The New Music Collective wants you to think outside of the box. Imagine going to a concert and hearing music, but there are no living people singing or playing instruments. Head Games is a fixed media presentation meant to challenge the audience’s perception of what they are hearing or seeing.
There are no performers; the pieces — four audio and one video/audio — were created by composers to be experienced exactly as they are, with no performer interpretation. “The idea that sounds and textures can be the main focus of a piece of music was a relatively new concept when much of this music was being conceived, but today there are types of musical expression and effect that seemingly can only be created in such a way,” Ron Wiltrout, one of the series’ curators, says. “This concert focuses on such things.” —Susan Cohen