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Release: March 30, 2001
UI Electronic Music Studios present music from Iowa, France and Italy
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios will
present a joint international exchange concert in cooperation with music conservatories
in Perpignan, France, and Trieste, Italy, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in
Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Students of composers Lawrence Fritts from Iowa, Denis Dufour from Perpignan
and Roberto Doati from Trieste will present their new electroacoustic works
on the concert, which will be free and open to the public. The same program
will be repeated in France later in April and in Italy in May.
Fritts, Dufour, and Doati are leading figures in electroacoustic music composition.
Dufour hosts the yearly International Festival dArts Acousmatique, and
Fritts and Doati are releasing a new compact disc of their recent electroacoustic
works this spring.
The works by Iowa composers on the program will be: "Pet Sounds"
by graduate student Rob Bennett, "Mushrooms for Supper: Dinner With John
Cage" by UI graduate student Michael Cash, and "Flutter Horizon"
by UI undergraduate student John Ritz.
The French and Italian works on the program will be selected by Dufour and
"Pet Sounds" was created in Bennetts home studio between
summer and fall of 2000. All sounds in the piece originate from one of approximately
twenty short sounds that were made by Bennetts cat, Champ, and captured
"Mushrooms for Supper: Dinner With John Cage" was written entirely
within the UI Electronic Music Studios. It takes its title from 20th-century
American composer John Cage, who was known for his taste in mushrooms. Cage
was known for making use of ambient noise in his compositions, and he once
said that he thought the noises of a restaurant -- plates and silverware clashing,
talking, and so forth -- were like music to him. In that spirit Cash used
the sound of a silver dinner fork as the source of the sonic material for
"Flutter Horizon" was inspired by "Plucked Ascension,"
a photograph by artist Sarah Shepherd that portrays an extreme emotional state.
The image documents the minds ability to visualize mental and physical
escape. "By creating a state of agitation and tension," Ritz explained,
"Flutter Horizon attempts to create a context that allows
the mind to enter this unproven orientational state aurally."
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 Iowas graduates for composing, research and teaching careers
at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Director Lawrence 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 Iowas 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.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts.
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