WBEZ | Fulcrum Point New Music Project http://www.wbez.org/tags/fulcrum-point-new-music-project Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Reality opera' THE NEWS brings together a pop-culture video mashup with a live orchestra http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/reality-opera-news-brings-together-pop-culture-video-mashup-live-orchestra-98513 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JacobTV%202011_2_0.jpg" title=""></div></div><p>Dutch composer Jacob Ter Veldhuis, aka <a href="http://jacobtv.net/">JacobTV</a>, looks beyond traditional instruments and vocal elements when composing songs. He’s long brought in sonic and visual elements of popular culture into his work. His latest work, THE NEWS, takes the continuous barrage of images, talking heads, bombastic commentators, politicians and political events, and even the vanity-driven pop stars that we're exposed to daily, and constructs these images and sounds into a concert of social commentary he calls a “reality opera.” He explores contemporary politics, culture and news through this mashup of the 24-7 barrage of media we're exposed to.</p><p>THE NEWS is a collaboration with the <a href="http://www.fulcrumpoint.org/">Fulcrum Point New Music Project</a>, who perform live along with the backdrop of images and sound put together by Ter Veldhuis (Fulcrum Point performed on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> a few months ago; you can watch a short video of their work <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-24/fulcrum-point-new-music-project-joins-eight-forty-eight-day-96707">here</a>.)</p><p>We speak with Ter Veldhuis, and Fulcrum Point's Stephen Burns about THE NEWS, its inspiration and message, and about how they worked together to bring this multimedia explosion together for their audience.</p><p>THE NEWS gets its world premiere this Friday in Pittsburgh. It then comes to Chicago for two performances on Friday, May 4th at the <a href="http://www.parkwestchicago.com/">Park West</a>.</p></p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/reality-opera-news-brings-together-pop-culture-video-mashup-live-orchestra-98513 Fulcrum Point New Music Project joins 'Eight Forty-Eight' for the day http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-24/fulcrum-point-new-music-project-joins-eight-forty-eight-day-96707 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-24/fulcrum point.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/37384725?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601"></iframe></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Fulcrum Point talk to Tony Sarabia on 'Eight Forty-Eight'</span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332740087-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/120224 fulcrum.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></div></div><p>Often on Friday's, and more and more on WBEZ local programming, bands will join our hosts in the studio for a chat and a song. But what's nice is when they stick around for the whole show; we get some great live music that makes everything pop, and they get to experiment a little bit.&nbsp;</p><p>As you'll see in the video above, when a band is big enough, they'll perform in our Jim and Kay Mabie Performance studio, while our host Tony remains across the hall. The magic of audio technology (and good producers and directors) keeps them all in sync.</p><p>Fulcrum Point New Music Project was the band of choice today. They're at the Harris Theater on Saturday for<a href="http://www.fulcrumpoint.org/event-schedule/current-season.html#Afro%20Beats"><em> Afro-Beats!</em></a> (read Alison Cuddy's recommendation <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-02-24/weekender-afro-beats-civil-rights-opera-and-pee-wee-herman-96655">here</a>) and the gave us a preview with a bit of a Fela Kuti song&nbsp;“Water No Get Enemy”.</p><p>There's sometimes a little hesitation on the artists part about being filmed, particularly if they weren't expecting it. When we dropped in the studio, drummer Jeff&nbsp;Handley joked that he had "dressed for radio this morning."</p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-24/fulcrum-point-new-music-project-joins-eight-forty-eight-day-96707