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Release: Nov. 16, 2001
UI Electronic Music studios celebrate 'Electroacoustic Music Month' with
Nov. 27 concert
CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios will take part
in "Electroacoustic Music Month" -- a project of the Society for
Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) -- with a free concert
of new works for digital sound, video and instruments at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.
27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
As used by composers, the term electroacoustic refers to music dependent
on electronic technology for its creation and/or performance.
The Nov. 27 program was coordinated by Lawrence Fritts, director of the UI
Electronic Music Studios, and will feature seven pieces:
-- Improvisation No. 1 for tape by UI doctoral student Tohm Judson;
-- "Aphoristic Fragment" for digital animation and music by Mark
Applebaum, an assistant professor of composition and theory at Stanford and
visiting artist with Electronic Music Midwest;
-- "Arturo" for tape by Elainie Lillios, who is an assistant professor
of composition at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University;
-- "Heavy Metal" for video and music by Kristine H. Burns, director
of the Electronic Music Studios at the Florida International University School
of Music in Miami;
-- "Narcissus Remix" for tape by Applebaum;
-- "Mappaemundi" (World map) for digital animation and music by
Fritts, Sue Hettmansperger from the studio faculty of the UI School of Art
and Art History, and Walter Seaman from the faculty of the UI Department of
-- "Life-Drawing" for flute and tape by Fritts, featuring flute
soloist Tadeu Coelho from the School of Music faculty.
Fritts has written program notes for his works: "'Mappaemundi' is a
9-minute video for digital animation and computer-realized sound. The visual
imagery is based on computer transformations of scanned photographs of Hettmansperger's
paintings and drawings. Mathematical imagery was provided by Seaman. Fritts
recorded sounds of a human body in the Wendell Johnson Anechoic Chamber and
digitally transformed these sounds to create a musical score for the video.
"Mappaemundi" was supported by an Arts and Humanities Initiative
grant and was premiered in New York City on September 8, 2001."
"In 'Life-Drawing,' the compositional process originated with the physical
sound of the flute. The instrument was digitally analyzed and various sonic
features were extracted and compositionally manipulated. . . . As it interacts
with the tape part, the live flute draws from the computer-generated material,
creating a sound universe which acts to unify concept, process, and object."
"Life-Drawing" was written for Tadeu Coelho, to whom the work is
The Electronic Music Studios have been part of the composition program at
the UI School of Music for more than 30 years. 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
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.
Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. An international touring artist
sponsored by the Miyazawa Flute Company, he has appeared as soloist and chamber
musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo
flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the
Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Italy.
Coelho's performances have consistently earned high critical praise. Following
a series of concerts in Brazil, one critic commented that he "played
with musicality and beautiful sound. His virtuosity and clear performance
Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire. Many composers have written works
for him, including UI faculty members Fritts and Michael Eckert. His CD recording
of the music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and
he also recorded works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics. His new CD of 20th-century
Mexican flute music was released in the spring of 1999 and is available, along
with Coelho's other recordings, from Eble Music in downtown Iowa City.
SEAMUS is a non-profit national organization of composers, performers, and
teachers of electro-acoustic music. SEAMUS seeks to provide a broad forum
for those involved or interested in electronic music.
The Society's objectives include encouraging the composition and performance
of electro- acoustic music; developing a network for technical information
and support; promoting concerts and radio broadcasts of electro-acoustic music
both in the US and abroad; and attracting a wide diversity of members and
supporters from both in and outside of academic institutions.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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