Gray Area and Other Minds presentSubotnick: Portrait of an Electronic Music Pioneer
Created by Waveshaper Media, the makers of 2014's acclaimed modular synthesizer documentary "I Dream Of Wires," "Subotnick: Portrait of an Electronic Music Pioneer" is a new, official bio-documentary about revered avant-garde music composer, and electronic music pioneer, Morton Subotnick. Through a series of candid interviews and illuminating conversations with key figures from his past and present, "Subotnick" will provide an overview of this fascinating composer’s rich life and uncompromising career.
After the film, Charles Amirkhanian, Executive & Artistic Director of Other Minds, will moderate the audience Q&A discussion with Morton Subotnick.
Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre. His work Silver Apples of the Moon has become a modern classic and was recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress. In the early 60s, Subotnick taught at Mills College and with Ramon Sender, and co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center. It was also during this period that Subotnick worked with Don Buchla on what may have been the first analog synthesizer.
Waveshaper Media is a film and television production company based in Toronto dedicated to preserving electronic music history. Formed in 2011 when director Robert Fantinatto and producer Jason Amm got together to produce the 2014 indie-film hit I Dream of Wires, the company is currently producing two new feature -ength documentaries along with an ongoing web series and a specialized music label.
About Other Minds Festival
Every year, Other Minds holds a Festival of new music, curated by Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian, around an idea, theme, or group of composers. In addition to this screening, this year's Other Minds Festival will close on November 19 at Gray Area with the world premiere of Carl Stone's "Re:gendo".
Other Minds, in cooperation with Gray Area presents CARL STONE Re:gendo (world premiere).
In Re:gendo, Stone will perform live computer-based electronics with sounds distributed throughout the space, utilizing field recordings of the urban soundscape in Tokyo combined with his unique take on music from Japan as well as other parts of Asia. The music shares the immersive space with multi-channel video using specially commissioned drone footage shot over Tokyo. Featured as part of the performance will be Japanese vocalist Akaihirume.
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