ABSORB THE CURRENT
“Among bird fanciers the word record is used to signify the first essays of a bird in singing.”
Sir John Hawkins, in A General History of the Science and Practice of Music, 1776
“an event, message, or data structure transmitted between computational processes”
Wikipedia, Definition of: Signal, 2009
Signal-based processing. Interactive improvisation environments. Real-time image to audio synthesizers. Recorder player Terri Hron walks the tightrope of new developments in computer-assisted composition and improvisation.
Over the last three years, Terri experimented with 6 composers to put together a program of works which dropped the recorder into different corners of the ever-growing realm of electroacoustic music. She remains intensely fascinated by the variable degree of interactivity between musician and machine and by the direction of the signal: who is controlling who?
Each composer presented Terri with a different challenge and approach. These were rounded out by one of her own works, which highlights her instrument’s historical connection with birds.
Jim Altieri – Postcards from New Amsterdam
Ronald Boersen – Don’t Say a Word
Peter Hannan – Brule
Terri Hron – a little bird told me
Juan Parra Cancino – GeoAves for Terri
Laurie Radford – A Florus Exchange II
Peter Swendsen – Before Frozen Fog
The première and tour of Bird on a Wire took place in the fall of 2008. Terri was joined by composer/performer/all-round great guy, Juan Parra Cancino and they flitted all across North America presenting these exciting new works.
The tour was a wonderful experience, and Juan and I had a really wonderful time. All of the presenters were very supportive and accommodating, and the audiences were very warm. One of the highlights for me was reading a student review from Oberlin which said “it was simply beautiful music and the closest thing to musical poetry I have heard in a while.” It means a lot to me to be able to reach people with what can sometimes be perceived as a complex form, because in the end, that’s what it’s about.
After the tour, Terri recorded the works in Banff with the wonderful Daniel Porter. They had three fun days in the studio followed by a couple of marathon days mixing. The result was the album Bird on a Wire which is available on the RECORDS page.
Here are some excerpts from the album:
Peter Swendsen’s Before Frozen Fog
Juan Parra C.’s GeoAves