Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Metro DC Dance Awards

Some interesting news from last night's Metro DC Dance Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center... Big congratulations are in order to frequent collaborator and Improv Arts Co-Director Daniel Burkholder and his dance company, The PlayGround, who won the award for "Outstanding Group Performance" for their piece, "together/apart (we each go our way)."

I was also a finalist for an award, in the category of "Excellence in Sound Design/Original Composition." I was nominated for a project I worked on by Nejla Yatkin called "De/Reconstructing Mata Hari." It felt strange to be nominated for that one, since I didn't write any of the music. I was hired pretty much as an audio editor. Well, I did a fine job, I guess. Anyway, I didn't win that one - which is for the best. It would've been really strange to get an award for a little editing job but I suppose "finalist for 2006 Metro DC Dance Award" looks just fine on my resume, no?

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

DCIC mastering session

On Sunday, I went back to Silver Sonya for our mastering session. It went very smoothly, and as expected, working with TJ Lipple means it sounds great. Since he did such a bang-up job during the recording and mixing, there wasn't much fixing that had to happen - just some minor tweaks and edits. Now the new DCIC CD (working title is "Triangulation") is "in the can."

Honestly, we haven't a clue what to do with it now that it's done. Well, I mean we know we want to release it somehow, but beyond that, well, plans are a little fuzzy.

So now I have two CD's "in the can" and ready to be released... The new Fending/Matis disc, "Three Rocks" has been done for some time, and is going to be released in the next few months on Sockets CDR. Now we have to figure out who might want to help release a DCIC recording. Any thoughts?

Monday, September 04, 2006

Ka Himeni Hehena

Eigenvalues, my text/sound duo project with Cameron, is gearing up for our performance later this month (Sept. 29). This is one of the pieces we'll be performing. It's the only one we're doing that's not an original; this piece was written by Charles Amirkhanian. The text is all in Hawaiian, although it doesn't make sense. He's simply playing with the sounds of the words. The title means "The Mad Hymn." When we perform the piece, there will be two tracks of recorded voices, and then we do two voices live.