Unquiet Places: Electroacoustic, Improvised and Fixed-Media Music was presented by Carey Campbell on February 18 with just over 40 attendees, featuring guest artists Dan Jonas, Susan Campbell and Dan Pack.
Campbell, associate professor of music, musicology and ethnomusicology and coordinator of the Music Area program, started the evening with a demonstration using a variety of hums, buzzes, beeps and statics to create something harmonious and impressive.
What began as the opening credits of a horror movie became a teachable moment for all involved as Campbell showed the audience his step-by-step process for harnessing and manipulating the Infinite Vibrations.
After the electronic journey of Campbell’s first tracks, Jonas, assistant bands manager, played trumpet and Pack cello. Together they performed a chilling cover of St. Vincent’s “New York.”
After the cover, Campbell played his own mix while sampling excerpts from the audiobook of “Pale Blue Dot” written and read by Carl Sagan. It then sent viewers into space in a nine-minute ride.
“Earth is the only known world to date to support life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, that our species could migrate to,” Sagan said, his voice echoing throughout the world. ‘space.
Later that evening, Susan Campbell, concert flutist and Special Projects and Grants Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Arts Council, performed alongside an electronic piece composed by Carey Campbell.
The four musicians took turns taking the stage throughout the concert.
Closing out the evening, Campbell performed his composed rendition of Radiohead’s song “Creep.” The other artists played their instruments while Carey Campbell inserted some samples and a send with the Omnichord.
Designed as an electronic autoharp, the Omnichord is a unique and short-lived electronic musical instrument made by Suzuki in the early 80s that has recently gained popularity in the electronic music scene.
Another performance will take place on March 6 at the Alliance Theater in Salt Lake City.
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