Studio Grand brings you an evening of electronic listening music. John Bischoff will perform a set of solo electronic works that incorporate a custom analog circuit played in tandem with laptop digital synthesis. Philadelphia-based electronic musician and sound artist Sam Haar (of live-techno duo Blondes) presents a set of new music.
John Bischoff (b. 1949, San Francisco) has been active in the experimental music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer, and teacher. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis and the pioneering development of computer network music. Bischoff's music is built from intrinsic features of the electronic medium: high definition noise components, tonal edges, and structures derived from performance actions in the moment. He has performed in many parts of the US, and in Europe including such venues as the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künst in Berlin, Fylkingen in Stockholm, and T-U-B-E in Munich. He was a founding member, with Jim Horton and Rich Gold, of The League of Automatic Music Composers in 1978, considered to be the world’s first computer network band. He co-authored an article with Horton and Gold on the League’s music that was published in Foundations of Computer Music (MIT Press 1985). He is also a founding member of The Hub, a computer network band that has further expanded on the network music form since 1987. In 1999 he received a Grants to Artists award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York. In 2004, noted media theorist Douglas Kahn published A Musical Technography of John Bischoff in the Leonardo Music Journal (Vol. 14, MIT Press). Two retrospective CD packages documenting computer network music were released in 2007 and 2008: The League of Automatic Music Composers: 1978-1983 (New World Records 2007) and 3-CD set of recordings by The Hub titled Boundary Layer (Tzadik 2008). Recordings of Bischoff’s work are also available on Artifact, 23Five, and Lovely Music. A solo CD titled Audio Combine was released in 2012 on New World Records and was named one of the "Best of 2012" by WIRE magazine. He was also included in Nate Wooley’s “Guide to American Weirdos” in a recent WIRE. Bischoff is on faculty in the Music Department at Mills College.
Sam Haar is an electronic musician and sound artist currently living in Philadelphia. He is most well known for being one half of the live-electronic techno duo Blondes who have released multiple records with RVNG Intl. and performed at such places as MoMA, Panorama Bar, Mutek, and Unsound. His new solo work uses a similar intuitive performance practice as Blondes along with a meticulous attention to sound design to create organic, texture rich soundscapes. Derived from synthesis and field recordings and performed with custom software instruments, the music presents a field of abstract gestural sound built upon a warped and immersive architecture.
Doors 9:00 pm; Show 9:30 pm
$8-15 Sliding Scale
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