ZAP! Performance April 27, 2007
Boston Museum of Science Theater of Electricity
I'm very excited to announce that my debut recording, "ZAP!," is now available on CD!
The music was recorded by an all-star lineup of musicians -Robert Black, David Cossin, Felix Fan, Philippa Thompson, Eddie Whalen, and Evan Ziporyn - along with actual sparks and static from the Boston Museum of Science's Van de Graaff Generator and Tesla Coils, recorded by Joel Gordon.
It's available on cd from Airplane Ears Music or Amazon, and downloadable from iTunes, Amazon, or EMusic. If you want to check it out first, there are some free downloads of excerpts at airplaneears.com.
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ZAP! by Christine Southworth
1. Power On (6:59, mp3, excerpt)
2. Surge (4:28, mp3, excerpt)
3. Current Consumption (5:37, mp3, excerpt)
4. Charged (10:39, mp3, excerpt)
5. Attraction (5:18, mp3, excerpt)
6. Static (6:26, mp3, excerpt)
7. Power Off (8:10, mp3, excerpt)
Robert Black ... bass
David Cossin ... percussion
Felix Fan ... cello
Christine Southworth ... voice
Philippa Thompson ... voice
Eddie Whalen ... guitar
Evan Ziporyn ... keyboards & clarinets
Van de Graaff Generator and Tesla Coils operated by Jeannine Trezvant, recorded by Joel Gordon June 18, 2006 Boston Museum of Science Theater of Electricity
Edited by Christine Southworth
Mixed and Mastered by Rob Friedman
is "truly electrifying!"
Will Spitz, The
Boston Phoenix, "Out:
Going Electric" 2/10/05
about an ELECTRIC performer!"
Journal pop music writer Rick Massimo's preview :
"A High Power Show at the Museum of Science"
"as gently balladic (as it is) hard-driving
Young's preview from The
Boston Herald/The Edge:
Robot creators `Zap!' preconceived ideas of electronic
Tech Talk's preview & interview by Lynn
Makes Music Outside the Rules"
Christine Southworth, composer
Electrostatic Society of America review, by Humphrey Wong
Listings & Columns:
The Museum of Science's 40-foot-tall Van de Graaff generator is an imposing
one-trick pony - if you've seen one five-million-volt spark, you've about seen
'em all - but now a young composer is going to make it sing. Brown grad student
Christine Southworth has written an hour-long piece called Zap! that calls for
a chamber/rock set-up (keyboards, flute, guitar, bass, voice, percussion), "robotic
instruments" programmed by a team of MIT/RISD engineers, and one mammoth
sparking machine. Both the generator and Southworth are MIT alums: the composer
studied with Evan Ziporyn and describes her work as Steve Reich-influenced, post-minimalist
acoustic electronica; the museum's Van de Graaff (the world's largest air-insulated
model) was built at MIT in the 1940s and is said to be fond of the Velvet Underground's
White Light/White Heat. Zap! gets its premiere tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum
of Science, at Science Park in Boston, and it's free with museum admission, which
is $14, $11 for children. Call (617) 723-2500.
48 hours to kick
Sunday night, you'll be parked in front of
the TV, waiting for the Pats to take the
field. Here's what you can do to keep busy
until then. February 4, 2005
FRIDAY 6 PM Quitting
time at the Museum of Science involves electricity, robots,
and vodka, but happily not in that order. Start with
a martini at the Science Street Cafe. At 6:30, the 40-foot
Van de Graaff electric sparking generator becomes the
centerpiece of a concert called ''Zap!" featuring
real and robotic musicians. $14 adults; $12 senior citizens;
$11 children. Science Park, Boston; 617-723-2500.
GO! WEEKEND By
Amy Graves | February
The towering Van de Graaff electric generator in
the Theatre of Electricity of the Museum of Science
throws off some serious sparks -- about 1.5 million
volts' worth, we're told. Little did we know that
it also can be manipulated to make music. In ''Zap!," composer
Christine Southworth and robotics engineer Leila Hasan,
alumnae of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
use the Van de Graaff to add sparks and static to an
hourlong concert with eight other musicians. Southworth
composed the music; Hasan controls the generator with
a laser-theremin midi controller. Laurie Anderson would
be so proud. At 6:30 p.m. Tickets $14; includes museum
Park, Boston, 617-723-2500.
thanks to LEF Foundation for making this piece possible.
would also like to thank The Boston Museum of Science, MIT, Brown University, and Andy Cavatorta.