Here are some details on Levy’s presentation:
I’ll be talking about my work with building new electronic musical instruments. This work directly addresses the issue of the live performance of live electronic music. The projects that I will be playing and discussing are the following:
. AIR MARIMBA (2010) .
Reminiscent of a traditional marimba, the Air Marimba is a new electronic musical instrument that uses IR sensors and micro-controllers to allow the musician play marimba sounds by touching the air above the marimba bars
. Hamster MIDI (2004) .
A MIDI sequencer with embedded intelligent algorithms for real-time rhythm and pitch calculations that creates melodies based on the movement of 6 hamsters.
. Teacups and Light (2009) .
A new electronic musical instrument that uses light sensors and teacups to control sound synthesized by MAX/MASP
Travis will present and discuss works from his debut solo album Heart Protector:
Heart Protector is Travis Laplante’s debut album, featuring original music for solo tenor saxophone by the twenty-eight- year-old composer and musician. Laplante, a powerful new voice in New York City’s experimental music set, has toured extensively with his band Little Women, whose acclaimed full-length debut was recently released on AUM Fidelity Records; with his trio, which features bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Gerald Cleaver; and with under- ground experimental rock bands Extra Life and Skeletons. Laplante has also worked with Anthony Braxton, Mark Dresser, Mat Maneri, Trevor Dunn, and many other luminaries of improvised music. Heart Protector was recorded by Laplante himself and Ryan Power at the Big Barn in Putney, Vermont. The album, coming out on Skirl Records, will be the label’s first vinyl release. The music itself was largely inspired by the heart protector, Laplante’s term for the pericardial sac that surrounds the heart.