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"HiTEC 045 'Full' Group": 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 3 exceptions) & 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 45th was the 3rd of the 'Full' Group incarnations (the full group never actually played together at once) & consisted of: Joy: acoustic guitar; Unfinished Symphonies: electronic keyboard; William Wedler: percussion; Erok: trombone; Stuart Anderson: recorder; Roger Dannenberg: trumpet, flugelhorn; Dani Simmonds: banjo-uke; Spat Cannon: acoustic bass; Melissa St. Pierre: toy piano; Julian Krishnamurti: electric bass [app. 20 minutes into recording]; Mike Tamburo: hammered dulcimer; Ben Harris: violin; Jonathan Brodsky: monome; Johan Nystrom: extended percussion; Hyla Willis: erhu, small noisemaker(s); Kenny Haney: bass clarinet; Ben Opie: Turkish clarinet in G, soprano sax, thingamagoop (from kit); Tony Balko: SM camcorder; tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE: grand piano - 19 Systems Managers. As I recall, almost 10 & 1/2 years later, this was one of my favorite sessions. I might've even made more extra copies than usual of the DVD-R from it to give away as a sample of the Magnum Opus. Once again, since Tony Balko is providing Systems Management driven camerawork, the hand-held camera is extremely erratic & fluctuates between chaos & interestingly framed shots. For tENT, these CMU rehearsals were fabulous because there was room for many people to play together & because tENT could play a lovely grand piano. Tony uses the "wave" in-camera effect. tENT can be seen walking around the room using unexplained hand-signals to try to "Tele-Communicate" a mood. A static camera is aimed at the top of the WoF (Wheel of Fortune) to enable documentary knowledge of what Systems is being activated when. When a title suggests, perhaps around 32 minutes, that "Birds" might've been suggested it seems more likely that "Avian Flu" was the choice. It's from shortly after this point that a 19:43 portion was taken for inclusion in tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE's "1975-2015" CD. tENT is often heard providing calculated harmonic progressions in an apparent attempt to provide a stable background to the hectic foreground.
- April 27, 2019 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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