R. WEIS MAKES MUSIC FROM EVERYDAY SOUNDS ON NEW CD "EXCITABLE AUDIBLE"

“Pay attention to the sounds around you,” says internationally-known composer of manipulated sound R. Weis who releases “Excitable Audible,” his new CD of 14 songs created exclusively from original samples of commonplace sounds including trash hitting the trash can, plastic lids spinning, kitchen dishes rattling, the dog’s ball bouncing and squeak toy squeaking, as well as Weis’ own voice.  Songs range from up-tempo to otherworldly and celebrate the everyday sounds and sound-making objects in artist Weis’ home environment.  “Excitable Audible” is now available from CD Baby and will soon be available from CD Baby’s Digital Distribution Partners including iTunes.  For more information, visit rweis.com or buy the CD or MP3 download via CD Baby right here!

 

“Excitable Audible” continues Weis’ explorations of manipulated sound that began in the mid 1980s when, working as a poet, he began to manipulate cassette tape as accompaniment during presentations of his creative writing.  These early audio experiments were so exciting that, in the early 1990s, he abandoned writing to focus exclusively on compositions of manipulated sound.  Since then, his work has been heard at many performance spaces, galleries, museums, and on radio in the US and Europe, which includes solo projects as well as collaborations with film, visual art, and dance.

 

“There are so many fantastic sounds in our daily lives that we hear but ignore,” says Weis.  “With this new CD I’m challenging the audience to appreciate these sounds and hear what can be created from them.”  Weis used only 19 samples to compose the new songs, with several samples making multiple appearances, notably a ceramic casserole with its glass lid rocking rhythmically as it was unloaded from the dishwasher.  Also among the 19 samples are stainless steel bowls spinning, cardboard tubes dropping, rubber bands twanging, a Tibetan singing bowl reverberating (a gift from a friend), and the annoying buzz from Weis’ studio track lights.  Vocal samples include Weis’ improvised five- and eight-tone lyrical phrases which are composed into interlocking melodic themes.  The songs are each made from just 2 or 3 of these samples intertwined with one another.

To create this CD, Weis improvised with each of the original samples, manipulating and combining them at different speeds and pitches until new sonic patterns emerged.  Portions of each sample repeat hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of times.  “Excitable Audible” was created over a period of more than two years, from 2009 to 2011.

 

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Comment by R. Weis on December 15, 2011 at 4:44pm

What mood are you going for Harriette?  In other words, when you imagine the finished project, is it thought-provoking, funny, quirky... ?

Comment by Harriete Estel Berman on December 15, 2011 at 4:07pm

R. I am back to talk about music for my video after listening to preview of your music on C.D.Baby.

My favorite song is the first one ( This Tape is Trash) because is sounds a little less New Age. While conceptually, I like the idea of making music with pencils for my background music, opening and closing segments ...it can't sound spooky, new age or mysterious. 

I am thinking about sound from  taping a pencil on a desk. (Not that this needs to be the only sound, it is just a departure point.) Perhaps other sounds from pencils in a box, or boxes of pencils moving around, etc.)

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HASE ONE

I have a grant for producing a program with high school students talking about the impact of standardized testing on education. (a huge leap of faith that this will work).

The music theme you compose will be added to the edited footage. About five minutes in length.

PHASE TWO

I want to take the edited footage from the best comments and make a video

INCLUDING images and video footage taken during the assembly process over four years.

SUMMARY:

So the music will be applied to video in two phases.

The same music or variation of the music will be used for opening and closing credits and then play as necessary during the videos.

I would be hiring you to compose the music theme andmake it fit into phase one and phase two of the video.

Limited budget for Phase one.

THE BIG QUESTION:

anyway how much are we talking for a one minute peice that you can riff off of for other parts of the video?

At a later date, this video footage would be further edited into a video including the construction of the artwork. 

Here is a link to my other  VIDEOS:

http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/gall/videos.html

Harriete Estel Berman

650 571 7726

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I like the idea of making music from pencils....and listened to your music. Specifically, I listened to the preview on C.D. Baby.

My favorite was the first song This tape is trash. This is because many of the songs sound New Age or mysterious....whereas, the purpose of the music I need for the video can not sound mysterious.

I have made three videos in the past...and the most challenging aspect is always the music. IT is really hard to convey to the composer what I need in music when I don't have the vocabulary of music.

So, in this case, the use of pencils to make the music is a concept rather than reality. I  don't even know what kind of sound pencils make.

Recently, I finished a sculpture  about the impact of standardized testing on education.

It was featured in American Craft magazine. Here is a link to the PDF.

http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/sculpt/AmercanCraftBerman.Pen...

I just recieved a

Comment by R. Weis on November 15, 2011 at 7:47pm

Making music from pencils is right up my alley!!

Comment by Harriete Estel Berman on November 15, 2011 at 4:41pm

I am looking for a person to make music for an upcoming video about my work titled, "Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin." The music should be made from pencils....I know that sounds kind of funny....but...who knows. Would you be interested. This would be the background music, etc, integrated with commentary. The video is a documentary style and is not started yet. I just have raw footage and photos so far. 

The sculpture can be seen on my web site:

http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info/sculpt/pencilPage.html 

 

Also there is a new article in the AMERICAN CRAFT Magazine December/ January 2012 issue.

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