• May 2 2015 | 9:00 pmMay 3 2015

    Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible

    Steve Rush's Naked Dance Trio; Josh Oberman/Dugan Kelly

Naked Dance Trio
Steve Rush – piano/keyboards/voice
Andrew Bishop – clarinets
Jeremy Edwards – drums/electronics

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Steve Rush, acclaimed pianist, composer and professor at the University of Michigan, brings a multi-disciplinary project of original music, live scoring deep space imagery of Dark Matter.

This project is a result of a 2-year collaboration with Physicists Greg Tarlé and Brian Nord (of Fermilab) and visual artist Jim Cogswell.  Issued as a DVD and vinyl record, the result is a phenomenal blend of visualized Dark Energy (or Dark Matter – from which the album gets its name).  The band has toured the work extensively, projecting the visualized “data” (about 1 billion years of pre-human history) while playing music that is often tranquil, but also spiky, swinging, and a blend of Indian music and electronics.  A feast for the eyes and ears!

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Josh Oberman/Dugan Kelly
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Josh and Dugan will be using spectroscopic data taken from the excitation of photosynthetic antenna complexes by optical laser pulses. Six distinct sonic textures will correspond to six regions of activity in these antennae, and patterns and ratios of frequency, amplitude, and phase from the data will be mapped to these six voices, giving a narrative structure to rich phenomena that unfold within a few quadrillionths of a second as energy flows through the protein.

Josh Oberman is a musician and cognitive scientist interested in the intersections of art, science, and philosophy.  He has previously worked with EEG headsets to provide real-time auditory feedback of electrical activity in the brain, and is generally interested in the various ways one can use data structures and random processes to create generative sound objects.

Dugan Kelly is a musician and chemist at Argonne National Laboratory.  His research focuses on ultrafast characterization of chemical dynamics in photoactive materials, from photosynthetic antennae to semiconductor materials for solar energy.