Emerado: Rosemarie van der Hooft, Laura Loewen, Mel Braun (Lisa Funk)
The computer used my voice to create loops of sound and other manipulations to add to the overall effect. A total surround-sound experience!
—Rosemarie van der Hooft, curator
The term "Glorious Technicolor" was coined back in 1932, ushering in the age of colour films. GroundSwell is using that as a jumping-off point for its latest all-Manitoba concert, In Glorious Techno-Colour. It's a whole concert celebrating music and technology.
The event features the world premiere of In Glorious-Techno-Colour by Heidi Ugrin, as well as a premiere by Gordon Fitzell, along with works by Randolph Peters, David Scott, Jerry Semchyshyn and Orjan Sandred.
Emerado is the featured trio made up of soprano Rosemarie van der Hooft, baritone Mel Braun and pianist Laura Loewen with special guest saxophone virtuoso Allen Harrington.
SCENE asked concert curator Rosemarie van der Hooft to tell us about the joy of using technology in music.
Singing new music is always exciting. Often there are new and interesting sounds incorporated into it. A composer might ask me to do something unusual with my voice or might even alter the sound of my voice with a computer to create an unusual effect.
The coolest piece that I've performed involving computer was for a GroundSwell concert two years ago. It was a really atmospheric work in which I sang to a totally computerized accompaniment that could be adjusted to follow my voice. The computer used my voice to create loops of sound and other manipulations to add to the overall effect. I wore a microphone in order to interface with the computer and so that my voice could be heard through the 16 speakers surrounding the audience. A total surround-sound experience!