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.
1806, 2017

Fathers-Fluxus Holiday

By |June 18th, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

Happy Fluxus Father’s Day! Oh, Fluxus had momma’s, too; Alison Knowles, Charlotte Moorman, and Yoko Ono.

Can we flex/flux an idea a bit today? Allow me to at  least recognize the father of what we do here, Owen Smith aka Dr. Flux. (I do want to say, too, that writing about […]

906, 2017

Nonesuch Instrumental with a Stick

By |June 9th, 2017|front, IMRC News|0 Comments

“To use art not as self expression but as self alteration.” John Cage.

In this work, the thrill of working with Steve (a fellow student here at IMRC) was (and is) something that is worth mentioning up front. He’s great, wise, calming, and insightful. Along with the idea of alto-clarinet, trombone, […]

706, 2017

FLOW and a Gurdy

By |June 7th, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

Jim Winters on hurdy gurdy; hear the incomplete song at: 3pm on June 24th at Fort Knox in Maine. To even consider a musical work as “non finito,” such incompleteness would typically be seen only a stone sculpture. Musical composer Jim Winters offers one hour at the beginning of FLOW […]

2405, 2017

Unrealized Keys

By |May 24th, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

This week is featuring an informal conference or panel discussion about music. It’s been great.
At the same time I was composing this piece where I said that it is in an unrealized key. This meant literally, a one-handed piece, and harmonically. The piece wants to honor its tonal definition, but […]

705, 2017


By |May 7th, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

I’d like to repost Owen’s voice as part of  what I’m calling the Sound Art Ensemble. I am combining a little of this and that here by showing a picture of gurdy taken yesterday on the coast and sound from two weeks ago. Today (Sunday May 7th) some of us […]

305, 2017

Art is Political

By |May 3rd, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

First, what sort of political? I think it means more than this country. My musical mission should give way to peacefulness someday and I think the second step with experimental music will be to recognize my own political distress.
Okay, all art is probably political. Fair enough?
I have been thinking this week […]

205, 2017

Gurdy and Stratocaster

By |May 2nd, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

One cup each; David Wilks, Ryan Wilks, and Jim Winters. I got to record an impromptu duet for my hurdy-gurdy (tekerolant) and the guitar of David Wilks. No format, no rehearsal, no plan, and one take. My inspiration is partly the older masters such as Feldman and Young, but I […]

3004, 2017


By |April 30th, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

Normally genre and classification is all about aesthetics and marketing.

This entry is about an interview hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA.

Their debate is over where guitarist Mary Halvorson’s sound is to be classified like this or like that, yet what I study here has taken the […]

3004, 2017


By |April 30th, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

This past week we initiated the Clothesline series with compositions 1-4. The hub of it so far is myself, sort of this visionary and hurdy-gurdy man, and Ryan Wilks, sound/audio artist adding “chimes” that add in– all extremely-notable people. Zero, pictured below, features David Wilks coming in suddenly (time off […]

104, 2017

News: April 1st, 2017

By |April 1st, 2017|IMRC News|0 Comments

April 1st, 2017; “That’s right, this is all very exciting!” admits IMRC’s founder and director Owen Smith: “I just didn’t expect everyone to find out this soon.”
Late-breaking news: IMRC has already secretly expanded– to the moon.
Photos obtained show important plans to expand Intermedia, “the space between”, into inter-planetary space.
Photographs showing […]