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Earth Haze — Natasha Barrett

Earth Haze (1996) Natasha Barrett

Earth Haze journeys through a landscape of dissolving images and events, breaking open enclosed sound-worlds to reveal huge spaces filled with wraith-like figures. It attempts to fuse the musical and connotative nature of sound, and draws from the interaction of physical objects, people and the surrounding world.

Natasha Barrett composes electroacoustic tape music, works with sound diffusion, live performers, film, dance and installation projects. Her work is performed regularly in Europe and America, has been presented at international conferences and competitions, and commissioned by international music associations, film artists and choreographers. She recently completed work for her Ph.D. in electroacoustic composition at City University, London, and is currently a guest composer at the Norwegian network for Technology, Acoustics and Music (NoTAM).

Points of no Return — Chin-Chin Chen

Points of no Return (1997) Chin-Chin Chen

Points of no Return shifts between two different environments or landscapes. To achieve this, sounds were divided into two categories according to their nature and timbre; but as the piece goes on, some sounds from one environment also occur in the other one. This work employs musique concrète techniques and digital editing and processing. Only at a very late stage is electronically-generated sound incorporated to color some dramatic moments. Points of no Return is divided into five sections, alternating between two different landscapes and was realized at the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios.

Chin-Chin Chen holds a B.A. degree in Social Work from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan and M.M degrees in Piano Performance and Music Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is currently working on her D.M.A. in Composition. Her principal composition teachers have been William Brooks, John Melby and Scott Wyatt (electro-acoustic music).

Swimming the Reef (For Patrick) — Andra McCartney

Swimming the Reef (For Patrick)(1993) Andra McCartney

Beneath the waves, I heard my breathing, heartbeat, pounding surf. The beautiful fish and coral were beyond my ears. This piece transforms their spoken names tomtate, angelfish, barracuda, fan, brain to mimic their movements, forms, and colors. Surf recorded at Palmiste, Grenada; All Soul's Day, 1990.

Andra McCartney works primarily with recorded environmental and vocal sounds. She creates and performs multimedia pieces, and composes radio art, audio postcards, and works for dance. Her piece Arcade `94 appears on DISContact! II (CEC).

Swimming the Reefis part of the compilation PRESENCE (CEC)

Source of Uncertainty (Model 266) — Evelyn Ficarra

Source of Uncertainty (Model 266) (1993) Evelyn Ficarra

This piece explores the juxtaposition of starkly contrasting sounds which develop and transform into one another. The sounds originate primarily from an analogue synthesiser (Buchla, made in California, 1972) with a few rogue elements thrown in. I was attracted to the special sound qualities of this instrument: warm, gritty and strangely human. This quality allows the sounds to interact in an almost theatrical way; but it is a theatre of madness, of the absurd, where identities are unstable, the props change shape, and the action whirls through unexpected and occasionally dangerous territories. Source of Uncertainty was composed and produced at EMS Stockholm with funds from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.

Evelyn Ficarra was born in California in 1962 and now lives in London, England. She studied composition with Jonathan Harvey, receiving her MA in 1986 from the University of Sussex. Since then she has worked as a composer writing music for film, dance, theatre and the concert hall.

By Heart — Rachel McInturff

By Heart (1996) Rachel McInturff

Rachel McInturff is currently a doctoral student and assistant instructor at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her acoustic and electroacoustic works have earned numerous performances, awards and grants. Her principal studies have been with Russell Pinkston, James Mobberley, Stephen Montague, Gerald Kemner and Dan Welcher.

By Heart is part of the compilation 'Music from SEAMUS', volume 6.

CELLAR — Ellainie Lillios

CELLAR (1994-5) Ellainie Lillios

CELLAR derives its name from a recollection of our house when I was a child. The imagination of a child is fantastic when it comes to images of monsters or the boogie man; terrorizing figures always hiding under the stairs and around corners. They wait in anticipation for the fearful child to descend, and grasp at the child's ankles as it races up to tentative safety.

CELLAR was composed between 1994-95 in the studios of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia at the University of North Texas and in the composer's home studio.

Elainie Lillios has postponed completion of her doctorate at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, to attend The University of Birmingham, England, where she studies with Jonty Harrison, and participates in the BEAST (Birmingham Electro-Acoustic Sound Theatre) Ensemble. She has studied electroacoustic music with composers Larry Austin, Jon Christopher Nelson, and James Phelps. Elainie is a founding member and has served on the board of Texas Computer Musician's Network, an organization dedicated to the artistic advancement and public promotion of electroacoustic music within the State of Texas. Her work has been presented at concerts, festivals and conferences throughout North America and Europe, most recently at Rien à Voir III, the SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) National Conference, Rumours '98, MUSICA-SCIENZA '98, and Die Lange Nacht der Elektronischen Klängen. Her music can be heard on the SEAMUS and empreintes DIGITALes compact disc labels.

CELLAR is part of the compilation 'Music from SEAMUS', volume 6.

Curators: Wende Bartley, Stephen David Beck, Andra McCartney, Claude Schryer, Scott Wyatt

Web editors: Yves Gigon & Jef Chippewa

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