LAMPO John Bischoff
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM (CDT)
John Bischoff’s work is precise and textured, spare, and at times delicate. By juxtaposing a performer’s interactions with an analog circuit and raw digital audio generated from a laptop, Bischoff creates instances of pulsed and modulated sound that intimately combine the analog and digital. "In these pieces, the detailed nature of the performer's actions with the circuit—the initiation of sound events, the timing between them, and their spectral characteristics—are analyzed in real-time and used to construct an extended computer-generated response,” Bischoff explains.
The set includes Surface Effect, Field Transfer, Vocal Imprint (Test Pressing), and a new untitled work.
John Bischoff (b. 1949, San Francisco, Calif.) has been active in the experimental music scene in the Bay Area for over 40 years as a composer, performer and teacher. He is known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis as his pioneering development of computer network music. His performances around the U.S. include New Music America festivals in 1981 and 1989, Roulette and Experimental Intermedia in New York City, and Lampo in Chicago. He has performed in Europe at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, STEIM in Amsterdam, and Fylkingen in Stockholm. In 1999 Bischoff received an award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in recognition of his music. Two important retrospective CD packages documenting computer network music were released in 2007 and 2008: The League of Automatic Music Composers: 1978-1983 (New World Records 2007) and a 3-CD set of recordings by The Hub titled Boundary Layer (Tzadik 2008). A new solo CD, Audio Combine, was recently released on New World Records and was picked as one of the ‘Best of the Year 2012’ by The Wire magazine. Bischoff is currently Associate Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California and has performed at Lampo in October 2004 and March 2008, presenting works Decay Trace, Audio Combine, Local Color, and Tesla Sync.
This performance is presented in partnership with Lampo. Founded in 1997, Lampo is a non-profit organization for experimental music, sound art and intermedia projects. Visit www.lampo.org.
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Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.
Image: Craig Hodgetts, “Ecotopia,” 1978. Lead pencil and magazine cut out inlay, 14 1/2 x 17 inches. Copyright Craig Hodgetts. Courtesy of Hodgetts + Fung. Photo Joshua White.