Showing posts from January, 2011

Electroclarinet 1 this Friday

Looking for the studio album? Visit Clarinetist and clarinet teacher Rebecca Pourchot will be performing Electroclarinet 1 during a concert in Montbéliard on Friday, February 4th. She did a great job at performing both the Bb clarinet and the live electronics. One of the main ideas behind the Electroclarinet is to have the performer play as organically as possible both the clarinet and the sound processing, as electric guitar players are used to doing so well! An excerpt of the draft score: Concert is at 8:30 p.m. in the "Palot" concert hall. Hope to see you there! You'll also hear music by composers Daniele Segre Amar & Lorenzo Bianchi, and by students of the conservatory composition program.

Musical expectations

Music composers are continuously playing with an audience's expectations . As soon as the music starts, the composer has already created expectations in the audience minds. Whether the listeners will get 100%, 50%, or 0% of the expected sounds, whether they will get them at the expected moment or later, all of this is part of the artist's choice. Here is a beautiful video featuring the great Bobby McFerrin . He doesn't need many words to show alive musical expectations: ( link to youtube video - Bobby McFerrin & expectations ) ( Bobby McFerrin on )

Start the year with a cool synth

For many musicians, January is the month of the NAMM show. Although NAMM means National Association of Music Merchants, they also call themselves the International Music Products Association, and the trade show is really an international event. Let's start the year 2011 with a cool synth, the OMG-1: This synth was built and presented by Eric Persing . It won't be a commercial product, but a prize in a competition to be announced. The instrument features true analog synthesis (a Moog Little Phatty), digital synths (a Mac mini is inside the case), keyboards and touch surfaces (here, 2 iPads and 2 iPods): there is little doubt that more than a musician will work with some kind of similar set-up in 2011!