Episode 001: Lea Bertucci

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Photo: Lea Bertucci at ISSUE Project Room by Bradley Buehring, 2015.


Lea Bertucci is an interdisciplinary artist, composer and improviser working with installation, sound, and projection. As an instrumentalist, she focuses on an electro-acoustic preparation of the bass clarinet that heavily utilizes speaker feedback. In recent years, her projects have expanded to site-specific compositions for electronics and instruments, multichannel sound installations and music concrete collage. Her new album, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, is being released on NNA Tapes at the end of March.

On this initial episode of Signifying Something, Steve Flato and Bertucci play and discuss her composition Oracle (Quartet Version). From there, the conversation goes onto explore Lea’s process in making a composition for voice— an instrument she has not studied— and how she demos and listens to these scores without being a vocalist herself; beating patterns in notes, microtonality, and just intonation; her focus on the spatial aspects of the room where her works are performed; Schoenberg and “New Music”; systematic composition and rule-based work; the pieces made at her Issue Project Room residency— Cepheid and Cepheid Variations— and their exploration of resonance; extended instrumental techniques; Lea’s multichannel piece, Double Bass Crossfade (which appears on her new NNA release All That Is Solid Melts Into Air); her approach to her tape music and her view of digital processing in that context; Lea’s ongoing concert series Dense Mesh; and how to know when you’ve finally finished a composition.

Clip from the score for Oracle (Quartet Version):

Artist Statement Generator: http://www.500letters.org/form_15.php

Lea Bertucci’s website: http://www.brokendiorama.com

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Approaching Signifying Something

I’m not approaching this program as a journalist/critic or in any “objective” sense. I’m approaching it as a fellow musician curious about others’ ideas, processes, tools, and backgrounds. So there’s gonna be a bit of me in there, not from some sort of distant objective zone at all. Some might find that irritating but some might find it a good, albeit different, approach. We’ll see.

Steve Flato

Announcement: Matthew Revert

Excited to announce Matthew Revert as our first guest.

Matthew is an author, musician, graphic designer, not to mention he scored the absolutely bonkers film Cat Sick Blues. He has upcoming releases on KYE and No Rent Records and will be premiering a piece on the episode and discussing it with us.

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