I am excited to share that the Percussion Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin University will give a performance of The Theory of Motion today at 7:30 PM. The ensemble is under the direction of Brad Meyer and will include music by Paul Lansky, Aaron Graham, and others.
Excited to share my recent paper “Building Musical Systems: An Approach Using Real-Time Music Information Retrieval Tools” through the Chroma Journal, Volume 39 – ElectroMUSE.” The theme, ElectroMUSE, relates to the Muse of Ancient Greek mythology. These are nine goddesses who preside over the arts and science and were the source of inspirational fire for the artist. To muse on something is to absorb in thought and to deeply reflect.
I’ll also be giving a talk tomorrow morning over my work on this paper for the Australasian Computer Music Conference.
Super cool cover image too:
Just found out that my saxophone quartet Flower of the Sun was the winner of the Nuovo Antropocene Call for Scores. The piece will be performed in a dedicated concert before the end of the year in Italy, where the piece had its premiere. Excited to take this piece back to where it started!
From the International Game Developers Association, Baton Rouge Chapter:
“Meetup is next week!This month, our speaker is Austin Franklin, creator of the game Horde. Horde is a unique game, controlled with sound by any number of improvising musicians simultaneously with the goal of earning as many points as possible within the time limit. *We would love for any musicians in the group to bring your instruments for an opportunity to try out this unique game experience.* As usual, we will also have food sponsored by Nexus Louisiana Tech Park. Drinks and mingling start at 6:30pm with the talk starting around 7pm.”
Excited to share my work at this event!
Excited to share The Theory of Motion at MOSAICfest 2023! The live video performances of the work will occur on https://www.youtube.com/@newmusicmosaic today at 6:00 EDT and 8:00 EDT. Tune in if you’re interested in checking out this work. This was a recent commission as part of a consortium for a work for percussion quartet and was written and premiered earlier this year by Western Oregon University Percussion Studio.
My recent research titled Building Musical Systems: An Approach Using Real-Time
Music Information Retrieval Tools has been accepted to the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2023. I’m excited to give a talk over this work at UNE Sydney in October and share it with others. If you’re interested in reading the paper click the link above.
Excited to share The Advocate documentation of the event this past Sunday. Check it out for photos and a longer description of the event: https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/photos-gaming-through-music/collection_ce0dcfc0-29b6-11ee-a500-073237886fac.html#5
Reminder: Today is the Horde game tournament at 5pm at Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard. We will have an acoustic guitar and full-sized keyboard for those playing those instruments, otherwise you will need to bring your own. We will also be providing extension cables and power strips for those needing amplification.You will be paired into teams of 3-4 people and compete for gift cards to restaurants in the Baton Rouge area. Special thanks to Elsie’s Plate and Pie for providing the first place prize!If you enjoy playing music and games, come out and watch or participate. It’s 100% free and open to everyone regardless of musical ability. Children and those just starting on an instrument are especially encouraged to participate.
Horde: The Game had its soft premiere tonight and the Hopkins Black Box Theater in Baton Rouge, LA. It turned out really well thanks to the improvising musicians Treya Nash and Drew Farrar, along with the incredible graphic design work of Wood Elf Nick. Check out the soft premiere video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rV25ThYMmg
Horde: The Game will have its ‘hard’ premiere this coming Sunday, July 23rd at 5pm at the Goodwood library. It will be a tournament style event open to the public. The winning team will receive a trophy. Hope to see you there if you’re able to make it!
Final update about the consortium: The premiere at Western Oregon University of The Theory of Motion was performed beautifully by the ensemble last week. We spent the early part of the week building a custom set of bass wind chimes loosely tuned to important pitch centers throughout the piece. I also gave my first presentation since earning my PhD to the composition students at WOU titled “Music as System” about the blurred lines between traditionally notated music and music incorporating digital technologies. A video of the premiere will be coming soon! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the project, and again to Western Oregon University Percussion Studio and composition department for being a wonderful host!