Minor Vices at UWM Recital Hall

I’m very excited about the opportunity to perform with Minor Vices next week.  The performance will be next Thursday, July 11 (7:30 pm, UWM Recital Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., free admission).

Here’s a short description of the event from Christopher Burns’ previously released promo materials:

“Minor Vices is performing new structured improvisations created expressly for the ensemble. Part of the evening will be devoted to “Xenoglossia,” in a version quite different from what you’ll hear on the record — the software can be used to transform the acoustic sound of the six Minor Vices musicians live, creating an unusual hybrid between instrumental/vocal improvisation and electroacoustic music. The other new work is “Misdemeanors,” a prose score which poses a series of twenty-six challenges for the musicians to solve.”

Minor Vices is David Collins, saxophones; Adam Murphy, clarinets; Trevor Saint, glockenspiel; Kevin Schlei, percussion and electronics; Amanda Schoofs, voice; and Seth Warren-Crow, percussion and electronics, and Christopher Burns playing electric guitar and piloting the laptop.

Hope to see you there!

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MiLO at Sugar Maple: Samples

So once again, I’ve gone a couple months without a post.  Summer has a tendency to be full of so many going-ons that this site takes a back seat.  Oh well…

The performance at Sugar Maple was a great success and a good time was had by all.  Something a little newer for the group was to break up all the performers into a variety of trio subsets.  This is an evolution of some exercises we would play during rehearsals, where the entrance of a individual’s sound had to be accompanied by at least one other player, as he/she introduced something new to the overall sound.  Sometimes this would occur during the same subset’s exit from the group sound.  It became a way of organizing spontaneous coordination and adding a level of control to the overall density of our performances.  As everyone really enjoyed how it was influencing our rehearsals, we thought we’d take it a step further for the Sugar Maple performance.

Below is a video I captured before my iPhone ran out of storage space, and the remaining trios that we got audio for.  Unfortunately, we were unable to get anything else in it’s entirety.

Last item of note for that night, is a series of photographs taken by Paul M. Mitchell.  The photos can be seen here.

 

 

MiLO performance at Sugar Maple

This coming Friday, July 13th, MiLO will be performing at Sugar Maple in Bayview. The show starts at 8pm in the back room. There is no door charge. Check out the link for more information on Sugar Maple’s location, beer menu, and other events and on-goings. I’ll post some audio (and hopefully video) after the performance. See you there!

MiLO at Kenilworth Open Studios

UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts hosts the Kenilworth Open Studios every spring, and it’s become a MiLO tradition to perform at the event.  My last post included some samples of our final rehearsal prior to the event, but being that MiLO was really on the ball, I have more material to share.  We managed to not only record the whole performance, we also have some video and a small photo shoot.  We’ve been playing together for about 6 years and amazingly, we don’t have any “band shots”, so this was kind of a big deal.  Crazy, I know.  With our grand sense of organization this time around, we had enough material for Christopher Burns, one of our founding members, to construct an internet home for our activities.  Thanks, Christopher!

In general, the event seemed a great success and we certainly enjoyed our part in it.  The new performance space on the sixth floor was absolutely wonderful, complete with stunning views of Lake Michigan.  We performed a number of improvisations, György Ligeti’s classic tape piece Artikulation and an improvisation conducted by Kevin Schlei’s Collision software.  Throughout the performance, many MiLO-ites used Kevin’s TC-11 Multi-Touch Synthesis iPad app.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend checking it out here.

Here is the MiLO lineup for Kenilworth Open Studios:

Christopher Burns, electric guitar
David Collins, alto saxophone (with signal processing  via csGrain)
Nolan Dargiewicz, electric guitar and laptop
Adam Murphy, iPad
Elliot Patros, laptop
Kevin Schlei, iPad
Steve Schlei, iPad
Amanda Schoofs, voice and effects pedals

MiLO also has a new Soundcloud page with recordings for all the material from this performance.  Here’s one of the improvisations from later in the set.

I believe this might be a first (though I’m not entirely sure), but I have video footage to share.  I used my iPhone, which unfortunately ran out of storage space after about 20 minutes.  I ended up capturing the first improvisation in it’s entirety, but the camera cut out during the performance of Artikulation.  Here’s the Improvisation #1 I posted to my Vimeo page.

MaxMSP patch – PolyPatter

PolyPatter is designed as a performance patch, that was constructed in Max 5.  It’s based off of networked pitch data that is shared with all performers through either a wi-fi, or peer-to-peer network.  This shared pitch information is then routed to any software/hardware instrument that accepts midi.  My intension was to keep the interface very simply and with limited controls, so the performer can also give his/her attention to the sound palette they’re using.  I’ve been working on getting this patch to have the performance qualities that will enable performers to have accurate input of pitch data without the feedback loops I was getting in the networked information.  This was completed with the addition of separating performers send/receive data via individual “accounts”.

 

Here is a recording of a live performance with myself and Kevin Schlei.  The entire performance utilized the PolyPatter patch.  The event took place at a Milwaukee bar and art/performance space, Sugar Maple, during Bayview’s Gallery Night.