I participated in the inaugural Disquiet Junto night at Enemy Sound last Thursday. A detailed writeup of the evening courtesy of Disquiet’s Marc Weidenbaum can be found here (disquiet.com). My performance begins around the 1h 29m mark. In addition to the remarks I made regarding my set and preserved in the MP3, I should also note that I performed a third, very brief piece in between my two official pieces, which I have ex post facto titled “Rondo for MacBook Digital Out and Dodgy 1/8″ Stereo Cable.”
Here is a Soundcloud link to the original version of my glass harp piece, where I go into further detail about the rig. And here is a YouTube link to my original performance. Comparing the two, I think the live version from last week contains the added energy of being played in front of an audience. While the sounds from the first version were largely confined in origin to the traditional glass-circling method, at Enemy I was emboldened to create sounds by tapping various parts of the glass and the contact mic itself. The latter method produced low thumps that sounded very much like a kick drum, and the piece overall became much more percussive.
It was an inspiring night full of adventurous performances that featured everything from computer processing to radio signals to poetry. I enjoyed meeting Marc and several active members of Chicago’s experimental electronic music community.