Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Aug 23 2018 8:00 PM

8:15 pm John Bischoff
8:50 pm RM Francis
9:30 pm Michael Flora

John Bischoff is an early pioneer of live computer music. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as well as his development of computer network music. Bischoff studied composition with Robert Moran, James Tenney, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman. He has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. His performances around the US include NEW MUSIC AMERICA festivals in 1981 and 1989, Roulette and Experimental Intermedia in New York, and Lampo in Chicago to name a few. He has performed in Europe at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Fylkingen in Stockholm among other places. He is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers, the world's first computer network band.

RM Francis is an artist based in Seattle working with computer-generated sound via recordings, installations, and performances. His work is primarily informed by historical electroacoustic practices and posthumanist philosophy. He has performed at numerous festivals in the US, including Debacle in Seattle, 2 Day in Portland, Diffusion in Baltimore, and Human Festival in Philadelphia. His 2017 release Hyperplastic Other, a multimedia work utilizing chocolate and sound, is published by nada. Francis is also a member of the networked computer music ensemble Mesh Collaborative.

Michael Flora explores sound both as a conceptual subject and as a medium for phenomenological study. Working within the intersections of art, science, music, and mathematics, he is interested in research related to sonic morphology, spatialization, and human perception. He uses custom built software for sound synthesis and the plasticization of field recordings. Algorithmic and mathematical procedures allow the audio to be pulled, stretched, and folded until reaching a desired spatial and temporal form. Work is often presented in site-specific multi-channel installations and performances which reveal the unique sonic footprint of the space and allows for the choreography of sound through speaker placement and animation of movement. Compositions alternate from meditative to jarring; minimal to complex, yet always seek to provoke the listener’s subjective experience.

Cost: $8-15 sliding