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

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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. 🙂