[cmc-users] Extended Guitars @ Issue Project Room

douglas repetto douglas at music.columbia.edu
Mon Jun 30 20:01:12 EDT 2008

I very rarely perform, and here's your chance to find out why!

I'll be re-purposing a variety of motors and electronics from my 
installations, using them as electromechanical noise sources.



The EXTENDED GUITARS with Erhard Hirt, Hans Tammen, Nick Didkovsky
and Douglas Repetto play contemporary tabletop guitar music - sounds
that seem chaotic on the surface, with a forest of apparently
separate details, interlinked underneath, woven together as a maze of
infinite complexity. Originally formed in 1996 by Erhard Hirt and
Hans Tammen, the quartet's other current members are Nick Didkovsky
and Keith Rowe. Rowe was not able to be in New York at this time.

Look at: http://www.tammen.org/ens_xtg.html

ERHARD HIRT (Münster) - http://www.erhardhirt.de
Since the 1970s Erhard Hirt is actively involved in improvised and
experimental music as a musician and promoter as well. In his electro-
acoustic works he focuses on sound as a powerful tool for musical
expression. He started playing blues guitar when he was 16 and played
with jazz-oriented groups, experimental rock bands, free jazz combos,
and toured with blues bands). Since 1978 he plays also regularly solo.

HANS TAMMEN (New York) - http://www.tammen.org
Hans Tammen is a composer/guitarist whose music has been described as
an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of
unending sonic operations. He discovers hidden sound properties
through means of his modified ENDANGERED GUITAR, interactive software
programming, stereo and multichannel sound systems, and by working
with the room itself. Signal To Noise called his works "...a killer
tour de force of post-everything guitar damage", All Music Guide
recommended him: "...clearly one of the best experimental guitarists
to come forward during the 1990s."

NICK DIDKOVSKY (New York) - http://www.doctornerve.org
Nick Didkovsky is a guitarist, composer, and computer music
programmer. Since 1983, he composes for his the avant-rock septet
Doctor Nerve, and he also well known as a member of the Fred Frith
Guitar Quartet. He presently resides in New York City, where he
composes, programs music software, and teaches computer music
composition at NYU. His work with Doctor Nerve joins the furious
energy of rock with intricate composition, some of which finds its
origins in rich software systems of his own design. His non-didactic
approach to combining human and machine creativity is his unique
fingerprint in a musical world that pushes the boundaries of rock
music, algorithmic composition, and contemporary classical formal

DOUGLAS REPETTO (New York) - http://music.columbia.edu/~douglas/
Douglas Irving Repetto is an artist and teacher. His work, including
sculpture, installation, performance, recordings, and software is
presented internationally. He is the founder of a number of art/
community-oriented groups including dorkbot: people doing strange
things with electricity, ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show, organism:
making art with living systems, and the music-dsp mailing list and
website. Douglas is Director of Research at the Columbia University
Computer Music Center and lives in New York City with his wife,
writer Amy Benson; two cute/bad cats, Pokey and Sneezy; and many
plants. For this quartet improvisation at IPR he has bred a small
army of bio-activated electro-mechanical creatures that produce small
and terrifying noises.

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.....douglas.....irving........................ http://dorkbot.org
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.......... repetto............. http://music.columbia.edu/organism
............................... http://music.columbia.edu/~douglas

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