Explore eclectic, sonically cool videos and sound files—from Reggie Watts improvising in the Exploratorium's old Sound Column to the Sound Uncovered iPad app. We'll be adding more soon, including videos of each Resonance performance.
French musician Colleens atmospheric compositions range from mysterious and contemplative to kinetic and playful. For Resonance, Colleen performed selections from her new album Captain of None, released in April 2015 on Thrill Jockey Records.
Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist, and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of traditional and avant-garde styles and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education, and public service. Most recently, Ibarras composition and improvisation work has blended traditions, rhythms, and tunings from musical cultures across the globe.
Join us for a moderated discussion with Alonzo King and Bernie Krause. Krause previously collaborated with Richard Blackford to compose a symphony for orchestra and wild soundscapes, which premiered in July 2014. Alonzo Kings groundbreaking choreography manipulates the laws of energy and matter that govern movement in the natural world. Together, these artists are exploring how human music and dance have evolved from the sounds and movements of other living things.
Baltimore-based musician and composer Dan Deacon hooks listeners with strong melodic lines, immersed in a sea of competing rhythmic structures, distorted sound samples, and synthesized and acoustic textures. His Resonance performance at the Exploratorium featured the Disklavier, an electronic version of the player-piano. Deacon is influenced by the work of composer Conlon Nancarrow, who pioneered the use of player-pianos to explore music unplayable by human hands. To see more videos from our Resonance series, go to: exploratorium.edu/resonance
Join us as Resonance kicks off its second season with Oakland-based sound-making duo Black Spirituals. Sarah Cahill interviews electronic artist and guitarist Zachary James Watkins and percussionist Marshall Tramell.
The second season of Resonance kicks off with Oakland-based sound-making duo Black Spirituals. Their music is an ecstatic intersection of the tone-generating electronics and guitars of Zachary James Watkins, and the heart-thumping acoustic percussion of Marshall Trammell.
Explore distant realms of musical possibility with Resonance, an evening new music series at the Exploratorium. Contemporary musicians and sound artists will perform new works and discuss their ideas, techniques, and inspirations with radio host and pianist Sarah Cahill.
Originally commissioned for the Exploratorium’s After Dark series, Songs of the Humpbacks was curated by Chris Fitzpatrick, who brought together sound artist and composer Thomas Dimuzio and NOAA cetacean acoustics expert Dave Mellinger to present a humpback whale song composition.
“This work is a hybrid between a sound installation and a composition. It is an immersive piece for eight metal percussion instruments, which are controlled by computer. The work employs ‘recursive physical object electroacoustics,’ a process which involves the stimulation of a real-world object (in this case a gong or cymbal), importing the resultant data into a computer environment for mixed synthesis, and outputting the result back into the instrument via a transducer attached to its surface. While the sound is generated electronically, its ultimate realization is acoustic. The instruments seem to sound of their own accord.”
“I created this piece for a composition class. I ran sine sweeps inside of my banjo, recorded them, and analyzed them with a spectrogram VST to find which frequencies were most resonant. Then I coded two different instruments in SuperCollider that utilized those frequencies, and played them back into the banjo, placing two small microphones inside of the resonator. It was awesome and the body of the banjo was shaking despite the low amplitude of the tones.”