7.Nov.2017 – Bryan Jacobs: Music and mechanization

By | November 1, 2017

WHEN: Tuesday, November 7th, 10:00am ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.


jacobs2Bryan will present some of his recent compositions and sound sculptures that utilize homemade mechanical instruments. He will discuss the unique attributes these instruments possess and how he has used them to engage concepts of virtuosity, collaboration, and classical performance.


Composer, performer, and sound artist, Bryan Jacobs’ work focuses on interactions between live performers, mechanical instruments and computers. His pieces are often theatrical in nature, pitting flute-front3blabber-mouthed fanciful showoffs against timid reluctants. The sounds are playfully organized and many times mimic patterns found in human dialogue. Hand-build electromechanical instruments controlled by microcontrollers bridge acoustic and electroacoutic sound worlds. These instruments live dual lives as time-based concert works and non-time-based gallery works. Jacobs, a Guggenheim Fellow, has been lucky enough to have his music and sound art presented at a number of festivals around the world. Bryan is the co-founder of Qubit and a member of Ensemble Pamplemousse.