"communication within society and
within the mind is not restricted to the
language of words uttered or read...." ~ Roger Reynolds, MIND MODELS, 1975, Praeger Publishers
Update 29 March 2017
Forthcoming early in 2017 will be an ambitious art book published by Peters Edition in London. "PASSAGE" is a collaborative result of composer-author Reynolds with computer graphics designer Stacie Birky Greene and editors Robert Kirzinger and Karen Reynolds.
It attempts, through entirely graphic means, to meld texts written by Reynolds with images he selected such that the metaphoric "viscosity" of the reader/apprehender's experience is constantly modulated. Reynolds has performed intermedial PASSAGE events numerous places including La Jolla, Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, and Darmstadt.
An intermedial lecture presented by Roger Reynolds
13 March 2013
Videography and Trailer by Kyle Johnson, Josef Kucera
October featured four performances of the complete FLiGHT project, including the premiere performances at the Park Avenue Armory. FLiGHT is a collaboration between Reynolds, JACK Quartet, projection designer Ross Karre, computer musician Paul Hembree, four speakers and director Robert Castro.
... At that initial moment of liftoff on an airplane, as gravity temporarily becomes a memory, there's a sensation of being suspended. That feeling, coupled with slight disorientation, is what composer Roger Reynolds accomplishes in FLiGHT.
The technical requirements of the 80-minute piece are impressive: ... some two dozen lightweight cubes serve as screens, onto which are projected designer Ross Karre's images of gleaming airplanes, black-and-white new footage of Amelia Earhart and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, biplanes from the Wright brothers, craters of the moon and Mars, and footage of birds slicing through the clouds. The quartet members moved about, rearranging themselves and the cubes in different formations ...
... prerecorded spoken texts ... from Ovid, Virgil, the Ramayana, and Le Corbusier to Sigmund Freud, Chuck Yeager, and Buzz Aldin read with documentary-style clarity ... otherworldly electronica ... an often overwhelming avalanche of stimuli.
Sound designer Paul Hembree managed to combine the myriad strands into a cohesive whole, placing speakers around the darkened room to create a 360-degree marvel that completely engulged the audience.
Most of the time, the unexpected juxtapositions of words, music, and visuals had a dreamlike affect, the mind was pleasantly awash in free association. One 20ish man said later, "It was more unexpected than I expected." ... when all elements were percolating together ... [one could] simply sit back with Reynolds at the controls, letting his airborne fantasy race through the mind.
Solo Violin and Solo Computer
First performance: 25 September 2015
Videography and Trailer by Kyle Johnson
Mode 2-CD Set
Also in the Spring of 2017, Mode records will issue a 2-CD set of Reynolds's violin music, to included Kokoro, imagE/violin, imAge/violin, Shifting/Drifting (for violin and computer musician [Paul Hembree]), as well as Aspiration with a chamber orchestra conducted by Mark Menzies.
See OF NOTE for more information about the ongoing series of PASSAGE lectures.