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John Bischoff: Audio Combine

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>Bischoff, John (II) : Audio Combine, for electronics
>Bischoff, John (II) : Sidewalk Chatter, for electronics
>Bischoff, John (II) : Local Color, for electronics
>Bischoff, John (II) : Decay Trace, for electronics
>Bischoff, John (II) : Surface Effect, for electronics

Album Summary

>Bischoff, John (II) : Audio Combine, for electronics
>Bischoff, John (II) : Sidewalk Chatter, for electronics
>Bischoff, John (II) : Local Color, for electronics
>Bischoff, John (II) : Decay Trace, for electronics
>Bischoff, John (II) : Surface Effect, for electronics
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Notes & Reviews:

John Bischoff (b. 1949) is an early pioneer of live computer music. He was a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers (1978), considered to be the world's first Computer Network Band. His long experience teaching music theory, harmony, and counterpoint is evident in his work: in the elegant balance of elements in his pieces can be heard an intuitive understanding of traditional musical forms expressed in sonic palettes far removed from the ones around which those forms were originally constructed. He describes his work as "a music built from the intrinsic features of the electronic medium at hand: high definition noise components, tonal edges, digital shading, and non-linear motion, all evolving in the variable context of live performance." While these features are all prominent, his work can also be considered fundamentally as a form of "expanded counterpoint," one in which the juxtaposition of sonic elements and their compositional development is a central concern. His work possesses a clear and intuitive sense of formal clarity combined with a nuanced deployment of audio events and textures.

Fanfare Magazine - Robert Carl
What I find myself appreciating most about Bischoff's work (and perhaps this is the composer in me speaking) is the originality of his counterpoint. It's made up of very different timbres, rather than melodic lines, whose punctual appearance and disappearance, and overlapping, create an impression of layers of sounds coexisting and evolving. I know that sounds a little dry, and it might be if the sounds didn't have the presence they do. No mistake, this is demanding stuff, and the target audience out there hopefully has gotten the message they need from this review. But even for those not among these self-selected ones, this is work whose seriousness of purpose would reward those curious to explore the outer limits.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
John Bischoff is a founding member of the League of Automatic Music Composers and one of the first composers to use a microcomputer to produce music in the 1970s. Audio Combine slowly reveals itself to the listener over its 13-minute duration as the sparse analog sounds and their digital manipulations occur in increasing shortened timeframes. All sounds originate from small objects, including a toy chime, a detuned ukulele, a music box, and a hand drum. Local Color presents real bell tones, synthetic bell tones, and clusters of both. Rhythms are often random, while some sections patch together enough individual sounds to create motives; but the experience of time appears to be the primary intent. Oscillators run wild in Surface Effect. The piece includes the most activity, with a bevy of pops, bleeps, tings, warbles, and pitch shifts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Littlefield Concert Hall, Mills College, Oakland Califo (01/05/2010/05/02/2011).



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Works Details

>Bischoff, John (II) : Audio Combine, for electronics
  • Performer: John Bischoff (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Bischoff, John (II) : Sidewalk Chatter, for electronics
  • Performer: John Bischoff (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Bischoff, John (II) : Local Color, for electronics
  • Performer: John Bischoff (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Bischoff, John (II) : Decay Trace, for electronics
  • Performer: John Bischoff (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Bischoff, John (II) : Surface Effect, for electronics
  • Performer: John Bischoff (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 11 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011