ODDMUSIC U-C had a “grand(e) opening” this evening, in front of an audience charged w/ instruments of their own (for performing sentences in lieu of applause). Attendees received a booklet entitled “invitations,” containing 11 to 22 invitations, depending on how you count ’em. For those wanting to know th “program” of this event, it went rather like (o how I love bulleted lists!) this:
- The Final Instruction ~ Andrew (voice) & Jacob (blatt)
- Curiosity II of II ~ composed & performed by Tommy Scheurich (viola), performed also by Jacob Barton (voice) & Andrew Heathwaite (voice)
- As Guudu Swept ~ composed & performed by Jacob (voice & electronics)
- Fractured Paradise ~ composed by Kyle Gann, sequenced & performed by Jacob Barton (udderbot & electronics)
- 22-tone guitar demonstration, including a whirlwind microtour of some 22edo modes (chromatic, 11edo, Orwell, Porcupine, Greek enharmonic genus, dorian superpyth, Swooning Rushes, unnamed & unnamed) ~ by Andrew
- Optimal Tuning System Blues ~ composed by Chris[topher] Peck, with text from an abstract to a paper called Optimal Tuning Systems by Larry Polansky, Wei Pan, Dan Rockmore, Douglas Repetto, & Kimo Johnson, performed by Andrew (22-tone guitar) & Jacob (voice)
- False Statement Bulletin #4 ~ composed by Jacob, Andrew, & Rob Scott (all on 17edo tubes)
- The Moth ~ composed by Mark Enslin, with text by Indigo Frank, performed by Elizabeth Adams (voice), Jacob Barton (piano), & Tommy Scheurich (drone)
We planted a “question booth” – questions to ask odd, questions to ask music. The anonymous results?
When if tempo, too with tone odd? How to odd a pulse?
Your in-between times are sultry. Will you them near drones?
How can I keep from singing, “The earth shakes ’round my growing tree?” I need a strategy.
How do you combine pleasure & critique?
How do I performatively respond to oddness [I like] I don’t forsee liking?
What’s your costume?
[musical score with extra-curly treble clef]
Thanks for asking! We don’t know either, but we’re happy to have the questions.
Recordings coming soon, I suspect, of pieces that demand recording….