[NetBehaviour] go tell it to the mountains

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 16:16:56 CEST 2020

For what it's worth, a highschool friend of mine, now 77, teaches ballet
through remote and it appears to work well.
Another friend of mine teaches music, violin, through remote, the same.
Everyone has different reactions to remote of course. As far as the Cage
piece, I enjoyed it and I think Cage would.
I remember the helicopter piece and thought at the time, terrific!
Best, Alan

On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 4:54 AM Johannes Birringer via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Hi Michael and all:
> enjoyed your comment!  looked/listened in again. I looked at the faces and
> persons playing (this is a Scottish/Uk ensemble, based in Edinburgh?), and
> pondered why I responded to a Cage concert with my note on Stockhausen. New
> music, right??  Darmstadt tradition, how odd.  Not sure anything can get
> transcended.
> I had actually been reading about Shabaka Hutchings and the new album just
> released, "We Are Sent Here by History"  (Shabaka and the Ancestors), and
> following the discussions swirling around in our societies. do we start
> questioning our traditions, allegiances?  is the anti-black curriculum
> dismantable? chamber music in helicopters, good heavens. This is a
> different discussion for sure, but I wish to pick up your faith or
> enjoyment of the zoom concert and question it, if you permit. I watched
> many musicians in this fragmenting multiroom zoom pretending not to play,
> and on occasion heard some rambling, wonderfully interfering noises,
> someone had unmuted their mic, nice,  but why were they not all unmuted?
> You felt there was community? ambient world? Could we even imagine this
> ambient contingent world, looking at all the instrumentalists in these tiny
> zoom frames?  Mind you, I am actually trying to raise a larger question,
> which came up in the Lab of Dance conference in Warsaw last week (
> https://sites.google.com/view/labofdance) - do you like dancing by
> yourself in front of camera? Do you like seeing yourself?  can you teach
> dance in a zoom ? create choreography, meet audience, exchange vibrations
> and energies with real people in organic space? Liberating openness or
> frustrating closedness?
> It might be interesting to discuss this further, if some of you are
> teaching or preparing to do hybrid stuff in the fall. One of the dancers in
> Warsaw told me (the format was arranged like this:  you watched the 5 video
> lectures/presentations beforehand, on youtube, then the panelists met with
> audience in zoom at 6pm
> for Q & A, yet discussion was moderated via facilitator who read questions
> in chat, then translated them....) that she had not mustered the attention
> or energy to watch all the video lectures, others confessed they get tired
> in front of zoom. Others reported from the summer semester dance classes:
> Working with camera as partner, trying things (how do you do Community
> Dance in zoom?).  How can public space be merged with virtual space,  how
> can dance be connecting,
> creating dialogues? students tried all manner of things, danced in their
> kitchens, their balconies, created audiowalks, online work-books; networked
> performances, learning more about combination online-offline, etc. There
> was ambition, and then ambivalence, critique. Capacities are now nearly
> exhausted; fragmentation ever-present; non verbal communication is stopped;
> energies not shareable, shadows are missing, so are sweat and smell. There
> is no substitute for flesh.  Sadness and frustration.
> I feel almost exactly as in these last observations, and could do without
> zoom, for sure.
> with regards
> Johannes Birringer
> ___
> From: Michael Szpakowski <m at michaelszpakowski.org>
> Sent: 06 July 2020 17:27
> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] online performance of 4' 33"
> Cheers Johannes! Thanks for sharing it. It struck me that the final thing
> transcended in a number of interesting ways the original idea which had a
> quality of a ‘rather good wheeze’ about it, something light and fun and
> amusing. That remained ,sure enough, but there was definitely more...things
> about community and what it means to be a performer and also an extension,
> through Zoom, of the encouragement of ambient listening that was part of
> the original. A very liberating openness to the whole thing ...
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone<https://yho.com/footer0>
> On Sunday, July 5, 2020, 8:13 pm, Johannes Birringer <
> Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
> thanks Michael
> rather wonderful and curious.  And I shared your link with friends and
> colleagues
> (from music and theatre) who had alerted me last week to a streaming of
> Stockhausen's 6-hour
> "Mittwoch aus Licht"  --  Birmingham's first staging of an opera that was
> previously considered unstageable;  truly extraordinary and could be of
> interest. It’s being streamed on Saturday from 5pm....
> https://www.birminghamopera.org.uk/coming-up?fbclid=IwAR3tWZDsGRgPhDfg5FmT35wDA1pAa3fM2t4QnTfOhwKqf01dT1RfhMt-2II
> you probably have heard of the helicopter string quartet, part of
> "Mittwoch aus Licht".
> well it's in here........ (https://vimeo.com/435367416)
> they apparently flew it.
> best
> Johannes Birringer
> ________________________________________
> From: NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org<mailto:
> netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org>> on behalf of Michael
> Szpakowski <m at michaelszpakowski.org<mailto:m at michaelszpakowski.org>>
> Sent: 03 July 2020 15:25
> To: netbehaviour new netbehaviour
> Subject: [NetBehaviour] online performance of 4' 33"
> Hi
> I just participated in this Zoom performance of Cage's 4' 33'' organised
> by the splendid Red Note Ensemble. I play sopranino recorder doubling mbira
> in the second movement .
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMAz9V-65Zo
> cheers!
> Michael
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