An evening of computer music featuring composer Joe Anderson

26 Oct

Computer Music presented by the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) and the University of Washington, Seattle. This concert will be given in a full 3D sound presentation, featuring the work of composer Joe Anderson.

Tue October 26th
7:30 p.m.
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts | University of Washington | Seattle | USA

$10 general, $5 student / senior
Advance purchase: online or 206.543.4880


Epiphanie Sequence

Kyai Pranaja (1998) 19’45”
Mpingo (2003) 23’30”
Pacific Slope (2002) 26’20”

Joseph Anderson (b. 1970, USA) first began contemplating the possibilities of a new art of sound after encounters with Edgar Varèse’s Poem Électronique and the music and writings of John Cage. Interests in the application of mathematics to practical problems led to entering university study for a degree in electronics engineering, presuming the course could lead to applications in electronic musical instruments. With the encouragement of Russell Pinkston, with whom he’d been studying ‘computer music’, he left the engineering school for the music school and began a concentrated study of music—with emphasis on applications of computing and electronics. Study with Pinkston led to encounters with the ‘British Acousmatics’, and in particular the music of Jonty Harrison and the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST). Four years in Britain followed with membership of BEAST and study with Harrison. With a return to the US in 1998, he has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area promoting this new art of sound—through the auspices of a collective of like-minded artists calling themselves the New San Francisco Tape Music Center. Recognitions for his efforts have included the “Grand Prix” from the 1997 Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition for Change’s Music, and he has been commissioned by organizations such as BBC Radio 3 and the Society for the Promotion of New Music. In 2003, he left employment with Analog Devices Audio Rendering Technology Center in California as a signal processing engineer, and has returned to the UK to lecturer in music at Hull University’s Scarborough Campus. His compositional work is focused on acousmatic music created through self-authored tools and signal processing algorithms. Since 1997 principal output has been rendered in periphonic (full 3D) ambisonic surround sound.


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