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Two evenings of avant-garde music

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Kristian Twombly, assistant professor of music (left), with Karl Konz, St. Cloud, a student in the Do-It-Yourself Audio class

Kristian Twombly, assistant professor of music (left), with Karl Konz, St. Cloud, a student in the Do-It-Yourself Audio class

Students from St. Cloud State University’s newest music courses will offer two evenings of performances and presentations in the Ruth Gant Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

New Media Circus
6 p.m. Dec. 10

Join students from the Electro-Acoustic Arts Ensemble for the simultaneous performance of multiple pieces of avant-garde electronic music.

In Electro-Acoustic Arts Ensemble (MUSM 325) students create live, electronic works by composers such as John Cage and Alvin Lucier. Cage was a composer and pioneer of chance music, non-standard use of musical instruments and electronic music. Lucier is an experimental music composer and developer of sound installations, a multimedia art form in which sculpture produces sound and sound produces sculpture.

Among the performances featured Monday will be “Having Never Written a Note for Percussion” by James Tenney and Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing” and “Radio Music.”

Do-It-Yourself Audio Presentations and Performances
5 p.m. Dec. 11

Students from the Do-It-Yourself Audio course will host presentations and performances featuring handmade bits of electronic sound art.

Do-It-Yourself Audio (MUSM 437-537) students create chaotic, cybernetic sound machines. They build oscillators, amplifiers, contact microphones and other devices, glue them together, and then use them to make art.

A trio of cutting-edge music classes debuted this fall in the Department of Music’s New Media in Music Program. Also new to the St. Cloud State was Electronic Sound (MUSM 433-533), which explores the history and uses of classical, analog electronic music techniques. Students use the ProTools digital audio workstation, learn basic recording techniques and create compositions.

The Music Department is readying additional courses for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years, including Interactive Music, Sound Installation, Sound and Cinema, and Music for the Web. Under consideration is a bachelor of arts program with an emphasis in new media, according to Kristian Twombly, assistant professor of music and new media, rock and roll and music history.

For more information, contact Twombly at kmtwombly@stcloudstate.edu.

- Jeff Wood

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