One of my intentions for 2013 has been to comb the archives of all my compositions over the last 40 years, select those that I believe should be included in my official “repertoire,” remaster those, and then make them available online. I’m happy to say that I’ve completed most of these steps and am starting to link the final versions to my web site (www.thomblum.com).
Some of the oldest pieces, from the 1970s, were created with magnetic (reel-to-reel) tape and require restoration and digitizing, but they too are coming along.
I will be experimenting by making all of my music available, first, using SoundCloud and other similar venues (for example, Bandcamp). As I do so I will post here to let you know where to find and play it. I hope you enjoy the results.
I recently added a couple new field recordings to my SoundCloud page. One is a thunderstorm, with some impressive thunder claps, that I recorded one evening in the countryside surrounding San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The other is a soundwalk through the Sunday market in the small World Heritage town of Atotonilco, Mexico.
Here’s a video, posted to YouTube, of the “live” performance from that day.
I’ll be playing a set of three short pieces that I call “pile-ups” at the Godwaffle Noise Pancakes show this Sunday. The pieces are: Law and Order, Anarchy, and Emancipation. (The first two are world premieres.)
For details check out this link:
What: Godwaffle Noise Pancakes
When: Sunday, May 5, 2013, Noon to 2:00 PM
Where: The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94103
I’m pleased to announce the release of the first album from the Undae! concert series on netlabel Thrmnphone. The album is a selection of works, including one of my own pieces, Couplings (2012), that were performed during the Undae! concert series in Madrid, from October to December 2012, over a mutichannel setup. The album also includes pieces by Christian Banasik, Gordon Delap, Marco Dibeltulu, Frank Ekeberg, Gintas Kraptavicius, José Luis Maire, Nicola Monopoli, Clèment Parmentier, Donika Rudi, Nichola Scrutton, Vanessa Source-Lèvesque, Lidia Zielinska, and [zygote]. For more info click here. For a FREE download of the album click here.
On Thursday, April 12, I will be playing my latest piece, Couplings, as part of CREATE / MAT’s “π and beyond” 2012 Spring concert. The concert will take place at 8:00 PM in the Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Click here for more details.
The 2012 San Francisco Tape Music Festival will once again be moving back to the ODC Theater. The dates for the Festival are Friday, January 20th, through Sunday, January 22. Nestled within the three nights — specific night yet to be determined — will be the premiere of my new piece Couplings. Check here for details as they develop.
Upcoming episode of Bedbug Strategies will be at Godwaffle Noise Pancakes this Sunday, August 28. For details check this out.
The Logos Tetrahedron Theater concert series, New Media, will present works by Marko Timlin, Pete Stollery, and Thom Blum, on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 8:00 PM. Logos Tetrahedron Theater is located at Bomastraat 26-28, 9000 Ghent, Belgium. For tickets, as well as information about this concert please see http://www.logosfoundation.org/concerts/concerts.html. For information about the Tetrahedron Theater see http://www.logosfoundation.org/architecture/tetrhall.html.
I just received a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, for my sound installation Timepiece (Berlin, September, 2010). Thank you, ACF.
The San Francisco Tape Music Collective and sfSound hosted a very successful 10th annual SF Tape Music Festival last weekend, January 7-9, 2011. Over our 18-speaker set up, I diffused pieces by Christian Marclay and Maryanne Amacher and also presented one of my own audio postcards, Post from Rajasthan
The 2011 Festival featured 20 local and international composers, and it concluded with an entire evening of diffusions by Jonty Harrison. Having Jonty Harrison perform live at the Festival was a treat for all. The Collective and our audience were lucky benefactors of some rare and good timing. Thank you, Jonty, for coming and playing!