TORCH is set to play a concert of original and classic works on November 7th at the Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public, and should be an exciting debut of the ensemble.
I’m really happy with the way the group has come along since our first rehearsals, and also with the energy that they bring each week when we get together. I hope you can join us for a great concert!
TORCH is the TC-11 Orchestra. The ensemble includes: Chris Burns, Mary Francis, Bill Heinrichs, Brian Lynch, Michelle McKenzie, Adam Murphy, Elliot Patros, Grant Richter, Kevin Schlei, Steve Schlei, Jim Schoenecker.
On Sunday, August 19th I will be joined by Hindole Majumdar for an eclectic evening of Classical Indian Percussion and live electronics. Hindole will bring his tabla expertise to Milwuakee, and I will be performing on my own custom instruments (primarily TC-11). There will be solo works and duets featured on the concert.
Come see the collision of two musical styles in an exciting evening of percussion and electronics. Maestro Hindole Majumdar brings Indian classical percussion to Milwaukee with his tabla mastery, and UWM’s own Kevin Schlei presents his cutting edge work on live electronic synthesis.
Sunday, Aug. 19 – 7:30pm
PSOA Music Building
Recital Hall MUS 175
$12 general / $10 student / $5 PSOA student
If your in the Milwaukee area, come join the new TC-11 ensemble and users group TORCH: the TC-11 Orchestra. The group is an outlet for compositions and performances that use TC-11, where players can bring patches for the group to perform together. It is a great opportunity to get out and play with other like-minded users.
Meetings will be on Sundays, starting April 29th at 2:00. The meeting location is the UWM PSOA Arts Building on Kenilworth and Prospect Ave. Email me at email@example.com beforehand so we know you are coming, and we look forward to seeing you there!
A paper of mine detailing the design of TC-11 has been accepted into the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference (NIME 2012). The conference will be held in Ann Arbor, MI, and I’ll be going to present and demo the instrument. Once the proceedings are online, I will link to the paper here (along with other neat research from the conference).
From the conference site:
The NIME conference brings together researchers and practitioners from a range of academic fields including computer science, electrical engineering, human-computer interaction, musicology, electro-acoustic music, dance and composition, and has routinely attracted interest from electronic music industry as well.
This year NIME will be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor has a long tradition on electro-acoustic music having been the location of pioneering early work by Gordon Mumma, Robert Ashley, David Tudor, Alvin Lucier, and David Behrman. It has just celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Performance Art Technology program, is the location of numerous electronic music groups such as Steve Rush’s Digital Music Ensemble and more recently Georg Essl’s Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble. University of Michigan hosted the International Computer Music Conference in 1998.
Chris Huelsbeck and Amy Lee, part of the San Francisco Electronic Music Meetup, have started a video podcast to discuss news, tools, and techniques for electronic musicians. The show is aimed at those who use new tools for electronic music production, including iOS apps and interfaces. Episode 1 features an in-depth interview about TC-11, its origins and future.
Seth Warren-Crow and I pair together the tabla and TC-11 to see just how similar the two musical interfaces are, in performance and sonority. These pieces were taken from an evening of exploring short-form improvisations.
On December 14th, my long-term project TC-11 was finally unleashed into the wild. Now it is live (alive?), and in the hands of users who will make it their own. But I wanted to take a moment to thank a few people for their support.
My colleagues in the electronic music department at UWM, Chris Burns and Jon Welstead, deserve so much credit for guiding me in synthesis and programming. Jon has always been a huge support for me. And before I met Chris, I hadn’t written a drop of audio code. You can definitely hear their voices in this app.
Jack Miller was kind enough to let me dump TC-11 builds on his iPad, and David Collins has been a great tester and pre-release performer. Many features would not be there if it weren’t for seeing them destroying my early, rickety builds.
But the most thanks goes to my wife, María Valentina, who supported me even as I disappeared into my studio for weeks at a time. She has been an incredible partner throughout the whole process. And she is a brutal beta tester!
Thanks to all my colleagues, friends, and family for your support. Now go check out TC-11 over at the Bit Shape side of this site!