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Fri, Nov 18 2022 7:30 PM

660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305
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Fernando Lopez-Lezcano performs "The Love Songs of Dreaming Dinosaurs" at CCRMA.

This extended performance is another page of the "Dinosaur Songbook" that started with "The Love Songs of Flying Dinosaurs". The Applesauce Modular Mark V Eurorack format modular synth has mutated to Mark VI with some new modules, topological changes and new or renovated workflows. As before the Applesauce will bring in some friends, from the original "El Dinosaurio" 40 year old monster to the tiny Kastle I got as a birthday present. All of the sounds are created in realtime, piped through computers and SooperLoopy, and spatialized in 3D using the surround system in our Stage concert hall.

"Summer gives way to Fall and Dinosaurs retreat to their underground cities in the huge caves at the center of the earth. They rest and sleep, dreaming of yet another cycle, soon to come, of wild love and flying through the skies of Upper Earth. One would think their dreams are veiled in haze, their digital songs lacking in bit length and bandwidth. But no, Dinosaur dreams are vivid, there is wild flying and love, all pretenses of logic and causality gone. Dinosaur brains don't dream, they are just always awake in different realities."

FREE and Open to the Public


Fernando Lopez-Lezcano enjoys imagining and building things, fixing them when they don't work, and improving them even if they seem to work just fine. The scope of the word "things" is very wide, and includes computer hardware and software, controllers, music composition, performance and sound. His music blurs the line between technology and art, and is as much about form and sound processing, synthesis and spatialization, as about algorithms and custom software he writes for each piece. He has been working in multichannel sound and diffusion techniques for a long time, and can hack Linux for a living. At CCRMA, Stanford University since 1993, he combines his backgrounds in music (piano and composition), electronic engineering and programming with his love of teaching and music composition and performance. He discovered the intimate workings of sound while building his own analog synthesizers a very very long time ago, and even after more than 30 years, "El Dinosaurio" is still being used in live performances. He was the Edgar Varese Guest Professor at TU Berlin during the Summer of 2008. In 2014 he received the Marsh O'Neill Award For Exceptional and Enduring Support of Stanford University's Research Enterprise.


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Cost: FREE