Is Dubstep Avant Garde Musical Genius? PBS Want To Know

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Is dubstep avant garde musical genius?

Or did PBS just give conservatives the ultimate ammo for nuking the National Endowment For The Arts?

This video, via the PBS Idea Channel, makes the case that dubstep is the most recent member of the long-established Avant Garde community:

There is a long history of avant garde musicians and thinkers promoting the concept of noise and non-instrumental sounds as MUSIC, much to the horror of their audience. But over the past century, changes in technology and music genres have primed listeners, allowing mainstream audiences to enjoy the beautiful noise of Skrillex, Bassnectar & the whole Dubstep movement.

Give it a look and then weigh in below!

Microscopic Opera Performed By Tiny Worms (Experimental Electronic Music)

Matthijs Munnik’s Microscopic Opera is an abstract opera, performed by the micro-organism C. elegans – a tiny worm of less than a mm in length, and the workhorse for genomics research.

Here’s what Munnik has to say about the work:

The completely worms are monitored by scientist from their first cell division to their death and have gone trough thousands of generations of manmade mutations and alterations.

In this piece I give them a little influence in the macroscopic world outside their petridish.

Each petridish contains different strains of C.elegans, that each move in a different way. All petridishes are filmed with a usb microscope and shown live on one of the five screens. Special software translates the movements of the worms into sound in real time. (5 channel)

The Lemon Synthesizer

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Sunday Synth Jam: The Lemon Synthesizer is a performance/installation/musical work, created by Akemi Takeya, that uses a ‘citrus-based interface’.

From the official project notes:

Naturally occurring voltages in lemons are used as signal controllers for an audio synthesizer to manipulate audio processing.

The contents of a lemon are never stagnant and are constantly changing and self-renewing. With this bio-machine, Takeya sets a unique approach to art, science and invention.

Takeya lives and works in Vienna.

via MAKNite

Twitter Goddess Zoe Keating Blows People’s Minds, With A Cello, On A Bus

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Avant cellist Zoe Keating has something like 5 billion followers on Twitter.

Maybe it’s because she puts a baberific face on avant garde music.

Maybe it’s because she got a choice spot on the Twitter Suggested User List.

Or maybe it’s because she’s game for blowing the minds of a bus full of people – with a cello. Continue reading

Improvisation For Voice, Wii Remote, Nunchuck & Electronics

Composer/sound artist/improviser/performer Sonia Paço-Rocchia improvises with a Wiimote and Nunchuck with Max/MSP.

Voltage Controlled Passacaglia For Moog Modular Synthesizer

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Sunday Synth Jam: Voltage Controlled Passacaglia, Pages 1 & 2, by Paul Hembree (Premiere)

Performed on the CRuNCh lab 1972 Moog Modular synthesizer, with video projection of an attached oscilloscope.

Executed from a score with parametric envelopes assigned to different performers. Rough synchronization is achieved with stop-watches, and four short sections in the piece (each about a minute long) allow for some controlled improvisation.

Paul Hembree, Chris Rippey, Steve Snowden, and Curtis Peel, performers. Continue reading