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Jan 14, 2013

Snare + Microphone

Before I talk, here is some sights and sounds:

During my summer tour last year I improv-ed my way into using a condenser mic as a friction implement. The sounds were harsh, but very controllable and with a great continuity between vastly different types of sounds/playing. I instantly knew I was on to something, and wanted to explore this further.

Fast forward to one month ago.
I was starting to plan/conceive my next composition, having recently started a PhD at the University of Huddersfield, and wanted to explore this microphone/snare thing further. At the same time, I had decided that I was going to move away from the “middle man” of writing a composition, for myself, to perform. (More on this, and the implications of it in a future post). I decided to use this very limited mode of playing as the backbone of this exploration. No other implements, no electronics (other than amplification/distortion), no “easy” solutions to the problem I was trying to solve.

This video is not that solution. It is just a document of some of the sounds and playing techniques I’ve been exploring.

Dec 15, 2012

Takahashi\’s Shellfish Concern – The Briton’s Protection – Manchester – 15/12/12

Who
Takahashi's Shellfish Concern
When
Saturday, December 15, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
The Briton's Protection (map)
50 Great Bridgewater Street
Manchester, England M1 5LE
Nov 22, 2012

Solo drums + electronics

So I went on a UK tour recently doing solo drums + electronics.

Here is a ‘showreel’ of sorts, documenting some choice bits from the different performances.

This was the first tour I’ve done since moving onto a laptop as my performance setup. The center piece of that is The Party Van, my all-in-one laptop performance solution. It was nice doing a bunch of (relatively) back to back gigs to really get ‘inside’ the mechanics of my patch/setup.

The footage was shot and edited by my wife, Angela Guyton, who shoots most(all) of my videos nowadays. There’s a longer (10minutes) sort of documentary on me in the works covering my live stuff, instrument building, bands, composition etc… Very much looking forward to that.

Nov 18, 2012

Prince Adolpho – The Ship & Mitre – Liverpool – 18/11/12

Who
Prince Adolpho
When
Sunday, November 18, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
133 Dale Street
Liverpool, England L3 2JH
Nov 16, 2012

Weak Without You (new composition)

Weak Without You is my latest composition commissioned by Distractfold Ensemble.

It looks and sounds like this:

It’s written for three female performers who sing and clap (with a bit of a pitched instrument at end). The performers (Linda Jankowska, Emma Richards, and Alice Purton) did a great job with the piece, particularly considering the nakedness of just singing/clapping.

This is the first piece I’ve composed since starting my PhD at the University of Huddersfield and it’s probably one of my simplest/cleanest pieces. The materials are super stark, and I think it really works.

‘Underneath the hood’ there are some further explorations into some of my ideas about ‘fake’ time. Sections B/C/D in the score make use of these ideas, and during the rehearsals the term “real time” and “fake time” were thrown around a lot (to the initial confusion of the performers).

Here is the full score:

Oh yeah, and it’s a ‘cover’ of Survivor by Destiny’s Child….

Nov 15, 2012

Distractfold Ensemble – Weak Without You Premiere – Edge Music – London – 15/11/12

Who
Distractfold Ensemble - Weak Without You Premiere
When
Thursday, November 15, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
18-26 Essex Road
London, England N1 8LN
Nov 8, 2012

Trio Riot – Matt & Phreds – Manchester – 08/11/12

Who
Trio Riot
When
Thursday, November 8, 2012
11:30pm - All Ages
Where
64 Tib Street
Manchester, England M4 1LW
Other Info
Joining in on Piano with Trio Riot.
Nov 3, 2012

CeReNeM HISS Showcase – University of Huddersfield – Huddersfield – 03/11/12

Who
CeReNeM HISS Showcase
When
Saturday, November 3, 2012
5:00pm - All Ages
Where
Queensgate
Huddersfield, England HD1 3DH
Other Info
Playing in a duo with Dominic Thibault.
Nov 2, 2012

Distractfold Ensemble – Weak Without You Premiere – Edge Music – London – 02/11/12

Who
Distractfold Ensemble - Weak Without You Premiere
When
Friday, November 2, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
18-26 Essex Road
London, England N1 8LN
Oct 9, 2012

The Noise Upstairs Ensemble – The Slug and Lettuce – Manchester – 09/10/12

Who
The Noise Upstairs Ensemble
When
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
651 Wilmslow Road

Manchester, England M20 6QZ
Oct 1, 2012

Distractfold Ensemble – Anthony Burgess Foundation – Manchester – 01/10/12

Who
Distractfold Ensemble
When
Monday, October 1, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street
Manchester, England M1 5BY
Sep 24, 2012

Prince/Adolpho/Constanzo/Hunter – Kraak Space – Manchester – 24/09/12

Who
Prince/Adolpho/Constanzo/Hunter
When
Monday, September 24, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
11 Stevenson Square
Manchester, England M1 1DB
Aug 30, 2012

Duo with Seth Cooke – Fox & Newt – Leeds – 30/08/12

Who
Duo with Seth Cooke
When
Thursday, August 30, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages
Where
Fox & Newt (map)
9 Burley Street
Leeds, England LS3 1LD
Aug 24, 2012

Prince/Adolpho/Constanzo/Hunter Quartet – Kraak Space – Manchester – 24/08/12

Who
Prince/Adolpho/Constanzo/Hunter Quartet
When
Friday, August 24, 2012
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
11 Stevenson Square
Manchester, England M1 1DB
Jul 26, 2012

Solo Drums+Electronics – The Albert Hotel – Huddersfield – 26/07/12

Who
Solo Drums+Electronics
When
Thursday, July 26, 2012
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
The Albert Hotel (map)
Victoria Lane
Huddersfield, England HD1 2QF

ABOUT

Rodrigo Constanzo
-makes music and art
-lives in Porto/Manchester
-is a crazy person

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