Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Atlanta Electronic Music, Popular?!

Hello All,

I was just looking at my web stats and noticed that so far this year, fifty-two (52) people have landed on my personal website (entirely separate from this blog) using some combination of the keywords 'atlanta electronic music'. Compared to all the other keywords people are using to find me, that's a lot concentrated on one phrase.

Are you all seeing this in your stats too? Might we be onto something here? A demand for our electronic music, folks! Whaddaya think?

Maybe we ought to have another electronic music show like we did last February. Could be bigger than I realize.

How can we capitalize on this?
Your thoughts, please.


Toby said...

I think this is a great idea. One advantage it has over other ideas we have considered is that performers are generally not necessary.

Elaine Fine said...

There is always the possibility of a crossword puzzle question somewhere or it could be a bunch of students from an on-line university class (classes are just starting this week in my neck of the woods and with on-line classes people from anywhere can be in a class) that has an electronic music component and a professor who knows about the electronic stuff going on in Atlanta.

Graham said...

There is definitely more local electronic music interest as of late. A few small events have formed a bit of a community here. I would suggest checking out the Atlanta Laptop Battle series or Nophi's Spark night to meet folks.

Graham Coleman

Adam Scott Neal said...

As some of us have said before, it is disappointing we didn't keep up the momentum after "Turned On." An EA show is much easier than an acoustic show, so why not put on more? Some of the links Graham posted are more on the electronica side (I am certainly not implying that there is anything wrong with that), but we may need to make the distintion that this is more in the "electroacoustic art music" vein. But then again, we may get less hits that way.

MTR said...

I would love to partake in another "Turned On". This time, perhaps have live performances? Whatever, count me in!
Michael Thomas Roe

mitch turner said...

I though "Turned On" went very well. I'd like to see another one soon.

Mark Gresham said...

Purely electronic (no live element aside from on/off of audio gear) are certainly one viable piece of a larger picture. Hopefully, though, it doesn't become merely a path of least creative resistance.

A year before his death, John Cage commented to me that he had long lost interest in computer-generated music which did not involve an interactive element (while we were thinking about humans, it occurs to me that he would have been equally pleased with natural phenomena as a source of interaction).

William Duckworth, has long been involved with internet peformances on a global scale which invites interactive participation on the part of the listener. (See the link to his bio for more info.)

Those of you who have seen the interactive electronic performances by Pauline Oliveros and some of her Atlanta friends have another example of non-static electronic music performances which seem successful. I also think of the Sister Dreams piece she wrote for Peggy Benkeser's solo Kitchen Chaos show back in 2002.

The main thing is that an electronic component is so naturally a part of today, it is now more culturally unusual (in the broadest sense) for the youngest generation to think of music without it, so it is "purely acoustical" music which has become special and rarified, in contrast to to a time (even within my menory) when that was the case for purely electronic music entirely unaffected by those meddlesome creatures known as performers. :-)

While I tend to side with Cage on this, I definitely don't rule out Zappa's "closet and a Synclavier" approach either. Both are valid, and each has a place in the total "new music" scene.

Darren Nelsen said...

Thanks, All, for your comments. Due to the positive response, this will be a major focus of our upcoming Atlanta Composers Meetup this Tues.