A unitary melodic idea weaves through shifting climates, striving not to lose its basic identity. It is pulled in conflicting directions as time unfolds. A journey through many sound-worlds leads to a climactic hyper-realization of the melody, which then disintegrates into a shadowy dream-memory.
Premiered December 7, 2015 at Brooklyn College by:
Eni Karahoda, flute
Hila Zamir, clarinet
Adam von Housen, violin
Ansel Cohen, violoncello
Laurence Cummings, piano
Many thanks to the performers!
© 2015 Hannah Selin, ASCAP
Layered viola, vocals, synthesizer and percussion reimagine the vast intercontinental migration of the graceful barn swallow and simultaneously summon the expansiveness of a solo bike expedition across the United States. I composed Hirondelle for choreographer Ellenore Scott in the fall of 2015. It was premiered by Scott’s professional semester class from the Broadway Dance Center on October 30, 2015 at Brooklyn College’s Walt Whitman Theater.
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After many months of recording, mixing, mastering and rehearsing, my band GADADU released our debut album on February 24th, 2015. It’s available for streaming and download on our website and on Bandcamp. Thanks so much to the amazing musicians who came together to make this happen: Nicki Adams, Pat Adams, Dan Stein, and Moses Eder on the album, as well as Arthur Vint and Carrie Frey at the release show. This was my first experience mixing and mastering a full-length album, and I couldn’t have done it without the help and advice of many amazing people along the way – special thanks to Eric, Rick, Ross and Matt. Enjoy!
this is the first sketch of a series of solo improvisations that will eventually coalesce into a full-length album. come hear my upcoming solo set in philly!
GADADU and Linus in the Sapphire join forces to visit three cities in three states in three days. Featuring the new GADADU quintet: Nicki Adams (keys, vocals), Hannah Selin (viola, vocals), Pat Adams (trumpet), Dan Stein (bass) and Moses Eder (drums). Click the dates below to view Facebook events:
4.30 - 3G Lounge, Philadelphia, PA
5.1 - Radio Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
5.2 - The Batcave, Montclair, NJ
The Max/MSP patch for [in]Corporate is now available for free download, so you can generate unique versions of the piece in your own headphones/speakers.
Download the patch and instructions on the [in}Corporate page:
excited to share this stereo version of [in]Corporate, an 8-channel multimedia installation in collaboration with visual artist anne yoncha
Anne Yoncha and I just finished installing in[Corporate], a collaborative multimedia piece that explores the layering of myriad processes in the human body through an immersive forest of sound, hanging string and painted silk.
Come to the OPENING tomorrow night, 6 to 8 PM at the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE. Gadadu will be performing along with other musical groups as part of the opening reception.
Stay tuned for audio/video of the installation…
Anne Yoncha and I are building momentum toward the opening of [in]corporate, an immersive multimedia installation exploring the layering of myriad processes in the human body through a walkable forest of sound, hanging string and painted silk. The installation will be exhibited as part of the New Wilmington Art Association‘s 2014 Debut Show at Tower Hill School’s Founders’ Gallery, opening January 10th. Stay tuned for updates as the installation takes shape.
above: “grass under foot,” dye and resist on silk, by anne yoncha (2013)
(below: baby steps!
just soldered this contact mic, which I will use to record some raw material for the installation)
L I S T E N
many thanks to karen ritscher (viola) and shao-ting sun (engineer)
karen and i will be performing portions of OB live on december 22nd at andrea clearfield’s salon in philadelphia
Violist Karen Ritscher and I premiere Olfactory Bulbs (2013), suite for viola and electronics, in her RECITAL this Friday at Tenri Cultural Institute in New York. The suite is a growing and variegated collection of smells translated into sound, an experiment in constructive synaesthesia. After months of rehearsal and invention, Karen and I are excited to finally share OB with the public. Join us! The concert takes place at 6 PM this Friday, September 27th at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St, New York, NY.
video excerpts of SYLVANIA:
i.e., the sound forest that is currently growing (and quickly) at Metropolitan Gallery 250 –
OPENING NIGHT is this Friday from 6 to 8 PM, and the installation will be open to the public from 11 AM to 4 PM Saturdays and Sundays 9/7, 9/8, 9/14 and 9/15. Check out the FB event for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/503861279694406/
Thanks to all who have donated their time, energy, materials and thoughts to this project! See you in Sylvania….
Please stop by to experience this 32-channel audio installation in Center City Philadelphia – it is free and open to the public! SYLVANIA will be on display at Metropolitan Gallery 250 (250 S. 18th Street) for the first two weekends in September. Opening night is 6 to 8 PM on Friday 9/6, with open hours at the gallery from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays 9/7, 9/8, 9/14 and 9/15. Come at 6 PM on opening night for a special live performance featuring myself on viola/mixer/laptop, Chris Thornton on guitar with effects, and Laura Fisher speaking/singing, followed by the official unveiling of the installation. For more information, visit the SYLVANIA page on this site.
I would like to thank Metropolitan Gallery 250 for their support and space, all of the donors who made the Kickstarter campaign a big success, and all those who continue to lend their ears, time, ideas, and technical expertise to the composition and construction of the installation.
audio installation scheduled to go up in september 2013…
please check out the eponymous page on this site for more info.
and for a quick peek:
hope to see you there!
Next Wednesday, March 13 in NYU’s Black Box Theater, Karen Ritscher will perform a KILLER program of works by all female living composers. I’ll be joining her in the premiere of Olfactory Bulbs, a suite for viola and electronics that I composed this winter.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Here are a few excerpts of an early performance of the first movement of Olfactory Bulbs, “snow on pines”:
Constructed from a series of field recordings made in December 2011, Phoenicia explores the collision of human extremes and natural disasters in a small town in upstate New York. Much love and many thanks to all who lent their voices to the making of this piece.
Tune in THIS EVENING from ten to midnight: FREENECKS DRINK FREE, streaming on wcur.org or on the air at 91.7 FM if you happen to be within 20 miles of West Chester, PA.
I’ll be joining radio host CHRIS THORNTON for a couple hours of intergalactic listening, complete with improvised space sounds by yours truly –
COME OUT & LISTEN!