Junecloud releases new generative music app Chicago Avenue Moon on February 5th
For immediate release
January 29, 2014
Chicago Avenue Moon is a responsive, generative music app that gathers a set of variables including date, time, phase of the moon, and GPS location, and uses that data to determine how its music unfolds, in real-time.The piece is intended for a listener in motion, whose route and speed affect the composition. Composer Joshua Dumas wrote 1000 brief musical phrases which the app manipulates, sequences, and layers to create trillions and trillions of variations, a unique experience with every listen.
He imagines the piece as a personalized soundtrack for strangers’ mundanities—an effort to help re-enchant a person’s daily commute, trip to the laundromat, or evening jog. The piece includes field recordings of his own walks around his neighborhood (Ukrainian Village in Chicago) in an attempt to bring his own experience of place in communication with others’, anywhere on earth.
Though the piece grapples with permutations of impossible scale and explores how limited materials can give rise to grand complexities, it has humble beginnings. During the hottest weeks of the summer, while conceiving and composing, Dumas would open the door of the studio, and from the piano would watch the moon rise over Chicago Avenue.To escape the heat, he’d walk around his neighborhood, imagining this music, his revery disrupted and inspired by the sounds from the street.
Chicago Avenue Moon also draws inspiration from the work of Brian Eno, from Janet Cardiff ’s soundwalks, from musical experiments with chance by John Cage and Terry Riley (In C, in particular), from Glenn Gould’s radio documentaries, and from ideas explored by the Long Now Foundation.
The app was developed in collaboration with Junecloud’s Mike Piontek, was recorded by Matt DeWine and Joshua Dumas at Pieholden Suite Sound in Chicago, and was supported in part by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Chicago Avenue Moon was performed by Josh Bell, Johnny Caluya, Kate Drown,Whitney Johnson, and Joshua Dumas, whose other projects include:Verma, Quarter Mile Thunder, Mar Caribe, Soundings, and Quiet Errors.
Chicago Avenue Moon is a universal app for any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS7. A device with GPS is recommended, but not required. The app will be offered at a one week introductory price of $0.99, before increasing to $1.99.