Friday, February 17, 2023
World Music Hall, Wesleyan University
The first evening of the Idiopreneurial Entrephonics II festival of live electronic music begins with performances by Bonnie Jones and John Bischoff.
Bonnie Jones presents samesame, a multichannel electronic music, sonic counter-narrative. Using field recordings, circuit-bent electronics, samples, and historical recordings, samesame considers how the specificities of our individual experience and perception of the world are reflected and refracted within geopolitical and historical narratives.
John Bischoff presents Bitplicity and Visibility Study. Both works employ pulse-wave analog circuits sounding in audio and sub-audio realms that are animated by performer actions—primarily the momentary shorting of conductive points in each circuit. He rounds off the concert with Calliope, a take-off on Leon Theremin’s realization of Henry Cowell’s Rhythmicon, an instrument which automatically reiterates its tones at rates corresponding to the ratios of the sounding pitch combinations. But in Calliope the instrument is designed to have internal drift in all dimensions so the tones migrate out of tune and disassemble in time as each phrase develops.