Freitag, 6.10.17, 21 Uhr, Glockenhaus

Elektroakustische Musik
aus New York City

Zusammenstellung von Hubert Howe
Emeritus Professor of Music, Aaron Copland School of Music
Queens College of the City University of New York

Moderation: Dirk Schattner

Sylvia Pengilly

If You Could See my Soul            7'29" video

What is the soul?  Does it even exist, and if so, how might it appear if we were able to somehow perceive it?  Surely most of us have had this and similar questions flash across our minds from time to time only to abandon them in frustration at the impossibility of ever finding an answer.  In this piece I have chosen to represent my soul visually by silhouettes of my body, while musically much of the music is derived from samples of my voice, sometimes with the music forcing the silhouettes into shapes only available with the music controlling the visual parameters.  Therefore, please consider this your glimpse into my tortured and highly convoluted soul.

David Taddie

Caterwaul             7'50" fixed media

Caterwaul is an abstract representation of the night time antics of the neighborhood feral felines.

Marc Ainger 

Scribbles and Smears in Space 14' video 

Scribbles and Smears in Space is a work for computer-generated video and sound. The sound and the video are generated using the same algorithmic processes. Chuck Csuri notes, "When I began making art with a computer, I realized that I was working in a very measured and calculated universe. I had to ask, 'How does one make the art move and come alive in this context?' The computer became more like a playground, and offered me the possibility of accidental discovery."

Joel Gressel

Triples 10'26" fixed media

Triples (2016) develops four melodic strands, two of which consist of three-note chords. The others are often presented three at a time, as chords, so there is a predominance of overlapping threes. The strands are played at many speeds, timbres, and virtual transposition levels. The rhythms of all the melodic lines in the piece are shaped (by force of habit) by ratios that expand or reduce successive measures as well as the beats within these measures. The normal 12-tone square of 48 row forms has also been distorted by interpreting the numbers not as members of the chromatic scale, but as indices to three ascending diminished-seventh cycles. Transposed rows have segments in common, but no two are the same. it is quite easy to ask the computer to overlap these melodic lines with different instrumental colors at different speeds.

Michael Rhoades

Apparitions 10'44" video 

Apparitions, completed in February of 2016, is based upon 13,890 variations of an oil painting titled “Thunderstruck”, which was inspired by a road in southwest Virginia of the same name. Utilizing light, transparency, reflection and refraction, photographs of the oil painting were mapped onto transparent and/or reflective planes and cubes. These were inserted into mirrored, opaque or open environments and made to move in various related ways and choreographed to computer-generated music.


Hubert Howe

Inharmonic Fantasy No. 6A 9'52" fixed media

My Inharmonic Fantasy No. 6 was written for flute and fixed media.  Inharmonic Fantasy No. 6A presents the same music as the other work, but without the flute.  All of my inharmonic fantasies are based on sounds that develop a coherent family of inharmonic overtones.  These sounds are undergirded by simple melodies which are harmonized with inharmonic elements.  In the flute work, the instrument plays the underlining melody explicitly, while the computer plays the inharmonic sounds.  In 6A, the underlying melody is presented along with the other sounds.  Sounds are presented in which the components fade in and out over the course of the tone, and in which the components are attacked individually.  The work was composed in 2017 and synthesized with the csound program. 



Marc Ainger is a sound artist and composer whose work has been performed throughout the world, including the American Film Institute, the KlangArts festival, Gageego New Music Ensemble, Guangdong Modern Dance, the Royal Danish Ballet, Streb, the New Circus, and Late Night with David Letterman. Awards include the Boulez/LA Philharmonic Composition Fellowship, the Irino International Chamber Music Competition, Musica Nova, Meet the Composer, and the Esperia Foundation.

Joel Gressel (b. Cleveland, 1943) received a B.A. from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University. He studied composition with Martin Boykan and Milton Babbitt, and computer music with Godfrey Winham and J.K. Randall. His computer music has been recorded on the Odyssey and CRI labels. He currently lives in New York, working as a computer programmer, maintaining and extending software that models tax-exempt housing-bond cash flows.

Hubert Howe was educated at Princeton University, where he studied with J. K. Randall, Godfrey Winham and Milton Babbitt, and from which he received the A.B., M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees.  He was one of the first researchers in computer music, and Professor of Music at Queens College of the City University of New York, where he served as Director of the Aaron Copland School of Music for over ten years.  He also taught at the Juilliard School from 1974 to 1994.  He is currently Director of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and Executive Director of the New York Composers Circle.  Recordings of his music have been released by Capstone Records (Overtone Music, CPS-8678, Filtered Music, CPS-8719, and Temperamental Music and Created Sounds, CPS-8771), Ravello Records (Clusters, RR 7817) and Ablaze Records (Electronic Masters, Vol. 2, AR00013).

Sylvia Pengilly has always been fascinated by the correlation between what the ear hears and what the eye sees. Because of this, many of her works integrate both musical and visual elements. Mathematics and physics, including Chaos Theory, Quantum Mechanics, and Superstrings, are of particular interest and frequently provide the basis for her works. These have been presented both nationally and worldwide at several festivals, including many SEAMUS National Conferences, the Medi@terra festival, ICMC, the “Not Still Art” Festival, the “Visual Music Marathon,” "MUSLAB," and she recently had a screening of "Maze" at the Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles. She was recently awarded first prize in the "Fresh Minds" festival. She was formerly professor of theory and composition in the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, where she also founded and directed the electronic music composition studio. She is now "retired" and presently lives in Atascadero, California.

Composing from a contemporary Musique Concrète perspective augmented by various score synthesis techniques, Michael Rhoades elicits musical events from generative algorithms and an ever-expanding Csound sample playback instrument. Numerical representations of aural quanta are mixed and blended into formal elements via a variety of catalysts such as tendency masks, mathematical equations, sonifications, cellular automata, score based sampling and other paradigms in an unbending quest for emergent quanta. Michael is honored to have served as a SEAMUS board member and hosted SEAMUS 2009. He curated the monthly Sweetwater Electroacoustic Music Concert Series and numerous other concerts, exhibits and installations. Michael is currently a Visual Arts student at Virginia Tech in SOVA program. He is also conducting ongoing personal research in the areas of 3D Spatialization, Algorithmic Composition and Super Computing.

David Taddie is Professor of Music at West Virginia University and director of the Electronic Music Studio. He has written music for band, orchestra, choir, solo voice, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles as well as electroacoustic music. His music has been widely performed in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia by numerous soloists and ensembles. He has received several prestigious awards including ones from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and the Music Teachers National Association.