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!
The VIBES student-run concert series started the year strong with a brief showcase of compositions from students of the Peabody Computer Music department. Each VIBES concert has a theme, and the theme for our January 2019 concert was "Lost in Space" inspired by the 1965 TV series and the 2018 "reboot" featured on Netflix. Compositions ranged in focus from conveying stories of extra-terrestrial romance and tragedy to answering the question of what communication would like between humans and other life forms. Featured on the program were composers Norvin Tu-Wang, Zijun Wang, Erik Fredriksen, Jingzhe Wang, and Scott Li.
Compositions heard in the program showcased excellent use of samples and signal processing to bring stories - such as humans trapped in space or the tale of love in space - to life. Mixes were well-balanced, and the pieces were immersive, particularly in the case of the re-scoring of the film "Arrival" by Norvin Tu-Wang. Scott Li's piece, being the only piece featuring a live performance with the composer playing violin, provided good contrast to the other fixed media pieces and finished off the show nicely.
Below are some wonderful pictures taken by Mofan Lai and a short clip of Scott Li performing Memoriae: I. Fragments!
We had a fantastic time with our November concert "Noir". It was our last event of the year and definitely had the largest scope. Thank you to those who attended, especially to those that came to our pre-show and enjoyed the food and entertainment!
We had a huge variety in our program; thank you to our wonderful composers who submitted and to all of our performers for the evening. You may find the program linked here.
Linked below you will find the video recording of "Noir". Following, there are some great pictures of the event, taken by Peabody tenor Mofan Lai.
Our second concert was a great success! We had 2 returning composers, 2 new composers, and our concertmaster and wonderful guest, Rob Neubauer. Rob is a Peabody alumni, having earned his BM and MM in Computer Music, and was a wonderful host. He closed the show with an astounding setup including an upright bass, a plastic bin filled with toys, and a whole lot of processing. You can find more of Rob's work on his Soundcloud!
Below is a stereo YouTube recording of the entire concert below with audio that emulates the various surround sound systems peach individual piece used. For Tiantian Wang's piece, the visual Touhou component is included alongside her sound design and composition. You can find the program linked here!
Again, we have some fantastic photos taken by Peabody tenor and photographer Mofan Lai; several are in a gallery below. We will be doing more composer highlights of our wonderful student composers, so stay tuned!
Thank you to all that came out to our first VIBES concert. We were especially happy that there were students from several different departments in attendants. We premiered several new works this concert; you may find the program by clicking here.
There is a YouTube recording of the entire concert below, followed by some wonderful photos taken by Peabody tenor and photographer Mofan Lai.
Look forward to a future post that goes into more detail about the composers and the works premiered!
We had a fantastic evening at the VIBES Opening Reception for the incoming Peabody Computer Music students. We had a great turnout, some awesome presentations about current students' work, and interactive workshops with some of our studio's most unique equipment. Thank you so much to those who came; we were glad to have some help eating our food!
We wanted to post some of our favorite pictures and media from the event. Below are two videos of Sam Hoch's presentations on his interactive synth installation and one (of two!) Peabody Computer Music's Moogs, taken by Event Consultant Yian Hwang.
Below that are some wonderful pictures, taken by photographer and current Peabody tenor, Mofan Lai. There are some great photos of students using our VR system, exploring an environment created by Alex Ringo as part of a larger video game with an adaptive and intricate sound and visual design.
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!