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Fall Experimental Music Festival: The Remix, the Cut-Up, the Open Work
thefidget space
Philadelphia, PA
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Fall Experimental Music Festival: The Remix, the Cut-Up, the Open Work
---festival schedule---

Doors at 8PM, Performances begin promptly at 8:30PM
Come to one night, or attend the entire festival!

////November 7th - Bruce Haack Listening Party with Peter Price///
<fidget> co-director Peter Price invites you into Bruce Haack's basement archive to hear recently unearthed tapes, never-before shared publicly, by this electronic music outsider and pioneer. Live re-mixing, listening party, lecture/discussion.

///November 8th - Exploring the "open work"///
How do the symbolic markings of musical notation at once circumscribe and inform the field of possible musical actions? From the invented notations of Christian Wolff to contemporary graphic and video scores by Vinko Globokar, Christina McPhee, Philip Corner, and Patrick Hart, curator Thomas Patteson presents a selection of music from the 60's to the present.  The concert featuring musicians Eric Derr, Aaron Stewart, Chris Schelb, Elizabeth Huston and Quinn Dougherty, will be framed by a contextualizing lecture by Patteson and a post-performance discussion with the musicians.  

///November 9 - Dada>Cut-up>Code - a shared bill with thingNY and Adam Vidiksis///
Guest artists thingNY will perform mouthfuls of Kool-Aid for the masses: vocal Dadaist babble, entrancing instrumentals, rapid-fire verbiage, and heaps of paper detritus.
Guest curator and <fidget> artist-in-residence Adam Vidiksis remixes electroacoustic pioneer John Chowning's iconic work, Stria, using percussion and quadraphonic sound.

---about this year's festival---
As a society, we are enamored of the remix, the mash-up, and other derivative spinoffs of this idea.  <fidget>'s 2014 Fall Experimental Music Festival (FEMF) unearths and celebrates historical contexts of the remix, honing in on how this kind of activity keeps reasserting itself onto the cultural landscape.  <fidget>'s co-director, Peter Price and guest curators Thomas Patteson and Adam Vidiksis look to the cut-up technique of William Burroughs, Umberto Eco's idea of the "open work", and the rigorous tinkering with sampling and electronics by outsider and pioneer of electronic music, Bruce Haack.

This year <fidget>'s FEMF celebrates its fifth anniversary, looking back on thematic threads from John Cage to Afrofuturism, and carries forward ideas from The Remix Festival, a dance festival co-produced by <fidget> in partnership with curator Annie Wilson.  FEMF looks to the past to emphasize that the remix cannot be reduced to a contemporary phenomenon.  Questions of authorship, ownership, pluralism, and experimentation through play are still relevant to us today.

---about the curators---

Peter Price is a composer, digital artist, and media theorist. He co-directs <fidget>, an experimental performance group and venue in Philadelphia. His work has been presented by Network for New Music, Relache Ensemble, and performed at many Philadelphia venues including the Kimmel Center and the Painted Bride, and has toured to Tokyo, Poland, Lithuania, New York, Vienna, Berlin, Dresden, and South Africa. Price studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received a degree in composition from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He holds a PhD from the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland, where he has also been artist in residence, scholar in residence, guest lecturer, and is currently the John Cage Fellow.  His book Resonance: Philosophy for Sonic Art was published by Atropos Press in 2011.

Thomas Patteson is musicologist and curator who specializes  in music since 1900. His research and teaching explore the modern classical tradition and its twentieth-century offshoots of electronic and experimental music. His first book, Instruments for New Music: Sound Technology and Modernism in the Weimar Republic, is currently under consideration at the University of California Press. Thomas has studied at New College of Florida, the University of Cologne, and the University of Pennsylvania. Actively involved in the Philadelphia new music scene, he is an associate curator at Bowerbird and has collaborated with groups such as Data Garden, <fidget>, and Philadelphia Sound Forum. Thomas currently teaches the history of twentieth-century music at the Curtis Institute.

Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose interests span from historically informed performance to the cutting edge of digital audio processing. Equally comfortable with both electronic and acoustic composition, his music has been heard in concert halls and venues around the world. His work focuses on exploring new timbral soundscapes in both electronic and acoustic works, frequently using found objects that highlight and explore the vast world of sounds that surround us everyday. Vidiksis often uses the computer not only as a means of enhancing and manipulating the sounds he produces, but as a digital performer on equal footing with its human counterparts. He has a deep interest in science and technology, an enthusiasm that has profoundly influenced his work as a musician. Vidiksis's research in music technology focuses on techniques for realtime audio processing, designing gestural controllers for live digital performance, and machine improvisation. His music often explores sound, science, and the intersection of humankind with the machines we build. He currently teaches on the composition faculty at Temple University.

Founded in 2006 for an ad hoc festival in the historic Loew's Jersey City Theater, thingNY has grown into a quirky collective of New York composer-performers interested in fusing electronic and acoustic chamber music with new opera, improvisation, theater, text, song and installation. Comprised of the core ensemble - Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Jeffrey Young, Gelsey Bell, Dave Ruder, and Andrew Livingston - thingNY performs experimental sound works created collaboratively and by adventurous composers and artists.

Throughout its eight-year history, thingNY has premiered hundreds of works including three marathon mass-email-call-for-scores (a.k.a. SPAM) performances, each containing over 50 new works, as well as two evening-length operas, one comic-book album, a 250-page hardcover book on the subject of Time, a home sound installation, and countless collaborative projects.  They are currently developing a third, evening-length, collaboratively written opera for 2015 called "This takes place close by". While in production, this latest opera has toured to Philadelphia, Boston, New Haven and Alberta, Canada.

---about the founders, producers and venue---
<fidget> is a platform for the collaborative work of Megan Bridge (choreography) and Peter Price (time-based media). <fidget> embraces the ideas of Raoul Vaneigem who declared, in his 1967 book The Revolution of Everyday Life, "The work of art of the future will be the construction of a passionate life." Bridge and Price work towards this vision every day, living in and raising two kids in their work space, inviting art and artists into their home.

Since 2009, <fidget> has curated and produced 55 different programs (made up of 183 individual events) ranging from seminar series and free lectures to work-in-progress showings, benefit cabarets, and experimental dance, music, and theater performances. <fidget> purposely frames its curation around supporting events that would likely not happen elsewhere in Philadelphia. The list of people who have walked up the four flights of steps to the Kensington loft includes choreographers Lucinda Childs, Willi Dorner, Deborah Hay, Susan Rethorst, and Xavier Le Roy, composers and musicians Dan Blacksburg, King Britt, Tim Brady, Audrey Chen, Rob Haskins, Bhob Rainey, and Alex Waterman, and theorists Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, and Aliza Shvarts.

thefidget space
Housed in a 19th century, 4700 square foot warehouse in Kensington, thefidget space opened its doors in June 2009.  Through a presenting platform, an artist-in-residence program, and affordable rehearsal space for dance and theater groups, <fidget> and thefidget space work to promote experimental and interdisciplinary art making and discourse.  With a focus on immediacy of audience experience (imagine lounging on a comfy couch, sipping on a glass of wine, and watching a performance unfold a few feet in front of you), thefidget space aims to challenge conceptual paradigms in the arts and humanities and deepen thinking about culture and the nature of human experience.


thefidget space (View)
1714 North Mascher St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Experimental
Music > Festivals

Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: fidget
On BPT Since: Feb 22, 2011
Christina Gesualdi
(215) 901-5226