Sample Rate: 24-Hour Marathon of Electronic and Electro-acoustic Music

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Beginning at midnight on Thursday, April 24 (with an encore presentation Sunday, April 27), join Q2 Music for our first Sample Rate Marathon – a 24-hour celebration of the art of electronic and electro-acoustic music curated and co-hosted by several of the genre’s most inventive and influential voices.

Hosts include electronic-music pioneer Morton Subotnick; interactive music systems designer and NYU Director of Composition Robert Rowe; Baltimore-based experimental duo Matmos; composer and former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton; vocalist-composer Olga Bell of Dirty Projectors; and electroacoustic composers Tristan Perich, Angélica Negrón and Daniel Wohl.

Each of the eight hosts curates and introduces approximately two hours of music, from textured field recordings to hazy ambient music to processed chamber ensembles, tape collages, algorithmic composition and synthesizer-generated textures. Their choices and insights will be shuffled throughout the day.

The marathon culminates with a live performance by the 2013 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Vijay Iyer. The composer-pianist is joined by the world-renowned Brentano String Quartet for selections from Iyer’s recently-released album “Mutations” – a work scored for piano, strings and electronics. Tickets are sold out, but the show will be be video-streamed live at 7 pm on Q2 Music.

Q2 Music's Sample Rate Marathon is an extension of our weekly show for electronic and electro-acoustic music of the same name. The program streams 7-9 pm Fridays and 10 am-12 pm Sundays.


Explore the living and work spaces of three of the Sample Rate Marathon hosts – Morton Subotnick, Tristan Perich and Angélica Negrón as well as our featured marathon performer Vijay Iyer – as featured on Q2 Spaces

Q2 Spaces: At home with Morton Subotnick and Joan La Barbara

Q2 Spaces: Inside Tristan Perich's Home and 1-Bit Workshop

Q2 Spaces: Music Boxes, Toys and Found Sounds with Angélica Negrón

Q2 Spaces: Inside Composer-Pianist Vijay Iyer's Harlem Home