Terry Pender

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Terry Pender is the Associate Director of Columbia University's Computer Music Center. Terry's main interests are interactive sound & image, recording studio techniques - especially those of the Beatles, and performing on mandolin, harmonica and guitar.

Over the next few months check back for information on new releases by PGT on the Stasisfield label (stasisfield.com) titled "Woodlake." This is a new set of PGT recordings that were recorded during a visit and performance at Indiana University. During the trip we stayed with Brad Garton's parents and created the recordings in their living room. It was a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that comes through quite clearly on the recording.

Terry Tunes

Terry's new recording "Terry Tunes, Vol. 1" is a mix of many different styles and focuses on electric guitar, disklavier, and a beautiful violin piece by Tom Chui of the Flux Quartet. There are even a few vocal tunes to round out the program.

PGTGr played a brief set as part of the Cycling 74's Expo74. This was a small conference dedicated to users of Cycling's MAX/MSP/Jitter software. This software package is one of the most widely used program for the creation of interactive sound and art - which I teach at the Computer Music Center. It was great to see old friends, make new ones and see some of the latest developments in the MAX world. My trio Pender, Garton and Taylor, PGT was joined by analog synth expert Darwin Grosse who performed on one of the Center's vintage analog Serge synthesizers. Thus we became PGTGr. Check out the video of our performance which took place at the Columbia's Computer Music Center on October 14th, 2011.

New Bedford Blues

North End Serenade is the soundtrack for a new play set during the 1970s in New Bedford, Massacusetts. Bob Desjardins and I have played together in various bands since the mid 1980's. Bob is a rock solid bass player and this is a great set of his original blues and R&B tunes where I play multiple guitars and mandolin. Check it out in the iTunes store.


After Ghostcatching moves on to the Sundance Festival (January 20-27) and the Salt Lake Art Center (January 2nd to March 25th). A high-definition 2D version of the work also opens the Cooper Union Film Festival on January 28th, 2011.

Into The Forest

Into the forest is an interactive 3D installation commissioned by the Museum of the Moving Image as part of its Real Virtuality exhibit, which celebrates the redesign and expansion of the museum building. The exhibit opens on January 15 and runs through June 12, 2011.
The score is by violinist Tom Chiu of the Flux Quartet, with sound design by Terry Pender and additional contributions by the 1B first graders of The School at Columbia University.

Sines Festival

Terry's trio, PGT (Pender, Garton, Taylor) performed several gigs in Portugal in July including the great World Music Festival at Sines, Festival Musicas do Mundo 2010. Recordings from the tour are online so check them out.

After Ghost Catching

After Ghostcatching is a new 3D installation that revisits, re-conceives and reworks The Open Ended Group's earlier collaboration with Bill T. Jones, Ghostcatching (1999). Commissioned by SITE Santa Fe, After Ghostcatching opened in June as part of the Eighth International Biennial, which runs through January 2, 2011. Terry Pender created a new enhanced soundtrack for the 3-D film.