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Wrap-up: Chicago Bass Festival

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Gadzooks! This particular blog post has been nothing but a title, saved in “draft” mode for more than 7 months.

We (Anton, Pat, Dan and I) had a good time playing at the Chicago Bass Festival. Attendance was lighter than it had been at the inaugural festival two years age, and the audience for our performance was pretty spare. But–not to say having an audience isn’t important, but–we had other things on our mind:

The part of our contribution that I was most excited about was our performance of Mike Wittgraf’s Autogenous Mining, a piece composed for us. For double bass quartet and interactive electronics, each bass is mic’d and the sound from the basses triggers samples and effects on KYMA X software and a Pacarana sound synthesizer. The computer operator affects the sound and processing using a Wii remote and nunchuk. The title refers to the process of “self-mining” the strings of the bass for different sounds.

A recording of Autogenous Mining from the Bass Festival is now available on SoundCloud. I wrote about the piece in other blog posts as well.

Our program for the performance was as described in my post announcing it.

Chicago Bass Festival, February 5, 2012

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

We’re on tap for a performance at the Chicago Bass Festival (link still showing 2011 information–visit the Facebook page instead).

February 5, 2012, 2:00 pm.
On the grounds of Ravinia Festival Park
Highland Park, IL

Admission included in Bass Festival registration.

(If you’re interested in hearing us perform, but don’t want to register for the entire Bass Festival, please contact me. Perhaps I can arrange something!)

For the Bass Festival, we’ll take on a somewhat more challenging (musically/for the listener) program than for our January performance. It includes a world-premiere of a piece for double bass quartet and interactive electronics.

Program (mostly for certain*):

  • Wittgraf, Autogenous Mining for double bass quartet and interactive electronics
  • Russell, Ultra-Rondo
  • deVictoria arr. Cameron, Three Spanish Motets
  • Garcia, A Night in Compostela
  • perhaps some amusing selections from Miloslav Gajdos
  • Jacque Harper
  • Anton Hatwich
  • Julian Pat Romane
  • Dan Thatcher

Links for the Bass Festival:

* in the spirit of blogging, I will update this list as plans firm up!