On Friday evening, the 1st of July 2022, Scott Roller performed a 20′ live set for the closing of the 2022 edition of IBA27 (Internationale BauAusstellung) with projections by L2M3 Kommunikationsdesign GmbH, Sven Thiery & Co. – onto the facade of the Weissenhof Museum im Haus Le Corbusier, built in 1927.
This is a 5′ clip starting around the late middle of the set –
Video by Thomas Arns ((thanx!))!
Some of the fruits of the research, preparations and & rehearsal jams leading up to the live performance are gathered on a Soundcloud playlist which will continue to be updated in the context of the SummerStreams 22 project…
Open_Music Prospects 2021
OPTIONS was the first issue in the Open_Music series PROSPECTS, which ran throughout 2021. In each issue, a member of the ensemble was given the opportunity to deliver material to inspire and inform improvisations by the others. These initiating impulses could be in any form the featured artist chooses: musical notations, sound files, graphics, texts, video or anything else the composer/producer wishes. This resulted in five digital albums released at roughly bi-monthly intervals through 2021.
Scott Roller was the composer/producer of Prospects 1. On March 21st, he offered the musicians a series of sixteen electronic “reference tracks” entitled OPTIONS. These were made up of four “Songs The Void Sings,” six “Free Agents,” and several independent tracks in which the synthesizer is more prominent and rhythmically articulated, to which “Eight Tempi” and “Hymne” belong. The musicians chose freely from the modules which spoke to them and uploaded tracks during the next two weeks to the Open_Music server, which Scott produced and Roderik Vanderstraeten then mastered.
Scott Roller – composer/producer, synthesizers, bass guitar & live electronics | Felix Borel – violin, live electronics & pre-production | Felix Behringer – clarinet & bass clarinet | Michael Kiedaisch – drumset, percussion & pre-production | Roderik Vanderstraeten – audio engineer/mastering
PROSPECTS (German = AUSSICHTEN) was made possible with the generous support of the City of Stuttgart and the Wüstenrot Foundation, for which Open_Music is very grateful!
On the 3rd and 4th of December 2021, the Open_Music Ensemble and several guests convened at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart for two days of audio/video recordings, for which the musicians chose highlights from their respective productions to serve as the basis for new improvisations. Together with several tracks suggested by the pianist Jürgen Kruse, who had played on several of the albums, and improvisations to the film TUNNELSCAPES by Michi Meier, the result is Prospects LIVE, released 15 March 2022. In the notes to the individual tracks are links to the corresponding video by Michi Meier on Vimeo.
Musicians: The Open_Music Quintet (Felix Borel, violin; Felix Behringer, clarinets; Scott Roller, cello/electronics; Michael Kiedaisch, vibraphone, percussion, drums; Roderik Vanderstraeten, Moog synthesizers) with special guest Élise Dabrowski (double bass/voice). For Felix Behringer’s CARTOGRAPHY, the ensemble was also joined by the cellists Céline Papion and Delphine Henriet. Recording, mixing and mastering by Roderik Vanderstraeten.
AUSSICHTEN (Prospects) was made possible with support from the City of Stuttgart and the Wüstenrot Foundation.
Daily Studies - Electronic Journals
“During the recurring Corona lockdowns in 2020/2021, I built up my home studio as I had long wished and dove deep into modular synthesis, first on a hardware basis and, starting in the Fall of 2021, increasingly exploring the rich possibilities of iOS musicmaking (which I had used in the early days when the possibilities were much more limited than they are now). Here are some examples of that work, which saved me during that time and which plays a very significant role for me today.” -SR
This is a short excerpt from the feature-length video RASHŌMON STUTTGART, directed by Nina Kurzeja, and produced by Blomst! gUG, for which Scott Roller and Roderik Vanderstraeten made all of the music in Late 2020.
“I love making music for video/film, and was very happy to make this delicate music for the wonderful and multi-talented dancer Luis Hernández González.” -SR
20 Celli was produced in Roller’s home studio in Stuttgart between 24-28 May 2020 at the request of two friends (a Lufthansa pilot with a passion for video and a musician) who were looking for music improvised for a 10-hour video documenting (with real time video of the flight seen from the cockpit) a Lufthansa flight in March 2020 from Peking to Frankfurt.
20 Celli uses only the first 20 harmonic overtones the low C-string on the cello (about 67 Hz), presented in layers up to 20 tracks. This visualization by Michi Meier was developed in June 2020. It vibrates with fine sensibility to the harmonic developments and portrays the spectral nature of the sound beautifully.