[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Chris Brown — Talking Drum

Artist Statement


This is an interactive rhythm piece using six to twelve players at stations separated by about fifty feet. Each station consists of a small computer-music system with its own loudspeaker. The stations are connected by one MIDI cable, creating a single data chain. A master-controller station sends timing pulses and coordination signals to the satellites. The location of stations is used to exploit the distance and resonance effects of the performance space, so that the environment itself is played like the membrane of a drum.

  • Chris Brown (USA) is assistant professor of music and co-director of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM) at Mills College in Oakland. He is a composer, pianist and electronic instrument builder and engineer.