When I decided to ask if it would be possible to attend an orientation workshop at STEIM, I was looking for some new directions or ideas in my musical activity.
I am not exactly what might be called an electronic musician. I am a saxophonist, composer and arranger, with several experience in Jazz, classic and contemporary music and improvisation.
I always used electronic as a technological support for composition but I never used it as an instrument or to produce sounds in live performances.
Getting in touch with STEIM I was attracted by their approach of “humanization” of the use of electronic.
I could appreciate the chance to play not only behind a computer or a keyboard but even using your body or your own instrument.
And this is exactly what I found by attending the workshop.
So I could deepen the technical possibilities that I could have using the two software Lisa and JunXion that are very flexible software and that can be used with every kind of “controllers” from a nintendo wi to your own body or your voice.
I found also very stimulating the lectures we have followed in the two last days of the workshop. The collective activity about “mapping everything else” is perfectly inside what I think is the “STEIM philosophy”: producing and performing some composition without using nothing of electronics, just using your ideas, your body, your voice and your mind.
And I have appreciated a lot the last day-activity with a very deep reflection about composition vs. improvisation and the execution of a contemporary score, with different ensembles and different approaches.
But, perhaps, the most important experience during the workshop has been the opportunity to meet artists from all over the world, to share with them ideas and extremely different experiences, to jam together in the STEIM studios. Jamming together has been really exciting and maybe has laid the foundations for future projects with some of the other attendants.
I hope I can still participate in the future activity of STEIM and I hope I will use some of the knowledge and concepts of STEIM in my future projects.