Erik Spangler > Orientation #106 // Guesthouse collaborations

We had our first workshop sessions today, with an introduction to STEIM by Jonathan Reus and an overview of LiSa software by Robert van Heuman. I’m very inspired by the overall environment here and the aesthetic emphasis on physical performance, particularly the ways that the body and its movement in space can control detailed parameters of time in the music. As a live sampling tool, LiSa seems really fluid and open to many configurations. I am thinking about ways in which the fluid control of playback speed, playhead location and loop length within bits of audio in LiSa could be ergonomically controlled in relationship to what I’m doing while manipulating the turntables.

I’ve been connecting with fellow guesthouse residents Abdullah Benabdallah and Matt Wakefield, discovering a lot of common musical interests. Matt and I had a couple of improv sessions today (dueling laptops, padKontrol, melodica), and all three of us are looking forward to setting up for a more extensive free improv in one of the STEIM studios this weekend.

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About Erik Spangler

Erik Spangler (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2004) is a composer and electronic musician working within a wide range of listening environments. His compositions have been performed across the United States and internationally from Canada to China, by ensembles including the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and International Contemporary Ensemble. Expanding upon turntablist performance practice, Spangler performs “fizzy, angular susurrations” (Ann Arbor Observer) and patterns on diverse electronics, creating music ranging from “a skillful merger of recorded Arabic phrases flecked with DJ turntable effects” (Washington Post) to “rigorous … improvisatory” (Gramophone) compositions with a range of chamber ensembles. His music may be heard on Innova Recordings, indie hip-hop label Nonsense Records, and live in spaces ranging from academic concert halls to art galleries, from clubs to sidewalks. Performances include collaborations with duYun, Rare Degree, Oxter, S.K.I.P., VJ Art Jones, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, and Ithaca College Percussion Ensemble. Spangler works regularly with saxophonist Brian Sacawa as the genre-bending duo Hybrid Groove Project. Along with Sacawa, Spangler is also co-founder of the Contemporary Museum's Mobtown Modern music series in Baltimore.

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