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Paul Fraser, Symphony for 100 Stylophones

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Compton Civic Center Plaza

205 S. Willowbrook Avenue

Compton, CA 90220

Paul Fraser and L.A. Stylophonic, L.A.’s premier stylophone ensemble, plan to gather a group of 100 stylophone players at the Compton Civic Center Plaza for an interactive concert that will use sound to highlight the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial sculpture and the surrounding plaza’s period Modern architecture. All ages are welcome and no musical experience is necessary. Those who are interested should meet at the Compton Civic Center Plaza at 1pm and then participants will be directed with numbers, symbols, and shapes to teach them about the instrument in small groups. The event culminates with a final performance in which all 100 participants will come together to play the final, experimental composition, filling the plaza with sound.

The Compton Civic Center Plaza is accessible with public transit. Attendees are encouraged to take the Metro’s Blue Line to the Compton stop, which is located across the street from the plaza.

About the stylophone: The Stylophone is an easy to play, battery powered miniature synthesizer. Though the individual low-fi instruments sound simple, when they are layered together, the effect becomes amplified and immersive. It looks like this: