The Consortium for Digital, Popular, and Participatory Culture in Music Education is pleased to announce A Night in the Fields, a project in collaboration with the Center for Games and Impact and Phoenix Art Museum:

During A Night in the Fields, a group of musicians will collaborate with attendees to create music that interacts with the way that people play the videogame Flower. As people play the game, musicians will perform varied acoustic and electric instruments, laptops, and mobile devices to create and manipulate music that captures the sense of place and action occurring in the game. Attendees will be invited to participate in the music creation and performance with a range of small acoustic instruments. Each game player, situated between the group of musicians and a large screen upon which the game Flower is projected, has a unique and customized immersive experience. Attendees will also have their own unique experiences as they watch the gameplay and listen to the music.

This project, in collaboration with the Center for Games and Impact, The Consortium for Digital, Popular, and Participatory Culture in Music Education, and The Phoenix Art Museum is a unique convergence of contemporary musical engagement, video games, interactive media, participatory culture, digital culture, music education, and community engagement.

The A Night in the Fields interactive music and video game event is an outgrowth of ongoing research and practice taking place in the ASU music education department looking at the process of creating music in relation to interactive media and connections to music teaching and learning. The musicians in the current group make decisions collaboratively through a consensus-based process. A Night in the Fields is the group’s first public event and a significant point in the development of this ongoing project and research. For more information on the A Night in the Fields music and video game project contact: Evan Tobias evan.tobias@asu.edu

The A Night in the Fields interactive music ensemble consists of:

Evan Tobias – facilitation & iPad
Ryan Bledsoe – saxophone
Corrie Box – vocals & effects processing
Rebecca Carr – MIDI keyboard controller
Patrick Cooper – string bass
Bill Fitzgibbons – trumpet
Jennifer Horne – flute
Jared O’Leary – percussion
Julian Peterson – laptop, gamepad controller, effects processing, & live audio mixing
Skye Van Duuren – trumpet

A Night in the Fields Saturday July 20 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m @ Phoenix Art Museum Great Hall

A Night in the Fields is a part of the Center for Games and Impact’s and Phoenix Art Museum’s Celebrating the Art of Making and Playing Games: Bridging Digital and Live Play Experiences event July 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join a group of ASU School of Music students, alumni, a member of the music education faculty, and members of the community for A Night in the Fields at the Phoenix Art Museum this Saturday July 20 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Additional Information on related projects and organizations:

Phoenix Art Museum Announcement of A Night in the Fields

The Art of Video Games Exhibit @ the Phoenix Art Museum

The Center for Games and Impact

Celebrating the Art of Making and Playing Games: Bridging Digital and Live Play Experiences (The Center for Games & Impact @ the Phoenix Art Museum July 20 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Consortium for Digital, Popular, and Participatory Culture in Music Education (CDPPCME @ASU):

ASU School of Music Music Education Department

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

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