SkyRon™ Performs a Sui Generis “DisTonea™”

So, SkyRon™ has been buggin’ me for a while, to put a more-or-less definitive version of his performance on Kombo™ (quad-theremin/sample player) online. Here it is!

This can be understood in terms of the little paper I wrote a while ago, which has astonishingly, to date, garnered more than 1,600 views!


Film-Gate to Present Selections from Opera

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We’ve been invited to perform a portion of my opera MelanchoLalaland™ at South Florida’s only interactive and immersive storytelling festival – Filmgate 2015 (February 1-8, 2015).  If you would like to experience our first efforts at realizing our transmedia opera, as well as a program of local dance peformances/screenings, and interactive demonstrations/seminars you can purchase tickets on Filmgate’s website  –

For presentation of scenes from MelanchoLalaland™:

  • Date: Tuesday, February 3
  • Location: Miami Light Box, 404 NW 26th St., Miami
  • Times:  7pm cocktail
  • 7:30pm – 9pm performance/screenings
  • free with FilmGate passes
  • $5 for students in advance, student ids will be checked
  • $12 in advance, IFCM members, Miami Light Box members
  • $15 at the door

Filmgate Interactive is an annual fusion event of leading international creators, thinkers, and practitioners from across the fields of film, tv, interactive, online, mobile, gaming, publishing and live events. Filmgate interactive presents the latest ideas and innovations of modern storytelling, audience engagement, and business practices. MelanchoLalaland™ is a transmedia opera composed and directed by Joey Bargsten, in collaboration with librettist/producer/lead choreographer Thea Zimmer. The project is made possible by the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Advisory Board (FAU), the Bailyn Foundation, and the Avid Corporation. Most recently Bargsten received an Individual Artists Fellowship from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in the Interdisciplinary Art category.

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And just in case you missed our latest teaser/trailer, here it is:

MelanchoLalaland™—Video Update

So, the next step in my little multimedia opera project: turn those 3D placeholder assets into storyboards and video, to kinda show what the piece is about. And yes, the live opera could look like this, given a few (or several, or many) thousands more. Hatchfund, anyone? (the vetted form of Kickstarter, if you’re wondering . . . )

To be presented publicly at the FAU Faculty Accomplishment Festival on Friday (Aug. 29) in Boca.

New Year’s Update

my score, yoHi all! I know it’s been a while since the last post. As you may have guessed, there have been a few distractions in my feeble life over the past weeks:





Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 6.14.39 PM (2)HOW ONE GETS THERE: STAFF PICK ON VIMEO

Yes, it only took six years, but finally, one of my little videos is featured on the curated part of the site. At 2,500 views, it’s garnered more hits than Kick-Ass Kitty! I know, 2.5k is tiny in YerTerb terms, but, you know, whatevs!




Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 6.14.39 PM DO REAPER! IT’S GOOD!

So, I’m trying Reaper as my DAW of choice. Surprisingly robust, and mostly intuitive! Not bad for $60, and no requirement to upgrade to Palins (sorry, I meant ‘Mavericks’). And finally,





On January 27, come to Miami Beach to watch associates of the New World Symphony play the soundtrack to my latest video, Passing Bird, featuring SkyRon™ as that damn bird! Music by Toru Takemitsu (Rocking Mirror Daybreak —one of the first screenings of a video I made without my own music!). Are you on the vimeo page and locked out? What might that password be? Maybe “skyrondancing” or something like that? I have no clue!

And check out the typography on the poster for the concert—uberclever, no? (The c/n thing).nws_aiga