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Category: Performance

Accumulation 01 (2012 04 21)

Categories: Performance
Accumulation 01 (2012 04 21)

A weekend of listening events.
April 21 & 22, 2012. Oberlin, OH.



10:30am ? Soundwalk 01 (Hall-Peters) ? center fold of Hall Auditorium.
11:00am ? Stylus ? Klutznick Commons, Peters Hall.


7:30am ? listening walk ? Arboretum, meet at north entrance.
8:00am ? Improvisation (JD, DF, TG) ? Arboretum.
4:30pm ? Avenues 01-03, screening ? TIMARA Studio 2.

… additional recommended events …

Thur-Sat, 8:00pm ? Gabriel M. Emeka, The Compromise: 1895 ? Hall Auditorium.
Saturday, 6:30pm ? Maira Clancy, Cognizant Creatures ? Fairchild Chapel.
Saturday, 9:00pm ? Bill Orcutt & Title TK ? The Cat.
Sunday, 8:00pm ? Hannah Selin, Viola & Collected Sounds ? Fairchild Chapel.

? many thanks to ?

My friends, especially the following performers:

Katie Buono, Mia Dawson, Peter Freeman, Alexander Heald, Porter James, & Elizabeth Weinstein (foamists for Stylus);
Kyle Aungst, Monica George, Hannah Santisi, & Hannah Selin (violists for Stylus);
Jessie Downs & Doug Farrand (fellow morning improvisors).


My TIMARA teacher Per Bloland, and faculty Julia Christensen, Tom Lopez, Peter Swendsen, & John Talbert.

My family and friends for their love and support.

Arb Improvisation (2012 04 22)

Categories: Performance

Improvisation by Jessie Downs (clarinet), Doug Farrand (snare drum), and Tristan Gordon (melodica) on the bank of Plum Creek in the Oberlin, Ohio arboretum. 8:40am - 9:20am; 2012 04 22. Part of Accumulation 01.

Accumulation 02 (2013 04 09)

Categories: Performance

Accumulation 02 (2013 04 09)
6:30PM; Clonick Hall, Kohl Building, Oberlin College

A concert of field recordings collected during February and March of 2013 at and around the confluence of Chance Creek and the Vermillion River.

Tea will be served preceding the concert, from 5:45-6:30pm, in the lobby (or outside, weather permitting). Music begins promptly at 6:30pm. The program will be one hour.


Excerpt from a field recording first presented as part of Accumulation 02

Accumulation 02 (2013 04 09)
One side of the Accumulation 02 program. Drawing by Peter Freeman.

"Je réfléchis à d'autres lieux de ce type, [...] des pièces contenant une seule oeuvre : une plaque de fer flottante, par exemple, qui semble flotter à travers la musique, flotter calmement... Je réfléchis à des endroits dans lesquels on peut se retirer seul, des pièces qui créent une ambiance de silence, mais pas un silence stupide... comment dire... un silence actif, une sorte d'état de suspension, de quiétude."

"I'm thinking of other rooms like this, [...] rooms that contain only one work: a floating iron plate, for example, that seems to calmly float through the music... I am thinking about places that one can retreat to alone, rooms that create an ambience of stillness, of silence, but not stupid silence... how might I say... an active stillness, a kind of suspended state of tranquility."
—Rolf Julius, excerpted from "Les Lieux de Quiétude" (Rooms of Stillness), 1987

Accumulation 02 (2013 04 09)
Other side. Detail from A Career of Birds by Alexander Heald.

Other performances

Categories: Performance

2013 05 13
Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin, OH
Valerie Perczek
Neal Donovan
Tristan Gordon

2013 05 02
Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin, OH
Jeph Jerman solo
Performing as a member of Jerman's Animist Orchestra

2012 10 18
Dionysus Disco, Oberlin, OH
Mark Fell
Jaw Jam
TW Gordon

2012 05 06
Central 25, Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH
Graham Lambkin / Jason Lescalleet
Tristan Gordon

2012 03 14
A large log in the western part of the Arboretum, north of Plum Creek, Oberlin, OH
Realizing page 16 of Jason Brogan's text pieces (2009)curated by Doug Farrand
"a continuous breaking-up of dry twigs"

Other performances

2012 03 08
Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin, OH
Noah Chevan / H. Diggs Bailey
Will Floyd
Joe Schlam / Ross Chait
Tristan Gordon / Jessie Downs

2011 11 29
Abandoned drive-through teller [now demolished] behind the LorMet Credit Union
49 South Main St., Oberlin, OH
Realizing page 5 of Jason Brogan's text pieces (2009), curated by Doug Farrand
"a continuous, gentle rustling of dry leaves"

Other performances

2011 04 16
Central 25, Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH
Kevin Drumm
Mike Shiflet
Tristan Gordon / Ron Shalom

Despite the sound system's potential for earthshaking volumes, the opening duo of Conservatory senior Tristan Gordon and double-degree sophomore Ron Shalom opted to explore the realm of silence, playing barely audible high-pitched tones for the majority of their set. Tension filled the hushed room as the ticking of its clock became the performance's centerpiece.

2010 10 03
Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin, OH
Bill Nace
Diagram A
Chris Pierce/Adrian Rew
Tristan Gordon