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At Danspace with Stacy Matthew Spence

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At Danspace with Stacy Matthew Spence

Earlier this year I was thrilled to compose and perform the score for Stacy Matthew Spence's new dance work This Home is Us (in collaboration with the very talented Rourke Menzies).  We premiered the piece at Danspace Project in NYC May 19 through 21.  Stacy had me on-stage, with the dancers, doing 45 minutes of sound-making choreography and as such I now claim May 19, 2017 as my debut as a PROFESSIONAL DANCER #ACHIEVEMENTUNLOCKED.

Performing an electronic score while moving across a giant stage presented some interesting theoretical and practical challenges and so I teamed up with the brilliant Ali Momeni to design a fleet of mobile sound instruments.  You can read a little about these wonderful devices in the review by the New York Times, and Ali and I are working on a paper that will explain the technical and theoretical underpinnings.

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Blue Name

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Blue Name

10/14/15 - 10/28/15.  NYC.  Silas Riener will perform his evening-length solo dance work "Blue Name" featuring a reactive score by your Jesse Stiles.  I'm so excited for this!  Silas is an incredible thinker and mover and it's been joy working with him.  We developed the score over the summer whilst Artists in residence at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.  The score makes use of Kinect depth sensors to interpret Silas' movement and interpolates between various sound states using machine learning algorithms.  That sounds pretty nerdy so please let your Jesse Stiles assure you it sounds awesome.  There's also a section of the dance where Silas plays a bunch of old 78's I found in a junk shop, and the records skip in all kinds of amusing and beautiful ways, an account of strings and Silas jumping around on the floor.  So it's a combination of maximally high and low tech.  You can watch me and Silas talk about it here.  More info on the performances here.  NYTimes write-up here.  Tickets here.  I'll be there on 10/14 and 10/16, see you there maybe?

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