On Monday, November 3, UTSA presents the next installment in its new music concert series, "Electronic and Computer Music," at the UTSA Recital Hall at the 1604 Campus. The evening's program features work by perennially underrepresented contemporary sound makers including Steve Reich, John Cage, Bruce Hamilton, local composer Jack Stamps, and series organizer David Hauser.
Hauser is an associate professor music at UTSA, and works in the department's tiny composition section. Stamps is one of his handful of students. "Electronic and Computer Music" reflects Hauser's awareness of the inborn difficulties in introducing electronic music to a performing environment.
Traditionally, sampling and looping are solo sports, not easily absorbed by a live audience. Variety is key to keeping an audience on their toes, especially when presented with work that actively challenges conventional methodology.
Reich's Pendulum Music (1968), a kinetic piece in which swaying microphones suspended over speakers deliver intermittent feedback, and John Cage's Imaginary Landscape no. 4 (1951), which incorporates the use of 12 analog radios, should help animate the performance.
Hauser is also trying to procure a collaborative piece by composer Allan Schindler and filmmaker Stephanie Maxwell. You can access a complete program online at http://music.utsa.edu/electron/nmfnov32003.htm. This event is free and open to the public.
Fans of the Cramps or Tav Falco and the Panther Burns might dispute the point, but British band The Meteors claim to be the "original creators" of psychobilly, that mutant musical form that plunges headlong into the forbidden darkness that early rockabilly only hinted at. Of course, The Meteors also claim to idolize Charles Manson and John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman, so they're definitely a bit more twisted than your average hotrod hellcat.
The Meteors will headline a Halloween psychobilly extravaganza at Sam's Burger Joint, bolstered by such crypt-consumed rockers as Slander'in, Concrombie Zombie, Hellhound Herse, Knock 'em Stiff and local anti-heroes, Grave Robbin Bastards. The Psychobilly Masquerade Ball is scheduled for Friday, October 31, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cover charge is $15. •