LA Electroacoustic Ensemble

LA Electroacoustic Ensemble


Virtual Breakout During the Outbreak June 6th Livestream

Virtual BreakOut During the OutBreak Videos [VBODOBV] III

Poison Tree

Our original proposal did not translate to video, but this is part of a different project that we present instead, which is related to Covid-19. The idea behind this piece originates from the poem by William Blake, “Poison Tree,” which describes how neglect of something relatively harmless (in the case of the poem, anger towards someone) can lead into the manifestation of something truly treacherous (a poisonous tree that kills whoever eats its fruit). This relates to the current crisis because it has shown how something dangerous can start out small, but build into a global pandemic.

Proposed work as accepted for soundpedro 2020:
Shadows and Colors

As a laptop quartet, we often are forcing electronic music into a chamber music vernacular, but the possibilities of electronic media exists in so many other realms. As such, we want to experiment with the liminal space between chamber music and installation by exploring what happens when an installation turns into a chamber music piece and vice versa. 

Projected lights will be featured as a central aspect of the installation. Processed feedback will explore the time loop that occurs when a camera reinterprets the projected light and processes it into data, which then re-affects the lights. In addition, the data generated through the visual feedback network will be interpreted sonically through the laptop ensemble. These lights will be set to trigger sonic events by movement in front of the light fixtures, which will be done both by the ensemble members and people interacting with the installation.

The ensemble’s participation with these interactive lights and sonic events will be dictated by timings set forth in John Cage’s graphic score for Fontana Mix (1958). As an ensemble, we have previously performed with this work in collaboration with dancers. For Sound Pedro, we are interested in exploring how this piece interacts with an installation environment and light cues.

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The LA Electroacoustic Ensemble was formed in 2018 to pursue common goals of establishing and improving standards for the composition and performance of electronic chamber music. The ensemble uses laptops, hardware synthesizers, and various electronic tools to explore musical techniques such as signal processing, digital synthesis, and sampling. Its core practice is programming and composing musically engaging pieces in Max/MSP to be performed on laptops in conjunction with acoustic elements.

Artist Location: Long Beach, CA

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