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DAVID TUDOR’s “Toneburst Maps and Fragments” at ISSUE Project Room Panel Discussion, October 22, 2016

Toneburst Maps and Fragments at ISSUE Project Room Panel Discussion with Sophia Ogielska, Andy Ogielski, John Driscoll, John D.S. Adams, Michael Johnsen, You Nakai
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7pm
ISSUE Project Room
22 Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States


In 1995-96 David Tudor collaborated with Sophia Ogielska on a visual language for representing David’s music compositions created in analog circuits. Focusing on Tudor’s composition Toneburst for Merce Cunningham’s Sounddance, they developed Toneburst Maps and Fragments — a collaborative installation work which used visual elements derived from David Tudor’s scores. The work was first exhibited at the Ezra and Cecile Zilka Gallery at Wesleyan University in 1996.

ISSUE Project Room partners with Harvestworks to present an exhibition of their selected visual works –Toneburst Maps and Fragments — and a contemporary interpretation of the works accompanied by a panel discussion. This event is presented as part of the 50th anniversary of Experiments in Art and Technology.

Described as the essence of the music of David Tudor, the event marks a unique opportunity to see and hear Toneburst. The early evening panel is moderated by John Driscoll, with context and background presented by John D.S. Adams and You Nakai. Further, Sophia and Andy Ogielska discuss details about their collaboration with Tudor.

Following the panel, a performance by Michael Johnsen highlights his current research in the circuit-level documentation of David Tudor’s “folkloric” homemade instruments at Wesleyan University. Serving as the only remaining clues to these pieces, Tudor’s exquisite score diagrams are simultaneously explicit and opaque to the would-be performer. Using electronic instruments of his own making, Michael references the “Maps,” which can be entered at any point and traversed in any direction producing multiple performances of the works.

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