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"HiTEC 011 E": HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Cooperative) was originally proposed as "Sonic Aughts Union" by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE after a May 2008 gig in the Carnegie Public Library Oakland branch with separate sets by t,ac; Margaret Cox; Rick Gribenas; & Steve Boyle. The name was a take-off on the Sonic Arts Union, a group that t,ac admired. The original SAU had 4 main members who only did solo pieces & never collaborated with each other. This struck t,ac as a short-coming that he hoped to correct in this 2nd SAU. When "Sonic Aughts Union" failed to materialize as cONVENIENCE originally imagined, it transformed into HiTEC & into more orchestral dimensions. Its 1st rehearsal was on July 14, 2008. In an attempt to document every rehearsal, mini-dv was shot, sometimes w/ 2 cameras, sometimes w/ the camera(s) only on (a) tripod(s), sometimes w/ camera operators - & explanatory titles have been added. The numbers in the title represent the number of the session/rehearsal & the letters represent the sub-group of HiTEC that was rehearsing. There were as many as 3 sessions/rehearsals a week, tENT was the person conducting all of those (with one exception) & tENT asked that all "Systems Managers", as the players were called, rehearse at least 8 times before being considered ready for public performance - which amounted to, roughly, one rehearsal every 2 weeks. Some of the Systems Managers seemed to consider themselves 'too good' to have to rehearse so much. They were wrong. Many people came & went, auditioning with us only once & then deciding it wasn't for them. Originally, tENT had wanted to have dancers but the people who initially tried to participate as such didn't like it. It was probably too conceptual for them. HiTEC, at its peak, had 22 members although all 22 never played at once. The highest amount ever playing together was 21 at our 2nd gig.
This 11th incarnation was the 2nd meeting of the E sub-group & consisted of: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE: piano, sampler; Erok: trombone; Margaret Campbell: belly dancing; Unfinished Symphonies: electronic keyboard; Stuart Anderson: videocamera. US & Stuart were new. Stuart stayed with it until the 1st public event. US became a core member, stayed with it to the nd, & has since become one of my main collaborators. This was one of the most primitive sessions. We're up to 15 Systems of the final 37 by now because the "Echo", a system that was probably never played correctly in the entire history of HiTEC, is being introduced - as well as the "Avian Flu", a new meta-system.
- April 20, 2019 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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