Southern Exposure New Music Series
The latest concert in a University of South Carolina School of Music series has faculty and guest artists creating sounds with the help of technology and one particular prickly plant.
The Southern Exposure New Music Series explores contemporary, classical and world music written in the past 30 years. Friday’s free concert, titled “Exposed Wiring V,” is the fifth installment within the series to focus on computer-assisted live performances.
“We are so surrounded by technology these days, but it's still a little unusual to hear pieces that weave technology into them in such an overt way,” artistic director Mike Harley said. “We get to devote an entire evening to works that live in that arena.”
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The show is curated in part by USC composer and computer music whiz Reginald Bain, with performances by Pittsburgh quintet C Street Brass; percussionist and USC grad Cameron Britt; and soprano/guitar duo Sharon Harms and Kenneth Meyer. Seven USC faculty musicians also will perform.
The works primarily manipulate music using technology or computer programs that help process sounds and change them live, Harley said. For some pieces that includes a vibraphone and tape, speakers and laptops.
Four works were created specifically for the show and will be heard for the first time Friday.
Now, about that cactus.
Harley wouldn’t give too much away, but he did say that there is a cactus involved in music making. “People will leave with a whole new idea about what a cactus can do.”
7:30 p.m. Friday at the USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. Free. http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/music/
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