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.