Untitled Study for Strings and Brass - Chris Douthitt
Telepresent - Jess Rowland
Interference - Matthew Wang
TAP - PLOrk
Taplin Auditorium 8pm April 20th, 2019
Fever Dream is a showcase for the Feedback Trombone, an instrument developed by Jeff
Snyder in his New Instrument Research Lab, with contributions by Rajeev Erramilli ’18,
Michael Mulshine, Matthew Wang, and Nikola Kamcev. This piece uses the second revision
of the instrument, which was developed closely with the members of RAGE Thormbones.
NJ Endless Update
While in Princeton, I became more and more interested by live-coding languages. This piece
is the result of an experimentation in this domain. Using Sonic-Pi, a very popular live-coding
language, I’ve tried my best (with an invaluable help from Michael Mulshine) to explore
different ways to synchronize multiple musicians over the network. My goal was to bring a
collaborative and social dimension to the act of live-coding music.
Through each jam session, each technical possibility explored, each parametrical change, the
malleability of the code revealed both new musical landscapes and problems. Writing music
on the fly on a computer keyboard opens an exciting realm made of Copy/Paste/Cut, and
turns the computer keyboard into a physical music instrument. It also unveils a new relation
between composition and improvisation, a new mediation between the musical notation and
the sonic world. This piece is made of an endless update of code fragments — being small
sonic shards — and of the careful interplay of the musicians.
NJ Endless Update
This piece conveys some thoughts about language and meaning using a medium that
combines contemporary mainstream and experimental musical ideas and techniques.
Thank you to Jeff Snyder and PLOrk, my friends from MrE, and the audience for all the
Untitled Study for Strings and Brass
This piece is part of a series of works that explore the concept of telepresence - the uncanny
experience of being present while at the same time being entirely elsewhere, such as with
video fa-chevron-lefterencing, cloud sharing systems, or in this case, cell phone communication. This
particular Telepresent was developed in conjunction with PLOrk and can be thought of as
a structured improvisation between performers, their environment, their cell phones, some
local cell phone towers, telecommunication satellites in geosynchronous orbits, and then
back again over and over in an interplanetary feedback loop that - under ideal conditions of
barometric pressure - congeals into a critical mass of cell phone singularity.
Interference is an experimental generative music system and game intended to blur the line
between musical performance and gameplay. Throughout its performance, its players
will build, control, and transform musical sequences in a shared game space. Each player’s
goal is to paint the space with their visualized sequence and assimilate other players to their
color palette and harmonic field. Interference was composed and developed in completion of
Matthew’s undergraduate senior thesis.
TAP is a collaborative piece created by PLOrk, based around the tap-dancing skills of PLOrk
member Abbie Minard, and features guest dancers Francisca Weirich-Freiberg ’21 and
Harsimran Makkad ’22, and guest drummer Maya Stepansky.