TheaterScene Reviews Performance of How to Listen to Machines

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In her review of the 2017 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, music critic Jean Ballard Terepka spotlighted How to Listen to Machines in her review of "the most successful works presented" at the festival:

Electroacoustic Music Festival, the concluding seven concerts of the twenty-nine-concert festival took place at Brooklyn’s intimate and versatile performance space, National Sawdust. Some of the most successful works presented – among nearly seventy pieces ranging in quality from fair to truly excellent – were those which tackled substantive issues, whether political, moral or intellectual...

In How to Listen to Machines: Refrigeration Fan in E-flat Major... violinist and composer Jordan Hall examined the ability of the most mundane sound-producing object – a household refrigerator fan – to produce sounds that can be made musical. As the fan sounds play, Hall played the violin in something like a duet: a series of small microbowings gradually expanded out to a full-throated, emotional musical declaration. In the end, the piece had an oddly nineteenth century concerto feel to it: quite consciously, a familiar creative impulse had been adapted...

 

 

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