Here are some of the heavy tones I like to make on the viola.
Recorded live at Montalvo, 2012…
By the way, here is a short excerpt from the concert I played as part of Pamela Z’s ROOM series. I was heckled off the stage by Bernard Zaslav, a famous classical violist. Just google “violagate” if you want the gory details.
This excerpt is just for the record, so you can hear what kind of music it was, and a tiny piece of the heckling, too.
This was my big music software project at Cycling ’74.
Around the turn of the millenium, I was using a giant MaxMSP patch to play live shows – including improvised music with a couple of bands (including CRATER), and solo DJ type stuff. David Zicarelli suggested we try to make a commercial product out of it, and a few years later Cycling ’74 released radiaL.
It was a great pleasure to hear the music and sound that people made with radiaL – things that they never could have made without it.
radiaL was also a big experiment, to see if it was possible to make a ‘real’ software product out of a Max patch… it succeeded in the end, but it took a LOT of work. Nowadays the whole process is a bit easier, and there are a bunch of amazing projects made in MaxMSP.
Anyway, radiaL is no longer available – but if you want to read what it was about, here is my favorite review of radiaL, from Sound On Sound magazine.
I have been playing with Evangeslista since 2010 or so… in 2011 we made this record, released by the Montreal-based label, Constellation.
Here’s a review excerpt from Amazon:
“And the trains pass through different platforms where someone wants to show what is lost but not gone, what is in shreds but not burned to ashes, this is intimacy asking for a ticket and entering this life, this moment in the shape of music so generous it feels like it is dreaming about itself while it is moving along, the sources are definitely natural, wild and untamed, an essential humanity reaching for its potential and achieving it, then giving it away as this gift of energy, this music.”
When I started working for Cycling ’74 in 1998, the first product we made together was Pluggo – a collection of highly unusual, creative, and useful plug-ins. Our concept was, 74 plug-ins for $74. At the time, this was a pretty radical step, as was our technique for creating the plug-ins: we wrote them in Max/MSP. I wrote over 30 of the original collection. We had a good time.
Pluggo has been replaced by Max4Live, currently available from Cycling ’74. But as I travel through recording studios and bedroom musicians in strange corners of the world, I am often surprise to hear that Pluggo was known and loved by musicians and sound tinkerers everywhere.
Feedback Network is, to my mind, almost the perfect example of the kind of thing Pluggo excels at. It features a dozen or so sliders, half of which move randomly of their own accord. It has a large Randomize button, which doesn’t do quite what you expect it to, and no amount of familiarity with conventional effe
cts processors will give you the faintest idea what to expect when you pass a signal through it. With the dry level slider turned down, in fact, the input signal is almost irrelevant, as you won’t hear much resembling it in Feedback Network’s output. Instead, what you get is a largely unpredictable, slowly evolving textural mass of feedback and associated noise, suggestive of old science-fiction movie soundtracks and half-remembered nightmares.
One fine winter in Istanbul, Carla Bozulich and I helped my good friend James Hakan Dedeoğlu record some songs he had written – mainly for solo guitar. I loved the songs – minimal yet constantly interesting, with a subtle Turkish vibe coming through now and again.
These songs are now available as the first TSU! album. I play some viola textures on the first track.