Today marks the end of the first week of actual work on the new dRachEmUsiK release. I’ve been contemplating this music and improvising for almost a year and it’s exciting to actually begin the process of bringing it to life.
Right now it’s all about core sound design for the instruments. My primary sources for the sound design are coming from what I call my “textural workstation” (first image below) which consists of four MarSynths, horndog, MFOS Sound Lab, and Koma electroacoustic field kit and my live performance rig (second image). It’s been slow going but that’s to be expected.
The sound design and instrumentation is particularly challenging for this music because I’m creating the music for real time, multi-speaker performance consisting of 16 discreet channels and 16 speakers. So I’m bouncing back and forth between sound design, composition and experimenting with the arrangement of speakers, routing and instrument placement within the speaker array.
More as things progress. Hope to have some audio examples next week.
May 5 and 6, 2017
Black Mountain, NC
two days $25
|electro-music Asheville brings some of the world’s finest electronic and experimental musicians to the mountains of Western North Carolina. They will be joined by local artists for two days of compelling live music and innovative technology. Musical styles cover a broad spectrum, guaranteed to be creative and original. Live video art will accompany the concerts.|
Tune in for the 13 hour, electro-music NYE streaming event!
Dec. 31st, 15:30 GMT (10:30am ET) to Jan. 1st, 04:30 GMT (11:30pm ET).
Join us in chat!
Celebrate the new year with live performances by 21 experimental electroacoustic and electronic musicians from around the world.
I’ll play a 60 min set as dRachEmUsiK at 00:30 GMT (07:30pm ET).
Happy New Year!!!
I’m super happy with the dRachEmUsiK live rig for 2017! The new iPad Pro is powerful enough to be able to handle hardware and virtual instruments and processing in real time without a laptop or external mixers. The entire rig can be carried on to an airplane and takes under 15 minutes to set up and break down. Amazing. Cables, DI are stored in the side pocket of the EWI case. All I need from the venue is a single mic stand.
Composition and Pre-production work is being done mostly in Cosmosƒ Saturn and MetaSynth
*iPad Pro, 128 GB
*Zoom U-44 Audio/MIDI Interface
*SoftStep and MIDI Expander
*EWI, analog output
SAVE THE DATE! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
ELECTRO MUSIC IS MOVING TO THE MIDWEST
2017 will be the first e-m held in Indianapolis, Indiana. August 4-6, instead of MEME (the Midwest Electro-Music Experience), The Irving Theater will host experimental musicians from the United States and all over the world.
The Irving Theater
5505 East Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219
August 4-6, 2017
For over a decade, people have gathered together to listen to and perform experimental electronic and electro-acoustic music, to swap gear and ideas, and to find like-minded life-long friends under the umbrella of electro-music.com. These gatherings have fostered an eclectic and diverse community of musicians and makers, improvisers and composers, amateurs and academics. The strangest thing about the electro-music community? That this might be the first time you’ve ever heard of it.
For the past six years, the annual electro-music festival has been held in Huguenot, NY. As of the last day of 2016’s electro-music festival, the upstate New York days have been uploaded to the archive.
Stay tuned for more info as things develop!
SOMEHOW I figured now was a good time to get the Tacopocalypse music out into the universe.
Tacopocalypse was recorded on 5-19-2012 at Bela Dubby in Lakewood, OH. Bela Dubby was a wonderful art, music, food venue that closed the day after this recording. It was replaced by a Taco place. At some point during the night the closing of Bela Dubby was referred to as The Tacopocalypse.
The two tracks on the release are group improvisations done by Aaron Urbanski aka urbster1, Adam Holquist aka onewayness, Charles Shriner aka dRachEmUsiK and Jason Breitigan aka jmtta.
This is a free download.
onewayness + dRachEmUsiK
Mirrors to the Bonfire
Release Date: 08.29. 2016 onomastic records | MCSD NetLabel
Mirrors to the Bonfire, the latest collaboration from the critically acclaimed duo of onewayness (Adam Holquist/Erie, PA) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner/Indianapolis, IN), replaces the exuberance and emotional optimism of their last full-length, 2014’s Immeasurable, with emotional ambiguity and complexity, swapping comfort and joy for unsettling, but ultimately rewarding, drama and melancholy.
Mirrors to the Bonfire is a series of meditations on human feedback and the powers of interpersonal interaction. The three long tracks sculpt a polished narrative of conflict and resolution that cycles in and out of warm nostalgia and dark, uncharted territory. Dark analog drones and electroacoustic concrète clatter give way to extended melodic duo explorations for acoustic guitar & electronic wind instrument.
You definitely want to check out the MEME 2016 festival this weekend in Indianapolis! Three days of Experimental and New Music by 36 electroacoustic and electronic musicians from around the USA.
Check out the Lineup and Schedule. Press Release below.
I’ll be playing at MEME Friday night with Faux Pas Quartet and Sunday afternoon doing a dRachEmUsiK solo set.
Hope to see you this weekend!
MEME 2016—Music for Adventurous Listeners, August 12-14
Irving Theater, 5505 E. Washington St., Indianapolis., IN
Admission: $5 per Session or $12 for all three sessions.
Tickets available at the door.
Fri and Sat 7pm-1am
The Indiana Electro-Music Group (IEMG) & the Irving Theater are happy to announce the 4th Annual Midwest Electro-Music Experience (MEME) Festival. Being held in Historic Irvington at The Irving Theater, MEME is also supported and sponsored by IEMG and Sun King Brewery.
MEME is bringing some of the world’s finest experimental electronic and electroacoustic musicians to Indianapolis, Indiana. They will be joined by local artists for three days of concerts and collaborations. Musical styles cover a broad spectrum, guaranteed to be creative and original. Live video art will accompany the concerts, for an immersive multi-media experience. The musicians employ a wide variety of electronic and acoustic instruments, from synthesizers and theremins to found objects and custom controllers. There will also be outdoor stage area for Open Collaborations and General Jam Sessions.
This year’s MEME line up is available at indymeme.info.
IEMG, the local chapter of the international electro-music community. This community of Musicians was established over 10 years ago by Howard Moscovitz. Electro-Music is new music comprised of synthesizers, homemade circuits, computers, voice, found objects, signal processors, wooden flutes, ambient recordings—virtually anything that makes a sound. It crosses many genres and is created out of the intrinsic need for artistic and spiritual expression. For information on other EM festivals happening all over the planet from NY to Cairo to Kansas City and points beyond as well as more info on the electro-music community general, go to electro-music.com.
For the last 6 months I’ve been working for SVI Themed Construction on the sound design for a large art installation in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by Steven Waldeck called Flight Paths.
Now that we are in the final month of putting it all together, I thought it would be good to share some of the progress.
Flight Paths has been quite an undertaking, spanning the entire 420 feet of the walkway between Terminal A and B of the Airport. The installation uses dramatic LED lighting imbedded into a custom manufactured canopy, video, lighting , 96 discreet channels of audio and 89 speakers.
There are four areas to each side of the installation; Forest, Clearing, Swamp and Pond. Visitors travel through the areas along the moving walkway between Terminal A and Terminal B. Each area provides a unique audio/visual experience. The audio delivery system is being handled by Ableton Live with Max 4 Live. I’ll post more info regarding the sound design and equipment in future posts as the project moves along to completion.
My main focus this month is tweaking the sound design and mixing the audio in the space. Mixing in the space is particularly challenging given the number of speakers, spatial movement between speakers (which follow visual events) and the need to mix remotely as the control rooms are up to 300 feet away from the installation! Remote mixing is being handled with TouchAble on ganged Airport Extremes and Desktop remote running on a MacBook Pro.
Big shout out to CEI Audio/Visual installers for all their work getting the hardware together!
The project has been a wonderful opportunity and I’m very grateful to have been invited to provide the sound design. And I’m looking forward to the return of my “regularly scheduled programming” writing music, recording and playing shows! New collaboration with Adam Holquist (onewayness) is recorded and siting on a shelf waiting to be mixed. Tour to follow 😀 and of course new dRachEmUsiK and Faux Pas Quartet music and shows.
Must. Be. Patient.
Here are some pictures of the current state of the installation and one of me looking “official” (ha!) with my special badge. The badging experience was quite an event and very much like being thrust into one of the office scenes from the movie Brazil…