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Apr 24

Music by John Bischoff – Mills Music Now

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

John Bischoff is a master composer/performer who explores boundaries and exchanges between analog and digital sound in real-time.

Celebrating Electronics: Music by John Bischoff

featuring James Fei and Tim Perkis

John Bischoff is a master composer/performer who explores boundaries and exchanges between analog and digital sound in real-time. The subtle interchange between these two realms is a form of musical alchemy, much in the tradition of the legendary composer/performer David Tudor. Bischoff’s circuit/laptop configurations create musical forms both spontaneously and algorithmically: a computer analyzes improvised analog sounds and creates musical structures based upon pre-conceived algorithms. He aptly describes this process as a “hybrid method that falls between traditional composition (invention ahead of time) and free improvisation (invention in the moment).” The conceptual basis underlying his music is rich; and the musical forms he creates are invariably elegant and coherent. That Bischoff creates his compositions live in performance attest to his artistic mastery. He is without doubt a leading composer/performer in the field of electronic music.

Tonight, Bischoff presents two solos that use the imperfect tones and sub-audio clicks of analog circuits to drive an array of digital synthesis elements. He will also be joined by electronics wizards, James Fei and Tim Perkis, in a new trio configuration. Inspired by the legendary League of Automatic Music Composers—Bischoff and Perkis were original members of the group—the trio spins parallel threads of electronic sound triggered by individual action, machine interjection, and event patterning culled from the instantaneous data flowing between their systems.

John Bischoff, electronics

James Fei, electronics

Tim Perkis, electronics

Program

Visibility Study (2015)

John Bischoff, electronics

Bitplicity (2020)

John Bischoff, electronics

—brief pause—

League Trio (2021)

John Bischoff, James Fei, Tim Perkis – electronics

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