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Body/Machine: A Moderation Concert, 2016

"The human body is a machine consisting of many different interconnected machines. Each machine (brain, heart, ear, eye) runs at its own individual speed, but all function in a specific, predetermined relationship to each other." 

This concert addresses the correspondence between the human body and the drum set as parallel machinery. Thus by exploring the drum set as an extension of the human body, the physicality of drumming becomes a bodily function.

In 1965, a man by the name of Alvin Lucier performed a percussion work in which he transmitted the data signals from his brains alpha waves to resonant percussive instruments—it was called ‘Music for Solo Performer.’ In an attempt to recreate and revitalize his composition, this piece combines musical equipment from the past as well as the present to modernize his ideas to portray them through the mind of a percussionist.

On the spectrum of human sight, peripheral vision occupies the majority. The periphery maps the space around us and provides a guide for selective attention. While I am able to spatially organize the drum set around me, my eyes focus on an indistinct point so that only my periphery has the head of each drum in view. It is this perceived sight that is present in ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ and ‘Videotape,’ in which sight is conditional and addressed via a medium.

Photographed by Brendan Hunt.

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