In 2006, I began working with composers to develop new works for recorder and live electronics. My goal was to drop the instrument into as many of the exciting currents of real-time processing as possible. Each composer provided a different challenge, but drew inspiration from the unique way I play and use my instruments.
The result, Bird on a Wire, was an exciting and varied programme where everything from renaissance chanson to the honking horns of Manhattan floated by. Juan and I premièred the new show at the University of Alberta in October 2008 and then toured across North America. I recorded all the new pieces at The Banff Centre for the Bird on a Wire album released in 2009.
The next phase of the project was to dive into multi-channel diffusion. For this new show, flocking patterns, I commissioned eight pieces that explore interactivity in a ‘surround’, eight-channel environment.
Although this is a solo project, the new pieces are trios between my acoustic sound, the loudspeakers and the space. The nature of interaction is at the core of my investigation: which direction is the sound travelling, in our hearing and in space? who/what is controlling whom? what are the flyways and feedback loops?
Elliott Sharp (USA) – In a Coalmine
Robert Normandeau (Canada) – La Huppe
Darren Miller (Canada) – for cort lippe
Paula Matthusen (USA) – sparrows in supermarkets
Emilie LeBel (Canada) – I saw the penguins’ home from the highway
Jenny Olivia Johnson (USA) – Time Goes Awry (Koli, Summer 2010)
Jorrit Dijkstra (NL/USA) – Slo-Poke
Daniel Blake (USA) – First Beginnings
After the premiere of the show at the Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference 2011 in New York City, I recorded the project in 5.1 surround with Amandine Pras, and the album was released a year later. You can find out about it on the RECORDS page.
Here are a few excerpts from the album:
Paula Matthusen’s sparrows in supermarkets
Robert Normandeau’s La Huppe
Daniel Blake’s First Beginnings
I have been generously supported in the project by: