Closing Interview with Resident Ian Dicke

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 at 12:13 am

Ian Dicke has been an ART342 composer-in-residence for the last half of summer and is leaving Fort Collins tomorrow. Before he leaves he has a few words with us…

Ian performs at Rendition

What have you been working on at ART342?

 I’m working on a commission for flute and vibraphone with interactive electronics. The piece is a “remix” of “Isla de Ninos”, a song by Elisa Ferrari. I will be using the original vocal part as a basis for variation and transformation.

What did you do for the exhibition at Rendition Gallery; The Truth Following the Existence of Something?

At Rendition, I performed my piece “Eight Oh Eight”. The work pays homage to the TR-808 drum machine, which was first introduced by the Roland Corporation in early 1980. The TR-808 has earned a cult status with musicians worldwide through its use on countless pop and hip-hop recordings.
In “Eight Oh Eight”, the percussionist is challenged to synchronize with a series of live loops of varying length, which overlap and shift in seemingly unpredictable ways. The percussionist determines many aspects of the work, including the instrumentation, form, and improvised solos. Although most of the audio material is created in real-time, the unmistakable samples of the TR-808 appear in several places, most notably in the middle mallet section.
Where were you before ART342 and where are you going to next?
Before Art342, I spent three weeks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. After my time in Fort Collins, I will be heading over to Stockholm, Sweden for a ten-month Fulbright Grant!

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