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Ear to the Earth Festival 2009



Host David Weinstein talks with artists/composers Steven Feld, Elliott Sharp, Joel Chadabe, and Bruce Odland about the Ear to the Earth Festival that celebrates sound, music, and ecology (Judson Memorial Church, New York City, October 8-10, 2009).
This year's highlights will include the world premieres of two "soundscapes" focusing on the sounds of New York City (one by the international team of sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger, aka O+A, and the other by avant-garde composer/instrumentalist Elliott Sharp); a rare (and first NY) appearance by Ghanaian master drummer Nii Otoo Annan performing with ethnomusicologist Steven Feld; a unique presentation of Yoko Ono’s first musical composition (an environmental work titled A Secret Piece); and a 3D audio portrait of primary rainforest habitats in equatorial Africa, by David Monacchi from Italy. Rounding out this series will be a public symposium on bio-diversity, highlighting the latest perspectives on conservation and sustainability. For much more visit the Electronic Music Foundation site (49 minutes).

Ear to the Earth Festival 2009



Host David Weinstein talks with artists/composers Steven Feld, Elliott Sharp, Joel Chadabe, and Bruce Odland about the Ear to the Earth Festival that celebrates sound, music, and ecology (Judson Memorial Church, New York City, October 8-10, 2009).
This year's highlights will include the world premieres of two "soundscapes" focusing on the sounds of New York City (one by the international team of sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger, aka O+A, and the other by avant-garde composer/instrumentalist Elliott Sharp); a rare (and first NY) appearance by Ghanaian master drummer Nii Otoo Annan performing with ethnomusicologist Steven Feld; a unique presentation of Yoko Ono’s first musical composition (an environmental work titled A Secret Piece); and a 3D audio portrait of primary rainforest habitats in equatorial Africa, by David Monacchi from Italy. Rounding out this series will be a public symposium on bio-diversity, highlighting the latest perspectives on conservation and sustainability. For much more visit the Electronic Music Foundation site (49 minutes).
 

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The object of this series is to invite emerging and established innovators to share their work. These programs are usually a combination of an interview with a far-reaching perspective on the artist's career, some recordings illustrating this history, and something new. Open territory. The unfortunate and unintended messages that come attached to a title like Experimental Composers are many. Still it is one of the few labels to come out of the world of music that has not been co-opted by promoters, corporations, journalists, or lawyers. This one just seems to have anti-market goo on it. Hooray. It's also just bad English (as if to imply that these poor souls are themselves, in their flesh and blood, some kind of experiment and, perhaps, even expendable). And then there is the spectre of defying the wisdom of the great Edgar Varèse who said something like, "I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment."
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