UNIVERSAL SYNCHRONY MUSIC, VOLUME 2 (2014)
Universal Synchrony Music (USM) is a cosmic multi-year telematic music project (2013-2017) in collaboration with the NASA Kepler Mission and NASA ArtSpace exploring musical, technological, and metaphorical realizations of synchrony. Sonification of data from the Kepler Mission on stars and planets 1000-3000 light years away is utilized for presence and interaction for synchrony. Synchrony is defined as perception of alignment of distributed time and space components. This electroacoustic telematic ensemble is comprised of renowned experimental musicians utilizing their individual innovative musical languages in manifestation of the piece.
USM Volume 2 premiered April 6, 2014 at CCRMA of Stanford University and Simons Center of Stony Brook University. Focuses on the metaphor of the NASA Kepler Mission’s search for habitable planets as a search for synchrony. Over 700 planets had been identified in the habitable zone so far through this mission. USM Volume 2 sonifies these habitable planets and the stars they orbit, utilizing data such as light curves, phase curves, surface gravity, magnitude, radius, temperature, celestial coordinates, period, transit depth, transit duration, solar planet ratio, distance from Earth, and orbital alignments with Earth. This sonification gives presence to these planets and stars as a “third location” in the telematic concert and explores their attributes for synchrony. USM Volume 2 was developed in close consultation with the performers, data analysts, and technologists. The musical concepts include resonance, timbral synthesis, integration, nodal intersections, pulsation, contour, harmonics, inner universe and outer universe relations, and alignment as synchrony.
New York Musicians - Ray Anderson, trombone, Miya Masaoka, koto, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa and voice, Doug Van Nort, computer and electronics, Sarah Weaver, conductor
Stanford Musicians - Alex Chechile, computer and electronics, Cathleen Grado, computer, Shu Yu Lin, computer, Robert Dick, flutes. Madeline Huberth, data analysis, Manaswi Mishra, data formatting.
Kepler/K2 Mission Data Collaborators: Jon Jenkins - Analysis Lead for the NASA Kepler Mission, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute, NASA Ames Research Center. Professors William Welsh, Jerome Orosz, and Donald Short, Astronomy Department, San Diego State University. Madeline Huberth, CCRMA, Stanford University. Daniel C. Fabrycky, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago.
THE POINT BEING (2014)
Ray Anderson and Sarah Weaver, composers
In a new dynamic collaboration, Ray Anderson and Sarah Weaver pose the great question, “What is the point of being”? with The Point Being, a large-ensemble piece that explores the primary, universal concern of metaphysics through metaphorical, existential, humorous, emotional, and multidimensional perspectives. Featuring a powerhouse ensemble comprised of some of the finest improvisational performers today, this searching dramatic work aspires to move from inner awareness to inner peace, and on then to a more peaceful world.
Premiered February 23, 2014 at Roulette, New York
Ensemble: Ray Anderson, trombone, voice, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Oliver Lake, alto saxophone, James Zollar, trumpet, Uri Caine, piano, Mark Helias, bass, Gerald Cleaver, drums, Sarah Weaver, conductor
Performed December 19, 2014 at The Stone, New York
Ensemble: Ray Anderson, trombone, voice, Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Marty Ehrlich, alto saxophone, James Zollar, trumpet, Uri Caine, piano, Mark Helias, bass, Gerald Cleaver, drums, Sarah Weaver, conductor