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Third Eye Laptop Orchestra Performance
presented in collaboration w/ the Music Department + Digital Music Production Minor at Buffalo State
Thu., Apr. 4th at 7:30 pm       Location: Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall at Buffalo State College

Hans Tammen’s Third Eye Laptop Orchestra uses Earle Brown’s open form composition idea as a starting point to create a large multi-movement piece, performed by an ensemble of laptop performers, analog synth players, circuit benders and other electronic musicians.

Tammen has presented the Third Eye Laptop Orchestra in Mexico, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, and throughout the US. In each place, he works with a new set of local musicians during a 4-hour masterclass, after which the group publicly premieres a score that is rearranged with each performance. In Buffalo, the Laptop Orchestra will include Jim AbramsonKyle ButlerJax DelucaJoe DacontoAnthony HenryPat KrebsMatt LesterJon RizzoMatt SchroederJohn Smigielski, and Scott Valkwitch.

This performance, presented in collaboration with the Music Department + the Digital Music Production Minor at Buffalo State College, is free and open to the public.


Hans Tammen creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He produces rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating noises, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible sounds – through means of his “Endangered Guitar” and interactive software programming, by working with the room itself, and, as a critic observed, with his “…fingers stuck in a high voltage outlet”. Signal To Noise called his works “…a killer tour de force of post-everything guitar damage”, All Music Guide recommended him: “…clearly one of the best experimental guitarists to come forward during the 1990s.”

His numerous projects include site-specific performances and collaborative efforts with dance, light, video, and theatre, utilizing technology from planetarium projectors to guitar robots and disklavier pianos. He received a Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) in the category Digital/Electronic Arts in 2009 for the ”Endangered Guitar” – a hybrid guitar/software instrument used to control interactive live sound processing.
His THIRD EYE ORCHESTRA open form compositions for large ensembles and live sound processing, or laptop/electronic ensembles, are inspired by Earle Brown’s Available Forms, and based on numerous scored “building blocks” that are constantly rearranged when performed.

** If you are an electronic musician who is interested in participating in the masterclass and performance, you may sign up here. The workshop will be taking place on Thursday April 4 from 1-5 PM at the Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall. Workshop participation fee is $20 for Squeaky members/$25 non-members and spots are limited and must be reserved in advance.