Zero Gravity Explorations of Nostalgia, Decay, and Human-Technology initiated in the Canadian Prairies. Contemporary experimental electronic musician (CEEM) composer, scholar, and performer Connor Harvey-Derbyshire engages a year-long sonic project in the City of Ohm.
November 28, 2017 – Lethbridge/Calgary
In the City of Ohm, society has transferred their collective consciousness into electrical and power transmissions. Those left behind to maintain the technology, filled with envy, abandon the experiment and the system. In a flawed, degrading, and unreliable soundscape, Cosmo Duff on Terra Firma explores the City whose demise is not apocalyptic, but untethered, exposed, aschematic. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts in the Explore & Create grants category, the City of Ohm signal boosts to a national and global community of CEEM musicians and project architects in Lethbridge, Calgary, Montreal, Boston, Pittsburg, San Francisco, New York, Berlin, London, and Japan.
An alumni of the University of Lethbridge Bachelor of Music – Digital Audio Arts (2017), Harvey-Derbyshire utilizes obsolete music technologies; expression-based improvised performance; experimental composition and scoring; analogue video and glitch manipulation; and, synthesis as a part of his alter ego Cosmo Duff.
Over the past 12-years, Harvey-Derbyshire has recorded and produced a diverse catalogue of albums, award-winning projects, and commissions. He has worked across multiple platforms including independent, mainstream, live, and recorded music, film, theatre, improv, print, and
animation in Canada and the United States. He’s also collaborated on scholarly projects in the fine arts and digital humanities, and is an inventor of embodied instruments and signal processors.
He researches post WWII experimental music, apparatus-functionary creative action, and music technology lineage -- including this year’s 40th anniversary of Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music for Airports, an album that established an archetype for experimental electronic music.
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Connor HD is grateful to be a creative on the ancestral and traditional Indigenous territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuu T'ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. This geography is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
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