Spanish Panoramas – Guided Improvisations with SoundFisher

I performed my improvisation + fixed media composition, Spanish Panoramas – Guided Improvisations with SoundFisher at the 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference in Malaga, Spain on October 28, 2015. The concert was held in the 15th Century building that houses the contemporary Sala Unicaja de Conciertos María Cristina. I shared the bill with composers Roger Dannenberg, Nadine Kroher, José López-Montes, Bill Manaris, Takuro Shibayama, Yuri Spitsyn, and Sever Tipei.

A purely fixed media version of the piece will be made available on my SoundCloud page later this month.

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The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2016

sfSound, The San Francisco Tape Music Collective, and Gray Area Arts present:

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The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2016

I’ll be playing a new audio postcard, Spanish Panoramas, at The 2016 San Francisco Tape Music Festival on Saturday January 9th at 8:00 PM.

Friday, Jan. 8 (8:00 PM)
Saturday, Jan. 9 (8:00 PM)
Saturday, Jan. 9 (11:00 PM)
Sunday, Jan. 10 (8:00 PM)

Grand Theater / Grey Area Arts
2665 Mission St.
San Francisco

$15 [$10 underemployed] each concert
$40 festival pass
advance tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1025355-tape-music-festival-san-francisco/

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My second “audio portrait” for the SF Asian Art Museum

Lovers parting during a rainy night -- symbolizing a musical mode (Lalita Ragini), approx. 1700. India; Rajasthan state. Opaque watercolors on paper. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Gift of Dr. Narinder S. and Satinder Kapany, 2004.76. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Lovers parting during a rainy night — symbolizing a musical mode (Lalita Ragini), approx. 1700. India; Rajasthan state. Opaque watercolors on paper. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Gift of Dr. Narinder S. and Satinder Kapany, 2004.76. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Lovers Departing in the Rain — an audio portrait © 2015 by Thom Blum

For the full experience, go to the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s Picturing Sound, Creating Mood exhibit, through November 22, 2015.

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J-Wake performed at the Hörlursfestival 2015

My piece J-Wake was performed at the Hörlursfestival in Solleftea, Sweden, on July 4th. HorlursFestival_Sweden_2015
The theme of the Festival was “water soundscapes” and, according to the organizers, Like Now, the sixth annual Festival took place, “under the dome coupole in Sweden, Västernorrland and live on internet streams” on July 4, 2015, from 13:00 to 21:00.

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Sound portraits for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum

I am creating some sound portraits to go along with specific paintings in the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s current exhibition, “Picturing Sound, Creating Mood”, which runs from March 23 – November 22, 2015. The small paintings are from 18th and 19th Century Rajasthan, India. My goal is to create intimate soundscapes that fuse with their paintings and lure a viewer into exploring more of the paintings’ fine and delicate details.

This video, introducing the exhibit, was created by the Museum’s Lorraine Goodwin, Interpretative Media Specialist.

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World premiere of Walkways of the Hopeful and the Hopeless, San Francisco Tape Music Festival

I’ve just completed a new electroacoustic composition that will have its world premiere this Saturday night, January 10, 2015, 8:00 PM at the San Francisco Tape Music Festival. The Festival includes four distinct concert programs and spans three nights (January 9-11). It will feature 32 compositions by as many composers and is a must hear event for any devotee of the artform, as well as anyone with open ears and a mind for an immersive and expansive sound experience.

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Soundscraper premiered Capsule 1 – inside/outside — excerpts are available now

The March 10, 2014 premiere performance of the Soundscraper project — live-streamed, crowdsourced soundscaping — took place as planned. Over twenty people participated by streaming live sound from their environments. Excerpts from the 90-minute recording of the performance are now available on SoundCloud and at the following Soundscraper post.

The next Soundscraper performance is now being planned. Check out the Soundscraper web site for details.

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Soundscraper premieres Capsule 1 – inside/outside — Live crowdsourced soundscaping

The first performance by the Soundscraper project will take place at Center for New Music in San Francisco, California on Monday, March 10, from 8:00 to 10:00 PM PDT (March 11, 3:00 to 5:00 AM GMT). The mixer-performer for the night will be Thom Blum (San Francisco, California, USA).

If you cannot be at Center for New Music you can tune into the performance as it is streamed live to the following Web page http://www.ustream.tv/channel/soundscraper1.

Live sound streams that will be mixed and processed during this performance will be provided by the following participants from their locations: Officerfishdumplings (Casablanca, Morocco), Jim Bisso (El Cerrito, California, USA), Matt Ingalls (Oakland, California, USA), Constantine Katsiris (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), Laura Krasnow (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Stefani Ku (San Rafael, California, USA), Keith de Mendonca (Bangalore, India), Suki O’Kane (Oakland, California, USA), Jon Panther (Sydney, Australia), Ron Pelletier (Kensington, California, USA), Tim Perkis (Albany, California, USA), Jim Schrempp (San Carlos, California, USA), Scott Steelman (Columbus, Ohio, USA), Eric Steinberg (San Francisco, California, USA), Sami Tabla (San Francisco, California, USA), Jim Wheaton (Sebastopol, California, USA).

Visit the Soundscraper site for details about the Soundscraper project and to learn how to participate in future live soundscaping performances.

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Soundscraper project launches

Soundscraping — using the Internet to share, play, process, and mix live sounds from the world at large.

There is a call for worldwide participation for a series of “live crowdsourced soundscaping” performances, beginning in San Francisco, California this March. Click the image below for all the info about the Soundscraper project including the goals and inspirations behind it, as well as the immediate “call”, instructions, and performance schedule/score.

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Updates on The San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2014

The order of programs for each night of the Festival has now been determined. My piece, J-Wake: In memory of Steve “Jake” Jacobson, will be played on the Saturday night concerts, January 4, at both 7:00 and 9:30 PM.

For the complete program, visit the sfSound website.

San Francisco Examiner music critic Stephen Smoliar wrote a great preview about the upcoming SF Tape Music Festival. See it here.

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