Responding to the COVID-19 virus, we have just uploaded our first virtual VIBES concert online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TK-msQ0Se0
The biggest hit of the concert is Shian Luo's "When You See it", a musical experience that takes you back to when you saw that despicable cockroach in your kitchen the other day... The concert also features my revised piece "Bonding Ritual", which sounds like it may come from a Indie game.
Big thanks to Tom Boram and Jimmy Joe Roche, guest artists from the HIGH ZERO electronic music community, who we invited into a ZOOM session and gave a fantastic workshop on electronic music improvising! If you missed it, it's your loss. Really.
Well, see you next semester year on VIBES :)
memory [retrospective] 2.25.20
What a wonderful night we had! I came up with the "memory" theme so we may have make more memories together. And I think I've accomplished just that.
Link to this concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6U5bwPlyuk
The highlight of the night is Ayla Cosnett's "Shrewsbury". A piece created with such philosophical complexity is something that I may never grow to understand. "The Memories with the Folk Song" by Nishan Jiang is another great piece that showcases the power of the Chinese instrument Erhu. She really knows her instrumentation.
Big thanks to all who showed up and enjoyed the concert :)
By Zijun Wang
I'm glad that VIBES gets to support the Peabody Hackathon competition, the "Hacking Harmony" event. Lena and I worked as volunteers, working around the Friedheim Library like those "geniuses" in the Apple stores. We performed two shows too, and I premiered my three-part suite with live violinists Ann Ching and Ran Huo.
Link to my piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvbQkvLY5TM
Hackathon has been such a blast! I heard because of the low participation, every participating team has won a money award. It makes me want to compete there too... (Wait why am I writing this down)
For our performance on Feb 1st, we reinvited dancers and composers from the "Dance with Computer Music". Scott Li presented his new piece titled "Clouds" featuring the use of Wiimote controllers. That was a really cool piece! Hopefully I will get a hold of that video soon.
By Zijun Wang
What a tiresome day. So many things gone wrong! So many work to do! But with such a splendid result, I think it's well worth our effort, and I am grateful for being able to work with all these talented people.
Link to this performance (playlist):
Big thanks to all composers and dancer for your time, effort, flexibility, patience and skills! Shout out to Erik Fredriksen who was the perfect host, and me who sat off-stage but took care of lights and mixing :) and Emmanuel Episcopal for providing us the performance space, and everybody for attending and enjoying the show!
As this is the first collaboration between Peabody Computer Music and Peabody Dance and turns out to be great, I'm looking forward to collaborating with the rest of Peabody!
By Zijun Wang
This is our second VIBES concert of the semester. We got so many great submissions! Awesome sample processing!
About the title of the concert: sample variance is a term in statistics that's used to measure the diversity of samples collected. But here, it's a pun. (*wink
Link to the pieces shown that night:
The only thing that's a disappointment is the number of audiences that showed up that night.
November 19th is my birthday. I'm now officially 23 years old. I even got to have cake :)
Hope everything will continue to pick up from this point!
peace [retrospective] [10.29.19]
By Zijun Wang
It's been days but I'm still nervous about our first concert in Fall 2019, titled "Peace". We had five awesome fixed media pieces about peace that peacefully pieced the pieces of peace together. Our composers for the evening were Zijun Wang, Jingzhe Wang, Qiu Yu, Yuxi Zhang, and Xiaogang Xiang.
Here are links to some of the pieces shown that night:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPTAeMWXCG4 --- Soul Broken
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wZiax61uDA --- Empty Mountains
Everything starts slow in the beginning. Before I had no experience in hosting concerts, creating posters, editing videos and catering events, but I'm learning fast, and I'm doing a much better job preparing our next event, "Sample Variance". I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
By Erik Fredriksen, Photos by Yian Hwang
We had a fantastic time with our Spring Concert, entitled "Cover Band Karaoke Night" We had one fixed media compositions and then several rearrangements of previous compositions and songs in both English and Chinese. Our composers/performers for the evening were Tiantian Wang, Zijun Wang, Erik Fredriksen and Xiaogang Xiang.
Below are three separate instagram posts with excerpts from the performance, linked below. Please consider following our Instagram page, @VIBESpeabody!
still [retrospective] [04.12.19]
Tuesday March 12 marked the next installment in the VIBES Concert Series called STILL. Thank you all so much to those that came and a huge thank you to Peabody Computer Music alumni Sandra Tavali Wuan-Chin Li for her piece and video program note. We had pieces by student computer music students Xiaogang Xiang, Dante Baskett, Tiantian Wang, and Norvin Tu-Wang. They submitted an incredible assortment of pieces and it was a fantastic time.
Below are some fantastic pictures taken by department staff Yian Hwang! We hope to see you at the next concert, “Do You Like Jazz?” (as well as the pre-concert party and food at 6:30!)
One of our GAs, Jeremy Harvey, prepared some detailed comments regarding his experience at the concert:
"The theme of this concert was very unrestrictive in nature, and we enjoyed pieces inspired by a wide variety of topics (from lightning to ducks and roosters!) All but one piece was a fixed media piece.
"Several of the pieces made me think about compositional devices and the way I write computer music. For example, the first piece, Dark Spots of Lightning, used D as a pedal point and used it as a drone throughout the entire piece, even though each of the synthesizers acted as layers. I would like to explore this further and practice focusing purely on texture rather than tonality. Tiantian’s piece for the Disklavier and Max/MSP challenged me to think about the validity of writing a piece involving electronics that sounds like it has any possibility of being played by a human. Does the use of Max with the Disklavier simply become an aesthetic? When writing computer music, is the only way to take advantage of electronics to write a piece that cannot be played by any other means?
"This concert challenged my thinking with questions such as these, and I hope future concerts will continue to do so".
still [program] [03.12.19]
VIBES is run by Peabody Computer Music students. This blog is to document each VIBES event's preparation, execution, and performances.
Thank you to Peabody Computer Music for supporting us!