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Sept. 3, 2008

Electronic Music Studios open season in Becker Communication Building Sept. 7

The University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios (EMS) will present four new works on their first concert of the fall semester at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in Room 101 of the Samuel L. Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB) on the UI campus.

Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to many of its usual performance venues during the 2008-09 season. The electronic music studios have been relocated to BCSB, which will also provide a performance venue for the studios.

The EMS has been part of the composition program of the UI School of Music for more than 30 years. It is currently directed by Lawrence Fritts, who teaches a two-semester course covering various ways that composers can approach the media of electronic and computer music. Many of these approaches, including the use of an eight-speaker surround system, the combination of electronics with live performers, and the use of real-time audio/video processing, will be exhibited in the Sept. 7 concert.

The concert will feature four works, opening with "Doctrine of Changes," a work for eight-channel tape by Fritts. The other works on the program are by graduate students working in the EMS: "Left unsaid" for eight-channel tape by Matthew Dotson; "Turnarounds feat" for electronics and French horn Israel Neuman; and "Each Small Gleam" for real-time audio/video by George Marie.

More information on the EMS is available at

As director of the EMS, 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. Fritts is a leading figure in electronic and acousmatic music. His works have been performed around the United States and have been broadcast in the United States and Europe. See

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at

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