Category Archives: Technology

KPFK 1 and Da Mobile Rig

The Rig \'in the wild\' at Rattlesnake Park on the LA River

The Rig as seen in the wild at Rattlesnake Park on the LA River

WHEW!  John Schneider of KPFK here in Los Angeles called me just yesterday to confirm a spot on his very popular Global Village program on air this morning.  I just got to the studio after pretty much the funnest interview ever… I’ve done aplenty, but this man does rock the house in the interview department.  (and yes, I just like saying funnest, I know how off the english charts I am here.) We covered a whole bunch of stuff, and, last minute, even worked it out to play live… had a great time.  I’ll post a link as soon as its archived just in case you’re looking for ipod fodder. Thanks John!

For those of you tuning in for the first time to the blog, I hope you got here by the main site which is perenially under construction, we’ll get it right soon, though.  Do subscribe the blog and/or mailing list while you’re here though, over to the right of the page.

The pic is of the Mobile Rig or ‘The Todd’ as they call it here at JonSound, designed by Jon Gottlieb and Pablo Molina.  All the stuff I shipped or brought from the east, racked up and ready for battle.  More about that and TaskForce soon, just wanted to say hi and greet any new readers! Feel free to say hi back in the comments.  See you at Banning’s Center or FarmLab, or on the River!!!! (gotta go write some more music now.)


[via Lifehacker] Create Individual Tracks from One Long Concert Track in iTunes

use start and stop times in 'get info'

This tutorial article is for all y’all who might not have a lot of audio editing software at your disposal, or not want to learn a new software package. I always wished for a way just to split those live recordings up into compostion chunks easily and directly in iTunes. Little did I know it was there all along. Do remember that in advanced tab of iTunes prefs, you can make the choice to just work in AIFF format as well as MP3 format, as this article discusses.

IUPUI – Still Life with Microphone – IUPUI

IUPUI – This almost palindromic acronym stands for … Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis, and Still Life with Microphone lands there in residence this week starting on February 5th.

Click here for a full schedule and webstream links.  You can be here too!

Here’s the extended scoop:

Indiana University School of Music at IUPUI offers graduate programs in both Music Technology and Music Therapy, and is closely connected with The Donald Tavel Arts Technology Research Center at IUPUI. Its mission statement carries a mandate to enrich the community through Technology, but there seem to be mission statements all over their website, including this one which lead not only to the hiring of our host, Scott Deal, but subsequently to our residency with the music department:

“The Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Center explores frontiers of music-related, multimedia and cross-disciplinary networked projects. Within these parameters, the work of the center extends into fine arts, education, health sciences, business, and computer science. As Tavel Center associates collaborate with researchers in these areas, new modes of creative thought, healing and expression emerge.”

So… Three cheers for this institution, and especially for this music department. We’ll feel right at home as we visit with like-minded folk. The nearly week-long residency includes workshops in Ableton Live, Max/MSP/Jitter, and “Todd and Luke” forums on Multimedia Performance, culminating with an evening performance of Still Life with Microphone, featuring the digitized violin music of Todd Reynolds, and Luke Dubois’ inimitable blend of audio driven film and live graphic animation.

Colorado University at Boulder


Imagine a technology and performance center called The Atlas Building, state of the art technology in education. Next, imagine some of the most beautiful scenery we have in the US. Next, imagine a Music Department with a Jazz Studies Professor completely committed to opening the minds of not only his students, but those of the whole music department.

The WHOLE music department of Boulder’s Colorado University opened its arms to us as we (Todd and Luke) visited for the first time with a Still Life with Microphone residency on January 28th through February 1st. John Gunther, professor of Jazz Studies, was our host, and singlehandedly brought the funding and planning together to create at least 10 events which lead to Saturday night’s performance of Still Life, featuring several performances of new musical and a three-screen, four-projection setup in the Atlas Black Box theater.

Highlights included an hour with the entire String Department, thanks to Erika Eckert, Judy Glyde and Paul Erhard, in which I got to know a group of incredibly strong, impassioned players, as well as a two hour “improvisation from scratch” workshop, an hour of SoundPainting™ with John’s Jazz ensemble as I rode into town, and tag-team workshops with Luke on music and video technology.

John Hadfield flew in to do a gig with John Gunther and Luke and myself at The Walnut Room, which, by the way, has some of THE best pizza I’ve had in awhile… (I’ll put up a clip or two as soon as I have a moment to breathe) Playing with the Gunther/Hadfield show was yet another highlight to an incredible week.

And a special thank you to the Pendulum Series, a new music series directed by composition faculty Dan Kellogg and pianist Hsing-Ay to be lauded for its openness and commitment to excellence across what would be considered stylistic ‘boundaries’ for some. I’m grateful for their invitation to perform Icy Sleeves on their program also featuring the music of Mark Anthony Turnage, in residence for the classical side that week as well.

Some incredibly talented folk there with great vision. Special shoutouts to those we worked with closely like Emily, Brandon, Hunter, Seraphin, Josh, and to all the faculty who were so warm and welcoming. Stephanie, Michael Theodore, Gary, Rebecca of the Atlas Building.

Focus :: NIME 2007 :: Luke DuBois and Dan Trueman

Luke DuBois:

If you’ve been with us long, you know Luke’s name. In the most recent incarnation of Still Life with Microphone :: A View From the Microscope, Luke has taken such a central role that the piece has become a symbiotic collaboration between the two of us. I love working with Luke. He is the perfect blend of musician, visual artist, and programming genius, and overall one of the best collaborators I’ve encountered, full of depth and concept. If you’ve seen us work together, you know how technologically transparent his contribution is, not to mention beautiful. Luke’s primary tool is a software package called Jitter, by Cycling 74, a program which he had a pretty large hand in writing. This month, C74 did released a video on their site where Luke explains what he’s about and how that program gives him immediate access to film and live video interactive expression. Click here to watch the video, then come see us together at NIME (info above)

Dan Trueman:

Alright, now you tell me who has the chutzpah to form a Laptop Orchestra at Princeton University, and call it PLOrk! It’s this guy. I’ve been a longtime admirer of Dan’s. Few people I know have spent so much time, effort and brainpower on turning the violin into a sensor driven, computer-enhanced monster. A fantastic composer who’s interest in Swedish Hardanger Fiddle informs his approach to both rhythm and sonority, Dan has written for NIME LassoCorral, a composition driven by four separate yet synchronized audible click tracks which slow down and speed up bringing into view a new way of seeing and feeling pulse. I’ve long wanted to do something with Dan, and this commission marks the first.

In most recent news, Luke spent last semester as composer-in-residence with PLOrk, and Dan’s new band, QQQ is quickly lighting up the pavement as it takes off.

It’s all happening at NIMEluke-copy-copy.jpgdan_hardanger-copy.jpg

NIME Conference 2007

New Interfaces for Musical Expression
Next, if you want to really get digitized, come visit the NIME conference in the first week of June, 6-9. New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Granted, it’s one of the techiest of the techie events, but in my world these folks are fantastic fun and experts at making playable interfaces for electronic music (why wouldn’t i love ’em?). This year, Luke DuBois is curating the performance angle and has asked Kathleen Supove and myself to share a concert and exhibit some of our work that is closely tied to electronics. Of course, try to yank me away from my laptop, and we have a problem. For my half, expect September Canons by Ingram Marshall, a new piece by Dan Trueman, new work with video by Andreas Weixler and Se-Lien Chuang and some new work of my own in collaboration with Luke DuBois’ video (see below) Kathleen will present compositions by Neil Rolnick, Eric Lyon, and Dafna Naphtali. An ensemble piece by Cort Lippe opens the program featuring the NYU New Music Ensemble.

Dan Trueman was kind enough to take on a commission from me (see below) for Hardanger Fiddle, Violin, Bass Clarinet and Piano which will serve as the finale to the evening. I’ve wanted to do something with my violin/tech colleague for a long time. However, due to an unforeseen unavoidable conflict, Michael Lowenstern cannot join us as advertised, so stepping up to the plate at short notice for the Trueman composition is another of my favorite musicians and collaorators, Ken Thomson, also known for his longtime affiliations with Cantaloupe Music and Gutbucket.

The concert:
Friday, June 8, 7:00 PM
NIME: New Interfaces for Musical Expression 07
Frederick Lowe Theater, NYU, 35 W 4th St., NYC