David Rosenboom

Thursday, April 7th, 2022
7:30pm

An ever-evolving solo performance, The Infinity of Things that Don’t Exist is a continuously emerging sound world that draws upon its previous iterations and sonic histories to challenge the distinction between nature and artifice. Eschewing genre in favor of a boundless and generative mode of creation, David Rosenboom explores the dynamics of resonance and interaction as organizing principles, incorporating materials from past performances as well as field recordings and live play into this cumulative, improvisational process. In his performance, arrangements of analog sound modules are activated by acoustic inputs from various instruments and sound makers, while other instruments are prompted by algorithms. Parallel to this freeform sonic assemblage, a video, A Summary History of Humans in the World, projects the scene of a hand inscribing ink on parchment, the written text contemplating the challenges of human evolution and how humans respond to the nature of illusions.

David Rosenboom (b. 1947) is a composer, performer, conductor, interdisciplinary artist, author and educator known as a pioneer in American experimental music. Since the 1960s David Rosenboom has explored the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system. His work is widely distributed and presented around the world. From 1990 through 2020 he was Dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, where he now holds the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition. David Rosenboom is a Yamaha Artist.

Image: David Rosenboom at FISEA: First International Symposium on Electronic Art, Utrecht, Netherlands, September 29, 1988.