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"HiTEC 049 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 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 49th incarnation consisted of: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE: piano, percussion, voice, camera, editing, titling; Hyla Willis: erhu, percussion, voice; Jonathan Brodsky: monome; Melissa St. Pierre: toy piano; Roger Dannenberg: trumpet, SysMan software. This marks the 1st use of the SysMan software developed by Roger Dannenberg to provide a more efficient alternative to the slide projections that I was originally imagining for showing what the available Systems were to be Managed after a spin of the WoF (Wheel of Fortune). This was enormously helpful & freed tENT from a responsibility for performing somewhat complex calculations on the fly in addition to everything else he had to do. Not helping documentation is that the broken tripod I was using at the time was unable to be sufficiently tightened. Still, this is a 2 camera shoot & both shots are presented side-by-side so all is not lost. Fortunately, tENT changes the camera position of the only one he has access to (the broken tripod is out-of-reach) so different details are available. There are a few DVD-R freezes to make matters worse. tENT talks about how the lighting & projections will work at the upcoming New Hazlett Theater presentation. Near the end, the Personality Types projections are shown for the 1st time at a rehearsal.
- April 30, 2019 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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