Tilted Axes Musicians Fund is Over 50%!

https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tilted-axes-music-for-mobile-electric-guitars/campaigns/2770

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Tilted Axes Concert of Colors Musicians Fund at 50%!

Thank you everybody who have so far supported our upcoming 27th Annual Concert of Colorsperformances at the Michigan Science Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts. We just crossed the 50% mark toward our goal of $4500. Your tax-deductible support goes toward our dozen and a half musicians for their time and talent, the cost of our rehersal space, cartage, ads, and other essentials that enables us to bring our performances free of cost to the public.

The festival itself and our partner museums provide excellent opportunities for the group to offer transformative experiences that are free of charge to the Detroit community. Still, Tilted Axes is entirely self-funded and relies on your generous support to pay for its musicians, rehearsal space, and other administrative costs. Please consider joining our team and contribute to Detroit’s musical history!

 This month will see the completion of a particular project that has long been a dream of mine: music for live ensemble in a planetarium. The idea is to engage the public in science through music and art. Thanks to the 27th Annual Concert of Colors, the Michigan Science Center, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, I’ve had the opportunity to develop new music for Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar landing in a work titled, “MOONWALK.” My aim is to take this newly developed piece and similar work to other planetariums across the country in the months and years to come. 

 By becoming a co-producer of our event, you are eligible for all kinds of awards like CDs, T-Shirts, etc.

Go to: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tilted-axes-music-for-mobile-electric-guitars/campaigns/2770

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Meet the performers and producers of Tilted Axes Detroit: Concert of Colors HERE

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Tilted Axes is…

With the project is in its ninth year, its surprising to hear when some people find it unclear what Tilted Axes is or is not. Here’s a short list of 10 things that was created to point people in the right direction. Pardon the third person…

1. Tilted Axes is a musical project created by composer Patrick Grant.

2. Tilted Axes is a procession of electric guitarists who wear mini-amps.

3. Tilted Axes can perform anywhere there are people, excelling in untraditional venues.

4. Tilted Axes’ roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city.

5. Tilted Axes’ musicians learn a common repertoire created by PG and rehearse it in workshops.

6. Tilted Axes performances are free to the public and are supported through institutional and/or private donations.

7. Tilted Axes takes on aspects of spectacle informed by municipal band tradition, avant-garde theater, and world music.

8. Tilted Axes takes music out into the world and seeks transformative projects meant to change community conversation.

9. Tilted Axes is an apolitical organization, but it does support science, arts programs, and renewable energy whenever possible.

10. Tilted Axes works best when it is part of something bigger than itself i.e. festivals, exhibitions, community initiatives, astronomical events.

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Every little will help create a new musical work that will resonate for a long time.

Thank you all for your time and consideration,
Patrick Grant & Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Tilted Axes: MOONWALK at the Concert of Colors

T-Minus 10 weeks away …

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FRIDAY, JULY 12

The Michigan Science Center presents:

5020 John R St., Detroit, 48202

5-8 p.m. (Moving between Various Locations) TILTED AXES: MUSIC FOR MOBILE ELECTRIC GUITARS, created by Patrick Grant. Musical processions leading guests through the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts), The Detroit Historical Society, + spaces in-between, ending at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

SATURDAY, JULY 13

The Michigan Science Center

5020 John R St., Detroit, 48202

1 & 3:30 p.m. TILTED AXES: MUSIC FOR MOBILE ELECTRIC GUITARS. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the first crewed lunar landing in 1969, “MOONWALK” by Patrick Grant. Performances around the center and in the planetarium.

The 27th Annual CONCERT OF COLORS

http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

PRESS RELEASE: Four Weeks Away… Tilted Axes Detroit: New Again

Download the Press Release HERE

POST-ROCK COMPOSER PATRICK GRANT RETURNS TO DETROIT WITH HIS TILTED AXES: MUSIC FOR MOBILE ELECTRIC GUITARS PROJECT IN A TRIO OF PERFORMANCES COLLECTIVELY BILLED AS “TILTED AXES DETROIT: NEW AGAIN” AT THIRD MAN RECORDS CASS CORRIDOR, THE HENRY FORD, AND THE MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE.

“New Again” is comprised of the following three events and more details are available at http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html:

On Wednesday, March 20th (The Full Moon Equinox) The 18-plus musicians of Tilted Axes Detroit will assemble at 5:30pm at Third Man Records Cass Corridor at 441 W. Canfield, Detroit, MI to mark the project’s return to the city. Third Man Records was founded by Jack White in 2001 with locations in Nashville (2009) and in the Cass Corridor (2015). At this event, Tilted Axes director Patrick Grant will welcome visitors at 5:58pm, the minute the season transitions from winter to spring. A short in-store performance by Tilted Axes will follow. Then, during the 6 o’clock hour, Tilted Axes Detroit will perform a musical procession around the neighborhood to celebrate and promote their upcoming appearances at The Henry Ford (3/23) and the Marche Du Nain Rouge (3/24). The group will reconvene at Third Man Records Cass Corridor to complete the performance. This event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00pm, Tilted Axes Detroit will appear at The Henry Ford as part of Make Something: Saturdays. The Henry Ford (also known as the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village, and as the Edison Institute) is a sprawling history museum complex located in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan, and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1981. The museum’s Model I Theme for March is “Collaborate”. In honor of that theme, Patrick Grant will premiere new compositions that emulate an assembly line in full swing during a Tilted Axes procession throughout the museum. The event is open to museum visitors, no extra tickets required. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI, (313) 982-6001.

On Sunday, March 24th at 1:00pm, Tilted Axes Detroit will participate in the 10th Annual March Du Nain Rouge. Every March around the Equinox, thousands of revelers gather for a parade through Midtown Detroit to celebrate their city. At 12:00 noon, the crowd gathers at the corner of Canfield and Second, right next to Traffic Jam & Snug, for a celebration of Detroit with live entertainment. At 1:00pm the Tilted Axes procession will join the parade down Second to the Masonic Temple. This event is free and open to the public.

More about Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars: Tilted Axes was created in 2011 by Detroit-born, NYC-based composer/performer Patrick Grant. Tilted Axes cuts musical pathways through the urban landscape, turning neighborhoods into their own sonic narratives. Since its inception, Grant has produced a number of Tilted Axes processions in various cities upon three continents. In 2013 Grant brought Tilted Axes to his hometown of Detroit and created a version of the project with a core of local musicians. They have performed in partnership with the DIA, WDET, the Charles H. Wright Museum, The Detroit Historical Society, the 2015 Concert of Colors, and other area sponsors.

Since Tilted Axes Detroit’s last area appearance in 2015, Grant released an award-winning album of Tilted Axes music as well as other works, one of which was nominated for a Detroit Music Award in 2018.

TILTED AXES DETROIT is a project of Peppergreen Media, sponsored by Vox Amps/Korg USA and local partnerships with Third Man Records Cass Corridor, The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, and The Marche Du Nain Rouge, with additional support from the DIME Detroit Institute of Music Education, Third Wave Music, and generous private co-producers and tax deductible donations made through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas. 

The Sound Playground

A few months ago, Joshua Fried told us about his involvement in a new-ish exhibit at the Connecticut Science CenterAV&C, a systems design firm, worked with the technical folks at Aesthetec on the museum exhibit called ArtJam. It’s a set of interactive sculptures that you can use to make music with friends.

There are 4 types of digital musical sculptures: a rhythm sequencer, a melodic fretboard, harmony wheels and an upright bass. Using customized LED and sensor controls, Aesthetec says, “The exhibit employs several hundred RGB LEDs, touch sensors, and Ethernet controllers – all designed specifically for the museum application. Special emphasis was placed on designing highly modular and easily maintainable electronics to ensure long-term activity of the exhibit.”

Here’s a video showing how people interact with the sculptures, which I find quite friendly and futuristic:

Museum-goers get an opportunity to actually compose music in groups, using these objects that light up and create tones and patterns with touch sensitive controls. To ensure that the result of all that tapping and spinning doesn’t descend into mere electronic noise, Joshua Fried stepped in as sound designer/composer to establish methods of emphasizing certain musical elements or weeding out a player’s less than stellar contributions.

Joshua described how he designed the musical elements for this project at the tail end of this audio interview about his ongoing solo work Radio Wonderland:

Hey, once they figure out how to make musical dinosaurs at the natural history museum, I’m going to be first in line. 🙂