Outsound 2013

The 12th annual Outsound New Music Summit comes to San Francisco’s Community Music Center next week.

The annual Touch the Gear expo, featuring hands-on demonstrations of electronic instruments and effects, takes place Sunday, July 21, followed by four concerts later in the week — not to mention special events such as a composers’ discussion.

You’ll find the schedule at the Outsound site. I’ve been meaning to crank out a couple of related posts, which will hopefully emerge soon — and I’ve put a summary at the bottom of this post.

In the meantime, you can learn about the artists in detail through a series of video interviews conducted by Rent Romus.  Titled “In the Field,” the series is something he’s put together for the past few summits, and he’s got quite a lot of them in the can for this year.

Embedded below is the interview with Jordan Glenn of Wiener Kids. You can explore more of these videos on the Outsoundpresents channel on YouTube.

And now for that summary of the Summit. As with last year’s slate, they’ve organized the shows into themes… click the titles to see a listing of artists. (Sorry, but there’s so many, even by cut-and-paste standards…)

Weds. July 24 — “Drift Flow Swing” — three takes on composition and improvisation, with nods to classical and jazz.

Thurs. July 25 — “Vibration Hackers” — computers and AI, a very digital evening.

Fri. July 26 — “Emanation and Artifacts” — found objects and electronics, showcasing some very non-traditional musical ideas.

Sat. July 27 — “The Axiom” — world premieres of jazz and new-music pieces, including an hour-long piece by Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack.

All parts of the Summit take place at the Community Music Center: 544 Capp St. near 20th in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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