Biography:International cellist and composer, Doug Carroll expands into new sound domains with the use of electronic processing and creative thought. Carroll's compositions for electronic cello and tape feature the spontaneity and drama of a live performance combined with the richness and diversity of the taped material.
His solo improvisations have received international acclaim for their stark originality and musical sensitivity. Additionally, he has composed for a variety of multimedia events, including modern dance, theatre, film, and video, as well as collaborations with visual artists. He studied composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Lou Harrison, and Anthony Braxton. He has an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and a BA in Music from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Other studies include the Darmstadt International Course for New Music and the Royal Conservatory at the Hauge, Netherlands.
Center for New Music55 Taylor St
Saturday, Dec 21 2013 8:00 PM
RTD3 (Ron Heglin, Tom Nunn, Doug Carroll) presents an evening of improvised music celebrating the arrival of WINTER. Heglin’s unique vocal and trombone styles and Carroll’s focused attention to minute sonic details and melodic excursions combine with Nunn’s intense exploration of his original instruments, the Skatchbox, the Crustacean, the Lukie Tubes and the electroacoustic percussion board Sonoglyph II to present musical imagery like no other.
Luggage Store New Music SeriesOutsound co-Presents @ The Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market St.
Thursday, Jan 23 2014 8:00 PM
8pm Jan Pusina - electronics/laptop
Industrial, urban, conversations, radio, synthesized pieces and electroacoustic soundart from 1967 to 2011.
Tom Nunn, Doug Carroll, Ron Heglin
Composer and electronic pioneer Jan Pusina spent his early years out of college (U.C.Berkeley, m.a.1969) designing exhibits at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, hanging out at Mills College working on synthesizers and music concrete, teaching music at U.C.Davis, and science, and later working in electronics, accelerator technology and physics and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since his retirement in 2006 he has devoted himself to music: French horn performance and teaching, and composing.
RTD3 is a trio of improvisers who have worked together for decades in various groups, this trio being the most recent, formed in 2004. Their music demonstrates a collective intuition that guides the ongoing formation of composition effortlessly through a stream of acoustic images. Their focus lies in the innate potential of each moment to imply musical direction. Coming primarily from the classical tradition (versus jazz, for instance), the group’s strongest sensibility can be found in their phrasing and interactions, trading roles and functions as quickly as the music demands. The stimulus for ORIGINS lies in the group’s natural, linguistic type of interactions and utterances. Ron Heglin’s “fictitious linguistics” can range from chant to whispers to storytelling to proclamations and so on, at times setting the voice apart from the instrumental sounds and at other times blending seamlessly with them. Tom Nunn’s original experimental instruments (e.g. the skatchbox, crustacean and T-rodimba) bring a fresh and unique element to the group sound that infuses the unknown and the familiar. And Doug Carroll contributes his unique “voice” of the cello using attachments and ingenious techniques to complement and interact as a dramatic character and, at times, articulating subtle and quiet sonic delicacies. RTD3 is well known in the Bay Area for its refined sense of ensemble and unique group “voice.”
CDs on which Doug Carroll appears: