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.
Watch selects from the Kronos Quartet's April 9, 2015 performance at the Exploratorium as part of the Resonance series. Works excerpted are: "Good Medicine" from Salome Dances for Peace, written for Kronos by Terry Riley, "Death to Kosmische," written for Kronos by Nicole Lizée, and "Târ o Pood (Warp and Weft)" I. Tarh II. Bâft III. Pardâkht written for Kronos by Sahba Aminikia, with a video by Vafa Khatami.
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.
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
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.
Join us for the fifth event in the series, this time featuring Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, an artist and multi-instrumentalist who works with voice to create spontaneous and ecstatic musical compositions. Lowewho also performs under the moniker Lichensuses effects boxes to loop guitars, percussion, and vocals to form a reverberating drone.
See highlights from the first season of Resonance, an evening music series at the Exploratorium. Watch contemporary musicians and sound artists perform innovative works and discuss their ideas, techniques, and inspirations.