As that Manhattan nightclub’s artistic director, Subotnick gave birth to electronic dance music. He says opening night at the Electric Circus was a big event. “[Japanese conductor] Seiji Ozawa came down; members of the Kennedy family were there,” Subotnick says. “I played about a half-hour’s worth of material starting with a heartbeat. … It wasn’t a beat that you would usually use in rock ‘n’ roll, but it was a strong pulse, and that’s all they needed. And they ended up dancing to it.” Morton Subotnick And Joan La Barbara On Q2 Music’s ‘Spaces’ Credit: WQXR Subotnick’s interest in new sounds goes back a long way. As a child prodigy in 1950s Los Angeles, playing clarinet with symphony orchestras, he sensed that something new was brewing. The miniaturization that led to things like the transistor radio meant you no longer needed a room full of equipment to make electronic sounds. Subotnick and Ramon Sender, his partner in the San Francisco Tape Center (a nonprofit dedicated to tape music), collaborated with electronics engineer Donald Buchla to develop the first compact analog electronic synthesizer. Their goal was to turn people’s living rooms into concert halls. “What I loved about it was I could be in my studio and be the composer, the interpreter, the performer and the listener,” Subotnick says. “It would be like being a painter. I could make my music until I really loved it, just perfect and then it would become a record and go into someone’s home. For me, it wasn’t recording something; it was creating something new for that medium.” Subotnick’s interests in music and technology didn’t end with the synthesizer: He’s moved on into digital media and its interactive possibilities.
I usually play three songs and see new places. It’s kind of like what I would do if I won the lottery.” It’s all a matter of perspective. I get to meet a lot of the folks that have worked in radio for a long time. It’s been really neat. I’ve learned a lot about that end of things that I didn’t really know about before even though I’ve been in the business for a long time. So, it’s been educational and fun. I’ve gotten to see places and cities across the country that I haven’t seen before. I miss my family a bunch. That’s the hardest part, but other than that, I really love it. I remember seeing on Instagram and Facebook that you visited a camel farm. How was that? That was actually a pretty fun gig.
Music to their ears
What we were doing before it looked like a duck, but it wasn’t quite a duck. Now we’ve got it right. Our duck quacks like a duck and it’s all wonderful,” Keast said. The program’s first two graduates will walk the stage this December wearing pink tassels (pink is the academic color for music). Daniel Guerrero, 23, is a senior music student at UTPB who will wear his pink tassel next fall. He’s an Odessa product and learned how to play the trumpet in ECISD schools. His love of music really started in seventh grade when he joined the band. From there, he went to Odessa High and Odessa College studying with trumpet player and his former private instructor Erik Baker. Upon his arrival to UTPB, Guerrero did worry about how a humanities degree with a focus in music might look to future employers. “How is this going to work on a resume?” Guerrero said. He said the connections that Keast and other professors have in the community, coupled with the education he’s received, set him up for landing his first band director job. “Having a bachelor’s of music is one more notch in the belt for UTPB,” Guerrero said. Hohstadt said the program has a snowball’s momentum, with a trifecta of an explanation to support that statement.
Mind-blowing music video created using 350 faces and 4,000 photos took 17 days to produce
Oh Yeah Wow , the Brunswick production house behind “Young,” wrote on Facebook that it used “data-wrangled” digital folders one for each mouth shape to link the stop-motion animation. “If we needed an ‘e,’ then it was straight to the ‘e’ folder to find the appropriate shape, big/small/happy/sad/partially open, etc.,” the producers explained . Getting volunteers to participate was easy the studio simply put out an invite on Facebook . Subject line: “WE WANT YOUR FACE”: The idea basically involves photographing hundreds of unique looking faces, each person shot multiple times in a variety of facial poses, replicating various mouth shapes in accordance with the lyrics. Using the almighty power of stop motion animation we will then cycle through 500+ people who, when edited together, will sing the song. At the end of production, you will be able to download and keep your own professional portrait. PLUS you get to be a part of what we hope will be a creative landmark, shared around the world. The video has just 20,000 views on YouTube. But if the enthusiasm of Internet users is any indication, it’s destined to become a viral hit. “I founda lot of amusement in pausing the video every few seconds to see who I paused on,” wrote one viewer. “Absolutely gorgeous!” another viewer added. “Very entertaining to pause repeatedly trying to find Melbourne friends!” “Made my brain explode,” one viewer wrote. “In the nicest way possible.” But not everyone loved watching it. “This started to make me feel ill for some reason,” one Reddit user wrote .