a poem and was kind enough to let me use it in a piece of music. Here’s an excerpt:

I planned to release the entire piece today, but for a variety of reasons it’s been delayed. It will still appear sometime.

You can read more of Hunt’s wonderful poetry in his book The Lost Cosmonauts. He has an upcoming book, The Odyssey, which uses this Apollo 11 manuscripts in a similar way to the poem he let me use in my piece.

New Year, New Record

Starting off the new year just right, my friend Nat Evans released a new recording today on his bandcamp page. “Two Functions in Three Dimensions: music for meditative cooking is a new ambient work by Nat Evans for electric bass, gong resonated by subwoofer, and field recording.” I provided the electric bass sounds which helped resonate the subwoofer.

You can listen to the piece using the player below, and read the rest of the description by clicking through to the album’s bandcamp page.