with Stephen Garrett, Nathan Weitzner, Anosh Daruwalla, and Yan-Ling Chen
for solo saxophone (any voice) with audience participation via mobile phones
Duration: approximately 8 minutes
In Saxophone Etudes, the concert audience influences the music played by the saxophonist during each live performance. Audience members use their smartphones to vote for which part of the score the saxophonist should play at any given moment. The distribution of votes is displayed to the saxophonist on the laptop screen from which she reads the music, guiding her decisions as she plays the score. In this manner, audience members collaborate with the saxophonist and with each other to shape the music played in each unique performance.
Saxophone Etudes uses massMobile, a smartphone participation system developed by Jason Freeman, Stephen Garrett, Nathan Weitzner, Yan-Ling Chen, Anosh Daruwalla, and Sriram Viswanathan at the Georiga Tech Center for Music Technology. Its development was supported in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a larger research project on musical improvisation in performance and education (NSF CreativeIT #0855758). It was written for Jan Berry Baker.
Upcoming performance by Jan Berry Baker and Bent Frequency, May 2012.