On the stage: two men, a woman, and an artifact, a freestanding mélange of industrial, military, and domestic hardware. The humans hold graceful, polished objects, but the domed assemblage stands alone. And while the woman and men make sound (vibrate the air) holding and fingering the graceful objects, the artifact, named io 0.0.1 beta++, makes sounds without being touched at all. io and the humans improvise together, listening to each other, responding to each other’s musical gestures. io’s playing is often clearly relating to what the human musicians are doing.
What a curious situation. How does this mingling of human and non-human in the production of music work? What does an improvising artifact introduce into this techno-social imbroglio…?
© 2011 Sara Roberts.
06–11–11: change release date to August 2011.