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March 11, 2005

UI Museum Of Art Will Present Electronic Sound Piece March 24-April 24

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will present "Syzygy/Synchronicity (10 minutes later)," a sound piece by composer Tohm Judson, a doctoral student in the UI School of Music and a studio assistant in the UI Electronic Music Studios. Recorded for playback by computer, the piece will be played throughout the museum at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays from Thursday, March 24, through Sunday, April 24.

"Syzygy/Synchronicity" is a combination of sounds, including ocean waves, a lullaby and a private music rehearsal. The piece lasts 10 minutes. Using computer technology, it will be slightly varied each day it is played.

"Certain areas of the museum were taken into consideration as sound choices," Judson said. "For example, the long corridor by the Iowa River was the inspiration for water sounds.

"The piece will sound different in each area of the museum as the sound moves through. I encourage people to attend 'Syzygy/Synchronicity' more than once in order to experience the full effect."

Program notes will be available in the museum. The notes will explain what sounds are being heard in each room of the museum and how these sounds relate to what is being heard in other rooms.

Judson's music has been performed throughout the United States, in the United Kingdom, France and Italy. He works with many forms of interactive media, including audio, video, installation and dance. He has collaborated with artists including K.T. Nelson, Holland Hopson and Christopher Cozier.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu. Writer: Krystle Johnson

OTHER INFORMATION: "Tohm" is the correct spelling of the composer's first name.