Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association

Annual Meeting – Session 7 – Joshua Fried

A Buick steering wheel and old shoes hit with sticks are the controls for RADIO WONDERLAND—the longstanding solo project from New York composer Joshua Fried.  All the sound comes from live commercial radio. RADIO WONDERLAND turns corporate culture into recombinant techno–live. When you start dancing, you’ll feel the empowerment of twisting mass media to your own ends. After the set, learn about the tech and the thoughts in a discussion led by Brad Ward.

The work of Joshua Fried spans experimental music, DJ culture and performance art. Many know him for RADIO WONDERLAND’s steering wheel and shoes, others for putting headphones on some of Downtown NYC’s most mercurial stars of the 1990s and 2000s, and still others for his collaborations with pop stars They Might Be GiantsFried‘s music has been performed all over the world by himself and by the likes of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. In the 80s he signed to Atlantic Records as a dance music artist. In the 90s he became the youngest composer discussed in Schirmer Books’ American Music in the 20th Century.  Fried has performed solo at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, La MaMa, BAM, Danceteria, Mudd Club, CBGB, Joe’s Pub, and le Poisson Rouge (all NYC), in LA, Miami, Tokyo, Berlin, Milan, Paris, and across Europe.  His production credits include Chaka Khan, Ofra Haza, and avant drone-master David First.  Fried‘s awards include two New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo and Bellagio. Fried earned two large commissions from American Composers Forum: to create live music for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and to compose for the robotic instruments of New York’s League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR).  Fried‘s recordings have been released by free103point9, Trace Label, clang, Tellus and Atlantic Records.

Sessions are available via video for members a few days after the session is completed. If you plan on attending in person – please register HERE.  If you’d like to attend online – please fill out the following form to receive the zoom link.

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