Little Charlie Fest

PROGRAM DETAILS AND NOTES

1. Land Sea Air: Changing-Climates True 3D Soundscapes + Images installation
Opening Tuesday Sept 28, 2010
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Exhibit open Mon-Fri, 9 am - 5pm
until January 15, 2010
Steelcase lobby gallery
4 Columbus Circle (Eighth Ave and W. 58th St.) NY, NY
New York, NY


SOUNDSCAPES

400 Millon Years

  • Winds, Water and Earth rumbles - a sounder transition between soundscapes
  • Arctic - winds, surface and deep ice, animals, birds
  • Seatropolis - the shore, diving into the ocean, to the floor, return to surface
  • Day in the Life of the Carboniferous Period - 359.2 ± 2.5 million years ago.
    Dendrerpeton, tetrapods with first ears, giant dragonflies, super lighting and fires
  • Comet, Fire, Water - 3 min. linear- 65 million years ago. 70 percent of all species then living on Earth disappeared within a very short period

300 Years

  • Indianapolis - pre-history to present

200 Years

  • Audubon's Aviary - John James Audubon 1785-1851 - interactive bird environment
  • Central Park 1845 - 3 min - bird chorus and bird year

100 Years

  • Thunderstorm on the Nebraska Prairie 1850
  • Alaska - bearded seal hunter - under and over ice, Tlingit code

Now

  • Central Park 2010 - 3 min - bird chorus and bird year
  • Brazil atmospheres and scenes - rain forest, shore, village, city

The Futures

  • Mars
  • Future Earth

TIME SPIRAL - CLOCK
by Hannu Kähönen

150 feet of clear tubing wound in a spiral with internal water streaming and air bubbles from outside in, faster and faster. Visible

SCHEDULE+LOCAL TIME CLOCK
This 30 minute looped show has posted schedule of show times. Thes are lighted and visible through the street window 24/7.

VIDEO - HD FLATSCREEN, NORTH WALL
Geological Profile of Planet Earth GRAPHICS ON WALLS South wall space in entrance area: One large LAND SEA AIR poster with one great image and show timings North wall space opposite elevators: 6 posters with graphics and text -400 million years, -300 years, -200years, -100years,

NOW, THE FUTURES CONCEPT
To inspire on overview of Earth's climate history through sound and image, with the strong message that the stability of our current climate is at a tipping point. A call to action to work locally on planning for a changing world. We represent sound-graphically the passage of time on Earth from -400 million years to the present and possible futures. The present is a moment of change and challenge. In each geographical location Land Sea Air is exhibited, there will be a call to action related to local Climate Change policy. "No scientist knows for sure what's going to happen, but you don't want to wait to find out." Mayor Michael Bloomberg. We will provide handouts about what New York citizens and businesses can action.

GRAPHICS ON WALLS
South wall space in entrance area: One large LAND SEA AIR poster with one great image and show timings

North wall space opposite elevators: 6 posters with graphics and text

CONCEPT

To inspire on overview of Earth's climate history through sound and image, with the strong message that the stability of our current climate is at a tipping point.

A call to action to work locally on planning for a changing world.

We represent sound-graphically the passage of time on Earth from -400 million years to the present and possible futures. The present is a moment of change and challenge.

In each geographical location Land Sea Air is exhibited, there will be a call to action related to local Climate Change policy.

"No scientist knows for sure what's going to happen, but you don't want to wait to find out."
- Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

We will provide handouts about what New York citizens and businesses can action.

PROGRAM NOTES

Morrow presents True 3D soundscapes of Earth's climates, from minus 400 million years ago, when creatures came from the sea to land and developed the first ears, to the present to the possible future Earths including a sonic portrait of Mars.

Experience our past, our present and possibilities of our future.

Hearing is the first of our senses to be switched on, four-and-a-half months after we are conceived and the last thing to go when we are dying. We hear in 3D, for gyroscopic balance, eco-location, communication and survival.

Our 3D life soundscape of climate continuously updates our brains.

Climate change requires our recognition and response.

Other human personalities and skill sets than ours, and ultimately other species, will be suited to a changed climate. Nature is not sentimental about any life forms.

1. CD RELEASE PARTY to be held in November with the Forum

A. The release by XI Label of the Morrow Triple CD

1 1 Central Park 1850 2007
1 2 Breath Chant 1971
1 3 Windsong 1997
1 4 Very Slow Gabrieli 1958
1 5 Marilyn Monroe Collage 1967
1 6 Late Afternoon Chant 1971
       
       
2 1 Central Park 2007 2007
2 2 ChoraleBounce_1, 2 2007
2 3 Wave Music I 1977
2 4 Wave Music VII 1984
2 5 Toot & Blink Chicago 1982
2 6 A Future Harvest - vocalise 2001
       
       
3 1 Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves 1992
3 2 Feather (short) 2001


B. The release and webcast by MUU Gallery, Helsinki of MUU FOR EARS 3 - which includes CM's Mozart Alla Turca Reconstruction

2. CONCERTS VOICE AND ELECTRONICS - workshop Harvestworks Wednesday Sept 29, 2010 9-10:30PM Song of Deborah (1975) From the Book of Judges. Translated from old Hebrew by Harris Lenowitz and Jerome Rothenberg- Sung solo by Daphna Naftali (15 min) Epic song chant setting for solo unaccompanied voice. The text is an English translation of a Biblical text about three powerful women: Deborah the Judge, whose advice leads to the defeat of Sisra and his army, Yael, Queen of a neighboring country, who kills the fleeing Sisra, and Sisra's mother who waits for her dead son to return. Event date 1125BC Charlie Morrow will perform the song unprocessed, raw material for Daphna who will use live digital voice processing to explore the transformation of her own developing vocal performance.

TWO CONCERTS AT ST. PATRICK'S OLD CATHEDRAL

Thursday Sept 30 and Friday Oct 1. 8-10PM

On the occasion of the Job Readings in the Liturgical two year cycle Jared Lamenzo, organist

1. Job (1975) - for organist and percussionist, giant projected images from William Blake's Job.
John Doswell, visuals, Percussionist TBD (30 min)

Meditative liturgical work. 21 metal cymbals and gongs, large orchestral bass drum. Church organ

Slides of images drawn from the 21 etchings of William Blake's "Job" are projected onto a massive stretch screen in a church before, during and after the musical performance. Multi-slide projector presentation designed and edited by John Doswell.

The organist teaches the organ to breath.

The percussionist orbits (processions) the aisles around the pews 21 times striking 21 metal instruments and one large orchestral bass drum each orbit. The score describes 21 sequenced actions for a parading percussionist playing hand held and fixed location instruments while moving through the church.

The Premier was in 1975, Washington Square Church, New York City. Bruce Ditmas, Percussion; Leonard Raver Organ. Documentary photos by Maureen Morgan has been published and exhibited.

JaredJared Lamenzo is the Organist of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral and provides direction to its growing music program. He has concertized on some of the world's finest instruments in Germany, Italy (including St. Peter's Basilica), and South America, and was Organ Scholar at the First Presbyterian Church of New York. He is a member of the Organ Committee of the Archdiocesan Music Commission. In addition, he has worked as a keyboardist for Grammy award-winning and chart-topping recording artists. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Harvard, concentrating in Applied Mathematics and Engineering. His polyvalent interest in technology, art, and the natural world is evident in multimedia artwork that has been shown at the Chelsea Art Museum, the Sony Wonder Tech Lab, Eyebeam, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Genova, Italy), the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Rockefeller Center, the University of British Columbia, and many others. In 2009-10, he was a MacArthur Foundation grant recipient in Digital Media and Learning for his work in NYC schools and the WildLab (http://thewildlab.org).

2. Moonwalk One (1969/2009) - projected feature film sections with live organ - (20 min)

This NASA documentary on the Apollo 11 mission was a huge task. Much more music was written and recorded than was used. The various elements included: the title tune, "Goodbye Mother Earth;" country blues band; bassoon with stop watch; and pure noise such as a rocket takeoff and bio medical sounds. The bio medical sequence, which was scored humorously with explosions and sound effects, was censored by NASA. Sound music on baroque pipe organ is mixed with telemetry throughout.

3. Fire Poem (1975) Text: 9th century Spanish, Translation by Jerome Rothenberg) - Elliot Levine and trombones (13 min)

This 9th-century Jewish text from Spain, by Yannai, describes the vision of the burning bush. This setting of Rothenberg's English translation features a lead voice, transcribed from Morrow's orally composed chant, with four instrumental or vocal echos. The work was commissioned by baritone Elliot Levine for recital with alto, 3 tenor and bass sackbuts. Event date 2000BC

4. Slow Gabrieli (1957) - brass ensemble and organ (30 min) - source 1597

A slow motion performance of the Gabrieli composition "Sonata Pian e Forte" Sacrae Symponiae #1, stretching it to more than five times its normal length. Performers' physical gestures are slowed as well.

The 1957 composition is expanded through the addition of a Ghost (pulsed drone) Ensemble, and by pauses added to the music by Morrow to allow the Ghost Ensemble to be heard by the audience and performers in the performance space.

The ghosts are a processional brass ensemble in four voices which walks around slowly outside of the performance space in hallways, stairwells and even out of doots. The doors, and if effective the windows, of the performance space are opened for this performance and not before so as to preserve the surprise acoustic effect.

The pulsed drone is performed by the processional Ghost brass as long tones envelopes pulsed by breath accents in a steady beat.

5.

Piano Concert - Ilmo Ranta (one hour) pianist - first performance March 21, 2010 Helsinki EARLY AND RECENT PIANO MUSIC OF CHARLIE MORROW ILMO RANTA, Pianist

1. Requiem for the Victims of Kent State for Solo Piano 1970 8 minutes

2. Soundpiece for Rock Amplified Piano, 1968. 25 minutes

3. Mozart Recontructions: Sonatas K331, 332 for piano and midi piano 1992 as midi work, 2009 as 3D amplified and spatial work with sound environments. True 3D live mixing and Wii motions by Charlie Morrow. 15 minutes

PROGRAM NOTES

1. Requiem for the Victims of Kent State for Solo Piano 1970 8 minutes
Morrow chose this purely acoustic piano work to begin a concert with progressively more and more sound processing. Encompassing more than forty years of work, the concert concludes with a work in True 3D sound which produces an immersive sound field with a strong vertical sound motion in which the piano sounds can float in the room. Built entirely on repeating two-note full cadences, the first section of Morrow's Requiem crescendos and flows into a sonic treatment of the chorale melody, "O Haupt Voll Blut und Wunden," its last note like a gunshot.

This work commemorates the May 4 massacre or Kent State massacre which took place in 1970 at Kent State University in the city of Kent, Ohio USA. Members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed college students protesting the war in Vietnam. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings crescendos and flows into a sonic treatment of the chorale melody, "O Haupt Voll

2. Soundpiece for Rock Amplified Piano 1968 25 minutes
This very loud dramatic virtuoso keyboard work combines post-expressionism with noise. The piano sound is captured both by microphones and vibration transducers and then amplified through a Fender Twin Reverb guitar amplifier using foot pedal effects: wa-wa, tremolo, reverb, fuzz. Acoustic feedback is used at diverse sound levels via the Twin Reverb amp and with the concert hall sound system.

Soundpiece is inspired by Jimi Hendrix and dedicated to The Rascals, the rock band who helped to produce the Soundpiece premier in New York City's Town Hall in a concert of new music and rock. Morrow created Groovin. Do You Feel It featuring The Rascals with The New Jersey Symphony and was arranger on Rascal releases Look Around (marching army boot-steps and a Hitler rant) and A Ray of Hope (piccolo trumpets, French horns, bass trombones, contra bassoons and amplified violin).

Soundpiece uses high energy builds to enter and depart slow motion episodes.

3. Mozart Recontructions: Sonatas K331, 332 1992 as midi work, 2009 as 3D amplified and spatial work with sound environments. 3D live mixing by Charlie Morrow. 15 minutes

Meta composition is how Morrow begins his composition career in the work that he considers his first opus, Very Slow Gabrieli for Double Brass & Ghosts 1959. This is a super slow motion reconstruction of Gabrieli's Sonata Pian e forte to create a largississimo moving sound landscape where stuck or frozen notes become drones. The musicians moved physically in slow motion, entering the concert hall, removing their horns from the cases, playing the piece and departing the performance. In Reconstruction works, Morrow keeps all the original notes - pitches and sometimes durations and phrases - and recomposes with them. The Reconstruction series has taken different character over Morrow's career and annexes works by Victoria, Josquin Du Prez, JS Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. In 1992, Morrow recorded midi performances of several Mozart's sonatas and reconstructed them in midi, using techniques from convertible counterpoint. For Ilmo Ranta in 2009, Morrow has transcribed the midi reconstruction to piano notation and spatialized it for performance in MorrowSound® True 3D, which has a strong vertical motion. The new work is expanded from the MIDI Reconstruction to move in a 3D sound space.

Charlie Morrow manipulates the piano sound spatially and triggers 3D atmospheres to create a changing setting for the Mozart Reconstructions.

Reconstruction K322 is a two part strict canon with the Adagio as-written counterpointed by a prolongation of itself in doubled note lengths, starting a two beats later. The longer slower layer continues after the a tempo layer ends. Reconstruction K331 is a multi layer simultaneity of the original with inversions and retrogrades. This new 3D work is dedicated to Ilmo Ranta and Maija-Leena Remes. Encore piece Horn on the Wing (2010) Seashell Horn and Fluegel - Charlie Morrow and Ilmo Ranta Ranta uses the pianoforte to process reverberation from Morrow playing seashell horns. Morrow is the True 3D mixer.

 


PARK EVENT

SOLO PARADES - WAVE II (1978) - Sunset Park, Brooklyn Oct 2, 2010 1-2 pm

Sunset park

Download PDF with detailed instructions

Each musician starts playing their modular music part as they leave their home and continues playing until they reach the Park where they play a finale together. The finale feature is shared with TOOT N BLINK which was composed for 1979 performance in Jacksonville FL which never happened.

The path each musician will follow from home to Park is planned and put up on posters in the neighborhood. For the 1978 premier for MOMA's Summergarden the New York Times alerted New Yorkers to this event which contributed to the fun.

In 1978, the companion piece WAVE II for 100 musicians with lights was performed on the June 21st Summer Solstice in Central Park. The 100 musicians played the modular melody used in SOLO PARADES. They begin in a spiral formation and move out in 10 concentric circles. Each musician with a light, as we went from dusk to darkness, plays and strolls until home.

 

NOVEMBER FORUM. DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

FORUM: changing climates on Earth and in music, sound art, performance Discussion by invited panel.
Open to audience for questions.
Steelcase 5:30 - 8pm