This video captures a performance by Conrad Tao of his work, iridescence, for piano and iPad.
The composition, from 18-year-old American pianist/composer Tao’s debut album Voyages, features the Reactable Mobile app on his Apple iPad. In the piece, Reactable is used for both synth lines and real-time processing of his piano playing, via the iPad microphone.
The work manages to bridge the electroacoustic tradition of classical electronic music and the genre-making ambient work of Brian Eno and Harold Budd. It also is a great demonstration of the possibilities of inexpensive music apps, in creative hands.
Most of all, though, Tao’s work is interesting as a performance, which is too rare in both electroacoustic and ambient music.
Here’s some background on the composition: Continue reading
This video features seminal ambient music artist and producer Brian Eno sharing his thoughts on art and opportunity.
Forbes has released a list of the World’s Highest Paid Musicians for 2012.
And, yet again, international superballer Richard D. James, right, did not make the cut.
Forbes embeds the list in an ungodly long and slow slideshow, but you can cut to the chase and check it out below.
Warp Records has announced LUX - Brian Eno?s first solo album since 2005?s Another Day On Earth.
On LUX, Eno expands upon the types of themes and sonic textures that were present on such classic albums as Music For Films, Music For Airports and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. Eno sees it as a continuation of his Music for Thinking project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993).
LUX is a 75-minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work currently housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. The album is Eno’s third for Warp, following two collaborative albums Small Craft on a Milk Sea (with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams) and Drums Between The Bells (with Rick Holland).
Opal has released Scape - a new generative music application, created by Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers.
Here’s what they have to say about Scape:
Scape is a new form of album which offers users deep access to its musical elements. These can be endlessly recombined to behave intelligently: reacting to each other, changing mood together, making new sonic spaces.
Can machines create original music? Scape is our answer to that question: it employs some of the sounds, processes and compositional rules that we have been using for many years and applies them in fresh combinations, to create new music. Scape makes music that thinks for itself.
This video documents a recent lecture by Brian Eno, in Moscow, 2011.