The middle class home at the turn of the century includes numerous technological devices with which Americans developed strange relationships. As if trying to bring out the phantom specter from the mechanisms of the parlor piano, living room radio, Kodak Brownie cameras, door hinges and tabletops, the19th/20th century American lifestyle cultivated a repertoire of gestures and sounds that transcended pure object-hood.
Rochester Knocking was performed on May 16th, 2011 at California State University, San Marcos.
Ben Johnston: Knocking Piece (1962)
Eric Derr and Dustin Donahue, percussion
John Cage: Sonatas IV, V, IIIV (1946-1948)
Jeff Treviño, piano
James Tenney: Deus Ex Machina (1982)
Justin DeHart, percussion
Henry Cowell: The Banshee (1925)
Bonnie Whiting Smith, percussion
Martin Hiendl: to be the bell and then to fall (2011) premiere
Meghann Welsh, voice
Human Chain Acting As Radio Antenna
Lighting Operator: Andrew Reed
Audio Assitant: Matt Unwin
Technical Assistance: Chad Huggins and Albert Rascon