Concert of Field Recordings
Friday, February 1st
Featuring Tom Erbe and Patrick Farmer.
Our recent field recording workshop will conclude with a concert of workshop participant works and two very special performances and presentations by Tom Erbe (Soundhack, Echophon) and Patrick Farmer (Compost and Height). If you are remotely interested in field recording, sound, and experimental music this is the concert for you! Tom Erbe will perform his version of John Cage’s Williams Mix (twice!) and will talk about his process for realizing the score. Patrick Farmer will perform an excerpt from a newly created work and will talk about his work on the the Compost and Height web site.
John Cage composed Williams Mix in 1952 for 8 channels of magnetic tape. It was one of the first pieces for tape – an ambitious project with over 2,000 tape shapes drawn onto a 192-page score and resulting in only 4 minutes and 15 second of music. The original version took Cage and a group of his friends nearly one year to complete.
I started work on Williams Mix in January 2012 by carefully measuring and noting all of the events on the score – and in the process, discovered the shape and structure of the piece. I devised a patch in the PD language to play Williams Mix and perform the scored transformations. A group of my friends contributed the 500 – 600 sounds required to perform the piece. Other than the original, this is the first time anyone has realized Williams Mix from the score.
Patrick Farmer is a musician and sound artist working in various fields. He is a founding member of the Set Ensemble, a group based in the UK dedicated to the performance of experimental music, especially that of the Wandelweiser group, and co-founded the online record label, Compost and Height, with Sarah Hughes in 2008. His first book, try I bark, was published by Compost and Height and Organized Music from Thessaloniki in September 2012.
Patrick will playback a 15 minute excerpt of a recently finished work, entitled pictures of men, a long distance collaboration with the Irish artist David Lacey. Composed over a period of two years, pictures of men follows an arrangement of erasure, where the expansion of the work more often than not led to an attention of subsequent collapse and assemblage. This method, happening under our ears, lead to a slow expansion of sources and materials that enabled us to re-visit parts of our practice we had thought to be put down, or as we later found, overlooked completely. Patrick will also speak briefly about the evolution of Compost and Height, an online platform for the dissemination of a wide variety of materials, such as the online journal, wolf notes, that he has co-run with the artist Sarah Hughes since 2008.