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Release: Jan. 28, 2002

UI Electronic Music Studios premiere 16-channel sound system at Clapp Recital Hall Feb. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios will present a concert of new works, featuring the premiere of a new 16-channel surround sound system in Clapp Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The concert, featuring new works from the studios, will be free and open to the public.

The program will present new works for computer-realized sound by student composers Jean-Paul Perrotte, Jermaine Maxx, Yousif Bilal, Tohm Judson, Karen Koch, Brett Simon and Ari Weinberg.

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’s 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 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.

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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