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Dr. Hugh Livingston Jr.

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Principal

Local Address: East Bay, Canada
Company Description: _As Livingston Sound develops more and more creative approaches to shaping the outdoor environment with aesthetic punctuation and shading, the multi-sensory...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    The Silver Project
  • Founder
    The ARTSHIP Recordings

Education

  • music
    Yale
  • doctorate
    UC San Diego
  • MFA , contemporary music
    California Institute of the Arts
70 Total References
Web References
Profile - LIVINGSTON SOUND
www.livingstonsound.com, 22 July 2014 [cached]
Hugh Livingston, principal, Livingston Sound
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Dec 4, 2011: Just announced: Hugh Livingston and Sonoma County Museum win grant from Fleischhacker Foundation to fund the completion of the new 16-channel sound garden at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. Mar 30, 2012, 5-7pm: Lecture and garden tour by Hugh Livingston at the Norma & Evert Person Sound & Sculpture Garden, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif.
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Announced Jan 4, 2012: Hugh Livingston receives grant from City of Oakland Cultural Arts for the production of scenes from a lingering garden, scheduled for late May, 2012 at the extraordinary Kaiser Rooftop Garden in Oakland.
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Mar 30, 2012, 5-7pm: Lecture and garden tour by Hugh Livingston at the Norma & Evert Person Sound & Sculpture Garden, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif.
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Dr. Livingston's contribution to the volume discusses the interpretation of traditional Japanese music, focusing on Bunraku, by Toshiro Mayuzumi.
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Hugh appears (as himself) in the role of a high-altitude Rocky Mountain mushroom forager in Ron Mann's film Know Your Mushrooms, the first movie ever to be released on memory stick instead of DVD.
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Hugh Livingston creates public sound environments and performs exploratory cello music. Hugh graduated cum laude in music from Yale, the 1990 recipient of the Bach Society Prize for excellence in musicianship and contribution to musical life at Yale. He has an MFA in contemporary music from the California Institute of the Arts and a doctorate from UC San Diego. Hugh composes situational music: responses to spaces, artists, architecture and design, history and people. His special areas of interest are spatialization, transit-related music, improvisation, collaboration with visual artists, electroacoustic music, and Asian music. Hugh is the founder of The ARTSHIP Recordings, a catalog of 54 improvised solos recorded on a 491-foot Art Deco cruiseliner. He has catalogued 120 different pizzicato techniques for the cello and conducted extensive research in China on contemporary and historical music. His first sound installation, LISTEN EDGEMAR, was created for a Frank Gehry-designed building in Santa Monica. Hugh fabricates unique sculptural speakers for gardens, and develops sonic solutions to combat traffic noise. His music is built around the theme of Audio in the Public Interest. His work is supported internationally by the Telluride Institute, the Creative Work Fund, the Asian Cultural Council, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the American Composers Forum.
Hugh is working in collaboration with Russian Riverkeeper to produce three projects along the River in 2010-11.
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Hugh Livingston is a performer, composer and sound artist. He designs site-specific immersive sound environments for outdoor spaces, permanent and temporary. He designs and produces spectacles in the tradition of Renaissance garden entertainments and fetes from England, France and Italy. He creates spatialized musical experiences which expand the time and the experience of conventional musical compositions: an opera for the forest. Hugh's site-specific work is rooted in ways of looking at and hearing nature; he travels extensively recording avian 'dawn choruses' and babbling brooks. These recordings are used to build a portrait of a place, as well as serving as the seed material for musical compositions that reflect the presence of the human in nature.
As a visual artist, Hugh explores similar conceptual ideas with color, extracting color palettes from nature and creating modes of association with place. Part of the process is giving the colors site-specific names, referencing the community of the Russian River, for example, and building awareness of perception of nature for the audience. His project In a Different Light is a system of custom-made eyeglasses with lenses for viewing the landscape in each of the four seasons, highlighting subtle changes in color and light.
As a cellist, Hugh performs in abandoned castles, paleolithic caves, and alongside running streams. These improvisatory dialogues with other musicians define our perception of environmental and acoustical space, and provide a new method of contextualizing the musical gesture. Hugh also explores confrontational settings of outdoor musicmaking, mostly involving the cellist's typical obsession with sitting on the right kind of chair. Having left his concert career, Hugh now considers every chair to be a personal invitation, if not a challenge, to sit on it and perform.
Dr. Livingston's installation art draws heavily on the technology of small transducers which make large objects radiate sound. The most common usages are on architectural salvage Victorian windows, Chinese bamboo birdcages, and plastic bucket chairs which simulate the tactile experience of playing the cello, as the listener feels the sound radiating through their body as well as hearing it acoustically.
Hugh is very interested in a conceptual approach to phenomena of sound, such as the shapes of gravel that make the creek bubble, the curvature of leaves that rustle in the wind. His projects The Natural History of Babbling Brooks and The Natural History of California Oaks (also known as Custom Creeks, Custom Oaks) examine how an object in nature could be designed and prototyped specifically with aesthetically pleasing sound in mind. Kits and instructions are provided for the home builder.
Making a joyful noise: ...
www.thedailytimes.com, 14 Sept 2012 [cached]
Making a joyful noise: Livingston has been doing that and more for decades
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It's quite possibly the best testament to just how good Hugh Livingston Jr. is on the organ - and it's one of the funniest stories he tells in his latest book.
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Livingston was playing the organ for St. Paul Episcopal Church in Jeffersonville, Ind. that morning, still giddy from a UT victory that meant something. There had to be a way to keep that celebratory mood.
So when it was time to play the morning offertory, Livingston cranked up his best rendition of "Rocky Top."
"I slowed it down and put some Mozart into it," Livingston said with a grin.
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Livingston served as a staff composer and music editor for The Lorenz Corp. in Ohio for more than 20 years. He has been on staff at so many churches in the area - from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church to Smoky View Baptist and St. John United Methodist to where he is now, Emerald Avenue United Methodist in Knoxville. He did a stint as an entertainer aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean as well.
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Nobody told Livingston that.
When he got his cast off, he developed a plan. He went into his garage and found a five-gallon bucket and filled it with sand.
"I carried that bucket of sand everywhere I went," he wrote in his book, "including school and church, and it worked. His left arm did straighten out, which certainly helped with his trumpet playing, the first instrument he learned to play after the ekuele.
Livingston's family moved from Millers Cove to the city of Alcoa in 1950 to take advantage of the top-notch school system. Livingston began studying music in 1953 thanks to an uncle who gladly loaned Livingston his trumpet.
Sneaking in
But Livingston soon had his eye on another instrument, the Hammond organ at Alcoa First Baptist, where his family joined shortly after moving here. He asked if he could play it. Certainly not, he was told.
Then one day he saw his chance. He learned about the coal chute that led to the boiler room. The 10-year-old who weighed 70 pounds slid down the chute and played when no one was looking - many times.
Two years ago, Livingston went back to First Baptist and confessed. Turns out, there were no hard feelings. "They didn't excommunicate me," Livingston said.
At 67, Livingston is now retired as a professional musician, but not from entertaining. About five years ago, he started the Silver Project, where he travels around with a 520-pound organ, eliciting smiles from the older generation. He goes to many assisted living centers and nursing homes in Blount, Loudon, Knox and Sevier counties. He will have traveled to over 4,000 by the end of the year.
A new chapter
"Joyful Noises! is a way for Livingston to raise funds to keep the Silver Project alive.
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"I can see such a wonderful response from the patients," Livingston said. "From that first moment on, I knew this is what I need to do."
So this masterful musician who has over 1,600 pieces of music in print has found his labor of love. He plans to stick with it.
"As a person, I am no more or less than anyone else who has ever lived," Livingston wrote in his book. "Because of God's presence within me, I have managed to accomplish things that might have been otherwise beyond the abilities of a boy who came from Millers Cove, an insignificant mountain hollow in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee."
The Silver Project, Livingston said, is one way he can answer God's words in Luke 12:48 - "For unto whomsoever much has been given, of him shall much be required."
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Hugh Livingston Jr. plays a piece on his Lowrey organ, which he transports to Blount, Knox, Sevier and Loudon counties to perform for assisted living centers as part of the Silver Project. Livingston is a graduate of Alcoa High School and served as band director there.
Buy the book
Blount County native Hugh S. Livingston Jr.'s new book "Joyful Noises! A Collection of True Stories to Inspire and Amuse" was published by Insight Publishing in Sevierville. Proceeds from the sale of the books will go to fund the Silver Project, a program Livingston started five years ago to bring music to seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. To purchase a copy, call Livingston at 712-5787.
Bios « Alliance for New Music-Theatre
newmusictheatre.org, 26 Oct 2014 [cached]
Hugh Livingston, Contributing Composer/Advisor
Hugh Livingston creates public sound environments and performs exploratory cello music. Hugh graduated cum laude in music from Yale University, the 1990 recipient of the Bach Society Prize for excellence in musicianship and contribution to musical life at Yale. He has an MFA in contemporary music from the California Institute of the Arts and a doctorate from UC San Diego. Hugh composes situational music: responses to spaces, artists, architecture and design, history and people. His special areas of interest are spatialization, transit-related music, improvisation, collaboration with visual artists, electroacoustic music, and Asian music. Hugh is the founder of The ARTSHIP Recordings, a catalog of 54 improvised solos recorded on a 491-foot Art Deco cruise liner. He has catalogued 120 different pizzicato techniques for the cello and conducted extensive research in China on contemporary and historical music. His first sound installation, LISTEN EDGEMAR, was created for a Frank Gehry-designed building in Santa Monica. Hugh fabricates unique sculptural speakers for gardens, and develops sonic solutions to combat traffic noise. His music is built around the theme of Audio in the Public Interest. His work is supported internationally by the Telluride Institute, the Creative Work Fund, the Asian Cultural Council, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the American Composers Forum.
Russian River Opera 2014 - LIVINGSTON SOUND
www.livingstonsound.com, 7 June 2014 [cached]
On Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, 2014, Hugh will present a large-scale 3-act River Opera at Warnecke Ranch & Vineyards in Healdsburg.
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Composition and Production by Hugh Livingston.
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Stages of the Russian River , an outdoor opera by composer Hugh Livingston to be performed on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma County, California, explores the history and future of outdoor musicmaking and creates a social-geographic experience that connects the audience with ecology and art.
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The soundscapes will be built upon Hugh's four years of documentation of Russian River sounds, and each vocalist will have a custom-designed percussion instrument which articulates their character.
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Russian Riverkeeper has partnered with Hugh for six years and multiple local and national grants, and together they continue to act as champions of river awareness through large-scale art projects connecting to River communities. The co-produced work has been exhibited at Warnecke Ranch, SlaughterhouseSpace, in the Sculpture Garden and galleries of the Sonoma County Museum, in line with Riverkeeper's 'Celebrate the River' mission component.
River Opera Creative Team
Hugh Livingston (Santa Rosa/Oakland), composer and producer
Caponi Art Park eNewsletter
www.caponiartpark.org, 1 June 2013 [cached]
Welcome Californian Composer Hugh Livingston
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Welcome Californian Composer Hugh Livingston
Caponi Art Park's staff and board welcomes Californian composer Hugh Livingston to the Art Park. Hugh is the 2012-13 McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum.
Each year the American Composers Forum selects up to two composers to design and produce their own residencies. Visiting composers spend approximately 60 days in Minnesota, working on projects with a Minnesota community. Hugh selected Caponi Art Park as his partnering organization, and began his residency at the park last summer. He arrived in Eagan just last week to complete his residency and will be working in the park through July. Mark your calendars for his performance on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more information.
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