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Rosenboom on Digital Arts Expo @ CalArts
Rosenboom and collaborators will perform his Portable Gold and Philosophers’ Stones (Deviant Resonances) + Music for Unstable Circuits (+ Brains + Auxiliary Acoustic Instrument) will be performed on the 2017 Digital Arts Expo. These pieces are for electronics, computer, violin, and two active imaginative listening brainwave performers. Music by Amy Knoles, Clay Chaplin, Ulrich Krieger, and others will also be featured. The start time is a projection. The Digital Arts Expo opens at 2:00 PM with exhibitions and performances throughout the day. Check the DAE website for more details as they become available:
May 4 2017 - 7:00pm
California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355 USA
Don Buchla Memorial Concert @ Gray Area Grand Theater, San Francisco
To celebrate the life and work of legendary electronic music pioneer Donald Buchla, David Rosenboom will perform two blended live electronic pieces, Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones (Deviant Resonances), with two active imaginative listening brainwave performers, and Music for Unstable Circuits, for live electronics and auxiliary acoustic instrument. Another electronic music pioneer, Morton Subotnick, will also perform that evening, along with others still to be determined. Rosenboom's set is anticipated to start at 10:00 PM. Details to follow. [Click on event link above.]
Apr 22 2017 - 10:00pm
Gray Area Grand Theater, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Engine of Innovation—new publication with Rosenboom's writing on experimental music
A new book containing a chapter by Rosenboom about the history of experimental music at the University of Illinois in the mid-20th Century titled "2+2=Green" — Innovation in Experimental Music at the University of Illinois has been released by the University of Illinois Press. The book is titled The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation in honor of the university's sesquicentennial. (Click on the link above for more information.)
Feb 16 2017 - 9:00am
University of Illinois Press
The founding of the university in 1867 created a unique community in what had been a prairie. Within a few years, this creative mix of teachers and scholars produced innovations in agriculture, engineering and the arts that challenged old ideas and stimulated dynamic new industries. Projects ranging from the Mosaic web browser to the discovery of Archaea and pioneering triumphs in women's education and wheelchair accessibility have helped shape the university's mission into a double helix of innovation and real-world change. These essays explore the university's celebrated accomplishments and historic legacy, candidly assessing both its successes and its setbacks. Experts and students tell the eye-opening stories of campus legends and overlooked game-changers, of astonishing technical and social invention, of incubators of progress as diverse as the Beckman Institute and Ebertfest. Illustrated with over one hundred images, The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation examines the full range of university achievements and their impact on the state, the nation, and the world.
AMT Festival Performance in San Diego
AMT (art, music, technology) Inaugural Festival 2017 is sponsored by San Diego Art Institute, Fleet Science Center, and Southwestern College. Rosenboom will give a keynote performance followed by a panel discussion, along with Tom Erbe and Chipzel and video by Nick Lesley, and Lana Z. Caplan.
Feb 2 2017 - 7:15pm
R.H. Fleet Center IMAX, 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA, 92101
Nuit des Idées — A World in Common
Nuit des Idées with music, discussions, and debates put on by Institute Français will take place in 29 cities around the world. In Los Angeles the theme is "Utopias," produced by the Consulate General of France. Rosenboom will play a mix of his music from 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM and will be joined by writer Norman Klein and composer Eyvind Kang for a panel discussion with audience interaction on the theme "Fueling the Forces of Experimental Music and Allied Arts During Storms of Extreme Inequity" at 12:00 Midnight.
Jan 26 2017 - 7:00pm to Jan 27 2017 - 2:00am
Bergamont Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Lucha's Quinceañera Song on Hopscotch in Concert - Record Release Celebration
One of David Rosenboom compositions written for Hopscotch will be performed on the first-ever live concert of songs from Hopscotch, the internationally acclaimed mobile opera that took L.A. by storm in 2015. Admission is free. Reservations required. Click heading above for more info and link.
Jan 20 2017 - 7:30pm
USC, Newman Recital Hall (AHF), 3616 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles
Hopscotch is “a brilliantly engineered concoction of street theater, animation, video art, installation art, environmental art [and] the lyric stage” (Los Angeles Times) that was performed—in cars—all over L.A. in 2015. The world’s first mobile opera, it became one of the most talked about cultural events of the year. This special evening will be the first live concert of songs from the opera that is changing how we think about opera.
Multimod Performer-Composer Festival 2016 (Geneva)
Rosenboom will be featured on the first Multimod Performer-Composer Festival. He will both perform some of his music involving structured composition and improvisation and serve on the Programming Committee for the festival, the basic premise of which is to present and examine the world of contemporary performer-composer activities in the context of the multiple modernities concept, a concept which presents us with a large, international and multifaceted overview of modernity.
Nov 3 2016 - 2:00pm to Nov 6 2016 - 5:00pm
Haute École de Musique de Genève, Switzerland
As much as the theoretical view of creativity today involves diverse cultural and aesthetic sources, it also involves diverse practices including improvisation, written-out composition and multimedia. The festival comprises performances, lectures, workshops and master classes designed for artists, students and scholars interested in the subject. The first 2016 edition of the festival will include, among others, composer-performers David Rosenboom from the California Institute of the Arts, Feliu Gasull from the l’Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya Barcelona, Bruce Arnold from Princeton University, and Golfam Khayam, who is presently a guest lecturer at Teheran University. We think that this festival will be a unique opportunity for all interested parties to collaborate on the co-creation of a new multidimensional creative space.
Complexity: from particle physics to musical interfaces — LASERZürich
This LASERZurich will feature three renowned artists and scientists that will cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work. Alexander Penn (Physicist and Researcher, ETH Zurich), Martin Pohl (Experimental Physicist, University of Geneva) and David Rosenboom (Composer-Performer, California Institute of the Arts). The discussion will be moderated by Boris Magrini. An introduction to LASER UCLA will also be presented by Victoria Vesna (Artist and Researcher, UCLA).
Nov 1 2016 - 6:00pm
Salotto Café, Hardturmstrasse 169, CH-8005 Zürich. Dinner is included.
The Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in Zürich features talks by renowned artists and scientists. LASER Zürich offer an international platform for the discussion of paradigmatic shifts within the scientific research, the implementation of new technologies and the ongoing development of artistic research. It also aims to create a network for artists and scientists to meet and discuss their research, while furthering the discourse of significant issues within these trans-disciplinary groups and practices.
Collapsing Curricular Distinctions in the Universality of Improvisation (Columbia, SC)
Rosenboom will give a "BIG Idea" talk (TED-style) in a session about Improvisation Across Curriculum during the College Music Society's 2016 Summit on 21st Century Music School Design.
Jun 3 2016 - 1:45pm
School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
DAVID ROSENBOOM at Computer Music Hangout (Los Angeles)
Deviant Resonances: Nature's Creative Challenge to Absolute Mappings of Biological Phenomena in Music
Apr 6 2016 - 8:00pm
The Public School, 951 Chung King Road Los Angeles, CA 90012
Exercises in linking complex self-organizing systems to each other via mappings in multi-modal stimulus domains can pose fascinating challenges to our notions about predictive model building. Fortuitously, these challenges can also quickly reveal fertile territories from which to mine potential realizations in the creative arts and to examine for the purposes of advancing research paradigms. This is an endeavor in which art and science can meet in deep theoretical territory, artscience. What might we discover if we ask, “What happens when two forms of intelligence—presumably with brains—attempt to initiate co-communication with each other, while neither possess an a priori model describing the range and scope of manners in which intelligence can be manifested or has palpable experience with the potential scales of energy-matter-time-space (EMTS) over which forms of intelligence might operate?” Will they recognize each other? What predictive models can they use to search for something for which neither has a clear pre-definition? In advanced forms of BCI in the arts we also try to imagine and implement links among complex self-organizing systems—like brains or multi-person hyper-brains—with forms of synthetic intelligence—possibly imbedded in musical instruments—, which we try to endow with some faculty for self-organization and perhaps even what we now call deep learning (DL).To build these realizations, we may posit propositional models. They are propositional, because we, too, often operate with limited pre-definitions, and frequently with declared intentions to do so. Furthermore, nature operates with myriad forms of uncertainty at fundamental levels, and ironically, from that uncertainty emerges order, deviant resonances. Achieving absolutely predictable, quasi-deterministic mappings of biological phenomena, such as brain signals, onto multi-arts synthesis machines is bounded by fundamental limits born of these imbedded uncertainties in natural phenomena. In the arts—for this presentation especially music—, we have license to freely explore the nature of these limits and discover how valuable such uncertainties can often be in unveiling new creative directions and deepening our theoretical understandings. If we seriously examine the deviant resonances that can show up in BCMI when we try to implement absolute mappings, we can often reap rich rewards. What surprising insights might emerge if we try to untangle all the hidden assumptions in a statement like, “What is the size and complexity of the algorithm required for me to always know that my thoughts of raspberry gelato will eternally map to Eb-Major, and why do I care?” In this light, we will tour selected historical and very recent examples of propositional music employing extended musical interface with the human nervous system and speculate about new directions now appearing on the horizon.
Survey of Piano Works by David Rosenboom to be presented in Tokyo
Contemporary music pianist Satoko Inoue will present her Piano Recital #25, a wide-ranging concert survey of piano works by Rosenboom, at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall. The program will include the world premiere of Rosenboom's new solo work for creative pianist, Unverifiable Intuitions. [Click on event header for more information.]
Mar 6 2016 - 7:00pm
Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall
Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and in United States as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira, and Toshi Ichiyanagi. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers such as Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luc Ferrari, Doina Rotaru, and others.
The Seduction of Sapientia to be performed in Athens
An adaptation for cello and modern electronics of this three-movement, mid-1970s work by Rosenboom, originally written for viola da gamba and electronics, will be performed on the Open Day Minimalism(s) Festival in Athens.
Mar 6 2016 - 7:00pm
Athens, Greece
Legendary viola da gamba virtuoso Peggy Sampson originally commissioned David Rosenboom to write this three-movement work for the gamba with electronics in 1974. Sampson recorded the piece on Music Gallery Editions records. Since that time, it has been adapted for and performed on modern stringed instruments, including violins (first by Pat Strange) and cello (first by Amy Radunskaya). The adaptation for this performance on Open Day Minimalism(s) in Athens utilizing modern electronics and computer software, subtitled On The Seduction of Sapientia, has been arranged by Andreas Levisianos.
Zones of Influence at Mills College, Oakland, CA (SF Bay Area)
The newest, fully realized version of Zones of Influence, a landmark example of David Rosenboom's propositional music, with William Winant, percussion, Jinku Kim, live video, and David Rosenboom, piano/electronics/violin, will be performed in the Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall at Mills College, Oakland, CA. Rosenboom will also give a talk at Mills on Thursday, January 29th at 7:30pm, Deviant Resonances: Nature's Creative Challenge to Absolute Mappings of Biological Phenomena in Music. [CLICK ON EVENT HEADING ABOVE FOR MORE INFORMATION.]
Jan 30 2016 - 8:00pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall at Mills College, Oakland, CA.
Originally written for William Winant in the mid-1980s, while Rosenboom was faculty at Mills College, Zones of Influence has recently been revitalized and finally fully realized with the aid of a new computer music tool called Touché II. A concert-length work in five parts, this new realization of Zones of Influence was recently featured at REDCAT in Los Angeles and at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, generating outstanding reviews in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wire magazine, and other publications. When presented at the Whitney Museum in collaboration with ISSUE Project Room, the producers wrote about Zones of Influence, "It is a prime example of what he calls, propositional music, a point of view about composing in which composers might build proposed models of worlds, universes, evolution, brains, consciousness or whole domains of thought and life, and then proceed to make dynamical musical embodiments of these models, inviting us to experience them in spontaneously emerging sonic forms. The compositional model for Zones of Influence is embodied in the form of an instrument; and thus, the model can be played. Winant and Rosenboom master this extended instrument with extraordinary dynamism." Rosenboom will also give a talk at Mills on Thursday, January 29th at 7:30pm, Deviant Resonances: Nature's Creative Challenge to Absolute Mappings of Biological Phenomena in Music. Contact Mills College, Department of Music for location information.
Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones in Czech Republic
The most recent version of Rosenboom's brainwave music classic, Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones, will be performed at Univerzita Palackého in Olomouc and again at Janáčkova Akademie Múzických Umĕní in Brno, Czech Republic. [Click on event heading for more information.]
Nov 24 2015 - 11:00am to Nov 26 2015 - 10:00pm
Contact the institutions for exact times and places
These performances of Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones will be presented as part of contemporary music festivals in these to places during a three-day residency. Rosenboom will also give his speech, Deviant Resonances: Nature's Creative Challenge to Absolute Mappings of Biological Phenomena in Music, at both institutions and hold composition workshops.
Hopscotch, The Industry, Los Angeles
Hopscotch is an audacious, new collaborative operatic experience that takes place inside a network of crisscrossing cars throughout the cityscape of Los Angeles. Hopscotch will include three scenes with new music by David Rosenboom setting texts by Erin Young and Janine Salinas. Hopscotch is Presented by the innovative Los Angeles opera company, The Industry: concept and direction by Yuval Sharon; music by Veronika Krausas, Marc Lowenstein, Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Norman, Ellen Reid, and David Rosenboom; text by Tom Jacobson, Mandy Kahn, Sarah LaBrie, Jane Stephens Rosenthal, Janine Salinas, and Erin Young; dditional music composed and performed by Phillip King, Odeya Nini, and Michelle Shocked. Tickets go on sale September 15, 2015. [Click on heading above for more information.]
Oct 31 2015 - 11:00am to Nov 15 2015 - 5:00pm
Los Angeles, California, USA
The Industry wants to move you in a whole new way with HOPSCOTCH, a world-premiere opera experienced in cars zig-zagging throughout Los Angeles. Collaboratively created with six composers and six writers, and featuring over 100 artists, HOPSCOTCH tells an original story of a disappearance across time. Audiences can experience the work in both the intimacy of a car, where artists and audiences share a confined space; or for free in a large central hub, where all the journeys are live-streamed to create a dizzying panorama of life in Los Angeles. Throughout HOPSCOTCH, audiences are taken on a ride to an unknown destination, with action unfolding both inside the car and on the streets. Each car ride is a different chapter of one master narrative, told in a non-chronological sequence from car to car, exploring themes of time, memory, and perception. In the climactic finale, the solitude of driving transforms into an ecstatic vision of community in Los Angeles.
HMSL Exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, London
A significant collection of work made by Rosenboom, his collaborators Larry Polansky and Phil Burk, and others using HMSL (Hierarchical Music Specification Language) will be on display for three months at Whitechapel Gallery in London. The exhibition focuses on both the history of HMSL and how it became a magnet for the formation and development of a community of music makers, especially those who were interested in this software toolkit for real-time composition and performance emphasizing experimental music and accessibility to individual users. The exhibition includes manuscripts, original development documents, video installations, a music listening room, and a variety of other historical items. [Click on heading above for more information.]
Oct 30 2015 - 10:00am to Feb 7 2016 - 6:00pm
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Statement about the exhibition from Co-currators, Luke Fowler and Mark Fell: "The computer is a ubiquitous component in today’s music studios and on stage. Using sound, text and image, the new collaboration between Glasgow-based artist filmmaker Luke Fowler (b. 1978) and Sheffield-based multidisciplinary artist Mark Fell (b. 1966) examines the development of early computer music languages that have been obscured by more commercially viable options. The exhibition looks at how the use of computers began to shape music-making through experimentation with unfamiliar techniques involving mathematical structures, data and unusual forms of interaction. These methods are buried deep in the archaeological sub strata of today’s electronic music. Working across visual arts and music, the display becomes a tool for local students to experiment with computer-based composition."
Cosa Mentale at Centre Pompidou—Metz, France
A significant collection of Rosenboom's work with brainwave music will be featured in this major exhibition, Cosa mentale—Les imaginaires de la télépathie dans l'art du XXe siècle, concentrating on artists from Rodin to the present whose work has involved projecting the inner workings of the mind directly onto forms of art. The exhibition's public opening will also include a performance of Rosenboom's recent brainwave composition, Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones—Deviant Resonances (2015). The exhibition runs until March 28th, 2016. [Click on heading above for more information.]
Oct 28 2015 - 10:00am to Mar 28 2016 - 6:00pm
Centre Pompidou—Metz, France
Excerpt from statement by curator, Pascal Rouseau: "Cosa mentale is a unique exhibition that offers a re-reading of the history or art from 1990 to modern day by exploring artists’ fascination with the direct transmission of thought and emotion. It invites the spectator to re-live one of the unexpected adventures of modernity: telepathic art in the 20th century. This exhibition traces a chronological path from symbolism to conceptual art with a collection of some one hundred works by major artists, ranging from Edvard Munch to Vassily Kandinsky, and from Joan Miró to Sigmar Polke. These artists provide innovative ways of communicating with spectators that take us beyond conventional linguistic codes." The exhibition includes a section on "biomusic" featuring David Rosenboom, Alvin Lucier, and Pierre Henry.
Rosenboom will perform Portable Gold and Philosophers' Stones (Deviant Resonances), his latest solo work extending musical interface with the human nervous system, at the 1st International Brain-Computer Music Workshop, followed by a keynote speech, Deviant Resonances—Nature's Creative Challenge to Absolute Mappings of Biological Phenomena in Music, for the 11th International Conference on Computer Music Multi-Media Research. (Click event header for more info.)
Jun 15 2015 - 8:00pm to Jun 17 2015 - 8:00pm
Plymouth University, Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, UK
Propositional Music is a three-day concert series presented by ISSUE Project Room in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, celebrating fifty years of pioneering work by composer, performer, conductor, author and educator David Rosenboom. In this series, Rosenboom and many long-time collaborators present a selection of his major works of experimental music spanning a half-century, from Continental Divide (1964) through Ringing Minds (2014). [Click heading above for more information and link to detailed event schedule.]
May 22 2015 - 8:00pm to May 24 2015 - 8:00pm
Whitney Museum of American Art: 99 Gansevoort St, NYC 10014
As the series title suggests, his disparate artistic practice is connected by a relentless inquisitive nature which has often placed Rosenboom outside the narratives of avant-garde composition, Minimalism, and free-improvisation, though he has fundamentally contributed to and collaborated with these artistic communities. His work distinguishes itself by drawing from scientific, artistic, social, and cosmological thought, gleaning the potentials for music to apply and advance interdisciplinary organizing principles and research in revealing the collective knowledge that connects us to our universe. Biological structure and models of evolution inform the percussion and computer work Zones of Influence (1984-85), as a virtuoso performer’s melodies take the role of DNA, providing genetic information which then is transformed, mutated, and redistributed through the course of the work into a new multi-part counterpoint. Recent technological advances in neuroscience have caught up with Rosenboom’s "brainwave music" theories of the 1960s and 70s, facilitating a new piece, Ringing Minds (2014), wherein a group of people’s neural-network signals can act as one to become the artistic material initiating musical experience. And the massive conceptual work How Much Better If Plymouth Rock Had Landed on the Pilgrims (1969-1971) places strict musical order into decidedly conflicting relationships with both subharmonic frequencies and cross-cultural music genres and forms. This rare opportunity to hear a career-spanning survey of Rosenboom's important work makes clear that his uniquely produced systems communicate something highly substantive— both in their musical results and their theoretical abstractions. —— Rosenboom will be joined by a range of distinguished performers including William Winant, I Nyoman Wenten, Swapan Chaudhuri, Aashish Khan, Vinny Golia, Daniel Rosenboom, and Anthony Martin, among others. —— Propositional Music is presented by ISSUE Project Room in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art; organized by Tommy McCutchon and Lawrence Kumpf with Jay Sanders, Curator of Performance at the Whitney.
Naked Curvature, Four Memories of the Daimon (A Whispered Opera) was written in 2001 for six instrumentalists, whispering voices, electronics and interactive computer software. The recording was produced and conducted under the composer's direction and features a virtuosic CalArts Chamber ensemble. (Click event heading for more info and go to: )
Apr 24 2015 - 9:00am
New York
This whispered chamber opera/concerto grosso features Sylvia Desrochers, Marja Kay and Kris Wildman, whispering voices; Kimberly Turney, flute/piccolo; Brian Walsh, clarinet/bass clarinet; Abby Savell, percussion/MIDI triggering; Noriko Yamaga, violin; Aniela Perry, cello; and Adam Overton and David Rosenboom, electronics/software.
Rosenboom to Perform with Manupelli film at Ann Arbor Film Festival
David Rosenboom will perform a live electronic music score with a rare showing of George Manupelli's film, Portraits, Self Portraits and Still Lives 1972-73 with Special Reference to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Click event heading for more information.
Mar 29 2015 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
As part of our tribute to AAFF founder George Manupelli, who passed away in September, the 53rd AAFF will have a special screening of Manupelli's 1974 16mm film Portraits, Self Portraits and Still Lives 1972-73 with Special Reference to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, or This is Not Aufwiedersehen This is Goodbye. This film originally closed the 12th AAFF on March 16, 1974. Manupelli's 45 minute silent film will be accompanied by an original, live electronic music score performed live by Los Angeles-based composer David Rosenboom. A collaborator of Manupelli's in the 1970s, Rosenboom is a celebrated performer and composer and one of the pioneering figures of American experimental music.
Rosenboom's "The Right Measure of Opposites (Expanded)" to be performed at Center for New Music in San Francisco
Works by Michael Jon Fink, Ulrich Krieger and David Rosenboom will be performed with Derek Stein and Joshua Carro in an event celebrating a new affiliation joining San Francisco’s Center for New Music with CalArts. Click event heading for more information.
Dec 6 2014 - 7:30pm
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA 94102
The Right Measure of Opposites originated in a twelve-part, concert-length work for piano, called Bell Solaris. The scored materials result from ideas about transformation and systems of evolution, which form a model for what Rosenboom refers to as propositional music. This model suggests ways in which the work’s musical DNA—expressed in the contours of melody, rhythm, timbre, and dynamics—might be further transformed via real-time, algorithmic procedures residing in the performer’s instrument. So the model becomes an instrument, and the work is always renewed in every performance. For this performance, these means of transformation are extended further via electronic sounds, and the interpretation of the score is opened to enable free interactions with these sounds. As a result, continuously transforming, musical contours intertwine in a system of counterpoint that links musical shapes up and down a holarchy of forms, from tiny details in individual sounds to larger shapes in the complete performance. The score for The Right Measure . . . presents only long and short notes set in an underlying 3-beat time feeling with the tempo indication, “Very fast moving and disjunct.” Further suggestions to the performer appear at various places: “Moisture-water”, “Chaos—fire”, “Warmth”, “Like the age of childhood,” “Emergence,” and at the end, “Formula for creation—the combination of the right measure of opposites.” In this music, small and large forms may emerge anew; ready to instill the joy of discovery in active creative listeners with big open ears.
Rosenboom's "Argus's Eyes See the Code of Small and Large (Expanded)" to be performed at UCSB
Roenboom will perform this work for electronics, algorithmic instruments and piano as part of Autumn Waveforms, a concert presented by CREATE, Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Also featured will be a work by Curtis Roads and the CREAT Ensemble led by Matthew Wright. Click event heading for more information.
Nov 19 2014 - 7:30pm
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)
Argus’s Eyes See the Code of Small and Large originated in a twelve-part, concert-length work for piano, called Bell Solaris. Uniquely among that work’s twelve movements, Argus’s Eyes . . . is scored with a modular structure that encourages the performer to work with its musical materials in a recombinant fashion. The scored materials result from ideas about transformation and systems of evolution, which form a model for what Rosenboom refers to as propositional music. This model suggests ways in which the work’s musical DNA—expressed in the contours of melody, rhythm, timbre, and dynamics—might be further transformed via real-time, algorithmic procedures residing in the performer’s instrument. So the model becomes an instrument, and the work is always renewed in every performance. For this performance, these means of transformation are extended further via electronic sounds. As a result, continuously transforming, musical contours intertwine in a system of counterpoint that links musical shapes up and down a holarchy of forms, from tiny details in individual sounds to larger shapes in the complete performance. With his many mythological eyes, Argus might see the code of the universe’s parts residing inside a single grain of sand; and he may also see the whole universe as merely one small grain. In this music, small and large forms may emerge anew; ready to instill the joy discovery in active creative listeners with big open ears.
Zones of Influence to be Performed at REDCAT
Following the long-awaited release by Pogus Productions of a double-CD containing the complete realization of Rosenboom's major work for percussion and electronics, Zones of Influence, REDCAT in Los Angeles will present a full-scale live performance with percussion superstar, William Winant, Rosenboom on electronics, algorithmic instruments, piano and violin, and Jinku Kim providing an immersive video environment. Ticket are available now. Click event heading for URL or paste this one into your browser:
Nov 1 2014 - 8:30pm
REDCAT, Los Angeles
Active Imaginative Listening—A Neuromusical Critique — article is published
A new perspective article by Rosenboom, "Active imaginative listening—a neuromusical critique", has been published by Frontiers in Neuroscience, Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, in a special issue on the research topic, the musical brain. The article is freely accessible on the Frontiers website. Click on event heading for the URL.
Aug 22 2014 - 3:00am
Article abstract: The parallel study of music in science and creative practice can be traced back to the ancients; and paralleling the emergence of music neuroscience, creative musical practitioners have employed neurobiological phenomena extensively in music composition and performance. Several examples from the author's work in this area, which began in the 1960s, are cited and briefly described. From this perspective, the author also explores questions pertinent to current agendas evident in music neuroscience and speculates on potentially potent future directions.
The Wire Publishes Feature Article on Rosenboom
The September 2014 issue of The Wire, one of the most widely disseminated magazines on contemporary music, includes a major, feature article by Julian Cowley on David Rosenboom's life and work. Concurrent with that, The Wire website is streaming a selection of audio and video examples at these URLs. For audio ** ** For video: ** **
Aug 14 2014 - 9:00am
London, UK
Zones of Influence (1984-85) is a propositional cosmology activated in music. Written for percussion virtuoso William Winant, this five-part, concert-length work for percussion soloist with instruments linked via sensors to real-time compositional algorithms that generate electronic sound worlds, noise constructions, gliding sound shapes, morphological dynamics that bend melodies in to arrays of counterpoint, auxiliary keyboard and glissando parts, and more. In Zones of Influence, models of worlds become instruments. This double-CD recording from Pogus Productions contains the first-ever completely realized version and includes a booklet with an article about the work and its history.
Jun 23 2014 - 9:00am
Chester, New York
This release of David Rosenboom's Zones of Influence (1984-85) documents for the first time the complete version of a major composition for percussion and computer/electronics that introduced new virtuoso performance techniques along with significant developments in real-time algorithmic composition and advanced interactive linking of percussion instruments with software. Few solo percussion works exist with the scope of this composition. Though the work has been performed extensively, it has never been fully recorded for public release until now. Zones of Influence is a five-part cycle of works for in which the percussionist's performance is processed and transformed in a special way. This way involves not just transforming the percussion instruments' sounds on an acoustic level, but processing based on information contained in complex patternings manifested in the percussionist's performance. This constitutes real-time algorithmic processing or algorithmic composition driven by the musical structure of what the percussionist plays. For its time, Zones of Influence introduced historically innovative approaches to how real-time compositional algorithms may be considered as key components of a score. It also introduced a technique for making sequences of continuously evolving variations on musical materials, called morphological transformations . These transformations, in turn, outlined musical trajectories in what qualities; and from a system of multi-part counterpoint made with these trajectories , the musical materials of Zones of Influence emerged. Indeed, all the musical materials for Zones of Influence were generated with these tools, starting with the musical features contained in two long, 60-note, melodies, which were freely composed in advance. Each of the five works in this set involves entirely different percussion setups, written scores and computer algorithms. Since the piece was composed before the proliferation of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), special interface electronics were constructed to connect the percussion instruments to a computer assisted digital instrument known as the Touché . This innovative, computer instrument was collaboratively designed by Donald Buchla and David Rosenboom in Berkeley, Ca, in 1979-1980. Zones of Influence was written for percussionist, William Winant and the Touché.
Shiftless Drifters performance by What's Next? Ensemble
What's Next? Ensemble performs Rosenboom's composition Shiftless Drifters at Art Share LA as part of their Los Angeles Composers Project; doors open at 7 PM. Click header for more info.
Jun 21 2014 - 8:00pm
Art Share LA, 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Los Angeles – DATE – On June 21st, What’s Next? Ensemble continues its unprecedented commitment to music written by composers living and working in Los Angeles. For the sixth year in a row, What’s Next? presents the Los Angeles Composers Project (LACP). Since 2009, the works of over 60 composers have been performed on this series in riveting performances by What’s Next? Ensemble.
The San Diego-based Mainly Mozart organization's Mozart & the Mind series presents Rosenboom in a talk-demonstration, Concurrent Complexity—Linked Brains and Musical Forms, surveying extended musical interface with the human nervous system highlighting newly emerging possibilities. Following this, a performance of Ringing Minds—Collective Brain Responses Interacting in a Spontaneous Musical Landscape, created in collaboration with computational neuroscientist and musician, Tim Mullen, and cognitive scientist and performer-compsoer, Alex Khalil, will be presented.
May 31 2014 - 5:00pm
The Auditorium at TSRI, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
Concurrent Complexity — Linked Brains and Musical Forms surveys several decades of his work involving extended musical interface with the human nervous system, in which self-organizing musical forms emerge from feedback paradigms linking features of the electroencephalogram (EEG) that are related to musical perception with real-time, music composition algorithms. New possibilities for investigating relationships among the ways we perceive, parse and apprehend complexity in sonic scenes and information obtainable through holistic, complexity analysis of brain signals will be explored, along with speculations about new creative work. Demonstrations of real-time brainwave music will be included. Ringing Minds explores collective brain responses interacting in a spontaneous musical landscape aided by recent advances in sensing technology and powerful tools for analyzing electroencephalograms (EEGs) of multiple brains. The evening will conclude with a chamber music performance.
David Rosenboom gave an extensive talk on his work as a composer-performer and his ideas about Propositional Music along with activities at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts for an audience of students, faculty and guests at Kunitachi College of Music (KCM) in Tokyo, Japan. He also toured KCM, with which CalArts has a collaborative relationship and an academic exchange program. A video of this presentation is available on YouTube. Click on event heading for full description and link.
Jan 16 2014 - 4:00pm
Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan
Rosenboom collaborated with renowned Indonesian performing and multi-disciplinary artist, Sardono W. Kusumo, to create the opening spectacle event for the 2013 WCF (World Culture Forum), called "Swarming Intelligence Carnival." Directed by Sardono, this international event took place in an extraordinary outdoor venue, the Lotus Pond at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park, Bali. Soundscape design and performance, live music and dance, processionals and animated imagery projected onto extraordinary rock walls were included. Additional members of the team include composers Otto Sidharta and Dwiki Dharmawan, and many others. Click event for program notes and video link.
Nov 24 2013 - 7:00pm
Lotus Pond, GWK Cultural Park, Bali, Indonesia
“SWARMING INTELLIGENCE CARNIVAL” — (Program Note) — Hundreds of artists have now convened in this place to enable a new form of art to emerge. This form examines what is known as the dynamics of swarming intelligence, a form of global intelligence that can emerge from the unified actions of many members of a large group. Our World is also such a gathering place; and in this particular convergence of artists, we are examining the nature of a new World Culture, a culture that can emerge when all open minds in the World mutually reinforce each other in forward-looking action. Artists have ideal minds for comprehending the nature of complexity. The artistic work of this evening celebrates the wondrous complexity of swarming dynamics, as we can observe it nature and in intelligent cultures. This swarming concept is evident in the group of swimming fishes and the birds, which fly together in groups in the sky. Other that that, the swarming concept can also be seen in remote areas all over the world, dance from the tribes of Dani, Asmat and Nias, in the deep-forest of Kalimantan, and also in the Amazon rainforest. We have taken measurements of the acoustic properties of the performance space, showing how it transforms sound, the rhythms of its echoes, and the way it resonates with certain sound frequencies. With these data, we have used computer programs to transform soundscapes that we pre-recorded from swarms in nature, like birds, insects, and various animal groups, along with sounds from human, urban swarms. This makes them sound as if they had originated from inside the space. Then, we will play these transformed sounds back into the space, producing doubly transformed soundscape compositions. These will be mixed together in spontaneous, live performance. We will also perform with what is called projection mapping. These images depict dynamic behaviors of swarms in geometric patterns and forms from nature. Finally, hundreds of dancers and musicians will also move in swarming choreography, circling continuously, in and out of the performance space. All of this experienced together celebrates the beautiful complexity of humanity and it’s now emerging World Culture. (Sardono W. Kusumo & David Rosenboom)
This article by Rosenboom about creativity education has been published in PROCEEDINGS, The 88th Annual Meeting 2012 of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The article is based on Rosenboom's presentation at the 2012 meeting in San Diego, CA. It presents stimulating points of view and ideas about arts education and also highlights initiatives taking place at California Institute of the Arts.
Jun 12 2013 - 9:00am
Reston, VA
Daytime Viewing Released on Unseen Worlds
Created by Jacqueline Humbert and David Rosenboom in 1979-1980 as a performance piece and recording released only on private cassette, Daytime Viewing has now been re-released on the Unseen Worlds label in LP, CD and digital download formats. Orders can be placed on the Unseen Worlds website, which also includes a link to a preview video featuring some of the original artwork made for performances. (Click above for more info.)
Jun 1 2013 - 7:30am
New York, NY
Daytime Viewing (1979-80) is an extended narrative song, based on a casual analysis of daytime television drama and the audience phenomena such programming addresses. The piece explores the use of fantasy as a survival mechanism against loneliness, illustrating the human compulsion to inflate the mundane to mythological proportions. A central female character weaves tales, using threads of personal experience and the idea of TV as friend, as mantra, and as transformational window between imagined spectacle and the pedestrian plane.
Rosenboom to Speak at UCLA Symposium, Mental Notes—Music, Cognition, & the Brain.
David Rosenboom will speak on this UCLA Psychology Interdisciplinary Events Symposium about his work involving self-organizing musical systems unitizing biofeedback paradigms that respond to musical information processing in the brain and meeting grounds for science and art.
May 23 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
CNSI Auditorium, UCLA, Los Angeles
This presentation will include: 1) introductory thoughts on places science and art meet in deep theoretical questions, emphasizing music and neuroscience; 2) a brief survey of early work involving biofeedback paradigms in the arts; 3) a description of the author’s self-organizing musical system involving EEG concomitants for shifts of attention to features in musical forms; 4) recorded musical examples; and 5) speculations on new directions, including the non-linear resonance hypothesis of music perception, apprehending and processing complexity, further creative projects, and implications for music learning.
Tracks from Rosenboom's newest CDs will be featured at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 21st, on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles and 98.7 FM Santa Barbara and . Host John Schneider and Rosenboom will play samples from: Life Field (Tzadik), In the Beginning (New World Records), and Roundup Two (Art Into Life, Japan).
Mar 21 2013 - 11:00am
Rosenboom Speaks at UC Irvine Conference on New Directions in Graduate Music Programs
Collapsing the Composer/Performer Distinction—The Performer-Composer DMA Program in The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts
Mar 1 2013 - 8:00pm to Mar 3 2013 - 12:30pm
Inaugural ICIT (Integrated Composition Improvisation and Technology) Symposium: New Directions in Graduate Music Programs, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine. Rosenboom speaks during this conference on Saturday, March 2nd at 3:00 PM, CAC Colloquium Room.
Life Field and In the Beginning on De Concertzender Radio
Selections form the new CDs, Life Field, from Tzadik, and In the Beginning, from New World Records, will comprise a theme program on De Concertzender Radio in The Netherlands. The program will be available afterwards on the website.
Jan 28 2013 - 8:00pm
Program host, Mark van der Voort, also listed In the Beginning among the top three CDs of 2012. See:
In the Beginning on Radio Bremen
Selections from the In the Beginning double CD from New World Records will featured on Radio Bremen with host, Marita Emigholz.
Jan 17 2013 - 10:00pm
Highlighted will be In the Beginning: Etude I (Trombones) performed by Mike Svoboda and In the Beginning IV (Electronic) performed by David Rosenboom.
Rosenboom @ Indian Institute of Technology
Rosenboom will be a distinguished speaker and reviewer at the International Workshop on Art, Culture and Heritage "Synthesizing Creative Spaces - the Aesthetic to the Scientific."
Dec 8 2012 - 8:00am to Dec 10 2012 - 12:00pm
Indian Institute of technology, Jodhpur, India
IN THE BEGINNING — complete recordings on double-CD from New World Records
The first ever complete recordings of all eight works in Rosenboom's legendary IN THE BEGINNING series of works for ensembles, soloists, electronics and chamber orchestra, with new recordings by extraordinary musicians released in November 2012 on New World Records. Package includes extensive article about the music by composer, Chris Brown.
Nov 15 2012 - 9:00am
New York
See entry under WORKS, Work Type: RECORDINGS on this website:
HYMN OF CHANGE — quartet version to be released on COLD BLUE in November
HYMN OF CHANGE from BELL SOLARIS arranged for string quartet by Andrew Tholl will be released on the CD anthology, COLD BLUE TWO, from Cold Blue Music [#CB0036] on November 13, 2012.
Nov 13 2012 - 9:00am
Los Angeles
HYMN OF CHANGE was written in 1992 and later used in the piano work BELL SOLARIS—TWELVE MOVEMENTS FOR PIANO—TRANSFORMATIONS OF A THEME in 1998. This arrangement was recorded by the renowned Formalist Quartet in 2010.
Performance at REDCAT of David Rosenboom's 2001 composition, Four Lines, for string quartet and electronics by the Formalist Quartet and Rosenboom, part of SCREAM Finale.
Nov 10 2012 - 8:30pm
REDCAT, Los Angeles
SCREAM Finale — Co-presented by the Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music, the venerated annual music festival—begun in 1986—signs off in style, with works by four masters of the electro-acoustic idiom. The program includes works by Wadada Leo Smith, Barry Schrader, Anne LeBaron and David Rosenboom. Played by the Formalist Quartet, David Rosenboom’s Four Lines (2001) for string quartet and electronics experiments with “attention-dependent sonic environments.”
LIFE FIELD — CD released on TZADIK
Life Field, Retrospective Selections 1964-2004 is released on the Tzadik label in New York. This collection of new recordings by extraordinary musicians, archival materials, and an informative booklet surveys four decades of compositional work.
Oct 30 2012 - 9:00am
New York
For more descriptive material, photos and audio clips see the entry for Life Field on this website under WORKS, Work Type: RECORDINGS.
JUST PUBLISHED — A Conversation about Music between Iannis Xenakis and David Rosenboom 1983
Transcribed from video, a unique conversation between Xenakis and Rosenboom in the book, Xenakis Matters, Sharon Kanach (ed.), from Pendragon Press.
Oct 21 2012 - 9:00am
Hillsdale, New York
In March of 1983, composer-performer David Rosenboom, a long-time admirer of the work of Iannis Xenakis, and then Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Oakland, California, arranged for Xenakis to have a residency at Mills during which Xenakis taught students, gave seminars and participated in concerts of his music. Sometime during that residency – the precise date is unknown – Rosenboom and Xenakis decided to engage in a conversation about music in front of a video camera in the Mills College Ensemble Room. They touched on a range of subjects, including music learning, the perception of musical forms, music cognition, cultural universals in music, and many other related matters.
Collapsing Distinctions @ UCSB, Media Arts and Technology Program
Rosenboom will present a seminar, Collapsing Distinctions — Music as Interactivity among Fields of Intelligence in Propositional Worlds.
Oct 2 2012 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm
University of California at Santa Barbara, Media Arts and Technology, Graduate Program, Elings/CNSI 1601
Abstract — Tracing thought pathways connecting interstellar communication with apprehending musical forms, Rosenboom will discuss selected examples from his work over four decades that explore emerging principles of interactivity—music of many nows—emphasizing those that have employed technology to materialize or mediate propositional models of morphogenesis in music and media. Descriptions of current projects and speculations on non-ergodic excursions into adjacent possible futures will be included.
ROUND UP TWO - double CD Released
Japanese experimental music label, Art Into Life, has just released the new double-CD, DAVID ROSENBOOM — ROUND UP TWO, Selected music with electro-acoustic landscapes (1968-1984).
Sep 8 2012 - 12:00am
Art Into Life, a very interesting Japanese experimental music label, has just released the new double-CD, DAVID ROSENBOOM — ROUND UP TWO, Selected music with electro-acoustic landscapes (1968-1984). The contents include: B.C.-A.D. (The Moon Landing) (1969), with Salvatore Martirano; Musical Intervention 1979; Four Soundings from URBOUI (1968); Zones of Influence, Part I, The Winding of a Spring (1984); Music for Analog Computers (1968-1969); Musical Intervention 1982 and Trio II (1978), with Michael Byron and William Winant. The two CDs come in a beautiful, limited edition box along with a booklet describing the history of the pieces and performers.
Rosenboom @ Comprovisations International Workshop
Performance and research residency at Hexagram, Concordia University, Montreal
May 21 2012 - 9:00am to May 27 2012 - 12:00pm
Concordia University, Montreal
David Rosenboom was in residence at Hexagram—Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies at Concordia University in Montreal for the international workshop Comprovisations—Improvisation Technologies in the Performing Arts and to collaborate with composer Sandeep Bhagawati in a research project on interactive comprovisation, called Native Alien. In addition, Rosenboom gave four performances that included Native Alien, Hybrid VIII (PiAnimeaux) for MIDI piano and computer by Gerhard E. Winkler, Rosenboom's own Argus's Eyes See the Code of Small and Large from Bell Solaris for MIDI piano and computer, and other improvisations.
ARGUS'S EYES @ Walt Disney Family Museum, S.F.
Rosenboom performed his Argus's Eyes See the Code of Small and Large from Bell Solaris, with Yamaha Disklavier, and a duet with percussionist, William Winant, as part of Cage's MUSICIRCUS sponsored by CalArtsf at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
Jan 28 2012 - 12:00pm
The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
Rosenboom performed his Argus's Eyes See the Code of Small and Large from the concert length work for piano, Bell Solaris, in an expanded interactive version utilizing his own software and Yamaha Disklavier. The event was part of a day-long series of performances staged under the umbrella structure of John Cage's MUSICIRCUS, sponsored by CalArtsf, a CalArts alumni organization, at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The event concluded with a concert in the evening on which Rosenboom performed an improvised duet with his long-time friend and collaborator, renowned percussionist, William Winant.
Rosenboom @ Center for Advanced Musical Studies, Chosen Vale
Composer-in-Residence 2011 Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale.
Jul 4 2011 - 8:00am to Jul 10 2011 - 12:00pm
Enfield, New Hampshire
David Rosenboom was resident composer-in-residence in the 2011 Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, New Hampshire. He lead workshops in composition and improvisation for percussionists and his compositions, Golden Gestures and Continental Divide were performed large percussion ensembles.
David Rosenboom @ Synapse - Le Laboratoire, Paris
"Celestial Music - A Question of Simultaneity — In the context of our current exhibition The Refusal of Time - Prologue by William Kentridge, Peter Galison and Philip Miller, Le Laboratoire cordially invites you to a conference with experimental music composer, David Rosenboom. The theme will focus on the musical resonance in the Universe and its simultaneous listening ability on the Earth. The conference will be moderated by David Edwards, founder of Le Laboratoire and Professor at Harvard University
May 30 2011 - 7:00am
Le Laboratore, Paris