Lyle Mays: music of physics

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Lyle Mays: music of physics

On May 15, 2011, Posted by , In chill,unique instruments, By ,,,, , With 1 Comment

Lyle Mays and friends explore music based on physics equations, Feynman’s speech patterns and more, using improvisation, algorithmic composition, live video mixing, and a custom designed linked laptop network.

Lyle Mays has been an integral part of the Pat Metheny Group since its inception in 1977, and has co-written much of the consistently engaging music for the multi-Grammy-winning group’s albums. Lyle’s sense of melody, crystal clear virtuosity and almost cinematic scope of orchestration has clearly distinguished the group’s sound. Born into a musical family in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, in 1953, he was always encouraged to explore new forms of expression. As a teenager, Lyle attended jazz summer camps and studied with such talents as Rich Matteson and Marian McPartland. He then studied composition and arrangement at North Texas State University before touring with Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd. While appearing at the 1975 Wichita Jazz Festival, Lyle met twenty-year-old guitarist Pat Metheny, and the two formed a musical alliance that has proven to be among the most artistically successful of the past three-plus decades.

Performers include: Jimmy Branly (drums), Rich Breen (audio engineer), Jon 9 (visualization), Andrew Pask (woodwinds), Bob Rice (guitar and digital sounds), and Tom Warrington (bass).

Filmed at TEDxCalTech.

One Comment so far:

  1. Euphrasia Carroll says:

    Lyle, thank you so much. Have enjoyed your music for years. In this one, I kept looking for Pat Matheny to come out with his striped shirt and git and play with you in the circle with the red x — music and physics fer sher, and kudos to all your brilliant players here. And o for Pat’s magic that you always make together. Appreciation for your contribution, keep it comin’ music, physics, all that jazz.

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