|Zero Waste is a duo for pianist
Kathleen Supove and computer, which challenges the live performer to both
create and sight-read a new piece on the spot. The computer displays
two measures of software-generated music in common music notation. Once
Kathleen begins playing, the software begins to transcribe her performance
into the score. The performer in turn, "sight reads" this score.
As the performer continues to sight read and play, the computer continues to listen and notate, creating an interactive synergy where performance errors and expressive deviations lead to new musical worlds. Over time the challenge of sight reading and the limits of music notation evolve the piece into something very different than how it began.
"One of my students compared Zero Waste
to the game of 'telephone', while someone else said it brought to mind
Alvin Lucier's "I Am Sitting in a Room", where the emphasis is on the resonances
in a system rather than the source material itself. Each performance of
Zero Waste is unique: each starts with a new two-measure computer-generated
"seed" of music, and of course each sight-reading will be rich with variation.
The performance persented here is the premiere, as performed by Kathleen
Supove on November 11, 2002, 8 pm, at NYU's Loewe Theater, 35 W4th St.,
- Nick Didkovsky
* Zero Waste is composed by Nick Didkovsky
for Kathleen Supove, using the music programming language JMSL, visit http://www.algomusic.com
* JSyn (C) 1997 Phil Burk, visit http://www.softsynth.com
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