keepin' it ethereal
pamelia kurstin plucks notes from the ether
the first lecture from my electronic music class is up and available for viewing. because we're still technically in "shopping period" (registration ends on feb 5), the video is viewable by anyone with the bandwidth to handle it.
check it out on the course's video page.
i should note that the structure of my lecture is somewhat different than usual. in the interest of providing something of a thematic overview, i essentially do a close (creative?) reading of the "advice to clever children" article and discuss how, for all the ways they talk past each other, stockhausen and the "technocrats" actually seem to share a number of perspectives (as well as to disagree vehemently on other issues). in general, my lectures will focus more on particular electronic styles, how they're put together, where they're coming from (e.g., their historical and socio-cultural contexts), and the range of meanings they might engender.
if anything, i suggest skipping ahead to the second hour and checking out pamelia kurstin's wonderful lecture/demo. plain and simple: pamelia rocks. not only is she among the foremost theremin players in the world and an animated, articulate speaker, she goes beyond trad performance practice, employing loop pedals and cooking up some serious sonic stew. this is not to be missed--watch it while it's free!
if you like what you see, please join us. we'll be glad to have you along for the ride.