Feb. 1, 2020
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
Free (bring headphones)
HDPHN presents the audience with a new way to experience live electro-acoustic music performance. Similar to the “silent disco,” HDPHN imagines a shared audience experience dependent on the use of a technology, headphones, which is usually regarded as isolating. The music is performed live, but instead of being amplified through a set of speakers in the room, all sounds (both acoustic and electric) are delivered to the audience via headphones. Processed sound is also returned to the clarinet via analog ‘talk box,’ which is piped through the clarinet to be filtered by the instrument and amplified by the microphones, creating a feedback loop that is further manipulated by Pat on the clarinet. The use of headphones allows for a live concert of music that involves sounds that are often impossible to hear without amplification, and also for an extremely precise presentation of sound moving in space. Typically in concerts involving electronic and amplified sound there are a limited number of seats in the sweet-spot, but going straight to headphones eliminates that obstacle, and creates an egalitarian and ideal listening experience for each member of the audience.
HDPHN was created and is performed by Willful Devices: Pat O'Keefe (bass clarinet, Bb clarinet) and Scott L. Miller (Kyma, Keyboard). It was developed while in residence at Sparta Sound, a ‘Rock ‘n Roll Bed and Breakfast’ up on the Iron Range of Minnesota, owned and run by musician and studio engineer, Rich Mattson. The residency was funded by the McKnight Foundation, in support of Miller’s 2018 McKnight Composer Fellowship.
How to experience HDPHN
Each member of the audience will need to provide headphones in order to hear the music of HDPHN. Traditional wired headphones (with a stereo mini or full-size jack) can plug in to provided headphone amplifiers. Additionally, those with headphones connected to mobile devices will be able to listen via local wifi network. Willful Devices will live stream the music using VLC on a wifi network in the performance space. Directions will be provided at the concert for connecting. It is highly recommended that you download the VLC for Mobile app in advance of the concert. Visit VideoLAN to download the app for your device here: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/
The following compositions will be included during the concert, with improvised interludes to create a seamless experience:
Partched (2019) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma, MXR Talk Box
Song for Doug (2019) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Bass Clarinet, Kyma
GG/SIM (2019) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Bass Clarinet, Kyma
HPGF (2019) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma, MXR Talk Box
H/OFL (2019) Scott L. Miller. Bass Clarinet, Kyma
Quartet (2019) Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma
Quartet no. 2 (2020) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma
Mirror Inside (2004) Pat O’Keefe and Scott L. Miller. Bass Clarinet, Kyma
Chimeric Night (2009) Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma
Consortium (2009) Scott L. Miller. Clarinet, Kyma
Tickets can be securely purchased by credit card or through your PayPal account in advance, or by cash, check, or credit card at the door. Tickets purchased online will be held at the door. Tickets are also available at door.
Please consider adding a $5 donation to Studio Z with your ticket purchase. Your donation supports the operation of Studio Z and keeps it an affordable venue for artists and presenters in the Twin Cities. Studio Z is owned and operated by Zeitgeist, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the music of our time.