the SHUFFLE: a card game trio

A custom made deck of cards is the score of this composition;
the players are each in their "Autonomous Temporal Zones",
yet interacting in this musical /theatrical piece.
Premiere performance Aug 6, 2022.





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THE UNPLAYED HAND (2020-2021)




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"the drumset is a grid of empty space"

from the performance Only the Impossible
at Studio 10, Brooklyn Feb 15, 2019




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Four Kotekan

A very exciting piece that we've been performing around the world since 1994.
Composed by Simons and based on Balinese counterpoint,
re-arranged for homemade bamboo instruments and Philippine jawharps.
Performed by Lisa Karrer and David Simons at Studio 10 in Brooklyn, 2019.




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Activating Electro-Magnetic Life Forms

Three selections from a work-in-progress showing at Harvestworks Dec 20, 2017.
Using webcam, theremin, and Max programming, sound and visual projections are interactively charged in real time performance.
A NYSCA funded project.





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Anti-thesis

David Simons manipulating sound and video by using the theremin as a trigger and controller.
Bring Your Own Projector event at City College of NY, Feb 28, 2015

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Theremin is Reading My Thoughts

A compilation of 4 solo pieces: Air Gamelan, anti-Thesis, InnaGadda Detective, Occupational Therapy. Performances from 2013-15.

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Virtual Percussion

for theremin and voice at Issue Project Room (the silo in Gowanus)
Feb 24, 2007.

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Molecular Self-Assembly

Originally created for an Art meets Science collaboration at Cornelia St Cafe, this very short excerpted version was performed at the Living Theater as part of Schismism:Natural Law, a piece about Darwin by Lisa Karrer in 2009. Vocal processing by Simons.

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Aria 3

music by David Simons; lyrics by Anita Sieff, from her play
"Understanding Desire" (1995)
Lisa Karrer - Voice, David Simons - slide guitar and metal objects
performed at The Flea Theater NYC 2009

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O Death

The folk spiritual as sung by Ralph Stanley, with movement triggered samples and live singing by Lisa Karrer, from her production Meeting Chen Zhen: Drum as Doorway Between Worlds (2014) with interactive programming by David Simons.

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GONG HUMPING CEREMONY

by David Simons.
Excerpts from the premiere performance with the Gamelan Son of Lion at Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nyack, NY. June 7, 2009
Commissioned by the Arts Council of Rockland

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"Angklung Pelukan"

embracing polyrhythms, for the Gamelan Son of Lion.
Short excerpt from Simons @60 retrospective at Roulette, March 2013

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Occupational Therapy

performance: Simons @60 retrospective at Roulette, 2013


Max patch schematic


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My Musical DNA

Interactive web art, 2011

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Ultimate Symbol, Design Elements 5

Video by Mies Hora
music by David Simons from his Tzadik CD "PRISMATIC HEARING"

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Online essays:

Gong Culture;
The Abduction of Meaning;
Music and Evolution;
Radio Galaxy

more bio, writings, and sound samples: