Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What is Electroacoustic Music? It's Not the CD of Rain Falling You Use to Fall Asleep...

If in or around the Olympia area, please join us for this special engagement, curated by Michaud Savage and Ben Kamen. I can't say that the work I'll be performing will be mind-blowing (eh, finishing it momentarily), but small works by others from our Performance Research Ensemble are really shaping up and quite excellent. And, of course, the other composers who will perform new compositions tomorrow eve are, well, always rather mind-blowing. I've had the rare pleasure of hearing Truax's riverrun in one of the few area theaters equipped to play full surround 8-channel compositions, and I can remember that experience like it was tomorrow...

The announcement:

May I have your attention please!

"Electroacoustic" is a broad term referring to music resulting from the manipulation of recorded or generated sound, emanating from loudspeakers, without an obvious human performer. Electroacoustic music is rooted in the mid-20th century, particularly in the work of two groups of composers, Musique concrète in Paris and elektronische Musik in Cologne .

Wednesday, March 2nd, Students for Contemporary and New Music present a collection of performances from Ben Kamen, The Performance Research Ensemble, Jenny Magnus, Arun Chandra, and Barry Truax. This evening of electronic, acoustic, and electroacoustic performances begins at 7 in COM 110, presented to you by Students for Contemporary and New Music.

Barry Truax is a Professor in both the School of Communication and (formerly) the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he teaches courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic composition, specializing in soundscape composition. He has worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book Acoustic Communication dealing with all aspects of sound and technology. As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works and those which combine tape with live performers or computer graphics. A selection of these pieces may be heard on the recording Sequence of Earlier Heaven, and the Compact Discs Digital Soundscapes, Pacific Rim, Song of Songs, Inside, Islands, and Twin Souls, all on the Cambridge Street Records label, as well as the double CD of the opera Powers of Two and the latest CD, Spirit Journies. In 1991 his work, Riverrun, was awarded the Magisterium at the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France, a category open only to electroacoustic composers of 20 or more years experience. He is also the recipient of one of the 1999 Awards for Teaching Excellence at Simon Fraser University Barry is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.

Jenny Magnus is a Chicago-based performer, writer, director, producer and teacher. Founding member of the Maestro Subgum and the Whole, Magnus' voice is front and center on just released, Songs From Shows. Magnus has contributed to cultural life in Chicago for 25 years as a founding member of The Curious Theatre Branch. Magnus produces her original work, produces and contributes to the annual Rhino Theater Festival, and tours her work internationally. She has performed recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art , teaches performance and writing at Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, and many other schools.

The Performance Research Ensemble is a loose amalgamation of students, faculty, and community members. Our collective work began in Fall 2010 with several performances of Kenneth Gaburo's Maledetto, and has continued this season with compositions based on David Wolach's Occultations. Group members for tonight's performance are: Arun Chandra, Terra Glick, Molly McDermott, Ben Michaelis, Clayton Norman, Willy Smart, Elizabeth Williamson and David Wolach.

Arun Chandra and Ben Kamen are both music faculty at Evergreen.

There is no charge to attend the event.

Michaud Savage

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