Roger Reynolds at the Library of Congress

Looks very interesting; wish I could be there … love to hear from anyone who attends.

American composer Roger Reynolds, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, will discuss his work at the introduction and demonstration of a new Library of Congress Web presentation devoted to his music. Thanassis Rikakis, director of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University, and Michael Boyd from the University of Maryland will comment on Reynolds’ music and new sound technologies. Steve Soderberg, the Library’s Senior Specialist for Contemporary Music, will speak on the compositional algorithms used in the composer’s ditigal sound processing. Joining these participants for a panel discussion about Reynolds’ contributions to the computer spatialization of sound will be Music Division Chief Jon Newsom.Roger Reynolds’ music incorporates elements of theater, digital signal processing, dance, video and real-time computer spatialization. His work with spatialization of sounds merged in 1962 with his music-theater work, “The Emperor of Ice Cream.” Founder of the Center for Music Experiment (now the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts) at the University of California at San Diego, where he is currently a professor of music. His work “Justice,” for soprano, actress, percussionist and real-time spatialization based on texts from Aeschylus, was premiered in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in 2001.

No link yet for the Web presentation; will fill it in later when I can find it.

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