Chorus for Untrained Operator
“Chorus for Untrained Operator” is a collection of discarded objects. Each has been relieved of its original responsibilities, rewired, and transformed to emphasize its musical voice. The ensemble is controlled through the patchbay of a 1940s Western Electric switchboard. You are the operator — improvise, follow a score, or create a score for others to follow.
Chorus for Untrained Operator was created by Peter Bussigel and Stephan Moore with support from Brown University, and Developed at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts in 2016.
Stephan Moore is a composer, improviser, audio artist, sound designer, teacher, and curator based in Chicago. His creative work currently manifests as electronic studio compositions, solo and group improvisations, sound installation works, scores for collaborative performance pieces, and sound designs for unusual circumstances. Evidence, his long-standing project with Scott Smallwood, has performed widely and released several recordings over the past 15 years. He is the president of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, and is a member of The Nerve Tank, a canary torsi, Composers Inside Electronics, and the Wingspace Theatrical Collective. He toured for several years as a musician with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has worked with artists as diverse as Pauline Oliveros, Anthony McCall, and Animal Collective. He is a lecturer in Sound Art and Sound Design in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University.
Peter Bussigel makes sound systems for concerts, installations, speakers, and screens. Projects include audiovisual instruments, unpredictable software, noisy sculptures, and concert games. He also teaches music and intermedia art at the University of Virginia.