Old (2005) Video Project

Artist/Musician,Graphics,Video Art — admin @ 8:35 pm

I just felt like posting something besides music.

These are collages using stills from a silent video project. The film uses shots of 4 different angles of moving railroad tracks with terminally saturated contrast. Shots were cut to specific lengths (8 frame multiples), numbered, and randomized. Any time the randomizer threw out 2 consecutive and equal frame-counts, I inserted a corresponding (third) black shot.

It’s definitely primitive. I made it on this computer (iMovie) in a couple of hours using LIRR footage = no great shakes. But I do like destroyed pixelated messes. Click here for the video.

 

Attention Screen: Otto’s Shrunken Head (w/ Dawoud)

Here’s a recording from our 12/2/11 sets at Otto’s Shrunken Head.

Personnel:
Bob Reina: electric piano
Don Fiorino: guitars, electric mandola
Mark Flynn: drums
Chris Jones: double bass
Dawoud (Abdoup Mboup, Jojo Kuo) : dilruba

No pics except this one of Don. Note the contact mic and sitar bridge. Drop in around 44:30.

Planetarium

Planetarium was conceived in 2001 after attending a lecture at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The idea was to create representations of planetary orbits in a “musical” way so they could be sensed or (in this case) heard. Each planets’ size (diameter) is represented by a tone (sine) within a fixed spectrum. Initially, this spectrum was too large (first experiments were set at 40-10k Hz) and resulted in sounds (even) I thought to be unlistenable. I decided to limit the spectrum to the current 2-octave range of 415-1660 Hz (Jupiter and Pluto being the extremes). The “years” are reduced to 1/10,000,000.

Note: This was before Pluto’s reclassification and exile to the Kuiper belt.

Many iterations of this project happened in the last 10 years. Tone duration was once a/2 and in the original spectrum of 40-10k? 6 minutes of 10k = not pleasant. There were planet specific “remixes”. The original “piece” represented 2 Plutonian years (approx. 496 Earth years), divided the Earth year (3.16s) into a 2-bar phrase and had 1/4-note kicks. At 151.89 BPM, a 1/4-note would equal about 45 days + 8 hrs.

I decided to re-examine the whole idea recently; I just couldn’t let it go. The expression of “music” didn’t seem to serve the concept. The intent is philosophic, not musical. To remove boundaries of macro/micro/faith/science. Kubrickian Zen.

I added two other (new) attributes to the tone-loops: Pan is assigned in relation to each planet’s average distance from the Sun (3.67 billion miles : 127). Gain is assigned based on a fixed range of 40 dB and each planet’s average distance from Earth (Earth = 0 dB). Durations are: a/4 + linear fade.

So now you know. This is why Planetarium is now (completed and) an online installation that loops forever if you want.

Start time is chaotic re: loading tone-loops. Consider it a Big Bang.

Above: Original graphics for Planetarium.

Above: At Meteor Crater, Arizona 2001.

 

Attention Screen Online Press Kit

ATTENTION SCREEN
Modern Jazz Integrating World Music and Classical Textures

 

The quartet Attention Screen integrates jazz, world music, and classical vocabularies into flowing musical explorations.

Their music is composed spontaneously, immediately accessible, and backed by four lifetimes of experience in jazz, classical, world music, and sound design. The group has released three CDs on Stereophile Recordings, an audiophile label.

Click on any cover art to purchase.

 

Live At Merkin Hall from 2007, showcases the group’s broad range in front of a sold-out audience at Manhattan’s intimate hall with near-perfect acoustics.

Click here to see it named one of Stereomojo’s Best Jazz albums of 2007 along with Herbie Hancock and Arturo Sandoval.

Click here to read the review from Downtown Music Gallery.

Click here to read The Making of Live at Merkin Hall written by Wes Philips and John Atkinson and click here for Wes Phillips’ original concert review, Miracle at Merkin.

Click play below for audio:

 MANSOUR’S GIFT
 FRUIT FORWARD
 NELL’S BELLS

Live at Otto’s is a more of a documentary/cinema vérité feel. Its track-list culled from two year’s worth of live recordings (also) by Stereophile editor John Atkinson. Released 2009.

Click here for John Atkinson’s Stereophile article about Live at Otto’s.

Click play below for audio:

 TAGINE BLEND
 ICE CRUSHING AT ALL SPEEDS
 CONSPIRACY OF FRETLESSNESS

Attention Screen Takes Flight At Yamaha from 2011, documents a concert partly commissioned by Yamaha to showcase their innovative AvantGrand piano.

Click here for Jason Victor Serinus’ review and interview.

Click here for John Atkinson’s article Live Recording: Documentary or Artifice.

Click here to watch the LIVE video of “13 Trojans of Vundo” also from ASTFAY.

Click play below for audio:

 SLEEPING METRONOMES LIE
 EAR TOPOLOGY
 THE DEER AND BUFFALO GOD CHURCHES

Although the group is based in New York City, they have performed internationally, and their compositions have received radio airplay from the West Coast of the U.S. to Madrid. Their roster of guest collaborators include: Daniel Carter (horns), Dee Pop (drums), Andy Haas (horns), David Gould (drums), Blaise Siwula (horns), and Mia Theodoratus (harp).

For 2012 and beyond, the group has been adding new instruments (mandolin, glissentar, free bass accordion, and upright bass) to the mix and plan another live recording with a recently refurbished pipe organ. Pre-production has also begun on an upcoming studio project produced by AS bassist Chris Jones and Stereophile editor/AS producer John Atkinson.

Contact:
Bob Reina
917.593.8536

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Attention Screen @ Otto’s 11/5/10

EDIT: This show is canceled! Here’s why. Sorry!

Double (twin) basses with guests John Atkinson and Liam Sillery.

Midipixels

Artist/Musician,Graphics — admin @ 7:36 pm

Another digital quickie…this one involving multiple zooms on MIDI CC info.

Attention Screen Reviews and Art History

Other Attention Screen graphic design. Also note Snowflake on one of the flyers. Check the reviews of Live at Merkin Hall (STPH018-2) via Stereomojo’s Best of 2007 and Downtown Music Gallery.

The “design concept” was obvious; 4 players, 4 basic colors. Soundbite explanation: Saul Bass/Blue Note redo with geometric cut-up Zen-chancery.

REMIX CULTURE anagrams to CRUEL MIXTURE

Artist/Musician,Blog,Graphics,Writing — Tags: — admin @ 3:36 pm

You’ve seen these in the subways. Without embarking on a point-counterpoint discussion about street art, remix culture, vandalism, and the unpredictable bullshit the NYC subway system often deals out causing the boredom that compels someone like myself to create these collages in the first place, just realize that these can be extremely creative. These pics are of some collages I discovered as well as some I made myself. Now that this phenomena has been addressed let’s never speak of it again.

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