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Susan Frykberg (1954 - 2023)
It is with great sadness that earsay announces the passing of one of our beloved artists. Susan Frykberg passed away peacefully at her home in New Zealand on April 7, surrounded by family and friends.
A wonderful obituary can be found here from her hometown newspaper.
Susan lived and worked in Canada from 1979 to 1998, was a founding member of both the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, and the World Forum of Acoustic Ecology. As a devout Catholic, she often combined social justice and religious action into her musical practice in her later years.
Susan is perhaps best known for her music composition for voices, violin, and tape called “The Audio Birth Project,” her major release on the earsay label. Described by critics as “an emotional chisel,” “primal, cathartic,” and “a tour de force in both composition and subject,” this landmark work chronicles, in sound art, the process of labour and birth, based on interviews with her sisters and mother. The album title is derived from the major work “Astonishing Sense of Being Taken Over by Something Far Greater Than Me.”
earsay mourns the loss of this wonderful artist and human being.
Mein Stück „Capriccio con fuoco e riflessi“ wurde für eine Aufführung beim New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival in Juni ausgewählt. Das wird die offizielle Uraufführung dieses Stücks sein.
Notice in German follows…
Werke für Akkordeon und Elektronik von RAINER BÜRCK, LOTHAR HEINLE, OXANA OMELCHUK
Marko Kassl, geboren 1976 in Klagenfurt / Österreich, studierte u. a. bei Mika Väyrynen und James Crabb. Konzertexamen 2006 bei Mie Miki an der Folkwanghochschule Essen. Als Solist und Kammermusiker tritt er europaweit auf, so war er unter anderem zu Gast beim Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, beim Ankara Festival, bei den Donaueschinger Musiktagen. Seit 2007 unterrichtet er an der Hochschule für Musik Detmold, seit 2015 leitet er eine Akkordeonklasse am Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Sunday, September 26, 2021; 1-2:30PM
(approx. 1 hour total walking time, followed by a half hour open discussion)
Meeting Location: By the chandelier under Granville Bridge, NW corner of Granville St and Beach Ave. [map]
Soundwalks are free, but capacity is limited. Participants MUST register in advance. If you do not register we can not guarantee that there will be a spot available for you on the day of the Soundwalk.
MORE INFOMATION HERE.
Get all the latest information about the activities of composer / sound artist Susan Frykberg at her new web site here.
March 8, 1999
jo: Is the MIDI studio still there, still running?
[MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, a communications protocol established in 1983 that allows electronic musical instruments to interact with each other.
al: the MIDI studio is running on G3s
jo: Is the MOOG studio still there?
[Robert Moog invented the first Voltage-Controlled Electronic Music modular synthesizer in the mid-1960s. MORE INFO at the Synthmuseum]
al: Yes. We refuse to sell it.
bt: Good for you.
al: We are really going to make a very good effort next year to find extra money to be able to repair it properly because, you know, the technology is old, and you don't have the money so it's noisy, but it's still working. It's an excellent pedagogical tool.
bt: I think it's true. I think it's a mistake that everyone just charged ahead, everything being digital. It doesn't work pedagogically with all students. I keep the Sonic Studio a mixture of analog and digital, and it actually, it's my bias, but, as a computer music composer, it's my bias, but I think it's better pedagogically to have both.
al: I agree with you.
bt: And I think it's going to come back, I think it's going to come back, because digital is not getting the interactivity...
al: A few years ago I was really under pressure from some of the higher-ups, they said "oh the MOOG synthesizer and the ARP and the Synthi, sell everything, all the analog stuff" and so I did a minimum list of things I'd like to keep. And the thing is, the electronic studio has to keep prerequisite courses for people who try to get into the Sound Recording program. And the Sound Recording Program is one of the strongest programs at McGill. And so I said, we have to keep at least two analog two-track tape recorders. "Why two, just one [they asked]" No, two because at least you can copy from one machine to the other. Two four-tracks in the same direction and two eight-tracks: that's my minimum requirement. The rest could be DATs and ADATs, that's fine. Not only because of the SRP, you know, you might as well teach them all the newest digital technology, but they are going to get a job in a small recording studio and there is going to be an old tape by you or me that at least it has to be cleaned up, decoded, and passed to ADAT, so they have to know something about this...we cannot completely switch. So that's my minimum these days.
Information on electronic studios in Argentina (LIPM and others) with a really great story about chickens.
al: I have known Conrado Silva [composer] for 35 years.
jo: Do you know what he's up to now?
al: Not very recently. But I know that he runs a studio in Brazilia. We [wife actress/singer Meg Sheppard] have never been to Brazilia. He's an ex-student of John Cage. We did many projects together.
jo: When was the last time you were down there?
al: Last year
al: [to dk:] What's the problem about Argentina? Tell me. I come from there. I need to know.
dk: ...not many resources...
al: What about the exditella with Kröpfl ? That's phenomenal machinery... They have Next computers and very good rapport with Stanford with the exchange program.
[Editor's note: alcides clarified in a later email the following: <"exditella": means Instituto Di Tella in Buenos Aires. Within it there was the CLAEM [Centro LatinoAmericano de Altos Estudios Musicales], directed by Ginastera. I was part of the first bunch of fellows there [with Nobre, Valcarcel, etc]. In local argot we used to say "el ex Di Tella", which you transcribed your own way. The composer's name is Francisco Kröpfl. He developed the EMS studios at the Di Tella [CLAEM]. The operation survives today as the only surviving part of the CLAEM, but under a different name: LIPM [Laboratorio de Investigacion y Promocion Musical or similar]].
al: What about the electronic studio in Santa Fe? I bet you didn't know about that one?
dk: No I didn't.
al: There is something there. What about the studio with Oscar Bazan in Córdoba?
dk: Yah okay, I know that one.
al: Did you know that the chickens used to steal his splices...he used to hang all his splices...I went to school with this guy. So he set up his own laboratory at his home in Cordoba, he's poor and they have this chicken farm in the back, well a few chickens just to eat the eggs. So he set up all his tape recorders and everything there and apparently he was doing a piece with lots of splices so he cut all these ..so he put the splicing tape on all these sounds one, two three, seventeen... apparently the chickens they developed a taste for magnetic tape and they were eating them.
["splicing" is a technique used in tape-based studios to put different recordings together. Different sections of sound material recorded on magnetic tape (often "mylar") are cut up, then put together in new combinations using a special adhesive tape. The process is called splicing.]
bt: I'm not sure I'd want to have chicken in that restaurant.
az: Mylar-fed chicken...a new delicacy.
To learn more about alcides lanza, please visit his page at the Canadian Music Centre
about his show The Sonar Map on KSER (Seattle)