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Thu, Feb 20 2020 7:30 PM

CCRMA
660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305
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CCRMA presents a double bill concert with Ezra Buchla and Alex Chechile.

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Thu | Feb 20 | 7:30pm
CCRMA Stage, The Knoll
FREE and open to the public
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Alex Chechile: Ear Tone Etudes & Interludes (2020)

Difference tones are sounds generated inside the ear and are perceived as emerging from within the head. Unlike acoustic tones in the room, difference tones are not physically present outside of the body. The phenomenon allows for creative opportunities such as expanded harmony, and the creation of a spatial depth of field between the acoustic tones in the room and the tones generated in the ear. Chechile recently completed a psychoacoustic study examining the perception of a spectrum of difference tones. The "Ear Tone Etudes" is a series of short pieces that explore the unique properties of the results.

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Ezra Buchla makes music, primarily using viola, voice and computer. His solo musical work deals in folk tonality, indeterminacy, dense psychedelic song, and electronic formalism. A common theme is the realtime generation of large musical and harmonic structure from small musical gestures captured as acoustic feature sets. As a collaborator, Ezra fronted two fairly notorious live bands in the west coast "experimental pop" world of the early 2000's, and has collaborated widely with a diverse cast of artists including Carla Bozulich, Clipping., Claire Cronin, Andre Vida, Tashi Wada, Chelsea Wolfe, and many others. as a technologist, Ezra has spent many years building software and firmware in collaboration with Buchla and associates, monome.org, and many individual creative clients. He currently works as a researcher in the hearing-assistance space and remains involved as an open-source developer on project such as monome's 'norns' linux audio device. Ezra studied viola performance, mathematics, and music composition at oberlin and calarts, his academic mentors including Tom Erbe, Michael Pisaro, and James Tenney.

Alex Chechile is an artist and composer whose work develops in parallel with research in neuroscience, psychoacoustics, and the biomechanics of hearing. His electroacoustic compositions and installations bring transparency to otherwise invisible processes in biology and technology. He received awards and support from the Mellon Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, Harvestworks, Issue Project Room, the Experimental Television Center, the Deep Listening Institute, and the American Embassy. His work has been presented worldwide at festivals and venues including the Cité Internationale des Arts, MoMA, ICMC, Electronic Music Midwest, EMPAC, the New York Electronic Arts Festival, and IRCAM. Alex was a founding member of Pauline Oliveros’ Tintinnabulate ensemble, collaborated with Mercury Rev, and opened for Primus. Chechile is in the final year of his doctoral studies at Stanford University, where he is completing his dissertation Practical Applications of Difference Tones in Electronic Music Composition and Synthesis.

Cost: FREE
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