The editor Yumi Sakuma’s intro:
A few months ago, I asked Pat Noecker, aka RAFT, if he would contribute to Periscope. He elaborated on how over the last 5 years or so, live visual elements at music and sound shows and live music and sound at art shows have become commonplace. He explored the notion that perhaps they at times cancel each other out and discussed how leaving music and sound invisible may evoke a deeper, more transformative experience. After that night, I started to close my eyes at shows and realized darkness transformed me into more of an active listener. It almost felt like my heart beat became a part of the vibrations. Pat and I debated about the kind of visuals we could provide to go with his essay since Periscope is a visual oriented magazine and his essay is about invisible matters. Video artist Sofy Yuditskaya kindly agreed to modify the video she composed for a piano piece Pat did at Spectrum in Manhattan where he combined the grand piano with his John Cage Prepared Piano app. The essay written by Pat is not a manifesto. It is, however, a revelation of one person’s desire to reduce environments, thus illuminating something larger, like the necessity of separating music and art for the sake of active listening. Finally, these thoughts lay bare the impetus behind an inward migration by the mass to once again recalibrate the city, the city here being our ever expanding consciousness and intellect. (Yumiko Sakuma)
ACE HOTEL HAS COMMISSIONED RAFT for an ASSEMBLE event and I’m bringing them my ensemble piece, “Transmissions, Long Tones in A and E. ” It’s Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m. in the Ace Hotel Lobby and is free to the public. I’m grateful to these amazing folks who are playing in the ensemble: Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Sabisha Friedberg, Dana Schechter, Greg Fox (Guardian Alien/Z’s), JG Thirlwell (Foetus), Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Melissa Moore, Rachel Mason, Daniel Schlett and Pat Spadine (Ash Can Orchestra). Matthew Caron will be projecting as well! Please come. I think it will be memorable in every aspect.
Headed to Providence on the bus and just
made this short piece on my John Cage
Prepared Piano App.
Super siked that Ace Hotel has asked RAFT to do an ASSEMBLE project in their lobby for CMJ week. I’ve assembled a great ensemble to perform a piece I built last spring called “TRANSMISSIONS” Long tones in A and E. The crew is Brian Chase, Sabisha Friedberg, JG Thirwell, Daniel Schlett, Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Dana Schechter, Greg Fox, Rachel Mason, Melissa Moore, Pat Spadine. More to come!