Bill Alves is a composer, video artist, and writer based in Southern California. He has been engaged in the integration of music and abstract animation since working with computer animation pioneer John Whitney, Sr. in the late 1980s and early 90s. His audio works include The Terrain of Possibilities (EMF) and Imbal-Imbalan (Spectral Harmonies), and his video works are distributed by the IotaCenter. He is the author of the book Music of the Peoples of the World, and other writings have appeared in Perspectives of New Music, Computer Music Journal, SEAMUS Journal, and 1/1. He has been a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia, where he extensively studied the gamelan orchestra music of Java and Bali. He is one of the organizers of MicroFest, the annual Southern California festival of new music in alternate tunings. He teaches at Harvey Mudd College of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California.
H.E. Cicada Brokaw is currently pursuing a DMA in Music Composition at Temple University. His background includes working as Associate Director at the University of Michigan’s Center for Performing Arts and Technology and co-founding and working for MediaStation, a multimedia development company. In addition to instrumental and choral works, he enjoys creating sound montage using recorded sounds, creating visual music and working with choreographers. In September 2009 he completed a 6 channel sound montage for Merian Soto’s Postcards from the Woods, a 54 minute sense-surround dance and video work which was performed during the Live Arts Festival (part of the Philly Fringe Festival). Recently composed works include two choral works and a chamber orchestra piece.
Erik DeLuca explores sound, usually by collaborating with our natural environment, and is an aspiring community art organizer. In 2009, DeLuca was featured on Wet Sounds (an underwater sound art gallery touring the UK and Scandinavia,) was commissioned by the city of Miami to produce The Deep Seascape: The Sonic Sea and In, multidisciplinary work exploring South Florida’s underwater sound environment, and was
awarded a Masters in Music from Florida International University, where he studied with Paula Matthusen and Kristine Burns. He is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at the University of Virginia, absorbing the knowledge of Matthew Burtner, Ted Coffey, and fellow students. In 2010, Erik will be Artist-In-Residence at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, and Acadia National Park in Maine. In times of global warming and war, Erik feels it is his job to help reinforce how magnificent our earth is – sound is the perfect means and the composer is the perfect bridge.
Matthew Dotson is currently pursuing a PhD in Composition at the University of Iowa where he has studied with Lawrence Fritts, John Eaton and David Gompper in addition to assisting in the operations of the Electronic Music Studios. Recent performances of his music include New York City (New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival), Evanston, Illinois (Midwest Graduate Music Consortium), Cambridge, Massachusetts (Wired for Sound), Belgrade, Serbia (Art of Sounds Festival), Mexico City (Circuito Electrovisiones), and Santiago, Chile (Festival Ai-Maako).
John Fillwalk is the director of the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts [IDIAlab} at Ball State University – an interdisciplinary and collaborative hybrid reality design studio exploring the intersections of art, science and technology. He is an internationally recognized figure in the research, design and culture of virtual worlds –as an intermedia artist and academic, he works and mentors in media including video, interactive installation, and virtual reality. He is president of the Hans Breder Foundation – an international non-profit for the study and sponsorship of interdisciplinary art projects. He has received numerous grants, awards, commissions and fellowships – his work has been exhibited internationally at numerous festivals, galleries and museums. His most notable exhibitions include SIGGRAPHs, CYNETart, Synthese, 404 Festival, SIGGRAPH Asia, ASCI Digital 02, Digital Sur Festival, and Dutch Design Week.
Henry Gwiazda is a new media artist and composer whose artistic trajectory has taken him from sampling, sound effects, and immersive technologies to his current work with new media. His new work is a comprehensive artistic approach that has resulted in work that is multimedia in nature and focused on music. Gwiazda’s works are regularly screened in festivals and galleries throughout the world including New York, Paris, Madrid, Cairo, Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Naples, Marseilles, Seoul, Damascus, Athens, Istanbul, Moscow and many others. He won First Prize at Abstracta Cinema in Rome and Second Prize at the Crosstalk Video Art Festival in Budapest. His work is available on Innova Recording.
From vast boombox symphonies to chamber music and songs cycles, Phil Kline’s work has been hailed for its originality and beauty. The Philadelphia Inquirer stated, “Kline has graduated from ‘experimental’ to ‘original’ – he’s one of America’s most important compositional voices,” and The New York Times wrote, “Magic was happening as you sat there. Here was a real original.” His compositions have been performed in rock clubs, art galleries, and major concert halls throughout the world. One of the most widely hailed new music CDs of 2004, Kline’s “Zippo Songs” was named “Best of the Year” by The New York Times, Newsday, and Gramophone. Part of the New York rock scene in the 1980s, Kline founded the band the Del-Byzanteens with Jim Jarmusch, collaborated with Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to her Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and toured the world as a veteran of Glenn Branca’s legendary guitar ensemble.
Tom Lopez teaches at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he is Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts, Chair of the Technology in Music and Related Arts Department. Tom has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund, Betty Freeman Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Knight Foundation, Meet the Composer, Disney Foundation, ASCAP, and Fulbright Foundation. He has appeared at festivals and conferences around the world as a guest lecturer and composer. Tom has been a resident artist at the Banff Centre, MacDowell Colony, Copland House, Blue Mountain Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Villa Montalvo, and Djerassi. His compositions have received critical acclaim and peer recognition including CD releases by Centaur, Vox Novus, SCI, and SEAMUS. Tom feels grateful to have worked with many influential composers: Gary Nelson, Conrad Cummings, Morton Subotnick, Stephen Montague, and Russell Pinkston.
Maggi Payne’s electroacoustic works often incorporate visuals, including videos she creates using images ranging from nature to the abstract and dancers outfitted with electroluminescent wire. She has composed music for dance, theatre, and video, including the music for Jordon Belson’s video Bardo. Payne’s works have been presented in the Americas, Europe, Japan, and Australasia. She received two Composer’s Grants and an Interdisciplinary Arts Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; video grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships Program; four honorary mentions from Concours Internationaux de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, France; and an honorary mention from Prix Ars Electronica in Austria. Recordings of her works are available on Starkland, Lovely Music, Music and Arts, Centaur, Ubuibi, MMC, CRI, Digital Narcis, Frog Peak, Asphodel, and/OAR, Ubuibi, and Mills College labels. She is Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College.
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, which have been presented at several festivals, including many SEAMUS National Conferences, ICMC , the “Not Still Art” Festival in New York, and the “Visual Music Marathon.” She was formerly professor of Theory and Composition in the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, where she taught for many years, and also founded and directed the electronic music composition studio. Sylvia is now retired, living in Atascadero, California, where she composes music and creates “Visual Music” videos.
Timothy Polashek is an Assistant Professor of Music and Music Technology Coordinator at Transylvania University; he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from Columbia University, and MA in Electro-Acoustic Music from Dartmouth College, and a BA in Music from Grinnell College. Tim writes in a variety of media and styles, including vocal, instrumental, electro-acoustic music, text/sound compositions, and interactive performance systems. His music has been performed in Hong Kong, Brazil, Moscow, and other European countries. His work can be found on “Wood and Wire”, published by Albany Records, and The Electric Music Collective’s albums “Incandescence” and “Defiant”. His research projects in audio synthesis and text/sound music are published in the Journal of the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music of the United States and the Leonardo Music Journal, published by MIT Press.
Michael Rhoades, b. 1956, is a composer of sonic landscapes. From his studio located in the cedar canyons of northeast Indiana, U.S.A. he has been composing and recording since 1986. His music has been performed world wide (for specifics follow the “performances” link above). His current interest/obsession has been algorithmic composition utilizing Csound and Cmask. “The impetus behind my composition has always been to experience and cause in the listener a deeper connection with who we really are. We become very involved in our daily lives and we think this is who we are. We are all here for only a brief moment in time. Is there more to us than this limited, often shallow, existence? If there is, a connection with this “more” would be essential in order to have correct perspective. Art can function as a catalyst to move us from our “normal” state of consciousness to a heightened one. A state of remembering.”
James Short has worked as a video artist since 1989, often in conjunction with music, dance and theatrical productions. His most recent collaborations have been with composer Maurice Wright, and with the New York based dance group SoGoNo. Alongside his collaborative projects, James researches the potential of video as a development in the medium of writing. Excerpts from these studies have been the subject of more than fifty group and solo exhibitions. He is committed to the role of artist as curator and educator; these interests gained him a Certificate of Honor from San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors for “significant contributions to art” in that city. James currently lives and works in his native Philadelphia.
Maurice Wright was born in Front Royal, Virginia, a town situated between the forks of the Shenandoah River near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Described by the New Grove Dictionary as “extremely prolific,” Wright’s work is described by critics as “forthright and witty, a rarity in ‘serious’ music…modern and fresh and completely natural but concealing a good deal of compositional craft.” Performed by the Boston Symphony, the Emerson Quartet, the American Brass Quintet and other outstanding musicians, recordings of his compositions appear on the New World and Innova labels. Wright is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music at Temple University.
Moon Young Ha combines classical instruments, video, and electronics to create mysterious and ethereal contemporary concert music. His work has been presented at festivals and concerts in France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Serbia, Lithuania, Canada, and the United States and at the International Computer Music Conference, Bang on a Can Marathon, Vilniaus Veidai Festival, Western Oregon University New Musical Festival, NoiseFloor Festival, New Music Miami ISCM Festival, KoMA Festival, Electroacoustic Music Midwest, and Society of Composers Inc. Conference. He has been collaborating with visual artist and composer Dennis Miller, and his music has been performed by the LOOS ensemble, orkest de ereprijs, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, R&R Electronics, Eric Mandat, Florida International University Symphony Orchestra and the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble.
Mark Zaki’s professional life began at age 12 as a classical violinist. Building on his many diverse interests, his eclectic career encompasses composition, performance, media technology and the digital arts. He currently teaches at Rutgers University where he is director of the Rutgers Electro-Acoustic Lab (REAL). He lives outside NYC with his wife, two daughters, three cats and a considerable amount of software. Mark has created a body of work that ranges from traditional chamber music to electroacoustic music, music for film and visual music. His credits include work on more than 50 films, television programs, theater productions and recordings for companies such as PBS, Paramount TV, Disney, Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures, Sony/Classical, Chandos and Westwind Media. Recent projects include scores for the dramatic feature film The Eyes of van Gogh, and the Peabody award nominated documentary The Political Dr. Seuss for PBS.