The CATWALK Residency is over and I'm back in Denver, safe and sound (and due to some ticketing issues on the flight home, with my very first ever first-class flight along the way)!
learned a lot about residencies in this first experience, though truth
be told, all residencies are not created equal. This residency only has
two artists stay at a time, and each has their own housing. Pretty
made a few short works there, and am happy with a couple of them, but
for the most part, the residency became a chance to experiment with some
new ideas, try them out, and sometimes fail. Though that can be a good
I ended up working on about four projects. In summary, here was my progress.
A solo organ video! The harmonium from the shed was hauled out to the
woods for videotaping. Little did I know how heavy it would be. I wrote a
very minimalist piece for it, planned on videotaping it around sunset-
where the halfway point of the video would be that evening's sunset
time. I wanted the performance to be about an hour, but I only played
for about a half hour. I then took the video and the recording and sped
them up, so hopefully we could see the light fade in the woods. Problems
with this performance (aside from the fact that the organ was nearly
broken) included all the bugs in the woods biting me, and the fact that
the light in the woods changed so subtly that you can hardly see the
difference from the beginning to the end of the video. This project was
about 70% successful, I'd say, but gives me lots of hope for future
similar projects involving time and light outdoors.
Outdoors 2: This piece was/is a companion piece to Outdoors 1. Outdoors
1 is like the 'daytime' piece and this is the 'nighttime'.
Unfortunately I didn't have time to finish it. Perhaps later this summer
I will revisit. It has some great sounds of machinery around the
residency, chainsaws, thunderstorms, and windchimes at the local
Wal-Mart, so I do think it has the most geographical 'flavor' of that
all, it was a time I'd surely repeat. It was a time that helped me think
about music, time, nature, and using the resources around me in new and