/James Hurdy

About James Hurdy

After Jim Winters arrived as a jazz trombonist for years, he now has now finished his second year as a graduate student here at IMRC. He owns two hurdy gurdys, thus exploring drone-musical work and the aesthetic value of unfinished music. His concentration ranges from experimental-musical composition to photos, sometimes wondering about the colonization of 12-tone Western music vs. noise.

Contemplative Art Through the Finding of Things


As I recall this piece, I had started thinking about the moon, darkness, outer space, then decided to try a duet with a photo, then a stick from the ground.

This past week we heard a new sort of idea, though not exactly  new, performed by Alicia Champlin playing a steel […]

Contemplative Art Through the Finding of Things2018-03-29T10:20:16+00:00



Review of sound piece performed February 27, 2018 at IMRC by our MFA artist-candidate Steve Norton.

Amidst lined up pots, lids, and cups, also two beautiful reed instruments, we filed in quietly. His program notes read, “Sounds also carry marks of their creation, whether via breath, saliva, string […]




Here is the sound and corrected spelling. Apahodian:

Arriving at 2pm on 18 Feb, 2018 in Portland, Maine, the mysterious Apahodian underground-theater in Portland, Maine appears after my long drive. The art illustration here was done in tandem with this improvised piece, done by wonderful Rush Brown of Maine. Arriving in […]


Emancipating Noise


The proverbial kitchen sink travels next to Portland: from create theatrics, to performing, to walking alone, recording, photographs, and writing about the experiences… On Sunday in Portland, on Feb. 18th I will do “concept music” with percussion expert Beau Lisy (an expert in African drums) on kitchen […]

Emancipating Noise2018-02-15T19:30:32+00:00

Time’s Affect


Time’s Affect (the verb) (meaning on me) as musical material continues as I record more tracks at home in contrast to the cold, windy time-space of that old truck, that memory from November. It occurs to me now that the truck, or any object, so static or still, is playable. […]

Time’s Affect2018-03-11T19:12:06+00:00

Concept Graffiti


Children do have bizarre noise-making sessions as play. This is quoted from the Schoreditch experimental musical school of 1969. Laughter should be part of education should not be questioned (yet it is). George Maciunas described Fluxus this way as: a fusion of Spike Jones, gags, games, Vaudeville, Cage, and Duchamp.

Fluxus was […]

Concept Graffiti2018-03-11T19:18:16+00:00



Z’EV, (1951-2017) he will always be worth looking into. Z’EV, a founder of what we now can call the Industrial Art Movement. You’re probably not exactly dreaming of dragging some junk stuff onto a stage or into a radio station in order to play music– but I am sure […]