Hidden Encounters at The Global Composition 2018

Conference on Sound, Ecology, and Media Culture
Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
Media Campus Dieburg, Germany
4-7 October 2018
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Hidden Encounters – Nicosia, Cyprus


An interactive sound installation exploring the voices of animals living in Cyprus,
at the Meres Bookstore, 33 Pentadaktylou, 1016 Nicosia
Special thanks to the people at this beautiful and insightful resource.
Interfaces Network Residency
European University Cyprus and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
23-25 July 2018              Read more
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Visual Music

The Line Theater (1984) is an analog, physical mechanism for making visual music. Made of a black fabric screen framed by wooden two-by-fours, with the help of hooks and other metal hardware, differently sized ropes and threads are manipulated, mostly from behind the screen. . . . . . . . . . . . .. ….. .. … … . . . . … …. …….. … . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. … … . . … . .. … … ……. . . . .. . . … … .. . . . . . . . . Read more: Sound & Music > archive
Very special thanks to Luba Drozd for stabilizing this video.
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VCCA 2018

As a composer, sound artist, and researcher, I’m interested in sounds we perceive as “inside” or “outside” performance, and in the ambiguities that may arise at boundaries between them. I’m  exploring this idea in a set of pieces for solo performers and webs of animal voices (and their surrounding environments), called Doubtful Sound. Begun during recent residencies at the Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts, these compositions reference my earlier interactive work with catastrophe theory through their use of time-based network structures as sources of emergent processes. This summer I aim to investigate animal sounds as emergent processes in themselves, through a set of sound installations for the EUC Interfaces project in Cyprus.
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Doubtful Sound

Seminar: The Power of Musical Networks
Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium
Talk, 22 February 2018
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Non-Human Temporalities

Songs of Black-capped Vireos and Blue Whales
Out of Time Conference
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Talk, 10 November 2017
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Experimental Music & D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form

On Growth and Form in Experimental Composition and Analysis
Analysis of music by Pozzi Escot and James Tenney
Talk presented at the Univerisity of Dundee, 15 October 2017
Also as an invited Research Seminar at the University of York, 18 October 2017
On Growth and Form 100
Dundee and St Andrews, Scotland
This conference celebrated the centennial of the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s seminal book On Growth and Form. Its focus on formal similarities across biological and geological phenomena has had a profound impact not only on biological research but also on artists, including architects and musicians. Composer and theorist James Tenney begins two of the chapters of his MetaHodos with quotes from Thompson’s text. My presentation investigates connections between Thompson’s ideas and Tenney’s text, which he used as a basis for early experimental computer-generated pieces realized at Bell Labs in the 1960s. Pozzi Escot’s interest in Thompson is also presented as clearly linking of music and mathematics in her analysis of Chopin’s first Prelude.
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Amplified Silence @ Ithaca Porchfest


. . . preparing a performance of Cartridge Music (John Cage, 1960)
to be performed in an upcoming Porch Fest . . .
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Music, Animal Sounds, Perception

Animal Voices in Three Compositions:
Olivier Messiaen, VI. L’alouette lulu (Excerpt With WoodLark) (1956_58)
Dawn’s Chorus (2008)
Imagined Environments (2016)
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Composition Seminar

Invited Presenter, 25 April 2017
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VCCA 2017

At the Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts, along with field recording in the Blue Mountains, an overnight autonomous recording (through an open window) unexpectedly captured coyote voices. And during preparation for a performance, just-audible links appeared between John Cage’s Sonatas 14 & 15 and the sounds of metal that might be heard by gently strumming Richard Lippold’s Gemini sculpture.
25 February 2017
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