1. Charlie Morrow on his job description


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    Whether he is creating an elaborate outdoor performance, an experimental tape collage, or a commercial jingle, composer Charlie Morrow believes that his job is "to keep people surprised and interested as a sound maker." After watching Molly Sheridan's video presentation, read a transcript of Frank J. Oteri's entire conversation with Morrow on NewMusicBox: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/charlie-morrow-wearing-different-hats/

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    • Charlie Morrow on making interspecies music


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      Composer Charlie Morrow claims that it is possible to perform music with toadfish. In the following video excerpt filmed by Molly Sheridan he describes how and why. To read a transcript of Frank J. Oteri's entire conversation with Morrow, visit NewMusicBox: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/charlie-morrow-wearing-different-hats/

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      • Charlie Morrow: Wearing Different Hats


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        The variety of activities that Charlie Morrow has been involved in for more than half a century is staggering even by today’s standards, when the wearing of numerous hats is almost a pre-requisite for being successful as a composer. The almost always Bowler-hat clad Morrow was writing conceptual pieces that predicted Fluxus as a high school student in the 1950s and twelve-tone scores under the tutelage of Stefan Wolpe at Mannes in the 1960s. He went on to develop alternative performance spaces, environmental music (including a widely publicized concert involving performances with fish), and music for multiples of the same instrument in the 1970s. While immersing himself in all those activities, he built one of the first private electronic music studios and wrote hit arrangements for Simon and Garfunkel, as well as The Rascals and Vanilla Fudge. He also penned some of the most earworm-inducing commercial jingles which promoted everything from Diet Coke and Hefty garbage bags to special express subway service to JFK airport. After watching Molly Sheridan's video presentation, read a transcript of Frank J. Oteri's entire conversation with Morrow on NewMusicBox: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/charlie-morrow-wearing-different-hats/

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        • The Contemporary Presents: Music for Wilderness Lake


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          On June 27 and June 28, 2014, The Contemporary Austin presented performances of Music for Wilderness Lake at Laguna Gloria. Music for Wilderness Lake, a 1979 work of environmental music written by Canadian composer and sound theorist R. Murray Schafer, explores the variable natural soundscape present at these transformative times of day. Twelve trombonists positioned around the lagoon play meditative music across the water to one another at Dusk and Dawn while the music is cued via flags from a canoe in the lagoon. The trombonists also performed a companion work, the selected chant of Hildegard von Bingen, a twelfth-century German mystic, Benedictine abbess, and polymath, abstracting the ritual of Gregorian chant observed after sunset and before sunrise.

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          • All Engines Down


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            A stadium rocker for the living Earth. I wrote the song, played guitars, bass guitar, recorder, sang lead vocal. Created the concept jointly with James Glinski, Jim did the video photography. He plays drums, appearing as himself on drums, and sings some of the harmonies.

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            • Snow Harp, Bruce Odland


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              I wanted very much to include a Snow Harp in the HEARING SPACE gallery show, but missed all the early storms, and had all but given up on the idea. Very late in the season a big Blizzard was predicted. I built a new harp that I could more easily tune to the weather. I fixed it to a frame, set up a camera and light and a laptop to reccord with just as a beautiful storm began with light swirling show alongside fast plummeting ice crystals. I tuned the strings to a very normal human range pentatonic scale. The fractal rhythms of snow and ice are humorously random and suspenseful - very different from the 2-4-8-16 rhythms that dominate most Western music. The Snow Harp became a favorite part of my HEARING SPACE gallery show, which details a year of recordings along the Hudson river valley. www.bruceodland.net

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              • Water Harp sings the song of the Croton River, Bruce Odland


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                Flood season on the Croton River. I built a Water Harp from a bow-like piece of Iron worn thin by the Hudson River , strung it with a harpsichord wire, a guitar tuner to make it taut, and an underwater microphone to records its vibrations. I struck the string with a stick to get a synchronization tone, and then let it sing its morning raga. The water drags the string downstream and then the tension of the bow snaps it back. Just like a bow on a violin string. All the minor fluctuations in velocity make the melodies and rhythms. It is fractal water music, based on the energy and time and rhythm of the water's flow. Its all part of the gallery exhibition HEARING SPACE, open now at Arts Westchester in White Plains New York. www.bruceodland.net

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                • Evan Chambers: You Must Change Your Life


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                  Interview and video presentation by Molly Sheridan Read the complete text at: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=18203 In conversation, Evan Chambers conveys his ideas using words in a strikingly similar fashion to how he delivers them in music: honestly, intelligently, with neither fear of open emotion nor of making a sharper point than his laid-back demeanor might at first lead you to expect. As he speaks about his familial roots in folk music, his love of poetry, and the responsibility he feels as an artist to acknowledge broader social, political, and environmental challenges, a portrait of the composer emerges that reveals again how incompletely shorthand genre descriptors and professional biographies capture art and artist. And so it was that we moved from the tag of "folk-inspired" composer to discussions of the brutal side of traditional music and the power it holds over audiences both native and foreign. A commission from the West Point Band became more complex once it was revealed that music that digs around in the messy pits of conflict and loss and death inspired both the request and the resulting piece. Chambers is a composer well versed in electronic music, yet a strong advocate for making a deeply human connection. He is a musician firmly rooted in his Midwestern community, but just as genuinely entrenched to society's broader concerns. Through it all, he is listening and incorporating his experiences into his life and work.

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                  • Enviro-sensory Music


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                    Music made with the help of the elements.

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                    • "Sonic Landscape" Song of the Mururmbidgee river


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                      Vic McEwan and I went early in the morning deep into the gum forest to the river's edge to let the river play on a water harp. Peeled the bark from a root, added a harpsichord string, tuned it, play river play. Here Vic scrambles out on a fallen gum tree and the river bows this song. This all happened during my Rural Residency at the Old Birrego School, in Riverina area of Australia.

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