Thursday, March 04, 2010

I just noticed this video of a 60x60 concert in NYC with my short piece for
bassoon, bent wire spring, and percussion board.

60x60 Dance (2008 International Mix) performed at the World Financial Center Winter Garden in New York City on Friday, November 14, 2008. Music: Prent Rodgers Dance: Elana B Cohen

The rules stipulate that all compositions be no more than 60 seconds in length, which are assembled into concerts of 60 at a time. The whole operation is run by Robert Voisey. More information here:

For this 2008 performance, Robert enlisted a group of very talented dancers. More here.

He has also worked with Aaron Krister Johnson on a microtonal 60x60, which I think has been assembled for a concert in Chicago that Aaron is organizing for April 27th MCA Chicago 60x60/UnTwelve mix.

Prent Rodgers

Update: Here is a picture of the "Bent Wire Spring", an instrument I built back in the 70's. It is a block of birch, about 3/4" by 4" by 10", with a groove cut out for an angle iron fabrication with mid-gauge piano wires coming out. In the middle of the angle iron is a hand wound magnetic pickup that goes to an amplifier. The piano wires are bent into random shapes. You pluck the wires and each makes its own enharmonic spectrum with deep bass tones and an assortment of harmonics. Click the photo to enlarge.

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