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Ex Machina

Piano in the

21st century

Visual Art by Xuan

A visually immersive program of nine world premieres written for the piano, including two genre-crossing new works 

EX MACHINA  is an interdisciplinary and multimedia project exploring the complex connections and relationship between technology and humanity through visual art and music. Evolving technology has been changing our lives, including how we experience arts and music. The title, Ex Machina, or From the Machine, reflects on humanity's creativity and struggle of identity in this fast changing world.  As a starting point, the piano is a musical machine with which I create sound stories to evoke ideas and emotions. In this project, we will explore the machine’s multifaceted meanings artistically, musically, and philosophically.

Collaborators

Program

 

Clara Yang, piano
Xuan, immersive visual art

Act I

Atomic Pulse

Crystal Prelude No. 1 with

Cryoacoustic Orb Installation 

(piano and fixed media)

Reena Esmail, composer

Lee Weisert and Jonathon Kirk, sound installation designers

Clinamina (piano and electronics)

Lee Weisert, composer

Deep ConditioNN Redux (piano and fixed media)

Suzi Analogue, beatmaker

Clara Yang, composer/piano

 

Act II

Organic Machines

Nebula (solo piano)

Clara Yang, composer/piano

RoboDream (piano and choreography)

Phil Young, composer

Yili Fan, movement artist

 

Hammers on the Moon (piano and fixed media)

Liliya Ugay, composer

Conception (piano and fixed media)

Yvette Young, composer/producer/electric guitar/violin

Clara Yang, composer/piano

Act III

Synthetic Souls

Analogue Confession (solo piano)

Peter Askim, composer

Think that's you - a personality software recognition software toccata (piano and electronics)

Allen Anderson, composer

Drones (solo piano)

Stephen Anderson, composer

Postlude

Hoyt-Schermerhorn (piano and electronics)

Christopher Cerrone, composer

Total running time: approx. 65 min

Program could be modified for shorter programs

Clara Yang
Clara Yang performs Project Ex Machina (excerpts) Visual art by Xuan
Clara Yang performs Project Ex Machina (excerpts) Visual art by Xuan

Clara Yang performs Project Ex Machina (excerpts) Visual art by Xuan

08:29
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Clara Yang - Drones by Stephen Anderson (Official Video)

Clara Yang - Drones by Stephen Anderson (Official Video)

06:33
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Clara Yang -  Clinamina for Piano and Electronics by Lee Weisert

Clara Yang - Clinamina for Piano and Electronics by Lee Weisert

07:52
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Allen Anderson Personality Recognition Toccata (excerpt)

Allen Anderson Personality Recognition Toccata (excerpt)

00:35
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Drone in Moeser

Drone in Moeser

00:32
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