Dreams & Nightmares at Pioneer Works, 5.30.15

My good friend and colleague, soprano Ariadne Greif and I have been working on Ari's epic commissioning project, a modular theatrical evening-length work called Dreams & Nightmares, for which I am doing the sound design.  We did a very first run of D&N at the Resonant Bodies Festival in September 2014 at JACK, and it was great to have another performance of this as part of Vision Into Art's FERUS Festival, held at the gorgeous Pioneer Works space in Red Hook, NY, where we were in residence incubating the work.  We'll be doing a fully produced version of D&N in January 2016 at National Sawdust (a new venue opening fall of 2015).

Aside from creating the sound design in close collaboration with Ari, I've created one of the short "dream-episodes" -- one of the many miniature-commissions of a musically-diverse spectrum of composers and sound artists.  The concept of this large-scale piece is such that each dream-episode is approximately three minutes, and that 10, 15, or perhaps even more of these dream-episodes, would coalesce to form an evening-length work (the length of a good nap, as Ari says).

Filmmaker Caroline Mariko Stucky is also creating a documentary on this project, which has been a very exciting process in parallel.

Here are a few stills from my dream-episode, working title being: You Were Holly Herndon But Also Pigeon / You Were Pigeon But Also Holly Herndon.  The piece is evolving a bit so I imagine the title will be slightly different next time --

Pigeon mask and costume by Nina Ruelle.  Commissioned, premiered, and performed by Ariadne Greif.

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Live from FERUS Festival performance. Photo © Jill Steinberg.

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Still from Stucky's documentary, Only A Dream. Photo © Caroline Mariko Stucky.



Park & Tamirisa at the ICA, 5.28.15

Thanks to Susanna Bolle of Non-Event, Ricardo de Lima, and John Andress for having us at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston as part of Ricardo's Foster Prize performances.  Great evening shared with Jimmy Hughes / Patrick Chaney and Jason Lescalleet.  Thanks to all the folks at the ICA for running sound through an amazing system and for providing us with the deep blue light of our dreams.

Sound coming soon . . . thanks to Philip Fryer for this image of me and Asha.

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OPENSIGNAL FESTIVAL, 2015

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"less than human" album release (pan y rosas, 2015)

Last summer, Chicago-based net label Pan Y Rosas approached me in the interest of releasing a new album of work. I haven't created new solo material in a while, so this was a very welcome opportunity to do so. The album is called less than human, has 5 tracks totaling about 34 minutes, and was composed pretty much throughout all of January 2015 leading up to the February release.

1  being states [2:21]
2  plantlife [8:17]
3  a moth is born [3:39]
4  fractured barnacles [8:36]
5  gldufgsld [11:09]

"less than human" has received generous + thoughtful press in The WireDisquiet, Decoder Magazine, and Touching Extremes.

I hesitated at the time of release to write real liner notes, but felt a need to (now), so here is an attempt:

In LTH, I'm openly mulling on what it means to be less than human, who is considered to be less than human -- as personal exploration and intense meditation. An "open" "personal" exploration may seem somewhat at odds, to me; if it is so "personal," why operate in a "public" space (art-making / music-making)? I felt moved to approach composition in a different way from what I'm used to. I'm a minimal person at heart -- a trait I am critically aware of when thinking about how I self-identify in my practice -- and in creating this album, I wanted to be more transparent about, and dig into, my minimal systems-aesthetic, materials, etc. (or at least try). LTH is about sensitivity and volume, presence in space, the sounding of space, the very real perception of sound-space as being extra-physical even though we might initially think it to be immaterial. It is a narrative reflection on relation and relating-to. The compositional process of this album coincided with conversations I was having about the incomplete human, the diseased human, the less than human, and what it means to be seen as fully human. Discussion of these in/visibilities later led to a question / conversation of how to make visible the work process itself: how to make visible those who have helped in that process of the creation of work. 

I'm very thankful to several individuals who, whether they knew it or not, were a part of the compositional process leading to LTH. Thanks to Maysam, for initiating and having these conversations about the incomplete human, the diseased human, and the less than human with me, and for moving me to think more deeply and critically; David, whose 'multi-gran' app I indulged in in making beautiful ambient materials (not to mention remixes of Taylor Swift), snippets of which provided the occasional signal (not T. Swift though, to be clear); Derek, for his inspiring "Korra music" and generally for his support; Asha, for her inspiring ambient textures and generally for her support. All materials (sound sources, code) are original; I coded and composed everything in Max/MSP and mixed everything in Reaper.

less than human available for streaming and free download on Pan Y Rosas. Full volume on (good) speakers is necessary; no head/ear phones (also avoid laptop speakers) for an optimal listening experience. If you must use ear phones, let them hang out of your ears a little, but just try good speakers if possible. Many thanks to PYR for the interest.

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CONSTRUCTION performances, Dec 4-6th 2014

In December 2014, I presented my Ph.D dissertation CONSTRUCTION (2014) in iterative form, as a series of live multimedia environments. A single CONSTRUCTION is a chance-determined combination of curated sound, light, movement, and silence. We gave six "performances" total, each performance a double-feature, portraying two CONSTRUCTIONs back-to-back.

Much of my work in the last few years has been influenced by my research in extreme time-stretching, space-time, silence, chance, and architecture -- these ideas inspired this new piece. I see architecture as a lens for experiencing performance. Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable once stated: "Space is meaningless without scale, containment, boundaries and direction."  Her words permeated the entire process of CONSTRUCTION.

After we finished our run of performances, I began to think about what this piece actually is. Here are excerpts of a public note I wrote after the last performance.

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Silence is space.

CONSTRUCTION is the result of many individual, in-person conversations I had with each collaborator. How does one sound space? How do we listen? How do we navigate space, listen to it, energize it, meditate upon it? These conversations are important to me -- it is important that there is this continuing conversation, that everyone's opinions matter.

It is also important to note that in this piece, I am both human and an open vessel. I am a part of an organic, flexible system. The code for CONSTRUCTION is also a part of that organic system. One does not control the other. We both listen; we both respond. For me, the coding process is a continuing conversation.

It has been intense to prepare and perform CONSTRUCTION in the wake of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. For our performances, we asked audiences in a program addendum to think critically about how racism operates not only in our police and justice system, but in our daily lives as well -- and invited audiences to take in the silences of the sound scores as space for contemplation.

Silence is space. For me right now, silence contains everything: silence as a reminder of unheard voices, as well as space for those voices; silence as a clearing, a space for listening, an openness to the possibility of experiencing something new. Thank you for creating this with me.

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Thanks to Bettina Knoll and Jennifer Park for the performance photos.


PERSONNEL:
Composer, director: Caroline Park
Musicians: Asha Tamirisa, Caroline Park, Luke Moldof, Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli
Human Navigators: Allie Trionfetti, Jessie LaFargue, Kimberly Young
Light + sound installation: Caroline Park
Light operators: Nicole Carroll, Alex Dupuis, Jim Moses
Set Design Sculptures: Cecilia Salama
Oracle Box: Caroline Park (concept, design, programming), Derek Fukumori (carpentry, programming)
Cushions: Nina Ruelle

THANK YOU:
Asha Tamirisa
Luke Moldof
Peter Bussigel
Stephan Moore
Tim Rovinelli
Kimberly Young
Allie Trionfetti
Jessie LaFargue
Cecilia Salama
Derek Fukumori
Nina Ruelle
Chira DelSesto
Greg Picard
Shawn Tavares
Kris Kwasniewski
Sophia LaCava-Bohanan
Jim Moses
Akiko Hatakeyama
Butch Rovan
Todd Winkler
Ed Osborn
John Ferguson
John Mallia
Bridget Ferrill
Nicole Carroll
Alex Dupuis
Byrd McDaniel
Kate Haughey
Sophia Brueckner
Frances Carpenter
Paul Rochford Jr.
Lotus Pepper
Ashley Lundh
Kathleen Nelson
Jennifer Vieira
Mary Rego
Brown University Department of Music
Brown University Creative Arts Council
Jennifer, Cynthia, Chung, Anthony Park



UPCOMING


saturday, apr 25, 2015 at 6:30pm
bumpr/breastmilk/arvid tomayko
spring arts festival
granoff center for the creative arts
154 angell street, providence RI


OPENSIGNAL FESTIVAL
saturday, may 9, 2015

11 am: studio 2 // panel discussion
2 pm: studio 1 // open improvisatory event
4 pm: martinos auditorium // screening of "the ear goes to the sound: the work of laetitia sonami"
7 pm: studio 1 // performances by tamara yadao, monisola gbadebo, ayako kataoka, jazzmen johnson, akiko hatakeyama, asha tamirisa, cp
granoff center for the creative arts
154 angell street, providence RI


saturday, may 16, 2015 at 6pm
new works for cmw media lab students
by mark cetilia, asha tamirisa + cp,
and emily dix-thomas
experimental music fest
community musicworks
providence public library
150 empire street
providence, RI


thursday, may 28, 2015 at 7pm
jason lescalleet/park & tamirisa/dinnersss
institute for contemporary art
barbara lee family foundation theatre
60 northern ave.
boston, MA


saturday, may 30, 2015 at 5pm
dreams & nightmares
ariadne greif, soprano
vision into art: ferus festival 2015
north hall, pioneer works
159 pioneer street
brooklyn, NY


sunday, jun 21, 2015 at 8pm
beth mcdonald, matt samolis, cp trio
green street studios
185 green street
cambridge, MA


monday, jun 22, 2015 at 9pm
w00dy/solid state entity/grutch/sitting adult/cp
machines with magnets
400 main street
pawtucket, RI


thursday, jun 25, 2015 at 7:30pm
noi as part of circuit bridges
gallery mc, 549 w.52nd st., 8th fl.
new york, NY


friday, jun 26, 2015 at 9pm
a. pensado, cp, m. evans-weiler, j. meginsky
the firehouse
126 eastern avenue
worcester, MA


saturday, jun 27, 2015 at 7pm
noi as part of circuit bridges
mobius, 55 norfolk st.
cambridge, MA




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