It has been a busy autumn as usual. In fact the summer ran straight into it without warning. Classes at MIU, MDC, and UM have been keeping me very busy. Yet, I have been able to keep moving forward on compositions, Pure Data patching, and video creation. Below are some of the highlights of what's been going on recently.
- Lawrence W. Moore
I am Sitting in Another Room
Dr. Lawrence W. Moore has recently participated in performing a new piece by Dr. Susan Epstein-Garcia, from the New World School of the Arts. Dr. Epstein-Garcia has recently been learning the computer music programming language MAX/MSAP and has composed a piece entitled I am Sitting in Another Room, which pays homage to the piece I am Sitting in a Room by Alvin Lucier. The piece calls for 6 performers to utilize Dr. Epstein-Garcia's MAX/MSP patch from their laptops as they process and perform in real time the selected audio files that the composer has created. These audio files are a variety of sounds that Dr. Epstein-Garcia made through her MAX/MSP training and are inspired elements from the perspective of sitting in her patio. The piece has been performed twice thus far, once for the Kendall Sound Art October, 2014 concert and once for the Compositum Novae Musicae fall concert in October.Dr. Moore created his own patch in Pure Data (PD) to perform and process his portion of the audio clips, while his wife and fellow composer, Liza Seigido created her own MIDI controller from a dan ty ba that she fitted with electrical wiring to trigger signals. The performances of the piece also utilized some great South Florida-based composers as performers, such as Federico Bonacossa, Jorge Gomez, and Brian Del Toro.
New Music Concert at Miami-Dade College
Federico Bonacossa, Liza Seigido, and myself have been promoting new music at Miami-Dade College for the past few years. All three of us teach there and are hoping to expose the students and the faculty to new music by living composers, such as ourselves. this semester, Federico has taken the initiative to schedule a new music concert on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30pm. The concert is to take place in the Hernandez Building (Building 8), room 8247. The three of us will be presenting works in the concert and we will also be joined by some great faculty performers, such as David Brubeck on trombone and Oderlyn Gutierez on flute. Both Brubeck and Gutierez have been pro-active about performing new works recently and we applaud their desire to perform in this concert.
What's on the Horizon
As with many professors in music, I am looking forward to the semester break when I will be able to devote my time to composition and video creation more fully. It is really difficult teaching a full-time load under part-time status at 3 different schools. My lovely wife, Liza is in the same situation. Yet, we do stay active nonetheless.
- Lawrence W. Moore
Upcoming Collaboration with David Brubeck
Dr. Lawrence W. Moore has been working with the great South Florida-based trombonist, David Brubeck on a piece for trombone and fixed audio and video media. The piece will be a theme and variations that Moore is writing as a series of sound poems dedicated to Brubeck. David Brubeck has been making a strong case for the trombone and specifically, the bass trombone as a lyrical, solo instrument in the baritone range. It has great possibilities as a substitute for the human voice and brings a lot of possibilities with its complex tone. The piece will hopefully be completed during the upcoming semester break, just in time for the new year.
Now that I am teaching the Synthesis and sound Design courses at the Miami International University of Art & Design, I have been improving the courses from how they were taught and I have added a new element of instrument design in addition to sound design. I believe that there is a lot of potential for my students in working in the software development part of sound design. In order to give them a better understanding of how data is transformed and digital information is used to generate sound, I am utilizing Pure Data in the upper level class to show the students how MIDI information is transformed into appropriate values for crafting recorded sound or affecting sound signals being generated by the software. They are seeing how the different software instruments they use work beneath the surface. Because of this time being devoted to synthesis and sound design, I have been working in PD once again and have fallen in love with it all over again. I will be adding some new creations to the software page as I continue to create on the side of planning my classes.