sarah weaver : composer


Universal Synchrony Music

Universal Synchrony Music (USM)

USM is conceived by Sarah Weaver as a multi-year telematic music project involving cosmic interaction, approaching the telematic music medium from the musical, technological, and metaphorical standpoint of synchrony. Synchrony is defined as perception of simultaneity of distributed time and space components. Telematic music is live performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations. The technology involves Internet2, JackTrip audio software developed by Chris Chafe of CCRMA at Stanford University, and HD videoconferencing. CCRMA and NASA ArtSpace connected USM to the NASA Kepler Mission for “Universal Synchrony Music, Volume 1”. The premiere is April 7, 2013 on the “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint Concert Series” coordinated by Mark Dresser and Michael Dessen, featuring a large professional ensemble of renowned experimental jazz and computer music musicians, that are long-time collaborators, performing together telematically in California and New York. The project is also towards Weaver’s Ph.D. in Music Composition at Stony Brook University. For “Universal Synchrony Music, Volume 1”, sonifications of data streams from the NASA Kepler Mission including variable stars 1000-3000 light years away will be shaped as an ongoing “cosmic stream” component of the piece, together with musical concepts including interaction and harmonization with cosmic sounds, creating perception of synchrony across local and extreme distances, exploring the nature of closeness and distance beyond physical characteristics, the nature of sound in a vacuum, and cultural and human levels of synchrony.

The April 7, 2013 concert can be attended in-person at either of the performance sites. A high-quality audio/video document will be made of the concert for future release.

“Universal Synchrony Music, Volume 1”
Premiere on the “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint Concert Series, California-New York”
April 7, 2013 - San Diego 4:00pmPDT, New York 7:00pmEDT 

San Diego - Nicole Mitchell, flutes, Michael Desson, trombone, Myra Melford, piano, Mark Dresser, bass
New York - Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Ray Anderson, trombone, Matt Wilson, drumset, Doug Van Nort, laptop and sonifications, Sarah Weaver, conductor

“Universal Synchrony Music, Volume 1” by Sarah Weaver
“Untitled” by Michael Dessen
“Telepathology” by Nicole Mitchell
“SubTeleToning” by Mark Dresser 

San Diego - Trevor Henthorn, technical director, Kyle Johnson, video director, Ash Smith, videographer, Ross Karre, video recording
New York - Kevin Schinstock, live audio, audio recording, Derek Kwan, network audio, Timothy Vallier, network video, Ross Karre and crew, video recording, Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, lighting, Tim Young, systems administrator, Jason May, systems administrator

San Diego - University of California San Diego, Conrad Prebys Music Center, Experimental Theater. Admission: $15.50 General, UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni $10.50, Student Rush Free. For Tickets, Call 858-534-3448. Link to Directions: Conrad Prebys Music Center Directions
New York - Stony Brook University, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Auditorium. With support from Simons Center Art Program, Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology (cDACT), and Liminal Music. In cooperation with the NASA Kepler Mission and NASA ArtSpace. Admission is Free. Link to Directions: Simons_Center_Directions.pdf

Mark Dresser and Michael Dessen, Virtual Tour Coordinators, San Diego Site Coordinators
Sarah Weaver, Stony Brook Site Coordinator, Elyce Winters CAO of Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Dan Weymouth and Margaret Schedel of Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology (cDACT)

UCSD Department of Music, Jessica Flores, Trevor Henthorne, Daria Semegen of Stony Brook University, Justin Foster and Jesse Johnston of Liminal Music, Yvonne Clearwater of NASA ArtSpace, Chris Chafe of CCRMA at Stanford University, Jon Jenkins of NASA Kepler Mission

Website for “Virtual Tour: A Reduced-Carbon Footprint Concert Series”:

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