New EM InstructionalHTML

New Electronic Music Instructional Resources

New electronic music instructional resources by composer and electronic arts pioneer, Ron Pellegrino, author of the classic book The Electronic Arts Of Sound And Light

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The new materials are various parts of the Emergent Music And Visual Music: Inside Studies project. The materials include two books, a set of 4 DVDs and 8 CDs, all published since the latter part of 2009.

Part One: the books:

1. Emergent Music And Visual Music: Inside Studies
. The book articulates the three key notions that the project explores in depth - emergent music, visual music, and real time composition:
Emergent music: music that grows out of algorithms or systems with environments designed or naturally configured to promote self-organization. The composer's role is to create or to find algorithms or systems that are appropriate for this function, as well as to make aesthetic judgments on the musical value of what emerges from those algorithms and systems.
Visual music: an integrated multimedia approach to music based on the principle that there are both natural visual manifestations and invented visual representations, connections, reflections, translations, mappings, and embodiments of all sonic musical elements, structures, and processes.
Real time composition: an exercise in composition that relies on the principle of "tuning on-the-fly," that is, making adjustments to compositional variables according to the requirements of the moment.

2. Realizing Electronic Dreams: A Composer's Notes And Themes. This book is organized as a guided tour through the compositional thought processes and the physical settings of the six new CDs that make up Part Three of the Emergent Music And Visual Music: Inside Studies project. Detailed program notes (the “Notes”) for every track open windows to the forces that generated the music. Included in each chapter are essays (the “Themes”) that set the conceptual stage for the music on a particular CD.

Part Two: a set of 4 DVDs:

The audiovisual material on the DVDs has never been publicly released except in small format, low resolution bits and very short pieces used to illustrate one point or another on my website. What that means is that this is the first time the material on the DVDs is available outside of my live performances. The four DVDs contain audiovisual examples of the studies covered in Emergent Music and Visual Music: Inside Studies, Part One: The Book.

DVD Volumes 1 and 2 include a broad range of studies involving a variety of video explorations, computer animations based on dynamical systems algorithms, music synthesizer-driven laser animations, and full and excerpted recordings of studio sessions and live integrated media concert performances I did with various collaborators—dancers, video and light artists as well as musicians.

DVD Volumes 3 and 4, called Pythagoras & Pellegrino In Petaluma, contain music synthesizer-driven, animated laser imagery—visual music meditations based on Pythagorean principles articulated as an approach to performance that is, in fact, a type of real time composed walking tour through the various states of dynamic equilibrium found around the intersections of stereo wave trains whose fundamental frequencies have whole number ratios. The meditations are video-appropriate examples of laser animations that are created via a real time compositional process, a process that can be thought of as a dance to, from, and around those intersections.

Part Three: the 6 CDs:

CD 1 - Audience Favorites is composed of a never-before-now-published collection of 12 pieces that have been field tested in hundreds of concerts and radio and television broadcasts in North America, South America and Europe. Of the numerous pieces showcased in those events, this collection emerges as audience favorites

CD 2 - Italian-American Electronic Music Dramas
features the music synthesizer duets of Ron Pellegrino and Sal Martirano (no surprise, two Italian-Americans); the duets are filled with dramatic music surges. The featured tracks were recorded at three separate times and places—in 1973 during a live performance at the University of Illinois Phoenix ’73 Festival of New Music, in 1974 during evenings of play in Sal’s University of Illinois studio, and in 1975 at Sal’s personal facility located on his property.

CD 3 - San Francisco 70s Free Music Scene.
The San Francisco Free Music Scene did not simply emerge, it positively erupted during the 1970s. For priming the Free Music pump considerable credit needs to be given to the inspiring work of the resident and visiting artists of the Center For World Music during its 1973-74 tenure at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. Hearing inspiring nonwestern music in a natural acoustic setting is a sure fire way of deprogramming western ears and liberating them to explore an expanded range of possible sounds and sound structures.

CD 4 - Sonic Dreams: Folk Music For The Millennium.
One of many gifts from the dream world is its function as a portal to what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious, the realm where, in archetypal forms, all that ever was experienced and all that might ever be experienced reside and connect in spirit and idea. In archetypal terms and forms, the collective unconscious is a world where we, via dreaming, can explore and tap into the complete past and at least the near future of human thought and feeling. It makes sense to include the near future because in large part it's the result of the past acting through the present.

CD 5 - Playgrounds.
The only way to excel in the performance arts is to practice your play and to keep your practice playful. Meaningful practice requires playful repetition. Mindless and soulless repetition normally has a very short lifespan and, if that lifespan is extended by any form of force, the result is always mechanical execution bereft of heart and soul, a lamentable waste of a precious gift, the refined life force.

The artful way to focus and extend practice is to treat it as play. The quality of that play is directly correlated with one’s imagination as expressed by the invention of variations and embellishments that fertilize the objectives of practice in ways that bear the fruit of meaningful art. If one can’t learn to enjoy practice, one has no future in that medium.

CD 6 - University Playgrounds.
The Western world in the modern day continues to make monumental human and financial investments in universities of all sorts and sizes. Universities are where our culture focuses our resources for current visions of higher education. Philosophically what all those universities have in common is their dedication to both programmed and free play—physical play, mental play, and spiritual play. Despite the pressure from administrative and faculty bureaucrats and technocrats to conform to the established standards (which tend to be fixed and mediocre) there are always untethered souls who intuitively understand the higher purposes of the university and still possess the child's sense of wonder, joy, and play at whatever opens windows to light and fresh air. The freedom lovers understand that their roles are to keep that aesthetic position alive and flourishing in the face of ever greater pressure to turn the university into a collection of technical schools that caters only to big businesses and the cogs it requires for its maintenance and growth.

Attending a university continues to be a special privilege at a special time in life—typically during the full bloom of youth. It's a special privilege because of what all the investments taken together have wrought—the grounds, the buildings, the general and special purpose spaces, the resources, and the people who bring it all to life including one's peers as well as the employed faculty and staff. People attend universities with the expectation that they will have opportunities to participate in once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This is especially true of anything connected with the arts, particularly the experimental arts.

Plus two CDs that sonically flesh out ideas developed in Pellegrino’s classic book The Electronic Arts Of Sound And Light:

Volume 1, The Electronic Arts of Sound and Light: Music for the Book

Volume 2, The Electronic Arts of Sound and Light: Music for the Book

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