March 3rd, 2012: Dave Scanlon & Lawton Hall


About Dave:

I was once a bear. Life for such an animal is simply preparing for winter and enduring it. In my animal mind it was decided that I would not stand for this continuous cycle any longer. I was going to find a way to hold back the approaching winter.

      After the winter thaw, spring, and early summer leading to the solstice. The first thing that would change was that my diet moved from roots to berries. The revelation occurred to me that if I continue on a diet of roots the summer would be unable to progress. As that summer matured and the berries ripened I would approach the plants with confidence and say

      “I have seen the creator.”

      Also, without the coming winter there was no need to hunt. Life can be sustained on roots if the body fat for hibernation is not needed. Throughout that summer as prey presented itself and my instincts urged me to hunt I softly said

      “I have seen the creator.”

   The days inevitably grew shorter. The foliage changed color. I saw that I had mistaken but sadly there was no time. I had not prepared for the winter. By the time the dropping temperatures forced me into hibernation I knew that my death laid ahead.

  As I passed the gods took interest. Touched by my faith and discipline but angered by the ignorance in it, the gods had me reborn in human form so that I may understand that the reason for my mistake was that I saw the world only in relationship to myself.

I will be presenting on music as an art of touch. Also, I will be looking at the differences and similarities between words/language.
There will be one actor involved. The wonderful Teddy Rodger. - click here for a list of terminally ill events featuring Dave Scanlon getting so down with a guitar


Lawton Hall is a composer and artist from the frozen tundra of the American Midwest who distills our shared sensory environment with delicate precision and maximum clarity of thought and expression. In his musical and multimedia works, disparate stimuli – the harmonics of string and wind instruments, the irrational vibrations of percussion, oscillating video and audio signals –  flow in streams that are both natural and otherworldly, existing in an unstable harmony with our consciousness and perception of the world.

Lawton has worked closely with Pauline Oliveros at the Deep Listening Institute, editing her book Sounding the Margins: Collected Writings 1992-2009. His other mentors include Mary Ellen Childs, Ben Johnston, Asha Srinivasan, and John Mayrose. He has studied horn with Tod Bowermaster and James DeCorsey, Balinese gamelan with I Dewa Ketut Alit Adyana, and new media with Julie Lindemann and John Shimon.

Lawton has prepared a presentation called Making Music in the Periphery or Flyover States of Mind.  This will include a discussion on the following topics:
• The effect of geography on aesthetics (i.e. is there a “Wisconsin sound”?)
• The economic realities for independent artists in the Midwest vs. New York, etc.
• The effect of the Internet on this duality (i.e. does it bring us in closer contact with far-flung artists, making geography more significant than ever or does it negate this duality by creating a non-location-specific venue for sharing and making art?)

For a complete summary and details on the pieces and performers who will join, click this link – we encourage comments! – click here for more tracks, scores, blog entries, and other musical delights from the mind of this guy: