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Aug. 29, 2005

World Premiere Will Be Featured On UI Electronic Music Concert Sept. 4

The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios (EMS) will present a concert of new electronic music on at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The free concert will feature works for computer-realized sound and two video works presented in 16.2 channel surround sound.

The featured works include the world premiere of "The Boy Kicked the Ball" by Lawrence Fritts, director of the EMS. The work is synthesized from small units of sound called grains or wavelets that are combined into larger structures by the mathematics of group theory. The process of the work is inspired by the efforts of musical theorists to develop musical grammars of language generation inspired by Noam Chosmky and other linguists during the 1960s and '70s.

The title, "The Boy Kicked the Ball," exemplifies the grammatical structure of noun and verb phrases universal to every natural language and now translated to the language of music.

Other featured works include Boston composer Dennis Miller's "Faktura" for video and synthesized sound; and a collaborative work by UI graduate students Rachel Foote and Paul Brenner, "Flow Interrupted", which takes as its source material a variety sounds produced by a range of software and classic analog devices, including a Moog synthesizer.

The concert also features works by student composers Brian Vlasak, Todd Papke, Chris Diehl and Jean-Paul Perrotte.

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.

Fritts is a leading proponent of mathematics and music, and serves on the editorial board of a new journal, The Journal of Mathematics and Music, whose first issue will be published in 2007. The journal's advisory board include leading contemporary composers Pierre Boulez, Milton Babbitt and Jean-Claude Risset.

Fritts's music has been performed throughout the world, including last year in a residency at New York University and at venues in Moscow, New York, Chicago, Geneoa, Florida and Bowling Green, Ohio. His recent work for orchestral and electronics, "Monsterology," was premiered by the UI Chamber Orchestra last spring.

Fritts's music has been recorded on the Innova, Frog Peak, Albany and Southport Labels and his writings on music have been published in the Computer Music Journal, Array, Papers of the American Mathematic Society, Music Theory Spectrum and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Musicology. He was recently interviewed for the National Public Radio program "Science Friday," in a tribute to the late synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog.

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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