October 26, 2012 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am - 10:00 am to 11:00 am
This Friday I’m giving a short talk to my friend Emilie Baltz‘s class at the School of Visual Arts. The students are studying for their Masters of Fine Arts in Products of Design. It’s a small class, but if you’re interested in coming by, I’m told I can invite guests.
She asked me to discuss the use of props in music, specifically mentioning the idea of megaphones. I have departed somewhat from this idea, and will be doing a short, improvised, visually-driven talk called Enter the Horn: megaphones, sound props & striking a balance between irony, authenticity and futurism.
Among the topics being discussed are Judaism’s use of the ram’s horn shofar — Italian futurism — Edison’s invention of the phonograph — circular breathing sax player Colin Stetson – Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue — the instantly anachronistic gold record that Carl Sagan curated for the Voyager spaceship — Andrew Bird’s spinning horn — the amplifiers of the band Shellac — German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten — Buke & Gase’s handmade instruments — novelty iPhone speakers — composer Tristan Perich — comedian Reggie Watts — and the performance art band People Get Ready.
Hopefully it won’t be too pretentious. There’ll be a lot of JPEGs and YouTube clips.
Postmodern Horns aka “Beyond the Horn”
Posted by Alec Hanley Bemis
Tags: Andrew Bird, Blue Man Group, Emilie Baltz, Italian Futurists, Judaism, People Get Ready, Reggie Watts, School of Visual Arts, Shofar, Specific Ocean, Steven Reker, The Problem With Nostalgia, The Problem With the Avant Garde, Thomas Edison, Tom Waits