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Release: Oct. 9, 2000

Electronic Music Studios will feature music of faculty, students and guest composer Oct. 19

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Electronic Music Studios of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert featuring the music of guest composer Scott Wyatt, director of the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Other works on the concert, which will be free and open to the public, will be by faculty and students of the UI School of Music, among others.

Two works by Wyatt will close the two halves of the concert. "Aftermath" for tape will be presented immediately before intermission. "This work came about," the composer writes, "having witnessed the emotional and physical aftermaths experienced by cancer victims, their families and friends. Direct correlation exist between the observations and the compositional design of this work. The gestural soundscape was originally designed as a work for eight-channel projection playback, and was realized in the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios."

"Time Mark" for solo percussion and tape, the second work by Wyatt, will close the concert. Within the piece the composer made use of a continuum of sounds, providing an integration of electronic and live sounds, and spatial disposition -- wherein the location within the performance space from which the sounds emanate is part of the piece. The score was commissioned by percussionist Kathleen Kastner of Wheaton College in Illinois.

Other works on the program will be:

-- "Doctrine of Chances" for tape by Lawrence Fritts, the director of the UI Electronic Music Studios;

-- "Mats" for tape by Elsa Justel, who teaches avant-garde techniques at the Conservatory of Mar del Plata, Argentina;

-- "Residue" for videotape by Dennis H. Miller, head of the music technology program at Northeastern University in Boston;

-- "ABZ/A" for tape by Pete Stollery, who is lecturer in music and director of the Electroacoustic Music Studio at Northern College, Aberdeen, Scotland;

-- "Mushrooms for Supper: Dinner with John Cage" for tape by Michael S. Cash, a graduate composition student in the UI School of Music; and

-- "Flutter Horizon" for tape by John Ritz, a senior studying music composition at the UI.

Wyatt has received numerous awards and honors for his compositions. He was one of the winners of the International Society for Contemporary Music National Composers Competition of 1978, the National Flute Association’s 1979 Composition Competition, the 1979 Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo Composition Competition in Italy and the 1984 International Confederation in Bourges, France. He was finalist in the 1989 International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition in Bourges and the 1990 recipient of an Arnold Beckman Research Award for the development of digital timescaling applications in music composition.

He received several grants for the development of compositional and live performance methodology for the UI Electronic Music Studios with an eight-channel sound projection system.

His compositions are recorded on CENTAUR, Library of Congress, MARK, OFFICE, SEAMUS, UBRES, and VERIATZA CD labels. He served as the national president of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States from 1989-1996.

The Electronic Music Studios have been part of the composition program at the UI School of Music for more than 30 years. By offering a traditional emphasis on the compositional aspects of electronic media, the studios have helped prepare Iowa graduates for composing, research and teaching careers at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Fritts has brought the latest generation of technologies to the studios. Students and faculty now have access to three multiple-platform workstations that integrate SGI, Kyma and Macintosh digital audio technology. Carefully maintained Moog, Arp and EMS analog synthesizers, along with other analog processing and control devices from the past 30 years, have also been integrated into the new systems to ensure that Iowa’s composers have the broadest possible range of technologies available as compositional tools.

Fritts is a leading figure in electronic and acousmatic music. His works have been performed in Chicago by the Contemporary Chamber Players, the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, New Music De Paul and New Music Chicago. His electronic works have also been featured in a series of concerts at Columbia College and have been broadcast in the United States and Europe. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company about the history of electronic music.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. The Electronic Music Studios web page may be found at http://theremin.music.uiowa.edu/~web/.