[0xff] Robosonic Eclectic: Live Music by Robots and Humans

Eric Singer list at ericsinger.com
Thu Apr 26 16:55:31 EDT 2007

LEMUR presents
Robosonic Eclectic: Live Music by Robots and Humans
LEMUR's First Annual Commissioned Works Concert
May 31, June 1st & June 2nd, 2007
3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center

Featuring Pop Musicians They Might Be Giants,
Punk cum New Music Composer JG Thirlwell (Foetus),
Electronic Music Pioneer Morton Subotnick and
Jazz Trombonist and MacArthur Fellow George Lewis,
Performing Live with LEMUR's Robots

Plus Solo Works for LEMUR Robots by
R. Luke DuBois and J. Brendan Adamson

LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots presents its first 
concert series consisting entirely of works commissioned for LEMUR's 
musical robots. The program, Robosonic Eclectic: Live Music by Robots 
and Humans, will be performed during a three-night run, from 
Thursday, May 31 through Saturday, June 2, 2007, at 8 pm each night. 
The series will take place at the Mainstage Theatre at the new 
3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center (http://3ldnyc.org/). 
Robosonic Eclectic is presented as part of the New York Electronic 
Art Festival (NYEAF), a month-long celebration of cutting-edge 
electronic music performed at various venues from May 12 through June 
10, 2007.

Four commissioned works, each with a live performance component, 
serve as the backbone of the evening, alternating with works that the 
robots will perform solo. Composer/performers for the live pieces are 
John Flansburgh and John Linnell (They Might Be Giants), JG Thirlwell 
(Foetus), Morton Subotnick and George Lewis. These works will feature 
live performances by the composer(s) of the piece, plus special 
guests. Pieces for solo robots by R. Luke DuBois and J. Brendan 
Adamson will also be performed by the robot ensemble.

Tickets are $20 and available online now from Brown Paper Tickets at 

LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots
LEMUR is a Brooklyn-based group of artists and technologists 
developing robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician 
and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical 
instruments which integrate robotic technology. LEMUR's philosophy is 
to build robots that are instruments as opposed to robots that play 
existing instruments.

LEMUR's growing ensemble includes over 50 robotic instruments. 
GuitarBot, an electric stringed instrument, is comprised of several 
independently controllable stringed units which can pick and slide 
extremely rapidly. ModBots are a large collection of modular 
percussion robots in a variety of styles and functions, including 
beaters, singing bells, and shakers. The Ill-Tempered Clangier is a 
robotic xylophone-like tubular bell instrument which clangs 
percussive melodies on forty-four tuned metal pipes. ForestBot is 
comprised of a forest of egg-shaped rattles sprouting from long rods 
that quiver and sway over onlookers. TibetBot is designed around 
three Tibetan singing bowls struck by robotic arms to produce a range 
of timbres. Visit LEMUR's website at www.lemurbots.org.

They Might Be Giants (John Flansburgh and John Linnell)
Combining a knack for infectious melodies with a quirky, bizarre 
sense of humor and a vaguely avant-garde aesthetic borrowed from the 
New York post-punk underground, They Might Be Giants became one of 
the most unlikely alternative success stories of the late '80s and 
early '90s. Musically, the duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell 
borrowed from everywhere, but their freewheeling eclecticism was 
enhanced by their arcane, geeky sense of humor. They Might Be Giants 
released their eponymous debut in 1986, and the album became a 
college radio hit. Two years later they released Lincoln, which 
expanded their following considerably. Their third album, Flood, 
worked its way to gold status. They celebrated their 20th anniversary 
in summer 2002 with the release of their first children's album, No! 
Early in 2005, Here Come the ABCs and its accompanying DVD were the 
band's first releases for Disney Sound.

JG Thirlwell
The inscrutable JG Thirlwell was dropped on this planet some time ago 
to bestow sonic majesty, chaos, violence & beauty and cunning 
linguistics on an unsuspecting earth. A Brooklyn-based Australian 
ex-pat, Thirlwell has used many names for his many visions: Foetus 
(and its many name variations), Steroid Maximus, Clint Ruin, 
Wiseblood, DJ OTEFSU, Manorexia and Baby Zizanie.  His multitude of 
influential recordings under the name FOETUS and variations thereof, 
has amassed a rabid world-wide cult following.  Over the course of 
more than a dozen albums he has stretched from yearning orchestral 
soundscapes, meticulously organized chaos, electronic swathes, 
blistering big band pastiche, crunching hard rock and even inventing 
stupefying collisions of genres and forms with a raw emotion and 
irresistible musicality. More recently JG has also branched out into 
audio installations (the freq_out project curated by CM Von 
Hausswolf, with whom he also conducted an audio workshop at the 
Stadelschule in Frankfurt), DJ-ing (as DJ Otefsu), has appeared in an 
opera (Der Kastanienball in Munich in 2004, directed by Stefan 
Winter), has scored a cartoon series for The Cartoon Network in the 
USA (The Venture Brothers), and recently completed a commission for 
Bang On A Can. In 2005, he wrote his first commission for Kronos 
Quartet, which premiered in 2006.

Morton Subotnick
Known as a grandfather of electronic music, Morton Subotnick is one 
of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and an 
innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including 
interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a 
computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes 
many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of 
the genre. In addition to music in the electronic medium, Subotnick 
has written for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, theater and 
multimedia productions. Currently, Subotnick holds the Mel Powell 
Chair in Music at the California Institute of the Arts. He tours 
extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as a lecturer and 

George Lewis
MacArthur Fellow George Lewis is currently Edwin H. Case Professor of 
Music at Columbia, having previously taught at UC San Diego, Mills 
College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Simon Fraser 
University's Contemporary Arts Summer Institute. He has served as 
music curator for the Kitchen in New York, and has collaborated in 
the "Interarts Inquiry" and "Integrative Studies Roundtable" at the 
Center for Black Music Research (Chicago). A member of the 
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 
1971, Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM 
School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. An active composer, 
improvisor, performer and computer/installation artist, Lewis has 
explored electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia 
installations, text-sound works, and notated forms. His artistic work 
is documented in over 120 recordings and has been awarded by a 2002 
MacArthur Fellowship, 1999 Cal Arts/Alpert Award in the Arts, and 
numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

R. Luke DuBois
R. Luke DuBois is a composer, performer, video artist, and programmer 
living in New York City. He holds a doctorate in music composition 
from Columbia University and teaches interactive sound and video 
performance at Columbia's Computer Music Center and at the 
Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. He has 
collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music 
production work with many artists and organizations including Toni 
Dove, Matthew Ritchie, Todd Reynolds, Michael Joaquin Grey, Elliott 
Sharp, Michael Gordon, Bang on a Can, Engine27, Harvestworks, and 
LEMUR, and is the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 
2007 season. He is a co-author of Jitter, a software suite developed 
by Cycling'74 for real-time manipulation of matrix data. His music 
(with or without his band, the Freight Elevator Quartet), is 
available on Caipirinha/Sire, Cycling'74, and Cantaloupe music, and 
his artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.

J. Brendan Adamson
Brendan Adamson's compositions and interactive works are informed by 
the superhuman performance requirements of works by Conlon Nancarrow 
and others, but employ recently developed capabilities of such 
robotic instruments as modern self-playing pianos, recent automated 
organs, and musical robots created by LEMUR. As an undergraduate 
student, Brendan presented his "impressive compositions" (The New 
York Times) at Juilliard's first ever all-robot-performed concert, 
RoboRecital. In addition to numerous performances in the United 
States, his music has been performed by robots at international 
festivals around the world, including those in Belgium, Poland, 
Lithuania, Mexico, and Japan. Brendan holds a Bachelor's degree in 
music composition from the Juilliard School. A native of West Palm 
Beach, Florida, past teachers include Nils Vigeland, Christopher 
Rouse, Mari Kimura, and Milton Babbitt.

Robosonic Eclectic is presented in collaboration with Harvestworks 
Digital Media Arts Center (http://harvestworks.org). Works by George 
Lewis and Morton Subotnick are commissioned by LEMUR and Harvestworks 
with support from the Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production 
(MAP) Fund.

LEMUR is supported by generous grants from the Rockefeller 
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New York 
State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the Greenwall Foundation, the 
Jerome Foundation and Arts International. See http://lemurbots.org 
for more information.

For more information, contact info at lemurbots.org. For press 
information, contact Gayle Snible at gayle at lemurbots.org.

Friday, April 27th
8-11 pm

This month's acts
* R. Luke DuBois and friend(s): Local new media celeb + >= 1 special guest(s)
* Marek Choloniewski: Krazy sensor music from Krakow
* Ellis & Aguilar Duo: Bass, percussion and electronics

461 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
Between 9th & 10th Sts.

TRANZDUCER is LEMUR's music, art and performance series hosted by 
Eric Singer, Jamie Allen and Tristan Perich. See 
http://tranzducer.com and http://lemurbots.org for more details.
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