R Who We R We is an ongoing collaboration by composer-performers Ted Hearne (voice) and Philip White (electronics). We deconstruct assertions of identity in pop music. We dissect songs by Michael Jackson, Ke$ha, Eminem and others, subjecting them to arbitrary processes applied to both lyrical and sonic elements. Measures are reord
ered, lyrics are alphabetized, the backup choir is given the solo mic; garbled lyrics become absurd poems couched in profundity, melodies from the processed text become vocal lines, those vocal lines become control voltages in a chaotic electronic feedback system; four-on-the-floor endures, autotune abounds.
Ted Hearne and Philip White will be in residence at HCL, spending a week developing new material and performing a concert of their work on Saturday, March 10, 2012. In addition, while in Chicago they will be presenting and performing for music students at the University of Chicago and The School of the Art Institute, and will perform a show at a club in the city.
TED HEARNE (b. 1982, Chicago) is a composer, conductor and performer with sensibilities in experimental and traditional classical music. His Katrina Ballads was awarded the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize, released by New Amsterdam Records, and named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and The Washington Post. In April 2011 the Yale Glee Club celebrated its 150th anniversary with the world premiere of his work Partition, in New Haven and at Carnegie Hall. A frequent collaborator, recent and ongoing projects have paired Ted with J.G. Thirlwell, James Ilgenfritz, Bill Morrison, Rene Marie and Philip White, and he is a member of the composer collective Sleeping Giant. Ted has recently conducted The Wet Ink Ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and is the resident conductor of the Red Light Ensemble. Recent and upcoming commissions include works for 8th Blackbird, A Far Cry, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New York Youth Symphony, DITHER, Ensemble Klang, and Armitage Gone! Dance.
PHILIP WHITE’s performances center on a non-linear feedback system, which consists of a mixer and several homemade circuits. In addition to his work with analog and digital electronics, White has written extensively for chamber ensembles and created a large body of intermedia pieces that explore meaning in information transmission.
He currently performs with Suzanne Thorpe (thenumber46), Chuck Johnson
(with chuck johnson with philip white) Ted Hearne (Re we Who R We) Phillip Stearns, Jeff Donaldson and Taylor Levine. Recent performances/exhibitions include Diapason (NYC), ISSUE Project Room (NYC), The Stone (NYC), Sonic Circuits (DC), Redux New Media Festival (Charleston, SC), Galerie Neurotitan (Berlin), Princeton University, Bent Festival, In/Out Festival, NYCEMF 2010, Floating Points Festival 2010 and a featured spot on free103.9.org. He has performed with Toshimaru Nakamura, Gene Coleman, Kenta Nagai, ADACHI Tomomi, MV Carbon, Michael Schumacher and Nisi Jacobs. He has received grants form Meet The Composer and Electronic Music Foundation. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Harvestworks. www.prwhite.net