Dark Circuits and Third Eye Workshop Options

Dark Circuits Workshops

Dark Circuits workshops perform large multi-movement pieces by ensembles using contemporary electronic instrument practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, and more. See options below.

Third Eye Workshops

Third Eye workshops use fully notated scores. Participants explore phase techniques, open form approaches, and an unpredictable conductor. Depending on the occasion the workshop leans either towards contemporary classical or jazz forms. Or both.

Dark Circuits Orchestra Workshop Options

Festival Performance

With professional musicians such as 2009 at Cyberfest, St. Petersburg, Russia, and 2012 Gogolfest Kiev/Ukraine. One afternoon to get acquainted with the score and the conducting signs, followed by the performance.

College Workshops

Such as at a two-day event at Oberlin College 2010, or at Buffalo State 2014. In addition to get ready for the score, the workshop focuses on musical and technical issues specifically to electronic instruments, followed by the public performance. E,g, at Oberlin College we paired an acoustic with a laptop performer for individual live sound processing.

littleBits Orchestra Workshops

Such as for MakeMusicNY 2014/15. In addition to get ready for the performance, the workshop focuses on getting beginners acquainted with synthesizers. The score includes pictures of the module combinations on top, graphic notations and written instructions on the bottom of the pages.

See a detailed workshop announcement for the MakeMusicNY beginners workshop here.
See a detailed workshop announcement for the intermediate littleBits Band here.

Workshops for self-designed electronic instruments

With circuit bending, no-input mixers, analogue circuitry and synths, noise makers…and other creative ways to produce sounds electronically, such as at the Bent Festival 2011, or MakeMusicNY 2012/13. The workshop focuses specifically on the performers idiosyncratic approaches. Ideally this is at least a two-day workshop, to have enough time to program (and solder) before the performance.

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Dark Circuits Modular Synth Orchestra

As part of MakeMusicNY 2016, the Modular Synth Orchestra focused on analog synths.

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Max/MSP Intensive Workshop

Such as 2012 at CalArts. Ideally this is a one-week beginner’s workshop, in which an instrument is created that can be used in performance. Every day focuses on one specific part of the instrument, followed by a short practice session with the score. The workshop ends with a public performance.

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Dark Circuits and Light Workshops

Such as at CultureHub 2014/15. The workshop is for audio & visual performers, the score is written for both. Ideally this is at least a two-day workshop, to have enough time to program audio and visuals before the performance.

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Third Eye Orchestra Workshop Options

Festival Performance

With professional musicians such as at Yaroslavl Jazz Festival 2005, Staatstheater Kassel/Germany 2012, or at the 416 Festival Toronto with the Rub Out The Word Ensemble 2015. One afternoon to get acquainted with the score and the conducting signs, followed by the performance.

For the Rub Out The Word Ensemble I worked with materials the participants had composed beforehand, plus I did the live sound processing of the ensemble.

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Third Eye Chamber/Jazz Workshop

Such as Southstreet Seaport 2014, or Russia 2005. Participants explore phase techniques, open form approaches, and an unpredictable conductor. Depending on the occasion the workshop leans either towards contemporary classical or jazz forms. Or both.

See a detailed workshop announcement here.

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Third Eye Jazz Ensemble

Such as on a tour with professional musicians in Russia 2013. The pieces were written for the performers using phase techniques, and were constantly rearranged in each of the 6 performances. The music is available on Bandcamp (see the image to the right).

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Over Skype / Google Hangout

Occasionally a workshop may be possible over the internet, such as in 2014 with students of the Musrara Institute, Jerusalem.

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Bitches Brew Workshop

The original “Third Eye” workshop at the Sound Symposium Festival in St. John’s in 2004! Using material from Miles’ Bitches Brew phase (until 1974), the pieces get rearranged and newly combined by the conductor.

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