austraLYSIS and SOMA
CURRENT INFORMATION on austraLYSIS and SOMA Activities
Listen again online in March 2013: 176 Sound Engines and Sonic Finitude (ABC New Music Up Late program 20130302). ...Previous New Music Network performance 2012/9/29: program notes; Arts Hub review.
Kinetic Jazz January 2013: 24th Roger Dean and Matt McMahon premiered their new duo formation Quadrilateral, for one or two pianos, 24th January.... sounds from the Stuart Piano that it has never heard before! Roger also directed convolutions and compositions with the Kjazz younger players and with the Kinetic Jazz Orchestra (KJO), and Matt featured with Remco Keijzer during the festival. Wednesday February 13 2013, at the 505 Club: Roger again collaborated with the KJO.
In 2012, we also collaborated again with Halcyon, the adventurous vocal ensemble (2012/11/24: program) and the ABC broadcast and podcast from this is yet to appear.... Roger Dean appeared in the London Jazz Festival (Graham Collier Memorial Band, BBC), and gave a keynote talk and performances at the interactive piano symposium, Goldsmiths, London (both 2012/11). ...
Finitude. Roger Dean also made sound for a major new installation by Keith Armstrong and his team, Finitude, presented first at the Mildura Palimpsest, September 9-11, 2011. The installation was shown in a group occupying a series of rooms the Kar-Rama Motel in the town. Keith Armstrong's Embodied Media web site provides detailed and extensive material on Finitude: documentation, images, video extracts as well as interviews with both Keith himself, and Roger Dean. Recent showing: Artisan Gallery, Brisbane, April5 - June9, 2012; Beijing National Museum of Arts and Sciences, November-December 2012. 2013 September: Melbourne.
Video Collaboration with Will Luers. This collaboration developed the work Film of Sound, for its premiere at the New Music Network Event, Sydney, on December 10, 2011. It has since been presented at Short takes on Long poems. a Trans -Tasman Symposium. Auckland University, March 29-30th, 2012. Further screenings due shortly: Electrifying Literature: Affordances and Constraints: Electronic Literature Organisation Conference, Morgantown,USA, West Virginia University, Gallery show, June 20-23, 2012; Literature and Music Conference, Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Roumania 10-12th May 2012; Mix: Merging into Media Conference. Bath Spa University,UK 16th-18th July 2012; ISEA Electronic Arts Conference, USA 2012; Sydney Conservatorium (29 September 2012). Hazel Smith has been awarded a Digital and New Media Writing grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to develop further work (2012-2013) in new media writing with Luers and Dean (announced October 2012).
Roger Dean's solo double CD of interactive piano, MULTI-PIANO, spanning 1978-2012 was released 2012/9/29, and has already received broadcasts (e.g. ABC Jazz Track, 20121021, available online for some time).
Hazel Smith performed her text works in Leeds, UK (2012/8/19) for Manchester-run experimental poetry series, The Other Room (flyer).
2012: austraLYSIS member Sandy Evans released her album Cosmic Waves a cross-cultural colaboration with Guru Mani and Sruthi Laya of India, on the Indian Label Underscore Records (12EX001ACD). Roger Dean contributed transformed drones for several pieces on the album, duly appreciated in at least one review, as 'whale' sounds. The sleeve information is not clear/ correct about the drones: they appear on tracks 5, 8 and 10.
Recent austraLYSIS work towards the development of generative computational software for real-time use of time series analysis models of music, developed in the basic research work of Roger Dean, was premiered by him at Serial Space, Sydney (2012/04/21) at the Algorithmic Improvisor Performance Night. This followed a software hack organised by Ollie Bown, focused on generative code. Roger presented Tones to Tunes, a prototype of a real-time algorithm for modelling rhythmic information into melodic.
The austraLYSIS Electroband appeared for SIMA, at the Sound Lounge 2012/8/31... with a premiere of Inside the Magnetic Spaces, a collaboration with Andrew McPherson and his magnetic resonator piano.
Roger Dean played piano with the acoustic formation SEDition (Slater, Evans, Dean) at Kinetic Jazz, 2012/4/15, Enmore.. as Sandy Evans had broken her nose in India, she was replaced by Simon Barker (drums) for an outing which Graham Jones,co-organiser of Kinetic Jazz described positively in his ensuing comments as 'frightening'. Roger played examples from the Kinetic Jazz festival, including some of his own MultiPiano work, and a virtual duet with Phil Slater, during an extended interview with Matt McMahon and Dan Barnett on their program "Blow", on Radio 2RES, 2012/04/12.
austraLYSIS' recorded music is used in Kinetic Energy Theatre Co's new performance piece, Five Days Lost, words by Tom Shapcott (October 4-7 2012 at Kinetic Jazz: for these events Roger also provided music based on Thelonius Monk's 1962 solo performance of Body and Soul, for a video by Saha-Mayousha Jones, based creatively on Graham Jones dancing Eccentrics, from c. 1989). Previous showings of Five Days Lost: Jan 26/28 2012) and other coming presentations... Dean has previously provided music for five major works of KETC, well described on their website.
See a short video interview (December 2011) with Roger Dean and Hazel Smith about austraLYSIS, from the Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax web site..
Roger Dean is writing a work for Halcyon, for two voices (Alison Morgan and Jenny Duck-Chong) and electroacoustics (for Nov 24 2012 presentation), and a purely electroacoustic work for presentation in an event curated by Daniel Blinkhorn, also in the New Music Network series.
Roger directed two convolutions at Kinetic Jazz Jan 26, 2012, one in collaboration with video-artist Saha Jones (Academy of Emergency Art).
JazzGroove Festival 2012: Roger Dean discussed improv in Australia, January 13 2012 at the Old 505.
New Music Network December 10, 2011. During 2011 austraLYSIS worked on Playing Film, a program not simply of music for film, but of music and spoken text that drives some filmic pieces, including a new collaboration with American video-artist Will Luers. The program was in the New Music Network series on December 10, 2011 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. An extract of the piece is here, and there is an early version of the piece too: program notes.
Kinetic Jazz October 7, 2011. The austraLYSIS Electroband appeared at the Kinetic Jazz Festival, October 7 2011, in Enmore, Sydney. Roger Dean also presened some of his music for an orchestra of improvisers, with the Kinetic Jazz Orchestra, on October 6.
Commercial and open access releases of austraLYSIS' work:
austraLYSIS commercial work online: we are now available on Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, and Spotify, and all our Tall Poppies recordings are available for download at the Australian Music Centre (AMC). Some SOMA releases are now available at the AMC site, including the 2012 reissue of Cyles, Dualyses, and Superimpositions (SOMA 788).
austraLYSIS Recent Open-Access Releases : Instabilities 2 and Speak Far and Wide appeared in 2011 in the longstanding US journal Drunken Boat, volume 12. Also recently published were our pieces Clay Conversations and two works in the journal Ekleksographia. See our listen/view page for a broader selection of our work.
See also soundsRite, a journal of online creative work in sound, text and image, founded (2009) and edited by Hazel Smith and Roger Dean.
Other Activities and Earlier Work:
Go to our Recent Work page for more information on some of our other activities.
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