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Adrian Freed td Mon Jan 1 11:23:10 2007
Adrian Freed is the Research Director at CNMAT. His web page has a whole pile of links to research papers, mostly about the architecture of computer music systems.
Amy X Neuberg td Mon Jan 1 11:23:07 2007
Amy X Neuberg & Men is a self-proclaimed avant-cabaret band.
bayimproviser.com td Mon Jan 1 11:23:16 2007
Bay Improviser is an excellent resource for and about improvising musicians in the Bay area. Most importantly, it has a tremendous online calendar of Bay Area new music events.
Bill Hsu td Mon Jan 1 11:23:16 2007
Bill Hsu is a computer scientist, an improvising musician and an organizer of the former Beanbender's concert series.
Captain Beefheart td Mon Jan 1 11:23:18 2007
Captain Beefheart has fans. Several of them.
Carl's Tubas td Mon Jan 1 11:23:18 2007
Carl builds Tubas and contrabass trumpets. He also has a lot of good information for builders of brass instruments.
CDeMusic td Mon Jan 1 11:23:18 2007
If you're seriously interested in adventurous music, you probably already know about CDeMusic, who publishes new music CDs and books. They have a download page full of interesting mp3 excerpts.
CMIX td Mon Jan 1 11:23:22 2007
CMIX is a fairly useful package of routines for editing, processing, and creating soundfiles. It also includes a library of routines designed to make it easier to write C programs to manipulate soundfiles. Paul Lansky wrote the first version and uses it for most of his compositions.
David Cope td Mon Jan 1 11:23:12 2007
David Cope is a composer and faculty member at UC Santa Cruz, known widely for his Experiments in Musical Intelligence, computer programs that can analyze a corpus of music, identify signature features of the corpus and generate new music exhibiting the same signatures. The effect of digesting a composer's style and producing new works mimicking that style can be eerie. While the programs don't produce masterworks, even making middling Mozart pastiches is a good trick. But Cope's real advance is a better understanding of where style comes from, a first step to effing the ineffible.
Grapefruit td Mon Jan 1 11:23:17 2007
Yoko Ono's book Grapefruit, a collection of Fluxus-style instructions for music and art, has been reissued after 30 years out of print.
Raymond Scott -- Manhattan Research td Mon Jan 1 11:23:11 2007
Raymond Scott was a band-leader and popular composer in the 1930's and '40s. He's best known today because his often off-beat tunes were primary source material for many of Carl Stalling's scores for Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. Scott was also a techno-buff and musical instrument designer. The work of his musical R&D company, Manhattan Research, is documented in a 144 page book and a pair of CDs. (Also available in Vinyl.)
My FLUXUS Evening td Mon Jan 1 11:23:26 2007
Last Saturday (December 7, 2002) ACME Observatory presented a concert of early FLUXUS works, curated by Gino Robair.

I performed George Brecht's Three Aqueous Events, by frying ice cubes on an amplified (contact microphone taped to the bottom) electric griddle, and Dick Higgins's Danger Music Number Fourteen, both of which appeared to go over very well.

But the real excitement happened off-stage. Morgan Guberman planned to perform Ken Friedman's Stamp Act, which involves rubber stamps and a nude model. So he put out a query for a model on craigslist, and got two replies. The first one sent him a second message the next day saying "what was I thinking, I just broke up with my boyfriend and wasn't in my right mind and I'm sorry I led you on", but the second said her name was Bibiana Padilla Maltos, she was a big FLUXUS fan, had performed Stamp Act before and would fly up from Calexico, CA (or Mexicali, MX, I'm not quite clear on that detail) for the show. As show time approached, she hadn't shown up and Morgan spent a lot of time pacing anxiously. Several of us suspected that someone was pulling Morgan's chain, but he kept saying "she called me a few minutes ago, she just got off the plane, she'll be right here". Then a couple of people showed up claiming to be her friends, adding to the suspense. Finally, just as we were getting started, she appeared! It turns out she's for real, confirmed by a google search. She and Morgan did a great job of Stamp Act.

Side note: one of the unwritten rules of performance art is you don't want to follow the naked lady, so of course, my two pieces were scheduled right after Stamp Act. (Fortunately, the naked lady effect was diluted by an intermission.)

Also on the program were a couple of La Monte Young compositions (Composition 1960 #7 and Piano Piece for David Tudor #1.) Saturday morning, we received the following email:

Dear Tom Duff and Gino Robair,

It has come to our attention that you have programmed one or more works by La Monte Young on a concert to be hosted by Gino on Saturday, December 7 at 8:15 PM, at TUVA Space, 3192 Adeline at Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA, presented by the ACME Observatory.

We would have appreciated being contacted by you in advance of this presentation. La Monte prefers to work with musicians who are going to perform his work, which is obviously not now possible in this case.

La Monte Young's works are copyrighted and it is necessary to obtain a performance license from us. According to the announcement in the Bay Area NEWMUS-EVENTS digest 1131, you plan to perform "Piano Piece for David Tudor #1," from 1960, which was announced as: "Feeding hay to the TUVA piano!"

Please provide us with the titles of any other works of La Monte's on the program so we can issue a performance license. A licensing fee of $100 is usually required for performances of each of La Monte's compositions of this type, depending on the circumstances. As Acme Observatory Contemporary Music Series is supported by grants from the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission and anonymous donors, we assume this concert has some funding.

We realize this request is reaching you very late in your planning and we are willing to work with you toward a positive resolution, but we received the information extremely late also.

With best regards,

La Monte Young       Marian Zazeela
MELA Foundation, Inc.
275 Church Street
New York, NY 10013

Of course, we can't afford fees like this at all. Our grant from Berkeley is $2500, with which we do about 30 concerts a year, we took in $61 at the door, and we rent TUVA for $100 a night, so if we gave Young $200 we'd be about $150 short on the night, which the aforementioned "anonymous donors" would have to pick up. ("Anonymous donors" is a euphemism for "you can't make money doing what we do. On the other hand, you can't lose that much either, so rather than not do it, we cover the difference out of our own pockets.")

So probably we should have contacted him (it never occurred to me -- most experimental composers get little enough attention that they're happy about any sort of performance), and maybe we could have negotiated an agreeable rate, but there was no time, so we dropped his pieces from the program. Tough for us (I blew a couple of weekends programming my laptop, trying to make an idiomatic, compelling interactive version of Composition 1960 #7), but tougher for La Monte. He missed out on a performance at what turned out to be a very good show, and there's not much chance we'll ever program him again. But I guess he needs us as much as we need him.
Tim's Music Idea td Mon Jan 1 11:23:23 2007
Tim thinks I should make a piece about the sounds that telephones make when they ring.