News Release

Sound design conference

Friday, September 7, 2012

Screenshot from the Kyma sound-design environment

Screenshot from the Kyma sound-design environment.

Harpist, researcher and composer Carla Scaletti will present on her revolutionary sound-design environment called Kyma Screenshot from the Kyma sound-design environment  Scott Miller, professor of composition, electroacoustic music and theory, works in a lab with a student Joel Chadabe, president of the Electronic Music Foundation 

International sound-design experts are gathering Sept. 13-16 at St. Cloud State University.

Devotees of a sound-programming environment called Kyma are attending the Kyma International Sound Symposium, known casually as KISS2012.

Invented in 1986 by harpist, researcher and composer Carla Scaletti, Kyma has been used to create sound for film, games, television and music recordings. Notably, sound designers used Kyma to created sounds for the box-office hits "Finding Nemo" and "Wall-E."  

Conference topics include:

  • Live cinema with real-time sound tracks
  • New approaches to improvisation and interaction
  • New musical instruments and new approaches to performance

Conference presenters include Scarletti, "Matrix Reloaded" and "Matrix Revolutions" contributor Greg Hunter and Electronic Music Foundation President Joel Chadabe.

Scott Miller, SCSU professor of composition, electroacoustic music and theory, will present with St. Paul free-improvisation clarinetist Pat O'Keefe.

"KISS2012 will include over 24 hours of technical sessions presented by Kyma experts, nine hours of hands-on labs and evenings filled with live music and live cinema, showcasing some of the most outstanding work created in Kyma this year," according to the conference news release. 

Symbolic Sound Corporation, based is Champaign, Ill., manufactures the latest Kyma software-hardware system, called Kyma X.

 

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