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.
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.
It was so much fun to get to perform as part of the 2018 Ojai Music Festival. The opening night performance of Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura was reviewed in the LA Times and Ventura County Star.
I was also one of the eight (!!!!!!!!) basses for Ustvolskaya’s Dies Irae on Saturday night. Steve Smith wrote about his experience of the festival here (and includes a couple notes and photos of the Dies Irae performance).