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Notes on DEPLOYMENT

Here’s a few thoughts on DEPLOYMENT, a new piece of mine that is premiering at the New England Conservatory next week.

Why such an strident title?

I kept thinking about movement of sound, capturing sound and moving it across the room. Also, the organization of instruments, the movement of one player or voice from one section to the next.

This, my first experience with orchestral players, was borne from an invitation from Steven Drury, director of NEC’s Callithumpian Consort. He had seen me play once some years ago, we did an informal duo together that evening and then ate a large amount of buffalo wings. Later, he had asked me to play some Earle Brown graphic scores with his group, which I enjoyed.

I nearly made this whole piece a tribute to Hollis Frampton’s (nostalgia), as it made a huge impression on me when I saw it at the Harvard Film Archive last year. The use of time and delay and the tricks of memory translated to cinema time… how to translate this to sound?

I also thought about board games. Not so much in terms of structure, but more what I liked to do with board games when I was a kid: move the pieces around the board without actually playing the game, making shapes and formations…

The influence of Alvin Lucier on this work is without measure. So much is possible now because of him. And the piano music of Peter Garland.

I’ll write more if I can think of it. I hope to see you next week.

Here’s some more information about the premiere.

BEST OF 2011

Florian Hecker, Elie Ayache, Robin Mackay and Quentin Meillassoux-Speculative Solutions
Oneontrix Point Never- Replica
Liturgy- Aesthethica
Zomby-Dedication
Ty Segall-Goodbye Bread
Austra-Feel It Break
Grouper-AIA
Rehberg/Fell- “Kubu”
Symmetry-Themes for An Imaginary Film
Stephan Mathieu-A Static Place and Remain
Mike Shiflet-Sufferers
Prurient-Bermuda Drain
Julia Holter-Tragedy
TUBAL CAIN Zine/DVD -Matthew Barney,Brandon Stosuy,WOLD,Ari Marcolpoulus

Swans live in Boston
Starving Weirdos live in Eureka, CA
Golden Retrivier live in Boston
Group Doueh live in Cambridge
Morgan Fisher Lecture and Screening at Harvard Film Archive
Hollis Frampton Screenings at HFA

Ryoji Ikeda at Park Avenue Armory
Angus Maclise at Boo-Hooray

Dream Duet

Please play simultaneously. With total love and respect…

You Suffer

various interpretations and interpolations of a classic.

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