2017 NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) in Copenhagen

Excerpt from The 2017 Fusebox Time Arts Festival at Big Medium Gallery, Austin, TX

“Noplace” is a multimedia musical performance that incorporates several of my invented instruments and is accompanied by live projections from closed-circuit cameras, synced animations, motorized zoetropes, and the shifting shadows produced by an ensemble of mechanical devices.

The title, “Noplace”, is taken from the literal interpretation of Thomas More’s book title, “Utopia”, and the score is based on the second half of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Through musical and visual interpretations of the narrative, I explore the various interpretations of its theme relating to prosperity, safety, and identity.

One of the main instruments featured in this piece is called the “Tine Organ”. It uses digitally controlled electromagnets to induce tones into tines and is fully polyphonic.

This project was supported by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.

Poster design by Phillip Niemeyer