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Pluta, Sam: Machine Language (Carrier Records)

An album of electro-acoustic compositions written for and recorded by New York City music ensembles and performers: MIVOS Quartet; Wet Ink Ensemble; Timetable Percussion; Jessie Marino.
 

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UPC: B009MO5AHS

Label: Carrier Records
Catalog ID: 016
Squidco Product Code: 17104

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on various dates between 2006 and 2012.


Personnel:

Sam Pluta-electronics, composer

Ian Antonio-percussion soloist

Matthew Gold-percussion, balloon, paper, snare drum, electronics

Russell Greenberg-percussion

Eileen Mack-bass clarinet

Alex Mincek-bass clarinet

Jim Altieri-violin

Joshua Modney-violin

Eric Wubbels-accordion

Matt Wart-conductor, electric fans, woodblocks

Olivia De Prato-violin

Victor Lowrie-viola

Isabel Castellvi-cello

Erin Lesser-flute

Meighan Stoops-bass clarinet

Matt Hough-electric guitar

Kate Soper-keyboard

Alex Lipowski-flexatone, woodblocks

Jessie Marino-amplified cello, distorted cello

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track listing:


1. Machine Language 11:35

2. Lyra 16:44

3. Standing Waves 11:24

4. Matrices 9:43

5. 7:6 9:59
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NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Compositional Forms
Electro-Acoustic
Percussion & Drums
Stringed Instruments
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Electroacoustic Composition
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"Known internationally for his improvised laptop performances with groups like The Peter Evans Quintet and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn, and Peter Evans), composer/improviser Sam Pluta continues his virtuosic combination of instruments and electronics on Machine Language, an album of electro-acoustic compositions written for and recorded by some of the finest new music ensembles and performers in New York City. From the driving rhythms of the opening title track to meditative resonances of Lyra to the microtonal screams of 7:6, this unrelenting and sonically saturated solo debut reveals the unique compositional language of one of the most compelling electronics performers of his generation. Machine Language follows up Pluta's March 2011 release, sum and difference, a collaborative improvised album with instrumentalists Jim Altieri and Peter Evans."-Carrier



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"Sam Pluta is a New York City-based composer, laptop improviser, electronics performer, and sound artist. Though his work has a wide breadth, his central focus is on the laptop as a performance instrument capable of sharing the stage with groups ranging from new music ensembles to world-class instrumental improvisers. By creating unique interactions of electronics, instruments, and sonic spaces, Pluta's vibrant musical universe fuses the traditionally separate sound worlds of acoustic instruments and electronics, creating sonic spaces which envelop the audience and resulting in a music focused on visceral interaction of instrumental performers with reactive computerized sound worlds. As a composer of instrumental music, Sam has written works for Wet Ink Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Timetable Percussion, Mivos Quartet, RIOT Trio, Ensemble Dal Niente, Jessie Marino, Mantra Percussion, TAK, Dave Eggar, and Prism Saxophone Quartet. His compositions range from solo instrumental works to pieces for ensemble with electronics to compositions for large ensemble and orchestra. In addition to acoustic and electro-acoustic works, Pluta has written extensive solo electronic repertoire ranging from multi-channel acousmatic compositions to solo laptop works with video to laptop ensemble compositions for up to 15 players.

As an improviser, Sam has collaborated with some of the finest creative musicians in the world, including Peter Evans, Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Craig Taborn, Jim Black, Anne La Berge, and George Lewis. Sam is a member of multiple improvisation-based ensembles, the jazz influenced Peter Evans Quintet, the free improvisation-based Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Peter Evans), the analog synth and laptop duo exclusiveOr (with Jeff Snyder), his longstanding duo with Peter Evans, and the New York City-based power group Sonic Overload (with Jim Altieri, Dan Peck, Tom Blancarte, Peter Evans, and Jeff Snyder). Sam has also performed with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. With these various groups he has toured Europe and America and performed at major festivals and venues, such as the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, the Moers and Donaueshingen Festivals in Germany, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and The Vortex in London. Sam is the Technical Director for the Wet Ink Ensemble, a group for whom he is a member composer as well as principal electronics performer. As a performer of chamber music with Wet Ink and other groups, in addition to his own works, Sam has performed and premiered works by Peter Ablinger, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Katharina Rosenberger, George Lewis, Ben Hackbarth, Alvin Lucier, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Alex Mincek, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels among others.

Dr Pluta studied composition and electronic music at Columbia University, where he received his DMA in 2012. He received Masters degrees from the University of Birmingham in the UK and the University of Texas at Austin, and completed his undergraduate work at Santa Clara University. His principal teachers include George Lewis, Brad Garton, Tristan Murail, Fabien Levy, Scott Wilson, Jonty Harrison, Russell Pinkston, Lynn Shurtleff, and Bruce Pennycook. A dedicated pedagogue, Sam teaches Composing with Sound and Technology and Improvisation at Bennington College. From 2011-15 he directed the Electronic Music Studio at Manhattan School of Music, and has taught Music Humanities and The History of Sound Art at Columbia University. For the past 15 years he has taught composition, musicianship, electronic music, and an assortment of specialty courses at the Walden School, where he also serves as Director of Electronic Music and Academic Dean."

-Sam Pluta Website (http://www.sampluta.com/)
8/15/2018

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"Alex Mincek (b. 1975) is a New York-based composer and performer. He studied composition with Tristan Murail and Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University (DMA) and with Nils Vigeland at the Manhattan School of Music (MA). He is currently the saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and artistic director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a group dedicated to contemporary music, which he founded in 1998.

Mincek's music has been programmed at venues and international festivals including Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, the Strasbourg Musica Festival, Festival Présences of Radio France, Festival Archipel in Geneve, Voix Nouvelles at the Abbaye de Royaumont in Paris, Festival des Musiques Démesurées in Clermont-Ferrand, the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the Contempuls Festival in Prague, and the Ostrava New Music Days.

Mincek has collaborated with ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Janacek Philharmonic, Ensemble Cairn, Ensemble Le Balcon, Ensemble Linea, Ensemble XXI, Wet Ink Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, Present Music, Talea Ensemble, Dal Niente, Yarn/Wire, Mivos and the JACK Quartet. Mincek's music has also been recognized through commissions and awards from major arts institutions such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, MATA, Radio France, the Barlow Endowment, Meet The Composer and the Issue Project Room."

-Alex Mincek Website (http://www.alexmincek.com/)
8/15/2018

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"Internationally recognized as a soloist as well as a chamber musician, Austro-Italian violinist Olivia De Prato has been described as "flamboyant...convincing" (New York Times) and an "enchanting violinist" (Messaggero Veneto, Italy). After recently moving to New York City she has quickly established herself as a passionate performer of contemporary and improvised music. Her chamber music activities include appearances at the Bang on a Can Marathon in NYC, the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble Modern Festival, "June in Buffalo" and the Ojai Festival with Steve Reich. Olivia is a member of the new music ensembles Signal directed by Brad Lubman and Victoire founded by composer Missy Mazzoli. Olivia has closely collaborated with composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Chaya Czernowin, Peter Eötvös, Michael Gordon, Helmut Lachenman, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Ned Rothenberg, Julia Wolfe, and Evan Ziporyn. Olivia studied at the University of Music and Arts in Vienna and received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music. She graduated with her M.M in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music."

-Mivos Quartet Website (https://www.mivosquartet.com/)
8/15/2018

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"Victor Lowrie is a versatile violist and composer living in New York City. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with groups including Signal, Wordless Music Orchestra, Either/Or, Kavak Trio and Argento Chamber Ensemble. Victor's compositions include an awardwinning trio a landscape (viola, bassoon, piano), Runaway (viola & electronics), Question (for Kavak Trio) and an upcoming string quartet to be premiered by MIVOS in 2011. He can be heard on recordings from New Amsterdam, Kill Rock Stars, Quiet Design, Sunnyside and Tzadik Records. As an educator, Victor has given masterclasses and guest lectures at Brooklyn College and the EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia. Victor grew up on the idyllic central coast of California and received his Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University. He earned his Master's degree in Contemporary Viola Performance from the Manhattan School of Music."

-Mivos String Quartet Website (https://www.mivosquartet.com/)
8/15/2018

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