September 17, 2009

dorkbot Season Begins Tonight at Brillobox!

Dorkbot: People doing Strange Things with Electricity, as described on the main site, is generally a speaker series "to create an informal, friendly environment in which people can talk about the work they're doing and to foster discussion about that work; to help bring together people from different backgrounds who are interested in similar things; to give us all an opportunity to see the strange things our neighbors are doing with electricity. dorkbot isn't really a forum for formal artist talks or lectures, but rather a chance for diverse people to have friendly conversations about interesting ideas."

dorkbot Pittsburgh's 23rd event begins tonight at 7:30pm at Brillobox! Michael Johnsen and Melissa St. Pierre will share with you some of their secrets of electronic wizardry! I can't say in words how cool this is and how much you will learn by going, so definitely go check it out. There are several others coming up (check them out in the Upcoming Events on the right, or here)! Tonight's speakers are musicians.
Michael Johnsen is a music instrument builder and performer. He will give a mildly informative lecture-demonstration outlining his approach to electronic sound production and, not coincidentally, its audition. Working almost exclusively on the analog end of the hypothetical digital/analog spectrum, his work is characterized by a relative lack of ideas per se, and an intense focus on observation (it's only "discovery" when you're sure you saw it first), the way a shepherd watches sheep.
Melissa St. Pierre is a pianist and composer who has toured the United States both solo and with ensembles several times over. Specializing in prepared piano work of John Cage, she has used those works as a jumping-off point into her own composing work utilizing piano hacking and live electronic manipulation. Melissa will talk about and demonstrate the Prepared Piano. Audience members are invited to bring their own preparations for the piano, and she will demonstrate appropriate ways to incorporate most, or all, of these implements in the process of finding your own piano sound.

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