Ben Carey is a saxophonist, a composer, and a wizard of technology – the specifics of this side of his activity, I must admit, go over my head, though I can still admire, assess, and appreciate the results – in Sydney who’s also studied at the Conservatoire in Bordeaux. Currently at the University of Technology in his city, he’s pursuing a doctorate “focused upon the design and development of interactive musical systems for improvised performance with instrumental musicians,” as he writes on his Soundcloud page. And indeed, one of the most fascinating aspects of his work is the notion of extending the role of the computer in the musical process beyond its common functions of registering, recording, reproducing, and reworking sound.
He has no Youtube channel of his own, but there are videos of performance he gave (on June 11, 2011) of works by two young Australian and American composers, Mark Oliviero and Dan Tramte, “Sikinnis” and “Download,” respectively, and these I’ve put together in a short playlist. Yet on Soundcloud and on his Vimeo channel his work is very abundant, and those sites offer a good introduction to his various musical enterprises.
What follows is a briefer selection of his works – though not so very brief: as I noted with reference to René Baptist Huysmans, it’s hard to be selective when so many of them are so good.
“In the Breath”:
Philippe Hurel, “Opcit,” first and second movements (Galerie Lendl, Graz, Austria, February 21, 2009):
“Derivations: Improvisation 1 – Tenor Saxophone and MaxMSP”:
Florent Colautti, “The Darling Life”:
“Interactive Improvisation Software – Piano and Three Virtual Guitarists”:
“Derivations: Improvisation for Saxophone and Interactive Music System”:
“Derivations: Piano Improvisation” (June 2011):
And Giacinto Scelsi, “Tre Pezzi”: