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|H. James Harkins is a composer of electronic music for live performance, based in Guangzhou, China in the Modern Music Department of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music.|
A demonstration of live coding in SuperCollider.
Youku link for Chinese readers.
2018-07-14: Xinghai Computer Orchestra spring 2018
It took a while to mix down the pieces from the second semester of the Xinghai Computer Orchestra, but here they are. Descriptions after the jump.
2018-06-07: Ev'rything Stops... In Terre Haute
Some years ago, my father Patrick wrote lyrics for a cabaret-style song about the interminable train delays in Terre Haute, Indiana, and invited (dared?) me to set them to music. So I did.
It took a few years, but here is a simple reading for voice and piano, by Patrick’s colleague at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Tracy Richardson.
Lyrics after the jump.
2018-01-12: Early release: ddwLivecodeInstruments
Just released: An early version of a new SuperCollider Quark, ddwLivecodeInstruments, a set of ready-to-play instruments for my Chucklib-livecode system. Along with this, I’ve added a Tutorial section to the Chucklib-livecode manual, which uses the new instruments to get users started quickly.
I’m looking for testers to read the tutorial, try the examples, and play with them. Details below the jump.
2017-10-25: San Diego, 11/2/2017: Premiere
Southern California residents: My friend and grad-school colleague Christopher Adler will present a recital of modern music for the khaen (a Lao/Thai free-reed mouth organ), including the world premiere of my new piece for khaen and electronics, Late Passing.
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. USD: University of San Diego Founders Chapel 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego
Chris is an outstanding musician who has been playing and writing for the khaen for some twenty years now. This recital will be well worth your time.
2017-09-04: Shadowplay CD; EM2017 video
Keri McCarthy’s Shadowplay CD is released, featuring my Meditations on “Myu Mhaung Wai Kin”. https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kerimccarthy
Electro-Music 2017 uploaded video from my August 5 live-coding performance. It’s a new level of musicality in live-coding for me. https://vimeo.com/230615656
2017-06-23: ddwChucklib-livecode video
Finally, after two years, I’ve updated the live coding video on my front page. It’s a fresh performance of material that I played in a concert at Xinghai Conservatory this week (June 19). With the new generator framework, the music develops faster, into a more complex texture, than I could manage before. It’s a new milestone.
2017-01-16: Holiday film cue; ddwSnippets quark
Recently completed: A short music cue for a film, Holiday, by Chen Zhihai (an up-and-coming Guangzhou-based director). The film is a gently-paced view of life in Yunnan province, touching also on the family pressures that young Chinese gay men and lesbian women still face concerning marriage. Expected to be shown in some film festivals in the coming year (though the film is still in post-production, so screening dates aren’t confirmed yet).
Recently released: A new quark extension for SuperCollider, ddwSnippets, making it fast and easy to insert reusable code templates into ScIDE code windows.
2016-12-06: Jupiter Chimes premiere
On December 6, 2016, the new Sirius Ensemble performed its first concert of new music in Guangzhou, PRC. Founder and electric guitarist Pierre Stordeur, bassoonist Michael Garza and violist Yang Jing performed works by Stordeur, Isang Yun, Michael Jarrell, Steve Reich, new Bach arrangements by Stordeur and… a new electronic piece by myself, Jupiter Chimes.
I don’t have recordings of the concert, but you can listen to Jupiter Chimes at Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/dewdrop_world/jupiter-chimes
2016-10-05: chucklib-livecode v0.3
I’m releasing chucklib-livecode v0.3, with a major update to the generator framework. It is now much easier to compose generators together, to get complex behaviors from simple functions.
I’ve also cleaned up the new version to be released as a Quark extension for SuperCollider. It isn’t in the master Quark list yet, but soon (I’ve submitted the pull request, awaiting approval). In the meantime, you can install it directly:
2016-05-21: Performances: Just done, and upcoming
Brief update, after too long:
I just played a short set at 4’33 Art Space, located in Guangzhou’s so-called “Higher Education Mega-Center” aka Daxuecheng aka University Town. Xiao flute plus computer (using my live-coding framework). Audio excerpt
Upcoming: May 31, Xinghai Conservatory concert hall, a new piece Binary Codes for computer and variable ensemble will be premiered. Note this is Xinghai Conservatory’s concert hall in HEMC/Daxuecheng, not Xinghai Concert Hall on Ersha Island. Also featuring works by Jacob TV, Pierre Stordeur, Sofia Gubaidulina, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and John Luther Adams.
Images after the jump.