Over The Opening

Once a month, from 7PM to 10PM, the artist collective MTAA convert their N6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

youTunes: a performance sound project with Preston Poe and Kyle Hester


On October 10, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm, Over The Opening is pleased to present “YouTunes”: a performance sound project with Preston Poe and Kyle Hester.

YouTunes is a personalized song customization and distribution system. Poe and Hester invite you to participate by filling out a simple primarily multiple-choice form. Based on your answers, the artists will craft a custom-made song just for you.

“We’ll write, play, sing, record and burn a CD just for you on the spot- all for 99 centavos”

In an effort to compete with iTunes, the artists will be charging 99 cents per song. You bring a dollar bill and they will give you back your very own song burnt on CD and penny for your thoughts change. Choose your themes, rhythm, key phrases, and musical style, and they will match it to a carefully considered, spontaneous, personally crafted melody - with lyrics to boot!

Poe and Hester’s cache of musical YouTunes styles and instruments includes (but is not limited to) Theremin, electric “micro” pipe organ, washtub, fingerpickin’ guitar, ukulele, various percussion instruments, and many other surprises.

Free beer and wine will be on hand as well as a variety of international culinary tastes that will appeal to one and all.

Update - documentation from the youTunes event

You Tunes at OTO

some photos from You Tunes at OTO last night on Flickr

Participants answer questions on a form, such as favorite superhero or cake. The You Tunes band (Preston Poe, Kyle Hester, David and Tara Gladden, Monica Hurtado and Clinton Wilkins) with about 1 min prep, played your song and burned it on CD. They asked Tim and I to kick it off by attempting to each do a song. Here are the awkward-but-fun results.

M.River Song by T.Whid
T.Whid’s Song By M.River

posted by mriver at 10:07 pm  


  1. Hi Kyle.
    Good luck in your new endeavor. Hope everything is going well in NY and with the show.

    Comment by Carolyn Hester — October 11, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  2. Best of luck you crazy performance artist. You guys are wacky!
    Love you daddy-o.

    Comment by Ray Tuomey — October 12, 2009 @ 11:11 am

  3. What a great show it was! I would have loved to have seen your performance art. Wish I hadn’t missed you by a day in NYC!

    Comment by Colleen Sawyer — October 13, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

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