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 first concert of 2019 is LOST IN SPACE! It will take place Tuesday, January 22nd at 7:30pm at Peabody Conservatory room 309c. We are so excited for the new year and we are looking forward to working with even more composers!
The deadline to submit pieces is is this Friday (January 18th) by midnight; you may submit your work to VIBESpeabody@gmail.com. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions!
If you are interested but having trouble with your piece, consider checking out the movies Moon (2009), Gravity (2013), Interstellar (2014), or video games Raiden, and Galaxy on fire 2 for inspiration!
Linked below is our poster! We hope to see you there!
"noir", our third and largest scale concert to date, will be taking place Wednesaday, November 28th in the Center Street Performance Studio of the Peabody Conservatory. We will have a reception with food and noir entertainment at 5:30pm, with the concert proper beginning at 7:30pm. You can RSVP to the concert on Facebook here!
When we think noir, we think of the gritty, highly stylized Hollywood noir films of the 40s and 50s. Think pre-World War II Jazz, or the private detective that gets wrapped up in a convoluted murder case. As always, all interpretations are welcome, and all pieces will be considered for this concert's program. For interested composers, the deadline for submitting compositions is Tuesday, November 13th at midnight.
We are looking for a concertmaster for "noir", as well as our future concerts! The role of concertmaster carries a large amount of responsibility, and is a paid role for that very reason; you can find a list of concertmaster responsibilities linked here. If you're interested in being the concertmaster for noir, please contact us by Friday, November 2nd.
If you are interested for any reason, please don't hesitate to contact the VIBES staff at VIBESpeabody@gmail.com! Performances and concertmasters do not need to be Peabody students; we had Peabody alumni Rob Neubauer concertmaster our "COMPUTER MUSIC IN 3D" event!
All VIBES events are free and the reception has free food! Linked below is our poster for the event! We hope to see you there! :)
The host of each of our events is named the concertmaster. The concertmaster contributes a lot in planning their event, and the VIBES staff supports them as much as we can! Posted below is a list of the concertmaster's responsibilities for their event. The role of concertmaster certainly is a lot of work, bu the concermaster really gets to customize their event, helping make every VIBES event a unique experience. Please contact the VIBES staff at VIBESpeabody@gmail.com if you are interested in the role!
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!
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!