EMEWS to the East
The Electronic Music Ensemble of Wayne State (EMEWS) will tour multiple cities in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio in the first week of November, presenting original music specifically written for an electronic ensemble of eight or more performers. In each city, the ensemble will host a concert with the local electronic ensembles and present a workshop to those who want to start their electronic group. EMEWS will start the tour at the Richmond University, VA as a part of the featured artists at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival (Ben Broening, director). Then the group will visit BEEP of Temple University, PA (Adam Vidiksis, director) and RIME of Rutgers University, NJ (Steven Kember, director). On the way back, the band will meet OINC of Oberlin Conservatory, OH (Aurie Hsu, director) and finish the tour with a concert at their home turf in the Wayne State University, MI (Jon Anderson, concert co-host). All shows and workshops are free and open to the public.
I, Joo Won Park, have been the ensemble director for three years and was successful in expanding the group from a six-member ensemble to 24 current members. EMEWS is one of the few electronic ensembles solely consisting of undergraduate students who consider synthesizers and computers as their primary instruments. It has been my honor to direct the ensemble to premiere and perform pieces written for a small (or sometimes large) instrumentation. The linked map is a record of EMEWS performances in the Detroit community and beyond under my direction
I have been directing various electronic ensembles for the past ten years in multiple cities. I am also an experienced electroacoustic soloist with a notable tour record. Based on these experiences, I am confident to say that EMEWS has one of the youngest and most talented performers with the most diverse ethnic, social, and economic background. The musical quality, as I hope to demonstrate in the Media section, is professional. It is my mission to lead these young musicians to the world beyond their home so that both the performers and the audience realize, explore, and advance the artistry of electronic performance practice.
My second goal is to connect with electronic ensembles in the nation. I observe that electronic ensembles in the U.S. cities are active but isolated from each other, missing out the opportunities to grow and collaborate. There will be a face-to-face meeting of around 50 ensemble members and directors involved in this project. With this project, I continue to nurture a community of groups specialized in electronic music performance. One of the ways to do so is to present compositions using affordable, accessible, and easy-to-use software and hardware. All works in the project media section use freeware, uses readily-available equipment, and takes less than an hour to learn the setup and troubleshooting method. With combined electronic ensemble members and affordable gear, a piece with one hundred electronic musicians is a feasible future project!
EMEWS performance of Joo Won Parks’ PS Quartet No.1 for Playstation Controllers. This is the most popular piece among the audience and the performers. The piece has been performed by three different groups, proving that sharing repertoire among different electronic ensembles is possible. EMEWS plans to rehearse and perform PS Quartet with other electronic ensembles during the tour. A Scorefollower version showing the graphical score is available at https://youtu.be/Sh9cKspXEvg
Performed by EMEWS on 10/11/2018
The purpose of this piece is to exercise with flexible control of the tempo and note duration in electronic instruments. By subtly changing the rate of repetition (i.e., frequency) the ensemble can phase in and out of a perceivable rhythmic pattern. The composition also features Park’s original Android and OSX app that can be downloaded and used for free. The workshop attendants can rehearse the piece during the day and present the work on stage along with EMEWS in the evening concert.
On Off Fade for an electronic ensemble is written to practice changes in dynamics, density, and spectrum. The group may consist of a drum machine and three or more electronic devices. Specific models of electronic devices or previous experiences in an electronic ensemble are not required to perform this piece. This video is a prototype version that shows what EMEWS is currently working on. The group plans to add at least two more works to their repertoire before the beginning of the tour in November.
Start and End Dates
11/01/2019 — 11/07/2019