Mice World Tour
EcoSono presents the 2009 global circumnavigation tour of the Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE). Traveling 30,000 miles by ship around the world on the M/V Explorer, MICE performed an ambitious series of concerts engaging with diverse environments and cultures of the world. MICE employs interactive acoustics and a networked human/computer ensemble to create deep collaborations between ecologies, human musicians and computer systems. This album features select compositions from the tour. In 'Sandprints' MICE created a desert dance by performing the sand dunes in the Namib Desert, Namibia, with microphones buried in the dunes. 'That which is bodiless...' features driving rhythms and harmonic changes and features sax, drums, percussion with the MICE computers. The piece was performed in Cape Town, South Africa. For 'Anemoi' MICE performed outdoors in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean using the howling wind to blow fragments of texts through the interactive computer systems. 'Sxueak' for squeaky toys and computer gradually accelerates from 4 BPM to 4000 BPM as the ensemble plays only squeaky toys. In Chennai, India, this piece had that audience clapping and stomping along. 'World Strings' is performed on string instruments from around the world including the Thai Khim, the European cello, the African Nyatiti, and Kora, the South American Birumbau, the Vietnamese Dan B'ao, the middle eastern Oud, and the Polynesian Ukelele. The piece premiered in Hong Kong, China In 'Kanja' the MICE performed underwater in the middle of the Indian Ocean using hydrophones to pick up the underwater performance and transmit it to the audience sitting on a ship deck. 'A'aa makes music from an active Guatemalan volcano, recorded as it erupted and pushed massive rivers of lava out. The so called 'A'aa flows reach 2000 degrees. At the end of this ambient, drone piece we hear the explosive eruptions of Pacaya like the earth is a giant drum. The World Radio Quilt is a real-time FM radio construction from noise, culture and FM transmissions. Found cultural artifacts from the FM spectrum at locatinos around the world were recorded live and mixed together into a sound quilt. Each of the 7 movements included here feature a particular location: Cape Town, Chennai, Shanghai, alvis Baia (Namibia), Dakar, Casablanca, Straights of Gibralter, and Cadiz.