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99 Julys by DUMAS (Inferno Movements / Night Out in the Parks)

  • Welles Park (gazebo) 2333 West Sunnyside Avenue Chicago, IL, 60625 United States (map)

99 Julys
created by Joshua Dumas
performed by Whitney Johnson, Keefe Jackson, Joshua Dumas, and you!

99 Julys is an interactive, algorithmic, improvised piece of music, presented for the first time at Welles Park on July 20th 2017, 6:30pm-8pm as part of the Inferno Movements series and Night Out In The Parks. Composer Joshua Dumas built custom software to translate Chicago weather, water, and population data from the last 99 Julys into a series of chords and brief melodies. As the chords play aloud, the melodies are piped into headphones that only the performers can hear. Johnson (viola), Jackson (sax), and Dumas (keys) will improvise to these secret melodies. For this presentation, there will be an interactive music station where the public is encouraged to pop on some headphones and join the performers in their explorations.

Inferno Movements is a series of participatory musical events, hosted by experienced Chicago sound innovators and mentors. Situated in natural gathering places and thoroughfares, our artists engage and collaborate with you in building one-of-a-kind sound experiences on site. We invite everyone -- passersby or patrons -- to come, play, sample, create, loop, and layer with us! Sponsored by Night Out in the Parks (all ages).

99 Julys is the third installment in Joshua Dumas' Climate Data Suites, a series of compositions/installations/performances that uses custom code to transform climate change data into music. Previously, with Long Mannahatta, Dumas used realtime Battery Park water data to craft music to accompany a performance by Sarah Cameron Sunde in Zuccotti Park, New York, as well as score a 12 hour tidal cycle for Works on Water at 3LD. Night Songs for the Birds of North America, presented by Experimental Sound Studio at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, explored North American avian extinction. 99 Julys takes historic temperature, water and population data for its source material.