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"HiTEC 015 A": 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 15th incarnation was the 4th meeting of the A sub-group & consisted of: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE: piano; Hyla Willis: erhu, toy ratchet, siren whistle; Ben Harris: violin; Dave Bernabo: lap guitar, acoustic guitar; Kerrith Livengood: flute; Jonathan Brodsky: monome with mabalhabla software; Julian Krishnamurti: electric bass; Joy: Erector Set. This was probably the 1st rehearsal where I felt like everything was starting to cohere in the way I'd imagined it. The playing has a greater delicacy than it had previously. This particular document is also a relief after the tripod-based ones of the past because my friend Erin Oldynski was visiting & she shot the footage. She wasn't following the Systems, so she wasn't acting as a Systems Manager but the mobility of her camerawork enables much more to be seen than usual. Thank you Erin. THIS WAS THE 1ST REHEARSAL WHERE ALL OF THE EXISTING 17 SYSTEMS WERE GONE THROUGH AND THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE HAS BEEN BUILT & IS SHOWN!!!
- April 21, 2019 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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