18. Erin Rogers, Creative Collaboration
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6M ago
Erin Rogers is a Canadian-American saxophonist, composer, and improviser dedicated to new and experimental music. Her “decidedly future-oriented” music has been described as “whimsical, theatrical” (Brooklyn Vegan), “radical and refreshing” (Vital Weekly) and “a richly expressive display of stentorian brilliance” (The Wire Magazine). Her work ranges from chamber music performance to solo experimental improvisation to individual and collaborative compositions that incorporate live electronics, theatre, and text. In the interview, she talks about her multidisciplinary artistic practice, composin ..read more
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17. Hiva Sedaghat, Synthesizing Sound and Movement
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7M ago
Hiva Sedaghat is an Iranian choreographer, dancer, and performance artist from Tehran.  Coming from a background of architecture, photography, and literature, she first got to know contemporary dance via the underground scene in Tehran which gave her the opportunity to bring together her personal, social, and political experiences through making interdisciplinary pieces that are a mixture of dance, theater, and video. In the interview, we cover this exposure to contemporary dance in Iran, evoking indigenous Iranian mourning rituals as a form of protest, and the synthesis of sound and move ..read more
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16. Lyn Goeringer, Building Instruments
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7M ago
Lyn Goeringer is a composer, sound artist, improvisor, and performer who makes their own instruments and multi-media pieces that focus on the unusual and everyday within sound, video, and electronics. Their work relies on intense focus and attention to bring the listener to a point of intentional hearing—a world where unusual objects bring haunting soundscapes to life, and everyday objects become sonic in ways we do not usually get the opportunity to hear. In the interview, we talk about the evolution of Goeringer’s custom-built instruments, their piece Orbs written for Decipher, and the futur ..read more
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15. Bora Yoon and Joshue Ott, Multimedia and Kinetic Sculpture
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7M ago
Bora Yoon is a Korean-American composer, vocalist, and sound artist who conjures audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voice, and instruments from a variety of cultures and historical centuries to formulate a storytelling through music, movement, and sound. Joshue Ott is a visualist and software designer who creates cinematic visual improvisations that are performed live and projected in large scale. On the podcast, we talk about their history of multimedia collaborations, their recent project at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and their upcoming performance at Othe ..read more
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14. Paula Matthusen, Reframing Collaboration and Ensemble for the 21st Century
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by Ensemble Decipher
1y ago
Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of different ensembles, she also collaborates with choreographers and theater companies, and frequently performs live-electronics. Her music has been performed by Metropolis Ensemble, Experiments in Opera, Tigue, Dither, Mantra Percussion, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, The Glass Farm Ensemble, to name a few. Awards include the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young C ..read more
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12. Jamie Leigh Sampson, Riddle Me
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1y ago
Jamie Leigh Sampson is a composer, bassoonist, author, and entrepreneur based in Western New York. She teaches music composition and entrepreneurship at the State University of New York at Fredonia and is the Co-Owner of the publishing entity ADJ•ective New Music. Sampson has written for University North Texas Bands, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble as well as Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and the Ritual Action Reed Trio. Her compositions have been described as “impressionistic, enabling the listener to focus on the beauty, timbre, and nuance of the singing” and “transcendenta ..read more
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11. Daria Semegen, Flexibility, Intuition, and Different Ways of Listening
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1y ago
Daria Semegen’s chamber, orchestral, vocal and electronic music with dance and film tends toward the experimental. Her first score for instruments and musique concrète tape is from 1965, followed by tour de force electronic music works she crafted with classic analog studio techniques. Her work was featured in articles, books and in E. Hinkle-Turner’s 1991 doctoral dissertation at Univ. of Illinois. In 1995 her music was the subject of an international seminar at King’s College, Univ. of London. Semegen was honored along with digital music trailblazers Jean-Claude Risset and John Chowning at a ..read more
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10. Paul Leary, Sonic Vectors of Space, Myth, and Tech
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1y ago
Paul Leary is an Associate Professor of Music & Technology at SUNY Oswego in Oswego, NY. After earning degrees in music composition at the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Dr. Leary completed a PhD in composition from Duke University in 2012. Paul’s works often include hand built instruments that bring kinetic motion to his electronic works through sensors. Recent works have included a 9 foot wooden pendulum and a bike wheel rig that utilize magnetometers and accelerometers. Music: Meditations composed and performed by Paul Leary; Perfume by Paul Leary, performe ..read more
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9. Kamala Sankaram, Innovations in Opera
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1y ago
Praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times), Kamala Sankaram moves freely between the worlds of experimental music and contemporary opera. Recent commissions include works for the Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the PROTOTYPE Festival, and Creative Time, among others. Known for pushing the boundaries of opera, Kamala’s work has included several pieces fusing Indian classical music with the operatic form, the first virtual reality opera, several telematic operas, an opera with live data-mining of the audience, and most recently, a 10-hour opera for the tre ..read more
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8. Tomás Henriques, Captivating Imaginations with New and Old Interfaces
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1y ago
The music of Tomás Henriques has been performed in Europe and the USA by groups such as the Psaphha Ensemble, the Switch~ Ensemble, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Champs d’Action, and Ensemble Antipodes. Dr. Henriques’ research encompasses the fields of music theory, electronic instrument creation, game-interfaces, spatial audio design and computer-aided vision. This research is internationally recognized by his First Place win at the 2010 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, with the invention of the “Double Slide Controller,” the multi-patented "Sonik Spring" technology, and most rece ..read more
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