After 9 Evenings: Morton Subotnick & Lillevan

From September 25 to October 1, 2016 ISSUE Project Room presents After 9 Evenings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, a dynamic series of performances, talks, screenings, and workshops to mark the 50th anniversary of 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering (1966).

Pioneering experimental composer Morton Subotnick premieres a new collaboration with Berlin-based video artist, Lillevan. Their light and sound duet combines analog recordings, electronic patches, and live performance on a hybrid Buchla 200e/Ableton “instrument” with live video animation.

Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. His landmark record Silver Apples of the Moon (1966-67), commissioned by Nonesuch Records, marked the first time an original large-scale composition had been created specifically for the disc medium – a conscious acknowledgment that the home stereo system constituted a present-day form of chamber music. It has become a modern classic and was recently entered into the National Register of Recorded Works at the Library of Congress. Only 300 recordings throughout the entire history of recorded music have been chosen.

Lillevan is an animation, video and media artist who is perhaps best known as a founding member of the visual/music group Rechenzentrum / Data Center (1997-2008). He has performed and collaborated with many artists from a wide array of genres, and has worked with Morton Subotnick since 2010.

Recorded live 26 Sep 2016

Videography by Yiyang Cao
Edited by Brad Halverson

After 9 Evenings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is proudly supported by Nokia Bell Labs whose ongoing commitment to the spirit of experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), began with the collaboration between their engineers and avant-garde artists on 9 Evenings in 1966. These activities have continued to distinguish Bell Labs as a leader dedicated to fostering innovation in the arts and sciences.

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