Concert to present ‘Bits and Pieces of Electro-Acoustic Music from Everywhere,’ including NIU

Photo of stopwatchThe NIU School of Music will host “Bits and Pieces of Electro-Acoustic Music from Everywhere (including NIU)” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Music Building Recital Hall.

Presented by the Composition Area and the Annex Group, this unique program of two-channel (stereo) electro-acoustic compositions features the NIU premiere of the 60×60 “Crimson Mix”—a 60-minute program of 60 different works by 60 different composers from around the world, each lasting no more than 60 seconds.

Among those 60 works is “Loretto Alfresco” (piccolo) by NIU faculty composer Robert Fleisher.

The program will begin with “10×60”—10 new electro-acoustic works (each also lasting no more than 60 seconds) created for this concert by students working in the NIU computer music studios under the direction of faculty composer James Phelps. Premieres will be heard of works by NIU students Kyle Armour, Alex Beach, Elizabeth “Lizzie G” Elie, Elizabeth Karczynski, Michael Owens, Scott Potter and Pete Veugeler, and by NIU alums Nathan Edwards and Tim Moyers.

60×60
60×60 is a program of 60 works by 60 composers. Each composition is 60 seconds (or less) in duration, sequenced together to create a one-hour performance. 60×60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting the diverse array of styles, aesthetics and techniques being used today. The artistic director of 60×60 is composer Robert Voisey.

Debuting in New York City in 2003, 60×60 began as an electro-acoustic “tape” concert with 60 short electro-acoustic works, synchronized with an analog clock marking the passage of time. Since then, 60×60 has received thousands of audio submissions from composers around the world, and has produced radio programs, collaborated with dance, video, sculpture,and photography, and released several CDs.

Watch a recent 60×60 dance concert online.

360 degrees of 60×60
This version of 60×60 was sponsored in part by the International Computer Music Association (ICMA), and was created for the 2010 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), presented in June of this year by Stony Brook University in association with New York University and the Electronic Music Foundation in New York City.

Six hour-long, two-channel electro-acoustic mixes were premiered during the conference and continue to be presented (both individually and combined) in concert and broadcast internationally. The six mixes, totaling 360 works from around the world, were each named a different shade of red to honor the R.E.D. (Research/Education/Discovery) edition of ICMC: Burgundy, Crimson, Magenta, Sanguine, Scarlet and Vermilion.

Crimson Mix
This 60-minute program of 2-channel electro-acoustic works was one of six such mixes that were unveiled this summer under the banner “360 degrees of 60×60,” during the 2010 International Computer Music Conference in New York. Each mix is 60 minutes long, comprising 60 works each lasting no more than 60 seconds.

Since its premiere at the ICMC this summer, the Crimson Mix has also been heard at the Taipei Contemporary Art Center (Taiwan), the Contemporanea festival (Udine, Italy), and the 10th anniversary Electronic Music Midwest festival at Lewis University (Romeoville, IL). Forthcoming performances include the International Computer Music Festival at threewalls gallery (Chicago) and The Music Gallery (Toronto).

Biographies of, and program notes by, the participating Crimson Mix composers are online.

The concert is free and open to the public. The NIU Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave., is accessible to all. For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or lslater@niu.edu.

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