This set of pieces relates to a long-standing interest in composing live electro-acoustic music that blurs distinctions between composition and improvisation, acoustic and electronic sound, and control and random events. Over the past year we have rehearsed together as I developed computer compositions ranging from a failed attempt at a generalized improvising machine, to completely pre-determined electronic accompaniment for improvisation. This process has allowed me the opportunity to make mistakes, throw out several pieces and start the whole project over several times. The four pieces in this set explore a spectrum of possibilities for ensemble and interactive computer-generated sound. The structures range from open-ended to fixed, with loosely-bounded guided improvisation in between.
released 27 February 2014

Tom Schroeder (guitar), Reid Kruger (drums), Jonathan Zorn (bass)
Recorded at Waterbury Music + Sound, MPLS, MN, January 5-10, 2014.

Jonathan Zorn is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.