More music to listen to

So I’ve got a set posted in the sweet little music player here on my site called kplv on tranqs.

I was asked by the always brilliant duo The Fun Years to play an opening set for them when they did a quick New England tour last year (two years ago? I don’t know, whatever.) It was a really cool gig at this place in Somerville where really really smart people hang out called The Echo Nest.

I put together a mashup set of classic keepalive tracks, unlockedgroove classic bangers and some ambient stuff I was working on – the catch is – it was all at 48bpm. That’s like watching grass grow. But it’s not – I swear! I think it’s a really cool set – not too long, but perfect for a relaxing chill on the couch, or in the rotation while you’re wasting time on the interweb. If you listen to any of it, check the end – I love it. You can stream it in the player to the right, or download the mp3 here.

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By | March 31, 2008 | Announcements

New Puzzle Remix

Check it: fresh stylings of an old rocka.

I’m just finishing a new remix of one of my favorite jams called “puzzle”. I’ll be polishing things up for the next couple weeks but wanted to post it up for a few peeps to check it out. The remix lives here. Please let me know what you think. You can check the original out here.

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By | March 25, 2008 | Announcements

Tender Hooks in NYC and Philly

So I’m back in Boston and it’s still too cold to ride a bike without gloves on.

And what am I doing? Lots of little work, catching up on tax stuff, blah blah blah. In a couple weeks I head to London to perform Ainadamar at the Barbican. After that I’m headed to New York to work on a new piece with friends Anna Clyne and Joshue Ott.

Tender Hooks is a really sweet idea – it’s like a Double Laptop Concerto with orchestra. There’s an audio laptop (me) a visual laptop (Josh) and an Orchestra. Josh and I have connected our computers so that when he pushes harder with the pen, things happen to the sound and when I send certain commands to him, the visuals move in concert with what’s coming out of my computer. This is much more than the visualizer from winamp you used to spend all your time looking at in college. We’re carefully choreographing what will work best and meld well with the orchestral score.

THEREMINAnna has written a piece with these ideas as a firm foundation. Essentially it promises that the electronics will be an organic part of the piece – not a last-minute addition that takes away from beautiful music. Also I’m really excited to use the Theremin controller we’ve purchased for the project. Hopefully this will get away from the “checking of the email” syndrome of many performances with laptop.

Tender Hooks will be performed at Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall) on Friday, Apr. 25 at 7:30pm. We’ll also be doing it on Sunday, Apr. 27 at 7:30pm at UPenn. There’s more info on getting tickets here. Come check it out!

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By | March 20, 2008 | Projects

Ayre tour finishes and it’s on to Ainadamar in Philadelphia

Yet another round of goodbyes wrapped up the most recent Ayre tour.

It’s always hard to say goodbye to the incredible people that I spent the last two weeks with. I have learned so much from them and love every moment spent making fun of ourselves, etc. I feel very lucky to have been involved with the project and can’t wait to do it again. Holland, here I come.

No rest for the wicked. I was in Boston for no more than 14 hours, and hopped on the train to Philadelphia. Wow. So Here I am, sitting in a fab 2br apartment. I can stumble out the door and eat at any one of the local establishments. (Today I ate at Little Pete’s an all nite diner stronghold in a truly gentrified neighborhood). There’s a Steinway in the next room begging me to write music on it. There’s the ubiquitous high speed connection that feeds me plenty of distraction and lets me sit on facebook for hours at a time. There’s even DirecTV satellite business happening.

But much more importantly there’s the Curtis School of Music around the corner. This school and these kids are pretty amazing. Every day things at the school stop dead for tea time. How cool is that? Anyway, I’ve been asked to man the laptop once again in their production of Ainadamar that’s going down at the Kimball Center here in Philadelphia. Good stuff.

In the meantime I am working on a couple deep techno tracks as well as formulating ideas for a couple big pieces that I will be writing this fall. More to follow.

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By | March 6, 2008 | Day to Day