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Music Department to host national performance conference

Monday, January 25, 2010

Scott Miller, professor of music, works with Inna Skogerboe in the New Media Lab.

What is Electro-Acoustic Music? Is it musical computers? Computerized instruments? Or is it both? The exact definition is debatable but a common definition is the integration of natural and electronic, often computerized, generated sounds and effects. St. Cloud State will be flooded with sound as the campus hosts the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) national conference April 8-10. SEAMUS was founded in 1984 and is a non-profit national organization with members made up of composers, performers and teachers of electro-acoustic music. One of the determining factors for hosting the conference was the music department’s degree, bachelor of arts in music with an emphasis in new media. The program is only in its third year. The April conference is performance based with a selection committee of adjudicators. Composers and sound artists can submit up to two original works of electronic music. This includes Electro-Acoustic works, works that combine sound and media, and sound installations. Primary consideration is given to the entry’s musical qualities and sound artistry. Selected pieces will be performed at Ritsche Auditorium and Ruth Gant Recital Hall. Additional locations for installations and non-concert works—both on- and off- campus—will be determined.

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