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Saturday, May 7 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Harvestworks in Association with Knockdown Center presents Song and CYCLONE, an evening with Morton Subtonick and Joan La Barbara

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Morton Subotnick will present SpacePiece, an evening-length, site-specific composition for the Knockdown Center, an architecturally and acoustically superior space located in Maspeth, New York. The work features live electronics by the composer diffused in the space by 3D speaker arrays created by acoustic engineer Paul Geluso and performed by Ne(x)tworks, a collaborative ensemble of seven musicians. A Harvestworks Commission.

Morton Subotnick is an American composer of electronic music, best known for his Silver Apples of the Moon, the first electronic work commissioned by a record company, Nonesuch.
Paul Geluso received support from the Rockefeller Foundation;s New York City's Cultural Innovation Fund to develop and build a 3D sound processing and speaker system that could produce complex directional sound radiation characteristics. This area of sonic exploration holds vast possibilities for artistic expression and public exhibition.

Ne(x)tworks is devoted to performing works of living composers as well as enriching understanding of the works of American experimental composers who have influenced their compositions.

The new work by Morton Subotnick, composed especially for the ensemble will focus on Ne(x)tworks improvisational skills as well as their abilities to realize fully notated scores.


CYCLONE is a surround sound performance of the newly restored multichannel work by Joan La Barbara scored for multiple voices, percussion and Arp 2600 synthesizer sounds, for "semi-live" performance on multiple speakers with the original light panning device custom designed by Ralph Jones. The work was last performed in 1977 at PS1 in NYC (Queens) and was an award-winning sound sculpture installation/performance work (independent artist submission) at ISCM World Music Days (Weltmusiktage) in Bonn, Germany. Both installation/performances were done with analog audio tape (mixed to mono) and moved in the space using light-panning device and penlight. 

Joan La Barbara is an American vocalist and composer known for her explorations of non-conventional or extended vocal techniques. 

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Saturday May 7, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Knockdown Center