Saturday, March 5, 2016

Recording: Cameron/Oswald/Pencer/Segger/Buligan

Artist: Allison Cameron/John Oswald/Dan Pencer/Mark Segger/Nicholas Buligan

Song: [third piece] [edit]

Recorded at Array Space (Acoustic Laptop Music), February 16, 2016.

Allison Cameron/John Oswald/Dan Pencer/Mark Segger/Nicholas Buligan - [third piece] [edit]

This night's somewhat-counterintuitive title represents a new experiment from Mark Segger to deploy computers for improvisers not for music-making per se but as a communication tool. Plugged into a LAN hub together, each of the musicians has access to a MAX patch that allows them not only to exchange messages, but also to vote on a temporary leader for the ensemble who can send one-way directives to the players. That makes it a little easier for a larger group to stay on the same page, figure out sonic shifts on the fly, and to know when to end. It's an interestingly transparent tool, as how that plays out depends very much on the personalities of the players.

The first of the evening's two quintets settled into a relatively-spare musical space, exploring subtle textures while exchanging blats and honks that were occasionally sewn together by Allison Cameron's quiet feedback squeals.

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