Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rober Wilson's Watermill Center Residency

I am currently in New York state at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. I am here with The Degenerate Art Ensemble for a couple weeks working super intensely. This place is like nowhere else I have ever been. It is like an insanely well curated art museum where you are actually able to touch and interact with the art. Everything is a piece of art here, from the chairs we sit on, to the bowls we eat out of (they have catalog numbers written on the bottoms!) There are modern art pieces as well as little pop art things that have no real "value". It is exciting to see some of these priceless pieces of art along side things that still have artistic merit, but are readily available in stores or found on the side of a road. It reminds you to look for art in everything! There is a fantastic library here too with rare and out of print art books. One of the most exciting things I have done here is record a library of samples of 29 of the ancient pots that are on shelves around the building. Some of these pots date back to as early as 2000 BC. I would pick up a pot(extremely carefully!) and find the resonant frequency of the pot by singing into it and then record it. I then put each pot onto a different key of my midi keyboard so every note corresponds with a different pot. I did not change any of the natural pitches of the pots and left the tuning to be decided by the pots themselves. Here is the first little piece I made to demonstrate. Singing Pots Study 1 by Jherek Bischoff It was truly amazing to sing into these ancient pots. It is crazy to imagine that some of these 4000 year old pots may have never been sung into, and I feel super lucky to be in a place that not only has these in their collection, but also embrace and trust artists to interact with them in their own way. How much more generous could you ever be! Thank you Robert Wilson! Looking forward to writing some music with these!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Privilege Pt. 3

My crazy face is the cover of the newest installment of the 5 part Privilege set by Parenthetical Girls. These will also be hand numbered in my blood. My mom watches too many crime dramas and is afraid that someone will use this blood at a crime scene, while Zac assures me that actually now we can get away with anything, that we can call plausible deniability because now our blood is widely available. Anyways to commit crimes with our blood, or to just listen to some new tunes.. Head on over to

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Free Music

A cover I just made of an X-Ray Press Song. Featuring Paris Hurley (Violins), Amy Denio (Sax), Myself on everything else.

The Terms (Jherek Bischoff version) by Jherek Bischoff

This is an orchestral version of Konono No. 1's Kule Kule. Released on a CD named Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers on Crammed Discs (2011)
The song features-
Jherek Bischoff- Bass, Cello
Paris Hurley- Violins
Brianna Atwell- Violas
Beth Fleenor- Bass Clarinet
Sam Boshnack- Trumpet
Fred Hawkinson- Trombone

Kule Kule (Orchestral Version) by Jherek Bischoff

At the Museum!

Beginning March 19th the Frye Art Museum in Seattle will be hosting a retrospective exhibition of all things Degenerate Art Ensemble. I have been a part of the DAE off and on for the last 10 years with about 5 years of full time membership. I have recently rejoined the group for their Red Shoes project to be held May 12, 19, 26 and June 2nd. I am mostly just composing along with founder Joshua Kohl. We are writing a huge variety of music ranging from string quartets to brass band to choral music. I am super excited to see all of the work put in by so many talented folks finally collected in 1 space to be viewed by the public!