"Frog Pond Long Gone” is a site-specific realization created by Music MFA student Matthew Robidoux (MFA ‘19) of a text score of the same name, written in homage to the late Pauline Oliveros: “I was deeply impressed by the sounds from the frog pond outside the studio window at Mills. I loved the accompaniment as I worked on my pieces. Though I never recorded the frogs I was of course influenced by their music. Since that time many other composers have also been influenced by the sounds from the pond.”
The debut performance of this piece was performed by a recorder ensemble, each member with push-lights, and the instructions “listen to / accompany the environment. Press and depress the light, before and after sounding”. A video document revealed only the lights themselves, embodied in sound yet disembodied from the performers.
The installation approaches the text score with multi-temporality: the central object of a Mills campus eyesore (the emptied pond) becomes a daily site of acknowledgement, renewal and meditation. The viewer / listener is invited to commune with four improvisational portrayals, binded in an amalgam of spectral and literal forms. The pond and its associative components meet in a window of site specific performance and documentation, approached with representational and imitative compositional modes.
April 18-20, 2018
Opening Reception: April 19, 8-10 PM