Bang on a Can announces the launch of its online archive Canland at www.canland.org. Since its founding in 1987, Bang on a Can has maintained an extensive collection of its recordings, videos, posters, program books, and more. Thirty-three years of music and associated ephemera has been digitized and archived online and is now publicly accessible in its entirety.
In addition to the archival materials that can be heard and seen, Canland also has an interactive "musical typewriter" for visitors to the website. Bang on a Can invites every visitor to write a message describing a favorite memory of a live performance. As you type, the message is translated into a piece of music, made from bits of Bang on a Can's recordings through the years.
Bang on a Can co-founder and co-Artistic Director David Lang says of building Canland, “We sifted through our files and cabinets and desk drawers and old CD-roms and floppy discs for vintage pictures and programs and videos and recordings. We look so young! (As do young Philip Glass, young Meredith Monk, young Steve Reich, etc.) And it is crammed full of great stuff from recent years too, by people who look really young because they are still really young! There are some stellar performances here, lots of virtuosity and grit. And lots of images of the community of people who come out to support it. We can't be with you in person right now, but we are with you in spirit - and online!”
The launch of Canland coincides with Bang on a Can's Marathon Online on Sunday, May 3, 2020 from 3pm-9pm ET, featuring six hours of LIVE music. "The emphasis on Sunday aims to be, as it always has been, on free-spirited variety, representation across musical generations and the intermingling of genres and artistic scenes," according Seth Colter Walls in The New York Times, who interviewed Lang and fellow co-founders and co-Artistic Directors Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe to find out more about how their previous festival format has been transformed due to COVID-19.