MATRIXSYNTH: Barry Schrader's The Barnum Museum CD & Vintage Buchla Performances

Monday, July 23, 2012

Barry Schrader's The Barnum Museum CD & Vintage Buchla Performances

"After four years of composing and mastering, The Barnum Museum CD is now in production and will be released on the Innova label on September 25, 2012. This one-hour, eight-movement work is inspired by Steven Millhauser’s short story, The Barnum Museum, and is a journey into the imagination of the fantastic. There’s a new page on my site for The Barnum Museum CD, with excerpts from the notes and music from the first two tracks. I’ll be putting up samples from the other movements throughout the next two months.

On Wednesday, July 25, at 8:00 pm BST (UTC/GMT +1 hour) (3:00 pm EDT; 12:00 noon PDT), London Resonance FM will present a special one-hour program of my music from the past 35 years. This program presents the rarely-heard Moon-Wings from Moon-Whales and other Moon Songs (1982-1983), composed on the Buchla 200 analog synthesizer, and also features the premiere presentation of a ten-minute sampler from my latest work, The Barnum Museum (2009-2012). I've recorded special commentary for this program, and you can listen to this show by streaming with the link and information given here.

My recent article on John Cage, Caged, is available online on Glasschord. While the piece largely deals with Cage's work from my own perspective, it contains some interesting facts about Cage's background and influences. Glasschord is an excellent and important online magazine that covers contemporary culture and art. The complete program notes for The Barnum Museum will be presented in the October issue of Glasschord, along with a special Barnum Museum Sampler mp3 file."

"After years of work by the Iota Center, Pamela Turner, and Mark Toscano and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the experimental animation work of Adam Beckett (1950-1979) has been remastered and released on a new DVD. Included in this DVD is Heavy-Light (1973), Adam's most abstract work.
I was fortunate to be able score Heavy-Light, using one of CalArts' Buchla 200 systems, and it's great to see Adam's work restored and made available to the public. Also on this DVD is Evolution of the Red Star, with music by Carl Stone."

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