Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Synths in Wollongong - Prosound & Lighting

Prosound & Lighting are holding a synthesizer event in 2 days in Wollongong
(Sat the 7th December). Starts at 2pm.
Bring a synth if you'd like to perform. It.s an open event. Doesn't have to be modular.

There will be live performances on all types of synthesizers (modular, non-modular, keyboards, drum machines, etc).

Prosound held a similar event in 2017 which was very successful.

This is a family event and will be held in the carpark of the Pro-sound showroom in Flinders Street Wollongong.

Starting time : 2.30 pm
Finishing time : 6.00pm

Claude Spinelli
16 Flinders St, Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone: (02) 4226 1177

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Saturday, 30 November 2019

Suzanne Ciani - Penderecki - Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

I was listening to a podcast this morning ... The Source of Uncertanity... episode 2
(It's a great series BTW and I highly recommend you subscribe).

Kyle & Robert were interviewing Suzanne Ciani and the question came up about how electronic instruments interact with live traditional orchestras. She mentioned a classical piece by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and (if my interpertation is correct) his methods could be used to score electronic music.
 It's titled: "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima"
The piece is 8 and a half minutes long (it was originally titled 8'37") and belongs to what was in the 1960s  a new approach to music composition. The name "Sonorism" was coined. This non traditional type of composition  focuses very much on timbre, texture, motion, articulation & dynamics. We all know how these characteristics are fundamental to electronic musicians. The piece uses 52 string instruments (mostly violins) but I can easily see how these could be swapped.

"Sonorism emphasizes discovering new types of sounds from traditional instruments, as well as the creation of textures by combining different, often unconventional instrumental sounds in unusual and unique ways. The term sonoristics is used to describe this novel approach, which went beyond merely injecting individual color, quirks, and experimentation. It aimed to establish new structural functions in a composition, such as employing non-functional chords for sonorous effects, and emphasizing the sonic aspect of texts in vocal music" (Granat 2008). 

Suzanne's interperation was facinating.

"Don B was adamant about the danger of associating a keyboard with the Buchla instrument as it short circuited the whole concept of the instrument". (Suzanne Ciani)

Listen to this piece by Suzanne {Seven waves). She is a classically trained pianist, and this is one of her solutions to (in her own words) "fuse her classical melodic roots with her electronic vocabulary.........
This was a composition with a score".

 Getting back to Penderecki.
"It has an electronic sensibility but it is done with acoustic instruments.   (but) the language is electronic.
...... The score is graphic..... and the conductor is the key to getting it all to gel." (Suzanne C)

So what did Suzanne mean by "a graphic score"?
The problem with sonorist music is that it's difficult to score using traditional notation.
How do you write a score recording changes in timbre? So Penderecki constructed a road map of sound.
Here there are no conventional bar lines or time signatures. Rather, the music is divided into intervals of real time (seconds).  Notes are often assigned to individual players. Players, are often assigned to groups to create "sound clusters".

Adrian Thomas. “Penderecki, Krzysztof.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, accessed April 5, 2015,
Jan Topolski. “Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima.” Accessed April 5, 2015,
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Mori Tower - Roppongi - Tokyo, Japan

Some pics of the Mori Tower / building (situated in the Roppongi Hills District) and the surrounding area

It's a great place to hand around, to see & be seen.

Some views:

Construction OF THE TOWER started in 2000.
The architect is Kohn Pedersen Fox (US based).
 They did the Chifley Tower, in Sydney, and the Marina Bay Financial Centre, Singapore

 AS far as I know, this is all family owned. The Mori company was founded by Taikichiro Mori,
(an economics professor). He became the richest man in the world in 1992 with net worth of 13 billion.
(at the time Bill Gates was worth 3 billion).

Anyway, the main reason I visited was the art gallery. This was sadly closed.
However, the views from the 52nd floor are magnificent, and well worth the 20AUD ticket.

bELOW is the National Art Center

cOUldn't resist.
A fitting final last Japanese meal 

Just like the pic
Cheers Terry.

Saturday, 23 November 2019



New Sound Waves Modular Meet

There is a NSW Synthesizer modular meeting  coming in 1 week.

To be held at 107 Projects gallery , 107 Redfern St, Redfern.

Sat , Nov 30 .
5.00pm to 8.00pm

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Yoyogi Park Tokyo

If you're staying in Shibuya and have a few spare hours a great place to visit is Yoyogi Park.
It's adjacent to Harajuku Station and Meiji Shrine.

It was actually just a short walk from our hotel (Hotel Emit) in Shibuya ... just follow the train line to 5G mUSIC Technology (synthesizer store).
 5G (as most stores in Tokyo) open in the afternoon, so if you need to kill time in the morning, the park is a great place to do this.

This is the entrance (#Torii) gate.... it's a border between the secular or mundane world and the sacred....
 Most Shinto shrines have this gate.
It's a distinguishing feature between the Shinto shrine and the Buddist temple.
There is a special way to walk through the shrine... you must bow once, then walk through the side , not the centre.
The centre of the pathway through the shrine is considered to be for the kami (gods).

aVoid the centre as you walk down the path. Its 1km to the main building.

Meiji Jingu - Established on the 1st Nov 1920 ... nearly 100 years old.
It's a "man made" forest , planned to be a "real" forest in 100 years.
The forest is a shrine for national prayer and peace.

The shrine building was lost during WWII (fire) but was rebuilt in 1958.

The inner garden is 173 acres. The outer garden is 74 acres.



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