Sean Winters > Live Cinema > Microtonal Electroacoustic Music ::: Two Part Residency 2011

Thanks to STEIM’s generous support, I completed a two part residency in September and October of 2011.
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The first part consisted of preparing and performing a project entitled…

“2011 Meditations On Eurydice”

…which is an ongoing Live Cinema performance based on, in, and around the myth of Orpheus.
(The project officially began with “Orpheus 2010″ — also thanks to STEIM’s support)
check out the STEIM project blog for “Orpheus 2010″ at::: http://www.steim.org/projectblog/?p=1836
and the official propaganda for “Orpheus 2010″ at ::: http://www.seanwinters.com/livecinema

PREPARATION

For “2011 Meditations On Eurydice,” there were lots of things that needed to happen BEFORE I came to STEIM.

Three long days of recording…

PercussionRecordingSession4_2011MeditationsOnEurydice

Day 1 = String Quartet
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Day 2 = Sean Winters TRIO + Jos Zwannenburg
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Day 3 = Percussion/Gamelan
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Filming and creation of visual materials…

This is a still taken from one of the filming sessions in Amsterdam:
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This is EMMANUEL’S first treatment:
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This is EMMANUEL’S second treatment:
EmmanuelFloresManipulationB_2011MeditationsOnEurydice
Needless to say EMMANUEL FLORES ELIAS is an amazing artist and it’s always a pleasure working with and/or around him.

IN THE STUDIO(s)

I started off in Studio1 for five days or so…
Studio1@STEIM
First of all, I gave myself a little bit of time to just play around and experiment with Pure Data & Gem.
I’ve intended to utilize Gem extensively for quite a while.
PureDataExperiments_1
(below = Jos Heutmekers in Studio1, captured through the camera on an imac, put onto a sphere with Gem)
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I could get pretty out there–by talking on and on about open source, Scriabin, and the spiritual revolution–but let’s just suffice it to say that Pure Data & Gem are both essential in my vision of what a Live Cinema performance should be.
The only catch is that, on top of the fact that they’re extremely time consuming, they can both be quite buggy.
I’d like to just take this opportunity to “shout out” to Miller Puckette…
You are a visionary who has truly changed what it is to be an artist in the 21st century; thank you.

After my PD/GEM experiments I got down to business and built what would eventually become the “Eurydice Masher.”
TheEurydiceMasher_2011MeditationsOnEurydice
(above = the MaxMSP patch which “hosts” an 8 channel audio installation)
This installation happens in the foyer as the audience is walking into the venue.
All of the audio is taken from sources that are directly related to the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
“Black Orpheus” by Jobim / “Orphee” by Stravinsky / etc, etc, etc.

There are lot’s of other photos, videos, and notes from the preparatory sessions that happened in Studio1 and the set-up/experimentation that happened in Studio3, but alas, there are only 24 hours in each day.
Suffice it to say, that at the beginning of October, the crew and I (Jos Heutmekers, Sander Bolk, Jilt Van Moorst, and the Pin 4tet) set up in Studio3 for the performance of 2011 Meditations on Eurydice.
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The second part (of the two part residency) consisted of┬ámoving towards finishing the project entitled…

“Ode Aan Het IJ”

…which is a collaborative effort with the one and only Andre Douw.
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Exploring the concept of context, there are five installments that collectively form the “Ode Aan Het Ij” suite:::
1) The Bam Zaal installment which was world premiered in 2010 at the Gaudeamus music festival in Amsterdam, NL with the (micro-tonal) fokker orgel, a snare drum, and a quadrophonic “tape.”
"Ode Aan Het IJ" (SCORE) page1
2) The octophonic installment is an electroacoustic work to be experienced exclusively on eight hi-fi speakers.
[Available upon request; contact sean(at)seanwinters.com]
3, 4, 5) The stereo installments are to be experienced in three separate configurations; good speakers, laptop speakers, and headphones.
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“Ode Aan Het IJ” (STEREO) Good Speakers
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“Ode Aan Het IJ” (STEREO) Laptop Speakers
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“Ode Aan Het IJ” (STEREO) Headphones

Once again: There are LOTS and LOTS of other photos, videos, and notes related to this project, but alas, there are only 24 hours in each day.
For now I must conclude this post.

It has now officially become my custom to end every Steim project blog posting with the following line:::
>THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WHO IS/WAS (or) WILL EVER BE AT STEIM.

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