We've been in Brisbane for four days now. In many ways it feels like coming home. It's a place we love. Our first days remain a bit of a blur thanks to the 32-hour trip, but the rest have been filled with renewing acquaintances with old friends and walking the South Bank parklands marveling at the changes that have taken place in the two years we've been away. (Where did that mile-high ferris wheel come from? Look at what a difference a little rain made on the bougainvillea. And where, exactly, will the new ABC building fit?) As for meetings, it's been mostly tech talk.
We're headed to Australia tomorrow. Three months, maybe more. As for luggage and equipment, we're only taking carry-ons. It's our third trip; we've about got it figured out. That plus miniaturization, of course. On our first trip in 2002 we took computers plus a hundred pounds of gear. On our second in 2005, our equipment was in a carry-on, maybe 20 pounds. This trip, beyond the computers, we may be carrying a pound of gear. The mbox2micro only weighs 1.2 ounces, after all. Everything else we'll need is in an online cloud, waiting for us to pull it down when we arrive. Next Tuesday!
The Time Curve Preludes, Book 1
Bruce Brubaker, piano
Duckworth/Glass CD Release Show
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St., New York City
Monday, June 15, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
I've listened to over 2,500 sound samples in the last three days, most of them under a minute long. Everything from noises and street scenes to whispers and the flutter of butterfly wings. I'm looking for ground cover for the sound gardens, i.e., those short, elusive, sounds--natural and electronic, isolated words and phrases, snippets of song, etc.--that run in the background, creating the sonic ambience from which the gardens grow. So far, 67 have found their way to the playlist.
The Time Curve Preludes, Nos. 19-23 / Camber
Choreography by Molissa Fenley
Danced by Li Chiao-Ping in Women Dancing at
The Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI
9 May 2009, 7:30 pm
It's been a long time between homepages. As best Nora and I can figure, the site this site replaces—hopelessly retro for the past few years—was built a decade ago. It's a classic case of the cobbler's child going without shoes. While Cathedral and iOrpheus grew and flourished, my homepage receded into the shadows; static info in a changing world. But that all ends with this new site—a site full of interactive info about pieces, performances, and webworks, books and articles, audio and video, all in one place; even Twitter feeds and links to active projects. Plus, the site will continue to evolve—we're adding galleries and video performances next. But as of now, my new site is officially live; the retro site an archived memory. To say I'm pleased is quite an understatement. Thanks again, Nora, for this and everything else.
Hebrew Children from Southern Harmony
Westminster Schola Cantorum, James Jordon, conductor
Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
18 April 2009, 8 pm