Join us for the premiere five brand new compositions for piano and percussion, created in response to Pauline Oliveros and her twenty-five Sonic Meditations (1971), a set of textual musical compositions that encourage communal listening as a form of activism.
This concert-length film (55 minutes) features the amazing, acoustically-perfect but currently unoccupied Emery Theater. This production will open with a historical overview of the space, and the premiere of the five works will follow – program listed below.
Brianna Matzke – Pianist
Chris Graham, percussion
Teach Yourself to Fly From This Pale Blue Dot
by Evan Williams
Teach Yourself to Fly From This Pale Blue Dot is influenced by Oliveros’s Sonic Meditation “Teach Yourself to Fly” and her work for choir, Wind Horse. This composition imagines the journey of the Voyager probes through interstellar space, both of which contain a copy of the Golden Record, a compilation of images and sounds that will act as a message in a bottle should the probes ever encounter extraterrestrial intelligent life. Throughout this work, the performers respond to each other and randomized recordings from the Golden Record.
by Nate May
One Brilliant is a response to Oliveros’ “Sonic Rorschach” meditation. Performers follow a scrolling graphic score in an iPad app which synchronizes the players and the electronic accompaniment. The electronic part is built from the sounds of an accordion, an instrument that Oliveros played frequently, and an air compressor, which features in “Sonic Rorschach”.
by Charles Peck
Trace is a response to Oliveros’ Sonic Meditation “Energy Changes”, which describes creating a “cycle of sounds” and “listening to the environment as a drone”. The music has a very active texture, trying to capture all of the small energies that exist in overlooked sounds.
by Jason Charney
intrpltns is an open, graphic score for two performers to discover the interpolated space between contrasting musical fields through listening and improvisation. The score is split into individual modules of indeterminate duration. These modules may be performed in any order, with varying durations, and may be repeated or omitted.
by Tina Tallon
Archipelago is a response to Oliveros’ Sonic Meditation “Environmental Dialogue For The New Hampshire Festival Orchestra”. The backbone of the piece is a field recording made by the composer of Lake Winnepausaukee, recorded at 5:28am (sunrise) on June 27, 2020. This field recording was divided into ten 6-minute long sections, and computer software randomly chooses a path through these sections for playback during each performance. The musicians improvise in response to the sounds in the field recording.
The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action
Cincinnati Preservation Collective
Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation
The William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Johnstone Fund for New Music
with support from the International Foundation for Contemporary Music