Been super busy since January with local performances, but I did make a quick trip to Miami for a concert organized for the 12 nights festival and co-sponsored as part of the 23rd Subtropics festival.
(media coming soon!)
In April I’ll perform at NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival and also Anarko Festival on the same weekend, and later that same week once again with Hans Tammen’s Zavodnicks..
PLOrk (Princeton Laptop Orchestra) will perform a new work I have written for them related to my 8-channel “Audio Chandelier” pieces. And my own much newer laptop orchestra at NYU (NYLO) will perform at Spectrum on May 2nd.
and then in June, I will perform in Adam Kendall’s Toy Opera at Harvestworks.
Live Sound Processing Strategies: A free workshop and concert at Harvestworks was on May 12th, 2012
Joining Dafna were masters in their craft: Robert Dick (flutes) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion):
This evening was created to explore and discuss various live sound processing strategies through performance, lecture and presentation, and will gave participants a foundation for developing their own work. The lecture/presentation was taught by Dafna Naphtali, who uses live sound processing in her work since 1995, and will began with a performance by a trio that included Robert Dick (flutes) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion). more information..
Artist:Dafna Naphtali with Robert Dick and Satoshi Takeishi
Notes:Live Sound Processing Strategies
Dafna Naphtali with Robert Dick & Satoshi Takeishi
Saturday, May 12, 7pm
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker
“Live Sound Processing” is used to alter and affect the sounds of other instruments in performance, which in turn becomes its own unique voice in the musical process. Addressing the electroacoustic environment of the performance space allows for a site-specific version of the piece through a complex sampling and spatialization process. While the difference between live sound processing and other electronic music practices has perplexed the audiences in the past, these days the role of the live sound processor is much more understood. With faster laptops and more widespread use and availability of classic live sound processing as plugins, these techniques have gradually become more acceptable, and in some music genres practically expected. Both performers and audiences have become more savvy about the techniques and sounds.
I am working on mixing several projects which I hope will be published soon..
“Panda Half-Life” (commissioned for Magic Names vocal sextet) — live sound processing complex vocal sextet writing and gestural controllers (Wii and iPhones). We recorded at NYU Dolan Studios, amazing room and microphones, and great singers!
Also an as-yet-unreleased What is it Like to be a Bat ? piece — “StaBAT mom” — juxtaposes wild math-rock, noise, Morse code with dark and beautiful songs about mothering and the redemption found in the Pergolesi Stabat Mater.
.. coming soon .. video from my March performance of Robotica with Eric Singer’s LEMUR robots
This fall, I will be speaking at Cycling ’74 Expo in Brooklyn, as well as teaching Electronic Music Performance at NYU, and a few new courses at Bloomfield College. In November, I will perform at Vital Vox (solo), the Gershwin Hotel and EMPAC (for Neil Rolnick’s piece MONO with some great singers from Magic Names vocal sextet, Robert Osborne, Daisy Press, Nick Hallett)
News Winter/Spring 2011
–January 9th — Magic Names performed an excerpt of Stimmung with choreographer Daria Fain
at Dance Theater Workshop — as part of the APAP conference.
Here is documentation of a performance at St. Mark’s Church in September
This past winter, I was busily preparing for recording planned for the Spring, and also for a special performance of a piece I am developed with help from Franklin Furnace Fund —
April 29th, 2011 — recording of Panda Half-Life (American Composers’ Forum Commission) at NYU’s Dolan Studios. With Magic Names vocal sextet (Robert Osborne, Nick Hallett, Peter Sciscioli, Gisburg, Daisy Press)
Symposium on June 28, 2010 at HERE ARTS CENTER, New York: New instruments for Improvisation and Experimental Approaches with Laetitia Sonami, Dafna Naphtali, Matthew Ostrowski and Hans Tammen
New Instruments For Improvisation And Experimental Approaches, an investigation into contemporary sound art and experimental music using custom made electronic instruments, will consider the methods and intentions of 4 artists building new instruments and specialized interfaces. In a day-long series of presentations, talks and performances these artists will discuss how their practice as improvisers, sound artists and experimental musicians lead to inventing their own tools, and how these inventions in turn influenced their musical performance techniques.
“Panda Half-Life”, my piece for Magic Names vocal sextet plus electronics premiered 6/17/11 at Issue Project Room (plus we performed an excerpt from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung!). Dense and sparse, composed and aleatoric, sung and wheezed.. with 6 singers, 15 audio speakers, 6 game controllers.
Made possible with funding from American Composers Forum and support from Harvestworks.
6/28/10 I participated in “New instruments for Improvisation and Experimental Approaches” a day-long symposium June 28th organized by Harvestworks. I will present projects created during my residency this year and perform as well. Also presenting / performing are Matthew Ostrowski, Hans Tammen, Laetitia Sonami.