Futureplaces Festival 2010


Yes, I am very pleased with my workshop. I was part of a one week festival about digital media, co-sponsored by the casa da musica in porto in portugal and the university of texas at austin. It was really good. I gave a two day workshop in which I organized a performance by about 8 soundists, or bricoleurs type musos, all accomplished in their own rights in installations and field recordings and so on, some of them using very lo-fi sound sources like a porta-studio wired into itself run through a wa wa, a resonating board with contact mike upon which ping pong balls could be dropped into bicycle bells and such like. one guy, Marc Behrens, went out into the field in tibet and rural portugal with a hot shot 4 track digital recorder used for film and hydrophones and so on.

I got these guys to play in a civilized manner by generating a score a la cage using dice. We broke the participants up into 6 groups, including me, thus 6 sided dice were used. (I came supplied with 12 and 8 sided ones which are used for role-playing games.) There were three movements, the largo, the allegro and the scherzo all interspersed with my rantings and cooings from my handy random poem generator. we were limited to 1 minute 30 second bursts, each following a recording of the space in which we worked, a shopping mall which was itself a converted parking garage, now defunct and mostly deserted except for a few hardy shopkeepers and hordes of bands which have colonized the store fronts and now use them as rehearsal spaces (often all at once).

We gave the performance, which was a stirring success in the main festival facility “Maus Habitos” another parking garage with an art center on the top floor. It all went swimmingly. Just prior to the performance, I gave my power point lecture called “Chance Ops” to the assembled nerds. Wonderful.

I also met, or re-met the guy from Touch, the one who had issued our cassette “shelved dreams”, Mike Harding.
He did an interesting performance himself, reading his prose with audio provided by a woman named Jana Winderen. She impressed me because she made her field recordings in the frozen sea using hydrophones dropped into holes in the ice. wow. I was impressed.

And we had big fun in Porto, me and Maria, you betcha. What a strange and beautiful city!

Advertisements