Soundings++
past 40 years

RECENT PROJECTS




Branches

Branching out from Singing Masks. Once starting to make masks in leather and having little scraps left over, I first made little finger masks but then started incorporating them into automata. The results have mostly been whimsical, hoping to bring out a few smiles here and there.





Singing Masks Through The Years

Traversing 38 years in the journey of the Singing Masks.





Celebrating Nämforsen Rock Carvings

"Nämforsen in Näsåker (Sweden) is one of the largest single rock carving sites in Northern Europe. It has around 2,600 rock art preserved, the oldest believed was 6000 years old." namforsen.com. With Björn Eriksson (Salamander Singing Mask, Recorder, Bells), Floribel Eriksson (Fox Singing Mask, Voice), Norman Lowrey (Fox Singing Mask, Bells).





Mini Jaguar Beat Box

"Score" submitted as one of 85 for the late composer Pauline Oliveros' 85th birthday turned remembrance tribute at McGill University's Still Listening conference.




Fox Variants

What fox really says.


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Singing Mask Story #1

Very crude experimentation with new approach to "telling stories" with Singing Masks and a variety of gadgets.




Locust Seed Pod Singing Mask with Display Stand

Work in progress, automaton display stand for Locust Seed Pod Singing Mask


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Dreaming Pauline Oliveros in Kingston

Presentation of "Dreaming Pauline with Singing Masks +" by Norman Lowrey, with Theo Lowrey performing on accordion, for the Kingston, NY Midtown Arts District A Celebration Tribute for Pauline Oliveros, held March 19, 2017 in Kingston City Hall. introduction by David Felton.




Dreaming/Remembering Pauline Oliveros

A simple slideshow of photos of Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) to accompany a soundscape created for live performance memorial tributes to her. The soundscape is the result of a brief dream I had of Pauline on February 17, 2017. "I am in a clearing by a gurgling stream. I hear a helicopter approach. It lands beside me. It's Pauline! She's smiling ear-to-ear and chuckling in her inimitable manner. She shouts "Get in!" I get in. She says "Let's go," and we take off. I awaken and realize she hasn't mentioned where she's taking me." The soundscape includes the inevitable helicopter sounds and clips of Pauline speaking about Deep Listening and chuckling, along with a recording of an improvisation she performed at Colorado University, Colorado Springs (UCCS) in April, 2013. She was joined later by the Peak Frequency Ensemble.


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Virtual Pauline in Second Life

Brief documentation of the Second Life set I created first for Ione's 22nd Annual Dream Festival Overnight for Dreaming Avatars held Dec. 31, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017, dedicated to the memory of Pauline Oliveros. The set was then updated for inclusion in the Remembering Pauline Oliveros tribute held at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC, Feb. 6, 2017. This video was running simultaneously with live connection in Second Life, over the span of the 4 hours of a veritable cornucopia of performances and tributes that occurred in the Armory. The music heard in this video is from Pauline's "Crone Music" and "Ghost Dance."


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SOUNDINGS: Singing Masks/Automata/Multimedia
A Retrospective Exhibit, Drew University Korn Gallery
October 20 - November 18, 2016


Opening Presentation, October 20

Soundings Gallery Tour

Closing Performance, from Dream Shadows Dream, Nov. 18

Closing Performance, Remember, Dream, Nov. 18


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past 40 years