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Release: Oct. 9, 2000
Electronic Music Studios will feature music of faculty, students and guest
composer Oct. 19
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Electronic Music Studios of the University of Iowa
School of Music will present a concert featuring the music of guest composer
Scott Wyatt, director of the Experimental Music Studios at the University
of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
Other works on the concert, which will be free and open to the public, will
be by faculty and students of the UI School of Music, among others.
Two works by Wyatt will close the two halves of the concert. "Aftermath"
for tape will be presented immediately before intermission. "This work
came about," the composer writes, "having witnessed the emotional
and physical aftermaths experienced by cancer victims, their families and
friends. Direct correlation exist between the observations and the compositional
design of this work. The gestural soundscape was originally designed as a
work for eight-channel projection playback, and was realized in the University
of Illinois Experimental Music Studios."
"Time Mark" for solo percussion and tape, the second work by Wyatt,
will close the concert. Within the piece the composer made use of a continuum
of sounds, providing an integration of electronic and live sounds, and spatial
disposition -- wherein the location within the performance space from which
the sounds emanate is part of the piece. The score was commissioned by percussionist
Kathleen Kastner of Wheaton College in Illinois.
Other works on the program will be:
-- "Doctrine of Chances" for tape by Lawrence Fritts, the director
of the UI Electronic Music Studios;
-- "Mats" for tape by Elsa Justel, who teaches avant-garde techniques
at the Conservatory of Mar del Plata, Argentina;
-- "Residue" for videotape by Dennis H. Miller, head of the music
technology program at Northeastern University in Boston;
-- "ABZ/A" for tape by Pete Stollery, who is lecturer in music
and director of the Electroacoustic Music Studio at Northern College, Aberdeen,
-- "Mushrooms for Supper: Dinner with John Cage" for tape by Michael
S. Cash, a graduate composition student in the UI School of Music; and
-- "Flutter Horizon" for tape by John Ritz, a senior studying
music composition at the UI.
Wyatt has received numerous awards and honors for his compositions. He was
one of the winners of the International Society for Contemporary Music National
Composers Competition of 1978, the National Flute Associations 1979
Composition Competition, the 1979 Concorso Internazionale Luigi Russolo Composition
Competition in Italy and the 1984 International Confederation in Bourges,
France. He was finalist in the 1989 International Electro-Acoustic Music Competition
in Bourges and the 1990 recipient of an Arnold Beckman Research Award for
the development of digital timescaling applications in music composition.
He received several grants for the development of compositional and live
performance methodology for the UI Electronic Music Studios with an eight-channel
sound projection system.
His compositions are recorded on CENTAUR, Library of Congress, MARK, OFFICE,
SEAMUS, UBRES, and VERIATZA CD labels. He served as the national president
of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States from 1989-1996.
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 graduates for composing, research and teaching careers at colleges
and universities throughout the United States.
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 Iowas 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.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
The Electronic Music Studios web page may be found at http://theremin.music.uiowa.edu/~web/.