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July 12, 2022 – 10:00 a.m.
Silver City, Nevada – Ever wondered what your garden vegetables or houseplants look like? Do they sound different from native Nevada plants like purple sage or marshmallow? You can find the answers to these questions at an experimental music concert on July 12 that will include plant music.
Silver City Summer Artist in Residence Brian Schorn is a visual artist as well as an experimental musician and graphic composer. He will join Nevada musician Mylo McCormick for a live concert on the Silver Pavilion Stage in Silver City City Park on Tuesday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the free show!
In addition to recorded plant sounds, McCormick and Schorn will use experimental electronics and looping guitar drones. The concert will be divided into eight improvisations/compositions of approximately 15 minutes with different instrument stations using a computer, electronic and electroacoustic devices.
PLANT MUSIC: Schorn, a Michigan-based artist who arrived in Silver City in early June, captured the biofeedback frequencies of some of the plants in the Silver City community garden, as well as houseplants in the program’s McCormick House of local resident artists for the concert. with McCormick.
Schorn has a hand-built Garden Listener module to read a plant’s bioelectrical impulses to produce sound, and he used it to record a Christmas cactus at McCormick House that was previously owned by the resident artist program benefactor. Fred Swanson. More precisely, the Garden Listener is a generator of random control messages from biometric signals. It detects variations in conductivity on the surface of living beings and transforms them into MIDI (Musical Instrument Device Interface) notes, ranging from C-1 to C-8, and CV (Control Voltage) signals (0 – 5V). Changes in conductivity are detected by the probes input and converted to MIDI notes in real time according to the main menu settings. Each MIDI note is output from the MIDI output, allowing the sound of any synthesizer equipped with a MIDI port or any virtual studio technology to be enjoyed in its digital audio workstation, and is converted into a signal analog.
Then, using a PlantWave handheld device, Schorn recorded vegetables and flowers in the Silver City community garden. The PlantWave detects slight electrical variations in a plant when electrodes are placed on the leaves or stems. These variations are graphically represented as a waveform, which is translated into pitch messages. The pitch messages are then assigned to various sound sources via a MIDI instrument which, ultimately, we hear as music.
ABOUT BRIAN SCHORN: Brian Schorn is a multidisciplinary artist who not only has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Electronic Music and Recording Media, but also three other MFA degrees in Fine Art Photography, Graphic Design and creative writing. . His discography includes compilations categorized as radio art, drone music, field recording, experimental jazz, concrete music, and text and sound composition. His music has been played on radio stations around the world and his graphic composition Nebula premiered in London, England with a performance by the Aurora Orchestra. His solo album Text•ures and his collaborative album Body Bits with trombonist Jen Baker are both out on Cyclene Records. He studied musical composition with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran and Fred Frith; as well as electronic music with Chris Brown and Maggie Payne. At Mills College where he earned his master’s degree in electronic music and recording media, Schorn performed with jazz legend Cecil Taylor, music video pioneer Steina Vasulka and psychoacoustic sound artist Maryanne Amacher.
ABOUT MYLO MCCORMICK: Mylo McCormick is a senior at UNR where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy with a major in ethics, law, and politics. He is also a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing in northern Nevada since he was 14 years old. Recognized for “Best Entertainment in Rural Nevada” by Nevada Magazine in 2019, he performs with the groups Mo’z Motley Blues, Moxy Ruckus and the Mylo. McCormick Project and as a solo performer in venues across the region. He can be found performing most weekends in Reno, Virginia City, Tahoe, Carson City, and more. He will be with Moxy Ruckus on the main stage in Reno during Street Vibrations in September. McCormick notes that he “tries not to get trapped” into a particular musical genre.
SPONSORS: The free concert is co-sponsored by the Silver City Artist-in-Residence Program and the Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties as part of Healthy Communities’ annual STEM + Arts = STEAM summer program.
LOCATION: The Silver Pavilion Stage is located in Silver City City Park at 385 High Street, Silver City, Nevada 89428. Silver City is located in a National Historic Site on the Comstock, 3 miles south of Virginia City, 50 km from Reno and Tahoe, and 11 miles from Carson City.
CONTACT: For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program and the July 12 concert, contact Quest Lakes at [email protected]