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Andy Guthrie

The Nature of Music 11: Andy Guthrie

With the two pieces in Andy Guthrie’s program for our 11th iteration of The Nature of Music, Other Minds reached a milestone, with the 100th and 101st world premieres of the organization’s 25-year history.

The first work on the program was Lenser 7730, a solo for electronically spatialized horn, field recordings, and video, all of which draw inspiration from sounds and shadows of translucent objects. Guthrie then presented Hackle, an indeterminate spatial work for voice, 24 tuned musical glasses, oboe, French horns, amplified guitar, and electronics. The work sets text from Cole Swensen’s The Glass Age and uses samples of music by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, and piezoelectric crystals—a mysterious sound-producing alternative energy source. Both pieces utilized the Brower Center’s state of the art Meyer 5.1 surround sound system.

Andy Guthrie is an acoustician, composer, and French horn player based in San Francisco, CA. They studied music composition at University of Iowa and architectural acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Their music combines processed field recordings and instrumental improvisation while exploiting architectural and psycho-acoustic phenomena to distort and obscure sonic identities. Along with their solo work, they often perform and record with Billy Gomberg as FrauFraulein, and with Gomberg and Richard Kamerman as Delicate Sen.

This concert took place on January 10, 2019 at the Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center in Berkeley.


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