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Within Singularity
Dec 6 @ 8.30pm

An imaginative exploration of cross-media modulation in celebration of the 12" vinyl release of "one" (Accretions Records, October 2012) by sroM (Stephanie Robinson).  Basic electronic impulses transform into lush musical soundscapes, simple vibrations of reed and air initiate complex computer-based processes, and interactive video threads together sound and light.

  • Stephanie Robinson — analog synthesizers
  • Jason Robinson — saxophone, flute, computer
  • Maxwell Suechting — interactive video

Stephanie Robinson

Stephanie Robinson is a composer, keyboardist, installation artist, recording engineer, and vocalist. She has concentrated many of her recent compositional efforts on theatre projects and works professionally as a theatrical sound designer and composer.  Additionally, she is an active performer of a variety of musical styles and genres, ranging from opera to church music, and performance art to heavy metal.  Her most recent record release is her solo project sroM, "one" (Accretions).  Currently employed by Amherst College's Department of Theatre and Dance, Robinson teaches courses on sound design for theatre, installation art, dance, and multimedia.  In her spare time, she is an avid runner of ultramarathon distances of 100 miles or longer.

[ Photo: © 2012 Scott Friedlander ]

Jason Robinson

The music of American saxophonist and scholar Jason Robinson thrives in the fertile overlaps between improvisation and composition, acoustic music and electronics, tradition and experimentalism. Initially a devotee of post-1960s jazz and creative music, Robinson’s music is a modern amalgam of cutting-edge trends in jazz practice and electroacoustic music. Robinson is a critically acclaimed distinct voice in a new generation of creative musicians in equal dialogue with jazz, popular music, experimental music, and electronic music. In late September 2012, Robinson releases his seventh album as a leader, Tiresian Symmetry (Cuneiform Records), featuring his New York-based unorthodox nine-piece creative music ensemble with two tubas and two drumsets. He performs regularly as a soloist (acoustically and with electronics), with his group the Janus Ensemble, and in a variety of collaborative contexts. He has performed at festivals and prominent venues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe and/or recorded with Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Anthony Davis, Drew Gress, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Marty Ehrlich, Eugene Chadbourne, Earl Howard, Toots and the Maytals, Groundation, Bertram Turetzky, Mark Dresser, John Russell, Roger Turner, Gerry Hemingway, Kei Akagi, Mel Graves, Liberty Ellman, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, among others. He has published articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Jazz Perspectives, and Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation and is an Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College.

[ Photo: © 2012 Scott Friedlander ]

Maxwell Suechting

Max Suechting studied at Amherst College and now lives in New York. He is interested in the intersections of art and vernacular culture. He is a drummer and a serious coffee enthusiast. He works with Ableton Live and MaxMSP/Jitter.

[ Photo: © Alec Jacobson ]