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Release: March 22, 2002
National electro-acoustic music conference will be at UI April 4-6
The University of Iowa School of Music will be host to the national conference
of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Thursday
through Saturday, April 4-6. The conference, "Intersections in Sound,"
will bring together more than 250 composers, performers and scholars of music
created using electronic means from across the United States and around the
world for a series of public concerts as well as scholarly papers, panels,
and other presentations.
The conference will include a series of 12 public concerts, featuring electro-acoustic
music in a variety of formats. Works for tape, live electronics, video, instruments,
voice, and dance will be presented on 16-channel surround sound systems in
Clapp Recital Hall and the Mabie Theatre. These specially-designed sound systems,
the largest in the Midwest, allow the composer to project sound around the
Concerts open to the public free of charge will be on Thursday, April 4,
at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the UI Theatre Building,
and at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall; on Friday, April 5, at 10:30
a.m. in Mabie Theatre, and at 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Clapp Recital
Hall; and on Saturday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Mabie Theatre,
and at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall.
The program will include performances by the University Symphony, directed
by William LaRue Jones; the UI Center For New Music, with director David Gompper;
and UI School of Music faculty members Anthony Arnone, cello, and Patrick
A full schedule for the conference, with complete programs for each concert
as well as titles of papers and names of participants in the research sessions,
may be found at on the internet at http://seamus2002.music.uiowa.edu/scheduleofevents.html
The conference chair is Lawrence Fritts, director of the UI Electronic Music
"This will be the largest computer music or electroacoustic music conference
ever held in the United States," Fritts said. "In concerts and research
sessions, the conference will explore intersections among aesthetic approaches,
compositional media, historical and developing technologies, and electro-acoustic
composition and performance."
Among the most innovative works on the program is Princeton composer Colby
Leider's "Afflux/Reflux," whose sound will be projected by the composer
with a special hand-held device. Other notable tape pieces include "Mixed
Emotion" by Bebe Barron. This piece marks the return to electronic music
composition by Barron, who won the 1956 Academy Award for Music with her groundbreaking
electronic score for "Forbidden Planet."
Composer Larry Austin will present an eight-channel computer realization
of John Cage's classic "Williams Mix," a work composed by Cage in
1952 in Barron's New York studio.
Other works to be performed during SEAMUS 2002 include pieces written for
instruments and live computer interaction. These include Ohio State University
composer Marc Ainger's "Singing Hills" for chamber ensemble, conducted
by the Center for New Music's David Gompper using Buchla conducting controllers
that interact with the computer.
Works for symphony orchestra and computer include Brandeis University composer
Eric Chasalow's "Dream Songs," performed by the University Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by William LaRue Jones.
Oberlin College composer Tom Lopez's "Curvatures" features a string
quartet playing electric instruments interacting with computer.
Works for non-traditional instruments include Peabody Conservatory composer
John Young's "Ars Didjita" for didgeridu and tape and Hsiao-Lan
Wang's "Refrain" for yangchin and tape.
Works for other media include Stanford composer Mark Applebaum's "S-tog"
for sound sculpture. UI doctoral composition student Tohm Judson will present
his "Circuits" for tape and dancers. A video concert will feature
works for computer animation and sound by Northeastern University composer
Dennis Miller with Fritts and UI Art and Art History faculty member Sue Hettmansperger.
The guest composer for the conference is British composer Denis Smalley,
who studied with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire and electroacoustic
composition with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris. Smalley has
a high international profile as an electroacoustic composer, and his works
have won a number of international awards including the Prix Ars Electronica
in 1988. He is currently professor and head of the Music Department at City
University of London. His recent tape work "Base Metals" will be
performed and his music will be presented and discussed in a special curated
session. Smalley will also participate with several British and American composers
in a panel discussion on computer music composition and analysis.
In other highlights of the conference, pioneering electronic instrument
designer Don Buchla will receive the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. The
award is given to individuals who have made a lasting and profound impact
on the field of electroacoustic music. Buchla has made fundamental contributions
to the field through his pioneering electronic synthesizer and controller
designs. His first instrument, the Electric Music Box, was designed and built
in 1963 in Berkeley, Cal., at virtually the same time that Robert Moog was
creating his Moog synthesizer on the east coast. Buchla and Moog now share
the credit for the development of the first modular electronic synthesizer.
Buchla will perform in a concert featuring early and recent works on original
instruments and new controllers and will present a hands-on demonstration
of new controllers that he has designed for performers to control computer
SEAMUS 2002 will also include 12 sessions on a range of topics in electro-acoustic
composition, research, and performance. These sessions will be open to all
registered participants and, space allowing, to UI faculty, staff and students.
They will be held in the South Room and Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial
Union, as well as in Clapp Recital Hall and Mabie Theatre.
Papers include topics on sound diffusion, analysis of electroacoustic music,
and new electroacoustic software and instruments. Panels include topics on
acoustic and electroacoustic music composition, American and European approaches
to electroacoustic composition, and a discussion of the growing role of video
in the field. Curated Presentations include flutist Elizabeth McNutt's discussion
of the performer's interaction with technology and a special presentation
by UI composition students Chris Brakel and Tohm Judson on recent activities
in the UI Electronic Music Studios, featuring the work of Brakel, Judson,
John Ritz, Jean-Paul Parotte, Andy Jasinski, and Karen Koch.
For details, refer to the complete schedule on the conference web site.
Conference details and online registration may be found on the web at http://seamus2002.music.uiowa.edu/.
For further information, contact the UI Center for Conferences at (319) 335-4141;
long distance is toll-free at 1-800-551-9029.
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