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chloewilson on 11/10/2016 at 09:33AM

Amaranthe Singer Jake E. Taking Break From Band Read More: Amaranthe Singer Jake E. Taking Break From Band

Amaranthe are one of metal’s more peculiar acts, well-known for their utilization of three separate and distinct vocalists. While they’ll still having the unique offering of Elize Ryd‘s clean singing and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson’s death growls, they’ll continue on for the time being without the services of longtime clean singer Jake E.

 

Jake E. was one of Amaranthe’s founding members and has now announced he’ll be taking a break from the group for an indeterminate amount of time. The singer broke the news on his own Facebook page, at first stating that he is “‘on hold’ regarding Amaranthe’s EU Tour and US Tour spring 2017.” At first, this appeared that he would just be bowing out of these two tours, but the text that followed was less specific about the timetable.

 

Acknowledging the band’s success over the last seven years, Jake E. said, “I now feel that the time is right to take a break from touring and [pursue] things I wanted to do for a long time. For how long I’ll be gone is hard to say at this point.
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andrewcsmith on 05/16/2010 at 11:42PM

Algorithmic aphorisms

loadbang ensemble

"This moment is the reason that I write programs to write my music." The composer Nick Didkovsky said this one evening, right before he hit a button and his computer spit out a thirty-second, fully-notated composition. Naturally, it was mostly pretty bad and he rejected about all but four measures, and even that bit needed some tuning up. That little segment of music, though, was pretty remarkably weird, which somehow makes it all worthwhile.

The ensemble loadbang performs some of Didkovsky's very, very short algorithmic compositions, with aphoristic texts by Charles O'Meara like "If you look over your shoulder and you see clouds, you are a giant," or "Sweat like a pig, smell like a sow," or "Scream for help in the forest and the monkeys will only laugh." (Many of these are at their site). Loadbang plays these deadpan, solemnly reading each text before playing the piece.

Unlike many of Didkovsky's pieces where the computer's advice is mixed freely with his own inclinations, every note of these pieces is entirely computer-composed. His software JMSL, which uses the Java programming language, takes parameters like "harmonic complexity" and many others to determine the outcome of a piece. The best part is that if it's totally unlikable, all you have to do is hit a button and you get another.

Loadbang will perform some of these pieces (and others, by John Cage, Quinn Collins, and members of the ensemble) this Thursday at The Tank, on 354 W. 45th St. in Manhattan. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for everyone else.

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