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This week on SoundNotion, we have composer/educator Marc Mellits. We listen to his work for traditional string band performed by Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quintet and discuss his Mellits Consortium commission Gravity for percussion quartet.
- This week on SoundNotion, we have composer/educator Marc Mellits.
- He brought his work Flatiron for traditional string band, recorded by Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quintet.
- We also discuss Marc’s percussion quartet (sometimes quintet) Gravity. The work is the product of the Mellits Consortium organized by Thad Anderson.
- Marc is also excited about and new approach to undergraduate composition at the University of Illinois at Chicago in which students will work closely with ensembles in residence. Kicking off the residency program will be Latitude 49.
- WEIRD AL IS TOPPING THE CHARTS! Do we need to say more?
- Peter Gelb sent a letter to all of The Met unions who have contracts set to expire on July 31st saying that if no agreement is reached by then, to expect a lock out.
- This year’s Bayreuth Festival stumbles out of the gate with set pieces falling on the stage and the conspicuous absence of Chancellor Angela Merkel (a known enthusiastic Wagnerian).
- Have you seen the beautiful animated scores by Stephen Malinowski? If not, then do yourself a favor. He wants to give the same treatment to a collection of works by Conlon Nancarrow and is asking for your help.
This week on SoundNotion, teaching artist and composer Danny Clay joins the panel to discuss teaching kids composition with graphic notation and the obstacles this approach can overcome. Also, a piano is being put in Redwood Regional Park just for Danny.
- This week on SoundNotion, teaching artist and composer Danny Clay joins the panel to discuss teaching kids composition with graphic notation.
- Danny and his students are featured in our “pick of the week” with their collaborative effort “27 Overtures” using graphic scores beautifully realized by Friction Quartet.
- Responding to student concerns that these pieces aren’t “real music,” Danny launched Project Object [netlabel] wherein “real” composers create works using the students notations systems.
- Danny also has time to work on his own compositions. For his next performance, a grand piano will be moved to Redwood Regional Park for Sarah Cahill as part of the Art in Nature Festival.
- And this week, the music world says goodbye to legendary conductor Lorin Maazel, opera composer Seymour Barab and blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
In this episode, Ben and Nate talk to Nathaniel Bartlett about 3D audio, Linux, mic setups for marimba, and generally geek out. Then Ben talks about bit depth. Plus, product news.
- AKAI iMPC-Pro is out – get your drum machine on on the iPad
- Speaking of iPad’s, is their lack of knobs getting you down? Tuna Knobs has a kickstarter for you!
- Moog’s Werkstatt Synth is out – build your own Moog Mono Synth! (while supplies last)
- Ableton has a maintenance update out for Live.
- American Keyworks has released the Thorium Bowman, a Keyboard you can bow! (Ben wants one).
- Our guest this week, Nathaniel Bartlett, shares with us some of his expertise:
- We discuss his Linux-based performance and recording rigs (Pd, Ardour, EndPCNoise).
- Omni mics may be the secret (or maybe not so secret) weapon in your next live rig.
- Marimba + Computer in real 3D sound!
- We spend time with his Sound-Space Audio Lab (SSAL) and some of his works.
- Much, much more! (see his website and Facebook)
- Ben takes on Audio Bit Depth in 120 seconds!
This week on SoundNotion we have little music but lots of lawyers. SoundCloud is looking to solve licensing, Sony/ATV threatens to pull out of ASCAP/BMI, the NEA budget gets slashed 8 million bucks, and the FCC has received 647K comments on Net Neutrality.
- This week on SoundNotion we announced a plan to switch to audio only for all podcasts on the SoundNotion network. What do you think? Let us know in comments below (or on Facebook or Twitter or YouTube comments).
- In a move meant to protect the company from being sued out of existence by the major record labels, SoundCloud is in talks to hand over up to 15 percent of the company to secure licensing agreements.
- Sony/ATV has threatened to pull their catalog from ASCAP and BMI if the new royalty standards on streaming music aren’t to their liking.
- In a bold move to balance the federal budget, the Republican controlled Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has approved an 8 million dollar cut the the NEA budget (5.5% drop in the NEA budget change is 0.0002% of the federal budget). Let your representative know what you think about this.
- FCC head dingo and Chairman Tom Wheeler says that the commission has received 647,000 responses during the open comment period for Net Neutrality. You’ve still got time to post your own comment (you can tweet at him as well).
- This week the music world says goodbye to three great (and very different) artists. Tommy Ramone (the last of the Ramones) dies at 65. Influential American jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies at 76. And being reported after our Sunday morning record time, legendary conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84.
This week on SoundNotion, we have composer, vocalist, writer and occasion Hobbit footed performer Kate Soper. She’s writing for and performing in interesting places and adventurous mediums. PLUS:Ellen McSweeney of NMBx is all about the Benjamins.
- This week on SoundNotion, we have composer, vocalist, writer, core Wet Ink Ensemble member and occasion Hobbit footed performer Kate Soper.
- Her newest opera I Was Here I Was I,written for Alarm Will Sound with librettist Nigel Maister premiered on May 20th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Temple of Dendur.
- Catch another of her operas Here Be Sirens with Morningside Opera and Dixon Place this September 5th, 6th, 11th and 12th.
- She’s also a featured composer a this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music if you’re in the Boston area July 17-21.
- In music news this week, Ellen McSweeney at NewMusicBox has elicited some strong responses with her newest blog post. It’s all about the Benjamins and a Beethoven festival (and respect).
- WQXR’s great new show Meet the Composer launched with 2014 Pulitzer winner John Luther Adams.
- And the music world says goodbye to Bobby Womack who penned the Rolling Stones first number one hit, Carole King’s hit making lyricist Gerry Goffin and legend of the top 40 Casey Kasem.