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Surround Sound Salon Series (SSSS)

Friday, January 17, 2020 — 7:00 PM
Tickets: $10 General, $5 Members & Students
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Announcing … the Surround Sound Salon Series (SSSS)

A new monthly, informal show at CNM in which local electronic music composers present their fixed media and/or live electronic music through the 8-channel surround system, generously provided by Meyer Sound. The composers mix their sounds from the center of the space, and the audience is free to choose their own listening location, and to move within the space to hear the music from different vantage points.

SSSS #1 Composers: Thea Farhadian, Will Gluck, and Kristin Miltner

Thea Farhadian is a performer/composer based in San Francisco Bay Area and Berlin. Her projects include solo violin and interactive electronics, acoustic improvisation, solo laptop, radio art, and video. Her solo pieces for violin and electronics combine a classical music background with extended technique and digital processing using the program Max/MSP. She has performed her work at Issue Project Room, and Alternative Museum New York City, Galerie Mario Mazolli, Sowieso, and Quiet Cue in Berlin, the Room Series, and Meridian Gallery in San Francisco, the Center for Experimental Art and the Aram Kachaturyan Museum in Yerevan, Armenia, International Women’s Electroacoustic Listening Room Project at Bimhaus in Amsterdam.

Thea Farhadian will perform pieces from Tectonic Shifts a cycle of pieces for violin and interactive electronics that blend improvisation and composition. Using Max/MSP software, Tectonic Shifts employs real-time processing to create twisted echoes, jagged rhythms, and microtonal landscapes. The electronic component of these pieces will be presented for the first time in surround sound.

Will Gluck is a composer of electronic music based in Oakland, CA. In his surround sound pursuits, his intent is to create augmented, fictional, digital sound spaces employed as sound structure proxies for extant spaces including the human body and large cathedrals. His multichannel compositions have been presented at the ACRE residency in Steuben, WI, Palo Alto Arts Center in Palo Alto, CA, and at the Second Annual Conference on Deep Listening at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Will Gluck will present Reflection #328, a digital meditation in binary form, drawing from events that occured throughout the past year.

Kristin Miltner is a composer and sound designer living in Point Richmond, CA. She creates music with versions of her custom software, which she has designed to scan sound files and live input, allowing her to instantly restructure the sound into sequenced arrays of varying lengths. This way of building music she can apply to almost any sonic task, whether game sound design, ensemble performance and improvisation, or her solo work with voice and piano. She released her debut solo album, Grains, in 2007 on Praemedia, and followed it with Music for Dreaming and Playing on the Asthmatic Kitty label. Her latest game sound design and music is for an action-strategy game for iOs/Android called Fort Stars. www.kristinmiltner.com

Music for Slowing Down Time is an effort to suspend the pressure of forward motion on us every day by creating a temporary pause, an oasis, a clear surface…the feeling of the word ‘stop’ whispered in your ear. A blankness. And then within this blankness, a simple procession of ideas, one small bloom in the darkness after another, after another, as if, when these small moments travel over the air and are heard by humans, they might have relevance to these humans, and a connection might be made, for a long time or a short time, and could be small or grand, and produce a cerebral, emotional or irrational thought or reaction, always subjective, but always true.

SSSS is curated by Chris Brown. Send proposals including title to present surround sound pieces in future shows to: cbmuse@gmail.com. Proposal requirements include: 1) Title and duration of the piece, must be less than 20 minutes; 2) a short bio of the composer; 3) a link to a stereo version of the piece.