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oyster at Harvestworks

some stills from oyster, a new opera and audiovisual installation sponsored by Harvestworks…

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oyster is a new opera that traces a little known corner in the musical history of Last.fm and Pandora. In the 1960s, renowned American folklorist Alan Lomax developed a wildly ambitious system called cantometrics for coding and analyzing folk songs from every corner of the world using an IBM360 mainframe computer. Using this data, I worked with the BOTCH vocal ensemble to synthesize world song styles, incorporating the results into an audiovisual software engine that unravels connections between cybernetics, surrealism and ethnography.

 

Video from Watermill Performance

Here’s an excerpt from a piece created with BOTCH Ensemble over the summer at Watermill Center. It’s a gallery opera in response to Robert Wilson’s art collection, the first of a series of archive-specific performances we will be doing over the next few years. This performance features Christina Campanella, John Rose, and Saori Tsukada: