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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2009
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    My friend the beautiful and enormously talented Xenia Pestova is turning 30 this year and has put out a call for 30 second compositions to celebrate the event.

    Xenia

    I know there are a lot of musicians here, so I thought I'd mention it is as some of you might find it fun. She'll play as many solo pieces as she can on June 15th and will play any duo compositions as soon as she can arrange collaborators. I think it is a lovely and charming idea, so please go check out the details (and feel free to let her know I sent you).
    Details here.
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      CommentAuthorFractal
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2009
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    My kingdom for a scanner!

    I'll try to get something(s) done for this.
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2009 edited
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    Yay! I hope you manage it. Weren't you submitting to some conference or something in Montreal? Or did I dream that up? If I didn't dream it up, what came of it?
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      CommentAuthorFractal
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2009
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    You did not dream it up - I sent my string quartet to the Quator Bozzini's workshop. Hilariously, they turned me down and accepted my teacher (who did not tell me she was applying) instead. C'est la vie.
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2009
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    Awww.... bum. That's sucky. Well there are lots of music tech things happening around here; you should apply for something else. I should pay more attention and let you know when there are things relevant to you. What are you doing this summer?
    Is it extremely weird for us to be having this conversation on whitechapel?
    Yes. Yes it is.
    My end of term death march will be over as of the 16th. If you email me and tell me all your secrets I'll get back to you right around then. It is entirely possible that I will be drunk at the time.
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      CommentAuthorFractal
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2009
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    Secrets! Secrets will be en route soon, a score is already en route to Xenia.
    • CommentAuthorEvJ
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2009
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    Coincidentally, I've just started learning (or trying to learn) Pure Data, so this looks like a great first project. No idea how quickly I can knock out an entirely new composition with unfamiliar software, but I'll do my level best.
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeApr 12th 2009
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    EvJ - Yay! I'm glad to hear it.
    Also: One of my labmates created a virtual environment for haptics and graphics and music (or other things) that can be used via PD. I will start blogging about music tech things later this month, and that will be one of my first few posts. I'll be sure to mention it on whitechapel when I get it going, and if you've learned a little PD by then it might be a fun thing to try out.
    • CommentAuthorEvJ
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2009
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    Thank you Vanessa, enthusiasm is infectious :)

    I'm heavily snowed under with work at the moment. (Finished mastering half an hour ago! Now I have whisky, and a smile on my face.) I too now have to start with blogging, and get artwork finished, and work on a portfolio that's due in about two weeks. A pd 30 second piano composition for an interesting brief concept is portfolio-tastic though, so it's worth the effort. If I manage to finish it to a decent standard, it will be a lovely extra string for my application bow.
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    She might talk to Toy Box Trio out of Seattle!
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      CommentAuthorOllie
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2009
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    Its a Monday night and I don't want to do any mixing so bah, I may be an illiterate guitarist but I've given this a go.

    Where do I send the score (can't find an address)?
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2009
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    Ollie
    On the Open Call page she just links to her contact page.
    So I guess drop her a note there and ask where to send it.
    I don't want to publish her email address online if she hasn't since I'm sure she has her reasons.

    Willow I'm not familiar with them, though if they want to compose something I'm sure it is welcome.
    • CommentAuthorjeff
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2009
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    Bah, it seems the open call is over. It's a shame that I missed it. This is one of the coolest ideas I've ever seen.
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2009
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    jeff Aww... but you're right. It is brilliantly cool. I'm looking forward to the concert!
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2009 edited
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    Just a follow up to say that the concerts were really fun. Thanks to people who submitted!

    Xenia has just uploaded some recordings:

    30-second project pod, part 1: works for toy piano.

    Andy Lewis' X-Over for toy piano solo.

    (I think X-Over is quite clever. Listen as the accents move down then up the keyboard. I really like how many X themed pieces were composed for her.)

    She will announce it on her website as she posts more.
    • CommentAuthorjeff
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2009
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    Very cool. I like them both, though X-Over is my favorite of the two. I love the sound of toy piano. I'll have to look into getting one...