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Compositions for natural-object instruments and field recordings live in concert at the Antarctic Music Festival, Canberra, Australia
Compositions for natural-object instruments and field recordings live in concert at the Antarctic Music Festival, Canberra, Australia
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ANTARCTICA: MUSIC FROM THE ICE

I am seeking support for a performance of four of my musical compositions at the Antarctic Music Festival, which will be held at the Australian National University in Canberra on June 25, 2011.

In 2009 I traveled to Palmer Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula via a grant from the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. I spent a month at Palmer gathering materials to use in the creation of a set of musical compositions. I made field recordings of wildlife, glaciers, brash ice and wind, and collected penguin bones, rocks, and Antarctic limpet shells to use in making musical instruments. Sounds, stories and photos from my adventures in Antarctica can be found at www.musicfromtheice.blogspot.com.

Since my return I have built a number of instruments with these Antarctic objects, and I have written a series of compositions that combine sounds from the instruments with Antarctic field recordings. Each piece has a theme that relates to the changing climate of the northern Antarctic Peninsula, for example: the collapse of local Adélie penguin rookeries, morphing weather patterns, and the retreat of local glaciers. These compositions are all designed to be played live on stage by a small ensemble.

I have been invited to perform four of these works in the Antarctic Music Festival, as part of the Antarctica Conference at ANU's School of Music. This is the first academic conference specifically focused on Antarctic sound and music, and I am thrilled that my music will be a part of it! In Australia I'll be joined onstage by Ann Dentel, a long-time member of my musical ensemble, and a fine composer in her own right. We'll be teaching several ANU students how to play my instruments and pieces as well, so they can complete our ensemble.

I have received partial funding for this performance, including a grant from the American Music Center, however this is not enough to cover my costs. It takes a lot of work to prepare for my performances, even when it doesn't involve traveling to the other side of the world with suitcases full of musical rocks, and instruments made of penguin-bones and limpet-shells!

Your support will enable me to complete the scores for the compositions, finish studio work on the field recording sections of the music, create custom shipping cases for the instruments, and will assist with travel expenses for myself and Ann.

Thank you very much for your help. It means a lot to me!

*** Donations above and beyond the $1000 goal are welcome and needed! I set our goal a bit on the low side to increase our chances of meeting it. Furthermore, I have lots of rewards and I'd really like to give them away.

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    Penguin music sticker

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    A copy of my Chattermarks Antarctic field recordings CD or an 8 x 10 archival-quality print of one of my photos from Antarctica, special acknowledgement on my website, and a penguin music sticker.

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    A CD or digital download of field recordings made by Ann Dentel in Australia, plus all of the above rewards.

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    A special limited edition Antarctic music and sounds CD with a one-of-a-kind handmade cover. This CD is not for sale and will only be offered to donors! It contains my first three completed Antarctic compositions (not available elsewhere until 2012) and previously unreleased field recordings from Palmer Station. Plus all of the above rewards.

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    A copy of Ann Dentel's book "365," a collection of musical pieces that were written one a day for 366 days beginning on January 18th 1996 and ending on January 17th, 1997. Plus all of the above rewards.

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    A signed score (printed on archival paper) of one of the compositions we will be performing in Australia. Plus all of the above rewards.

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    I will make you a one-of-a-kind handmade instrument with natural materials I gather in Australia. Plus all of the $100-level rewards.

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    I will write a new composition dedicated to you. You pick the instrument(s)! Plus all of the $500-level rewards.

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