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Jan. 25, 2008

UI Electronic Music Studios presents concert Feb. 3

The Electronic Music Studios (EMS) of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert of recent works at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Admission to the concert will be free.

The works that will be featured will include:

--"Turnarounds" for horn and tape by Israel Neuman, performed by UI faculty member Jeffrey Agrell.

--"Encounter" for tape by Daniel Roeder.

--"The Ocean of Memories" for tape by Minpyo Kim.

--"Percussivity" for tape by Lieschen Mast.

--"Confluence" for tape by Seth Custer.

--"Sacred Sleep" for tape and video by Sandy Nordahl.

--"Construct No. 1" for tape by Matthew Dotson.

--"A Fierce Light" by Zachary Fischer.

--"The Boy Kicked the Ball" by Lawrence Fritts, UI professor music and head of the EMS.

Fritts writes about his work: "The work is conceived as a stereo composition that is to be diffused in concert by the composer. In diffusing a stereo work, the composer controls which of the two channels of stereo sound will emanate from certain speakers in the concert hall.

"The center of this activity takes place at a sound mixing board in the middle of the concert hall. The mixer used in the Feb. 3 concert is configured so that the loudness of each speaker is controlled by one of 16 sliders. By raising and lowering these sliders, the composer changes the loudness of the sound emanating from the speakers. The effect of this is of the sound moving in space and time."

Dotson's "Construct No. 1" was composed using the UI's state-of-the-art eight-channel computer music studios. "Eight-channels" refers to a common listening environment of contemporary electronic music in which the listener is placed within a circle of eight speakers. The particular appeal of eight-channel music is the total immersion in the composer's sonic world.

EMS has 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 UI graduates for composing, research and teaching careers at colleges and universities throughout the United States. More information:

Fritts has brought the latest generation of technologies to the studios, assuring that students working in the EMS have the broadest possible range of technologies available as compositional tools. He is a leading figure in electronic and acousmatic music. See:

Agrell joined the School of Music faculty in 2000 after a 25-year career as associate principal horn in the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony. He is also an award-winning writer and composer, and he has been very active in bringing new approaches to improvisation to classical musicians. More information:

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