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Tracking The Odds: Laetitia Sonami

May 25, 2020: 3pm - 4pm
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Tracking The Odds: Laetitia Sonami Broadcast Image

Tracking The Odds: Laetitia Sonami Broadcast Image. Courtesy Roulette Intermedium. (May 25, 2020)

Produced by Roulette Intermedium.

A program of excerpts from several performances by Laetitia Sonami, recorded at Roulette. Sonami’s atmospheric narratives, often anchored to texts by Melody Summer Carnahan or technical manuals, are generated by dynamic, interactive electronic controllers most notably her “Lady’s Glove”, which triggers oscillators, samples, pre-recorded sounds, field recordings, and even mechanical noisemakers through pressure, motion, and proximity sensors that send signals through her computer. Born in France, she settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in the emerging field of electronic music and studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley, and David Behrman. This program features a 1999 concert and a duo with James Fei from 2014. Now based in California, Sonami continues to compose and innovate to this day.

Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive is a monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium (roulette.org) and broadcast in partnership with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM and Standing Wave Radio. The broadcasts feature selected highlights from Roulette’s New York experimental music space dating from the early 1980s to the present. Thousands of rare, formative, and often unheard recordings by innovators and adventurous musicians populate the archive. Tracking The Odds airs the fourth Monday of the month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is archived at wavefarm.org.

Founded in 1978, Roulette operates a 400-seat concert hall on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn with a focus on experimental and unorthodox music and performance across all genres and media. It's archive of thousands of audio and video recordings is currently being restored.

Pictured: A screening, reading, and performance for Henry Hills' film "Money" at Roulette (1985) with dancer Pooh Kaye surrounded by (L-R) John Zorn, Tom Cora, Ciro Baptiste, (obstructed, possibly Sally Silvers), Abigail Child, Diane Ward, Susie Timmons, Alan Davies, Bruce Andrews, Ikue Mori, Jim Staley, Butch Morris. Photo: Lona Foote.