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"HiTEC 069 'Full' Group": HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Cooperative) started out as a group of musicians & dancers invited by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE to try to collectively conduct thought experiments in an attempt to create a group product that wouldn't be based on specific physical instructions. Initially, 53 people were solicited as of Monday, August 25, 2008, & possibly 33 declined (most by just not replying) or dropped out; & 22 were left participating. Over the 20 months of HiTEC's existence, there were 40 participants. No more than 21 ever played together at once. 11 of those 40 only rehearsed w/ us once & then dropped out. The 2 dancers, Ilona Auth (4 rehearsals), & Margaret Campbell (3 rehearsals) never performed live w/ us. That left 24 'hard-core' participants. tENT tried to make this project ever-changing enough to keep it stimulating while preserving the somewhat difficult to learn skeleton of the Systems Management Thought Experiments. After 19 months, various off-shoot situations had occurred such as the "Avicenna's Floating Maori" session & 5 classes taught by tENT using HiTEC techniques.
This 69th incarnation was the 1st one that wasn't an off-shoot session since HiTEC played their last set at the Visionary Arts Festival on August 9, 2009. Given that HiTEC 069 took place on February 28, 2010, that meant that there had been almost 7 months since the last rehearsal. The reason for the long hiatus was the lack of available venues to play at. Only 10 of the previous pool of 22 players attended this rehearsal: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE: grand piano, percussion; William Wedler: percussion; joy toujours: violin; Spat Cannon: acoustic bass; Julian Krishnamurti: electric bass; Bob Jungkunz: percussion; Kerrith Livengood: alto flute; Jonathan Brodsky: laptop; Kenny Haney: bass clarinet; & Ben Opie: soprano sax. Gina Ketter, on 5 string electric violin, had been added from the "Floating Maori" session. Spencer Diaz, camcorder, had been added from the 4 "Systems & Processes" classes that tENT taught at CMU the previous October & November. This rehearsal, & the next 2, were in preparation for what turned out to be HiTEC's final performance — scheduled for CMU's Kresge Theater on March 13, 2010. This performance date was during Spring Break because that was a window of opportunity time. tENT had wanted to recruit more "Systems & Processes" students so he was introducing Systems developed in those 4 classes as an incentive — & for the sake of having new material to stimulate the older players. However, the students were leaving during Spring Break or just not willing to participate so only Spencer joined. There wasn't time to teach the older material to the 2 newbies so a compromise situation had to be reached. This was truly the beginning of the end because of the loss &/or apathy of so many Systems Managers & because of the lack of time for training newer people & because of the very small audience for the last performance.
- May 7, 2019 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
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