Zeitnot

Program Notes
This work is titled ZEITNOT, German for “need of time,” and is the second improvisatory work in a series inspired by my love of chess.

The music in this work furthers my development of software for live improvisation, creating a hybrid sonic environment of human, trumpet, software and space. The majority of sounds you hear are created live with my trumpet and voice and then processed by software I author in Max. Other sounds you hear include selections from a sample library I have been creating by recording the trumpet while it is not being played in the traditional fashion: the sound of air escaping from slides, valves descending and ascending, pipes and bells being struck and plucked. These libraries are accessed by rhythm and pitch generators that provide a context for live improvisation. The processing of the live sound—and triggering of sample library events—is interactive through the use of pitch and dynamic followers, onset detection, and through the software itself making decisions by a variety of probability gates.

Biographical Sketch
Jeff Kaiser is a music technologist, trumpet player, composer, and scholar. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology in the form of software and hardware interfaces that he creates for his performances and recordings. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. Kaiser considers his art audio-centric, but he also works with live video, tracking and interactive technologies. He regularly performs throughout the United States and Europe, and his work is featured on Clean Feed Records, Leo Records, NineWinds, Cuneiform Records and his own label, pfMENTUM, among others. Kaiser is Assistant Professor of Music Technology and composition at the University of Central Missouri’s Center for Music Technology.

For more information, please visit his personal website at http://jeffkaiser.com.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Jeff Kaiser is a music technologist, trumpet player, composer, conductor, and scholar. Classically trained as a trumpet player, Kaiser now views his traditional instrument as hybrid with new technology in the form of software and hardware interfaces that he creates for his performances and recordings. He gains inspiration and ideas from the intersections of experimental composition and improvisation and the timbral and formal affordances provided by combining traditional instruments with emerging technologies. The roots of his music are firmly in the experimental traditions within jazz, improvised and Western art music practices. Kaiser considers his art audio-centric, but he also works with live video, tracking and interactive technologies. He regularly performs throughout the United States and Europe, and his work is featured on Clean Feed Records, Leo Records, NineWinds, Cuneiform Records and his own label, pfMENTUM, among others.