| Athena Mix |
| The Athena Festival and Vox Novus
The 60x60 Athena Mix
Vox Novus and the Athena Festival hosted by Murray State University invited composers/sound artists to submit
recorded works 60 seconds or less in length to be included in the ninth annual 60x60 project, the Athena Mix. 60
compositions were selected from 200 international submissions to be played continuously in a one-hour concert.
Submissions for the 2011 Athena Mix included submissions from women all over the globe, including submissions
from New Zealand, Italy, the Americas, Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Greece, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan.
60x60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each
piece a minute in length or shorter. Highlighting the work of a great many composers, 60x60 testifies to the
vibrancy of contemporary composition by present a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used
today. 60x60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries, produced radio shows, created
multimedia and multidisciplinary events, and released several albums.
The 60x60 Athena Mix is inspired by the 2011 Athena Festival at Murray State University. The Athena Festival is a unique biennial event which is devoted to the performance of music composed by women.
Click Here for more details about the Athena Festival
| || TITLE || Composer |
| 1 || 60x60 Solo || Pauline Oliveros |
| 2 || Seeping Peace || Kari Besharse |
| 3 || Bargello || Daria Semegen |
| 4 || freerunner || Susan Ann Brewster |
| 5 || Just a Minute of Your Time || Alex Shapiro |
| 6 || Health Care Protests || Margaret Hosmer Noble |
| 7 || American Recall || Sabrina Peńa Young |
| 8 || Clipping is Unacceptable || Molly Gene Crain |
| 9 || Voodoo Girl || Miss Diamond DJ |
| 10 || Missing My Mother's Garden || Julia Norton |
| 11 || Shoreditch Distant Memory || Rose Bolton |
| 12 || September Sunrise 6:59 || Brenda I Hutchinson |
| 13 || Batina, Croatia, underwater Excerpt from the soundmap of the Danube || Annea Lockwood |
| 14 || Lily || Lynn Job |
| 15 || Zhaojun || Alice Shields |
| 16 || Infinite || Nivedita ShivRaj |
| 17 || Mummy Telling So || Monica Law |
| 18 || lff || Margaret Schedel & Sarah O' Halloran|
| 19 || twaddle || Alexandra Von Bassen |
| 20 || Rogue Souls || Tricia Minty |
| 21 || Now || Sarah Boothroyd |
| 22 || Bojano || Milica Paranosic |
| 23 || Lumičre qui la matičre... || Marilinda Santi |
| 24 || Lizzie in the stars and snowfall || Joan La Barbara |
| 25 || Dido in a Minute || Mary Jane Leach |
| 26 || Music Box Opera || Soressa Gardner |
| 27 || Prelude || Jing Wang |
| 28 || Yellow Orchid || Michiko Kawagoe|
| 29 || Short Study || Emilie Payeur |
| 30 || The Grotto || Ann Cantelow |
| 31 || Azure || Anna I. Rubin |
| 32 || Infoswarm || Laurie Spiegel |
| 33 || Planta Lucrecia || Lucrecia Ugena |
| 34 || Barcarola || Liana Alexandra |
| 35 || Fuga Nervosa || Mary H. Simoni |
| 36 || Isshun-Ippun || Motoko Honda |
| 37 || Waves || Pamela J. Marshall |
| 38 || Acceptance || Bettie Ross |
| 39 || frayed || Kathy McTavish |
| 40 || Keys of Light || Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz |
| 41 || Dreaming Bell || Elizabeth Clare Guthrey |
| 42 || Cow Belles || La Cosa Preziosa |
| 43 || Speed Cooking || Mariko Otake |
| 44 || Reminiscence of a China Plate || Sally J. Williams |
| 45 || Bubble || Yoko Honda |
| 46 || Eclipse || Hye Kyung Lee |
| 47 || Inner world || Eliška Cílková|
| 48 || Glimmerings || Judith Shatin |
| 49 || Colony || Melissa Grey |
| 50 || I do not know much about gods || Cindy Cox |
| 51 || WHEEL: Voices of People with Dis Abilities || Sylvi MacCormac |
| 52 || My Heart is Trembling || Eve Beglarian |
| 53 || Nebulae || Laura M. Kramer |
| 54 || Man on the Corner || Elizabeth de Vegt |
| 55 || Whirl || Maggi Payne |
| 56 || Stargazing || Elainie Lillios |
| 57 || Analogy || Asha Srinivasan |
| 58 || Be of Happiness || Angela McGary |
| 59 || Clitorectomy || Vulva Underground |
| 60 || Goodbye Goodbye || Ellen Band |
| 1 || Pauline Oliveros || 60x60 Solo |
Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally, for five decades she has explored sound -- forging new ground for herself and others.
Through improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation she has created a body of work with such breadth of vision that it profoundly effects those who experience it and eludes many who try to write about it. "On some level, music, sound consciousness and religion are all one, and she would seem to be very close to that level." John Rockwell Oliveros has been honored with awards, grants and concerts internationally. Whether performing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in an underground cavern, or in the studios of West German Radio, Oliveros' commitment to interaction with the moment is unchanged. She can make the sound of a sweeping siren into another instrument of the ensemble.
| 2 || Kari Besharse || Seeping Peace |
Kari Besharse is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, a guitarist, an educator, a sci-fi nut, and an outdoors enthusiast. Her works, which incorporate sounds from acoustic instruments, found objects, the natural world, and the computer are often generated from a group of sonic objects or material archetypes that undergo processes of rupture, degradation, alternation, and expansion. Recent projects include Electric Monster and the Invasion of the B.S.O.s for laptop ensemble and B.S.O. soloists and Luminous Flux for saxophone, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello, which premiered at the Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France in July.
Seeping Peace is a short electroacoustic work that uses samples from my string quartet Seeping Calm. The two pieces are related in mood as well, reflecting how tranquility gradually seeps away no matter how hard we struggle to keep a centered frame of mind.
| 3 || Daria Semegen || Bargello |
Daria Semegen is a composer of instrumental, vocal and electronic music. As a recognized authority on electronic music composition, she has been the subject of many articles and several dissertations including A. E. Hinkle-Turner's doctoral dissertation "Daria Semegen: A Study of the Composer's Life", Work and Music (University of Illinois-Urbana). Semegen's writings on creative process, esthetics and pedagogy have been published in the U.S. and abroad. She studied at the Eastman School of Music, in mixed-media workshops at the Rochester Institute of Technology, at Yale and Columbia Universities and in Warsaw, Poland as a Fulbright fellow. She taught at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center from 1971-1975 and was a sound engineer at the Collection of World Music (Columbia University) working with field recordings of native musics from many continents. Her awards include six National Endowment for the Arts grants, two BMI awards, two awards from Yale University, a National Chamber Music Competition prize, an ISCM International Electronic Music Competition prize; fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood and Chautauqua; a Pennsylvania Institute for the Arts & Humanistic Studies award; and the 1994 Alumni Achievement Award from Eastman School of Music. Prof. Semegen was the first woman awarded a McKim Commission from the Library of Congress.
| 4 || Susan Ann Brewster || freerunner |
Susan Brewster is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born in America in the state of Indiana, raised in Wisconsin now living and working in London, England. Having studied piano from a young age she was introduced to a number of musical traditions including classical, folk, dixieland, barbershop and ragtime. She began composing as a teenager and at 19 performed professionally in a country western band. She continued with music while studying at University of Wisconsin and in her early 20s relocated to New York City where she performed her own songs in folk clubs around Greenwich Village. Some of her songs were recorded on compilation albums which are now part of the Smithsonian permanent collection. She became involved in theatre while working on a New York City street theatre tour with Theatre for the New City. She continued to pursue music and drama after moving to London where she has composed for fringe theatre and short films. In 1996 she was included in the International Who's Who in Music 15th Edition. She has an interest in inventing instruments, scales and musical theory and in music as a story telling medium. She has a view to have works performed by experimental ensembles incorporating elements of installation art, dance and theatre.
"Freerunning is the art of expressing yourself in your environment with no limitations" a quote by Sebastien Foucan.
I love the philosophy of freerunning and the idea of following your own way. I didn't start out with a freerunner in mind but the philosophy is in tune. A freerunner sprung out of the track and it just made perfect sense.
| 5 || Alex Shapiro || Just a Minute of Your Time |
Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes acoustic and electroacoustic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her music is heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released CDs from record labels around the world. Alex lives on Washington State's remote San Juan Island, and when she's not composing, she can be found communing with the sea life, as seen on her music and photo-filled blog, www.notesfromthekelp.com and her website, www.alexshapiro.org.
"Consider this a Public Service Announcement for all of us who, like the proverbial frog in a pot of water that's slowly coming to a boil, could benefit from a wake-up call before it's too late.
Play this loud. And pay attention. "
| 6 || Margaret Hosmer Noble || Health Care Protests |
"Margaret Noble started her career in the sound-arts as an electronic music DJ in the underground club community of Chicago. From 2005 to 2007, she completed an MFA in sound art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She now performs locally and nationally as an experimental composer in solo and in collaboration with other sound and visual artists. Her collaborative works include short experimental films, recordings and installations which have been exhibited in a variety of film festivals and art openings nationally and internationally.
Field recording of health care protests mixed with electro-acoustic sounds.
| 7 || Sabrina Peńa Young || American Recall |
Intermedia composer and obsessive sci-fi buff, Sabrina Pena Young composes mind-numbing electroacoustic works heard in Asia, the Americas, Australia, and Europe. Her music has been heard in film festivals, radio, electronic dance clubs, random boom boxes in France, and as not-so-pleasant background music. Performances include the Beijing Conservatory, ICMC, Art Basil Miami, Miramax's Project Greenlight, London's Angel Moving Image Festival, and the NY International Independent Film Festival.
"You recently purchased a product that will kill you.
You are a valuable consumer. "
| 8 || Molly Gene Crain || Clipping is Unacceptable |
Molly Crain is a sophomore at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky who is currently minoring in music. As far as musical performance goes, she works mainly in vocal performance. However, through her minor she was able to take an Intro to Music Technology class with Timothy Polashek, who gave her the skills to compose "Clipping is Unacceptable". She's always been interested in pop/electronica-dance music and various kinds of mash-ups. When composing, she only hopes to make music like those she listens to (Girl Talk, Telepopmusik, Chromeo, Crystal Castles, Eric Prydz, Discovery, Daft Punk...etc).
To create her musical track, she recorded audio from within the classroom as well as the outdoors, and elaborated on the reoccurring phrases that she found within the recording. It was a really great experience and the theme that stood out to me the most was "Clipping is Unacceptable" in that it was repeated by both my professor, myself, and my friends that I did my field recordings with.
| 9 || Miss Diamond DJ || Voodoo Girl |
".....The Myth transformed into Reality.....
By her servant,
Nothing is known for sure. But one thing is evident. Miss Diamond, the Mysterious DJ goddess is here and she is your Mistress of Sound.
Throughout time her eclectic sounds, deity spirit and magic appearances have seduced crowds and transformed her into a living urban legend.
It is said that Mistress was born in the beauteous land that today is called ""Brazil"" many ages and empires ago.
Find out more at: www.MissDiamond.com
this is a short teaser of Miss Diamond DJs debut song ""Voodoo Girl"". Its with over 60 remixes the most remixed debut song of all times.
Check out also the according video clip: http://www.youtube.com/user/DjMissDiamond#p/a/u/0/9GcNjJmIWNo
Manager Miss Diamond DJ"
| 10 || Julia Norton || Missing My Mother's Garden |
Originally from the U.K., Julia currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches voice and composes vocal music for live theatre and solo voices. She draws her inspiration from the emotional heart of a subject and uses extended vocal technique to seek out the edges of discomfort, irreverence and harmony. In using her voice as a compositional instrument she has finally found the vocal freedom she always craved. Her album Lullaby Island won a Parents Choice award in 2007.
Missing My Mother's Garden was recorded when I was feeling sentimental and bluesy.
| 11 || Rose Bolton || Shoreditch Distant Memory |
Rose Bolton creates music for speakers, headphones, films, and concerts. She has a Masters Degree in Composition from McGill University in Montreal.
As a composer of electronic music, she has produced full soundtracks for three hour-long television documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Assisted by a grant from the Canada Council, she is currently working on a series of ambient soundscapes for headphone listening, as well as a companion piece for multiple speaker installation.
As a concert composer, her music spans from chamber to vocal to symphonic, including a piece commissioned in 2009, by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
On my recent stay in London, my computer (that I would use to make music) broke down. Making do with what was available, I wrote a series of miniatures using the iPhone NanoStudio. This is one of them.
| 12 || Brenda I Hutchinson || September Sunrise 6:59 |
Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist whose work is based on the cultivation and encouragement of openness in her own life and in those she works with. Through her work with large-scale experiments in socially based improvisations and interventions, Hutchinson encourages participants to experiment with sound, share stories, and make music. Commissions and grants include Meet the Composer, NEA, and McKnight Foundation. Brenda has been an artist in residence at San Quentin Prison, Headlands Center for the Arts, Harvestworks and the Exploratorium. Recordings of her work are available through TELLUS, Deep Listening, O.O. DISCS and Frog Peak Music.
"dailybell in an ongoing practice of observation of the sun every time it crosses the horizon and to sharing the awareness of that moment with others.
This morning, I brought this one little bell outside to greet the day. There's something about the sound of this particular bell that draws attention to other sounds in the environment. Especially to one bird in particular. This bell and that bird connected this morning through the air, and the honest clarity of that connection was a revelation. For a brief moment, there was no me. No bird. No bell. There was only a quiet, simple awareness of the fabric of this world."
| 13 || Annea Lockwood || Batina, Croatia, underwater Excerpt from the soundmap of the Danube |
Born in New Zealand in 1939, Annea Lockwood moved to England in 1961, studying composition at the Royal College of Music, London, attending summer courses at Darmstadt and completing her studies in Cologne and Holland, taking courses in electronic music with Gottfried Michael Koenig. In 1973 feeling a strong connection to such American composers as Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, the Sonic Arts Union (Ashley, Behrman, Mumma, Lucier), and invited by composer Ruth Anderson to teach at Hunter College, CUNY, she moved again to the US and settled in Crompond, NY. She is an Emerita Professor at Vassar College.
"One of the biggest discoveries to influence my later work happened when I simply set up a microphone at the window and recorded the sound environment ... I started to listen to the sounds around me like one great composition." This excerpt is from her new sound installation, 'A Sound Map of the Danube'. - Annea Lockwood
| 14 || Lynn Job || Lily |
Lynn Job (pronounced with a long "o"), DMA, born in South Dakota, USA, owns Buckthorn Music Press (ASCAP/MPA). She is an active professional composer (serious "non-pop" acoustic genres & sonic e-art, stage & broadcast). She is also a published poet/author, actress, professor, archaeology hobbyist & more. Her main production studio is in North Texas. www.BuckthornStudios.com
Requested for a 2004 UNT collection of new works using bells to memorialize late Colombian composer Nicolas Useche & raise money for his widow and young son; Job's "Lily" captures the spirit of Useche's bright, happy personality and evokes his homeland keeping bells as foreground instrumentation. Without using actual Colombian folk instruments, Job succeeds in this sonic portrait by blending ocean waves, nightingale song, an Indian percussion ensemble, and custom midi instruments.
| 15 || Alice Shields || Zhaojun |
Alice Shields received her doctorate from Columbia University and served as Associate Director of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and Director of Development of the Columbia Computer Music Center. Known for her multi-cultural, multi-language operas and electronic music, her operas include Apocalypse (New World Records, 1994), Mass for the Dead, and Shaman (American Chamber Opera Co. 1992, 1987). Scenes from her opera Criseyde (2010) were performed by the New York City Opera at VOX 2008, and reviewed by the New York Times as "...a rare chance to hear Middle English sung... The melodic development and ornamentation of the intense, richly scored work reflect Ms. Shields' lengthy study of classical Indian raga. For information on Shields’ career, see www.aliceshields.com.
“Zhaojun - A Woman of Peace" (2011) is a 1-act feminist chamber opera being created for concert performances. The libretto by Shields is in English with quotes in Chinese from Chinese poetry and, as in this excerpt, from Chinese folk-song. Written for mezzo-soprano, viola with signal processing, flute, pipa (Chinese lute) and computer music, the 30-minute work explores the life of Wang Zhaojun, one of the four beauties of ancient China. Zhaojun tells her own story and relays her feelings about what actually happened to her when she supposedly created peace between China and the Huns during the Han Dynasty (48-33 BC). The opera interweaves music, text and drama from Chinese and Western opera and folksong traditions.
| 16 || Nivedita ShivRaj || Infinite |
I am a composer, performer and teacher of carnatic music the classical music style of South India proficient in both vocal and instrumental forms and play the ancient multi-stringed instrument â€śVeenaâ€ť. I lead a world music band -"Charanams". I create original works blending traditional carnatic music with MIDI music. I have performed extensively both in India and USA. I offer workshops on carnatic music in public school and colleges.
Dhwani is the Sanskrit word for sound. Sound is infinite, in all forms. A pleasant, beautiful sound is enjoyable music to the ears. "Infinite Sound" is based on the carnatic raga Hindolam, a pentatonic scale. It symbolizes the endlessness of the sound and the raga with just five notes. Musical expressions have no boundaries, but can be created for a given boundary of time.
| 17 || Monica Law || Mummy Telling So |
Monica is an improv musician with Storybox Playback Theatre in Toronto. She is also a broadcaster for a Chinese online radio. She graduated from Fine Arts Cultural Studies at York University focusing on digital media. She has interest in digital storytelling and radio documentary.
"Mummy Telling So" is to express the love of mothers through their own words and singing.
| 18 || Margaret Schedel & Sarah O' Halloran || lff |
Margaret Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation/performance of ferociously interactive media. She contributed a chapter to the Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music and her article on generative multimedia was recently published in Contemporary Music Review. An Assistant Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, she serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is a core faculty member of cDACT. She holds a certificate in Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros, and a DMA in Music Composition from the University of Cincinnati. In 2010 she co-chaired the ICMC and in 2011 she will co-chair the EMS conference.
| 19 || Alexandra Von Bassen || twaddle |
"Alexandra von Bassen
1992 â€“ 1997 Studies of music therapy and social work at â€śFachhochschule WĂĽrzburgâ€ť (summa cum laude)
2002 â€“ 2007 Studies at â€śFreie Akademie der Bildenden KĂĽnste (fadbk)â€ś Essen, sculpture and media (class of Danica Dakic)
2004 â€“ 2005 Studies of art history at â€śUniversitĂ¤t WĂĽrzburgâ€ť
2007 â€“ 2010 Studies of fine arts at â€śHochschule der Bildenden KĂĽnste SaarbrĂĽcken (HBKSaar)â€ś, mixed media (class of Prof. Christina Kubisch (summa cum laude)
Master student of Prof. Christina Kubisch, HBKSaar
Originally created for a cell in a prison in an old castle in Swizzerland.
| 20 || Tricia Minty || Rogue Souls |
Tricia Minty is a composer of concert music, electronic art music, and music for media. Her chamber ensemble piece â€śWicked Dreamsâ€ť won the 2010 Thanatopolis Music Prize award. In addition, her electronic piece â€śThe Closing Corridorâ€ť was selected to be part of the 2010 ICMC mix of 360 degrees of 60x60, and premiered in the 2010 Dance Parade on Broadway in New York City. She currently resides in California and is pursuing her Bachelors degree in Music Composition under Dr. Kenneth Froelich.
â€śRogue Soulsâ€ť is an electronic-art-piece about wandering souls that are trapped on earth unable to escape to heaven or hell. These souls are neither happy nor sad. They simply just roam and travel around the world while watching the living. A reoccurring theme throughout the piece is female choir voices which represent the souls calling out to each other. I also chose to use female choir voices for the 60x60's Athena Mix which will be composed of 60 composition pieces by 60 female composers.
| 21 || Sarah Boothroyd || Now |
The audio work of Canadian Sarah Boothroyd has been featured by broadcasters, festivals and galleries in over a dozen countries. She has won awards from New York Festivals, Third Coast International Audio Festival, the European Broadcasting Union, and La Muse En Circuit.
"Now" is one-minute exploration of the elusive nature of nowness.
| 22 || Milica Paranosic || Bojano |
"milica paranosic is a composer, multimedia artist and educator based in new york city. h=Her work is and eclectic mix that combines different media and cultural influences, often seemingly unrelated.
She has performed, had her works performed and lectured throughout the world
Milica has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York since the day she earned her Master's Degree in composition there, and an as educator continues to find and fulfill new challenges.
She recently founded Give to Grow, and Eduction and Cultural exchange initiative that brings technology and education to the underdeveloped communities.
"Bojano is a piece inspired by a traditional Serbian tune.
Vocal and piano tracks are performed, recorded and produced by Milica Paranosic."
| 23 || Marilinda Santi || Lumičre qui la matičre... |
I was born in Milan and I studied piano. I graduated in Composition, Choral Music and Chorus and electronic composition. I have received awards in international competitions (Bourges, Russolo, Musica Nova in Prague). I write for a magazine of contemporary Italian music (Auditorium). My principal area of interest is the study of the relationship between voice, language and electronic sounds or electroacoustic sounds in the various aspects phonetic, semantic and expressive.
..lumičre qui la matičre en poésie transforme.. Ces vers de
Tiziana Fato se réfčrent ŕ ``Amor fati``, c`est-ŕ-dire ŕ l'amour de celui qui accepte et aime son propre destin. Cet amour est la lumičre qui transforme la matičre du vivre dans la poésie plus haute du fatum. Poésie du fatum comme oxymore d'acceptation créative.
| 24 || Joan La Barbara || Lizzie in the stars and snowfall |
"Lizzie in the stars and snowfall"
Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, sound artist, renowned for her unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, composes for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, orchestra, interactive technology, soundscores for dance, theater, video and film, including for "Children's Television Workshop/Sesame Street", broadcast worldwide since 1977. Awards include DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin, NYSCA and Guggenheim Fellowships in Music Composition, 7 NEA grants, and the American Music Center’s 2008 Letter of Distinction for her significant contributions to American music. Recordings include "ShamanSong" (New World) and "Voice is the Original Instrument" (Lovely Music). "73 Poems" was presented at The Whitney Museum’s American Century Part II: SoundWorks. Award-winning interactive media performance work "Messa di Voce" premiered at ars electronica 2003. La Barbara is composing a new opera exploring the interior dialogue and sounds within the mind, and the flow of the artistic process.
In quiet moments one finds peace. Lizzie Lizzie (our beautiful Samoyed/Lab whom we adopted at age 4) graced this earth for nearly 15 years and joined our lives for almost 11 of those years. With this work I honor her life and her dignity and try to bring some solace to myself on her passing. Her voice joins mine, mingled with layers of modified bells and sighs. She had a lovely way of taking little breaths and then releasing a deep sigh of peace when she felt totally relaxed and calm. I reflect that gesture in some of my breathwork here, and included her concerned vocalization, which I inadvertently recorded during the development of a different and very difficult piece.
| 25 || Mary Jane Leach || Dido in a Minute |
"MARY JANE LEACH is a composer/performer whose work reveals a fascination with the physicality of sound, its acoustic properties and how they interact with space. In many of her works Leach creates an other-worldly sound environment using difference, combination, and interference tones; these are tones not actually sounded by the performers, but acoustic phenomena arising from Leach's deft manipulation of intonation and timbral qualities. The result is striking music which has a powerful effect on listeners.
Dido in a Minute is for synthesizer and prerecorded sound. It is an aural visualization of Dido's Lament.
| 26 || Soressa Gardner || Music Box Opera |
Soressa Gardner is a vocalist, improviser and electronic music composer who collaborates with authors (Dennis E, Bolen, Evie Christie), dancers (BODAC) visual artists (Birdwise, Ballesteros) and a range of musicians. She is a member of the recently formed Vancouver Electronic Music Ensemble. Her work has been performed at Vancouver New Music Festival 2010, the Western Front, Square Waves Electronic Music Festival and Rutgers University-Camden. She holds a music degree from Vancouver Community College. Community involvement, a sense of play, and crossing disciplines are motivating factors in her artistic explorations.
Music Box Opera is inspired by the mysterious Opera Man who has walked the west side streets of Vancouver, BC, Canada for many years generously sharing his operatic voice with the public. It was composed using sounds recorded on a hand-held digital recorder, using samples of Opera Man and of my music box collection.
| 27 || Jing Wang || Prelude |
"Jing Wang, a composer and virtuoso erhu artist, was born in China. Her compositions have been selected and presented in China, Spain, France, Italy, and throughout the United States. They have also been recognized by the ASCAP and Electro-acoustic Miniatures International Contest, Spain. One of her compositions Weathered Edges of Time is selected for inclusion in the collection of French National Library. In addition, She was the winner of 2006 Pauline Oliveros Prize given by the International Alliance for Women in Music.
Ms. Wang joined the music faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Fall 2008."
Prelude can be taken as an exercise to explore the possibilities to develop the short samples. In spite of its miniature nature, this piece is intended to achieve a well-maintained balance between the unity and variety in a short time frame.
MSP, MetaSynth, and Peak are used to manipulate the sounds of this work."
| 28 || Michiko Kawagoe || Yellow Orchid |
A Japanese composer residing in Tsukuba, Japan, Michiko Kawagoe has studied composition at Louisiana State University and The Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel with full scholarships. She has studied computer music at the Computer and Electronic Music Studio of the University of California, Davis. Her works have been broadcast on FM radio in USA, WDR in Germany and waves in Russia.
"Yellow Orchid" was made by the computer program called SYNTAL06 designed by Wayne Slawson that generates music consisting of speech-like computer-synthesized sounds. "Yellow Orchid" depicts the image of uncanny yellow orchid which I saw in an orchid exhibition. In "Yellow Orchid" noises and voiced sounds are used in parallel. Changes of vibrato frequency affect voice parameters and make the transformation of the tone colors throughout the piece.
| 29 || Emilie Payeur || Short Study |
Electroacoustic composer and visual artist, Ă‰milie Payeur presents musical art forms that are clearly influenced by the psychedelic era of the 60's, surrealism, abstract arts and experimental film. The way she approaches her work, Emilie perceives herself as a sound painter and wants to transpose and adapt visual art and experimental cinema techniques to electroacoustic music. In Fall 2010, she entered Master Degree at the University of Montreal, under the guidance of Robert Normandeau.
Short Study was composed during my Master degree project. I wanted to experiment on duration to see how much it influences the composing process.
| 30 || Ann Cantelow || The Grotto |
"Ann Cantelow studied composition at the University of California at Davis, during a time when John Cage, Larry Austin and Richard Swift were teaching and growing the body of contemporary American music..
"A timeless grotto stands by the seaside with a mysterious environment within. Water drips, and soft light glows green and blue.
All sounds for this piece are made by theremin, an electronic instrument. Pieces of sound are arranged one by one with software to find new sonorities."
| 31 || Anna I. Rubin || Azure |
ANNA RUBIN' s music has been heard on four continents. She has created several works which integrate acoustic instruments with live electronics as well as the creation of electroacoustic text/sound works. Among her awards are those from the Delta Ensemble, Amsterdam, arts councils in Ohio, New York and Maryland, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Orchestral Association and the Aether Festival #1/ Radio Station KUNM, Albuquerque. Her work has been recorded on the Capstone, Everglade, SEAMUS and Neuma labels. Airi Yoshioka, F. Gerard Errante, Tom Buckner, Radio Station WNYC, New American Radio, and the Cube Ensemble are among those who have commissioned her work..
Azure is an electroacoustic work which features plucked tones and atonal clusters. The scale used for the plucked notes is a parabolic scale which I adapted from the work of Sam Hedemann. I used Csound and Metasynth software.
| 32 || Laurie Spiegel || Infoswarm |
Laurie Spiegel is a New York composer who is increasingly overwhelmed by the speed and density of info in the world, the city, the cybersphere, her own mind ... although maybe even in simpler times long ago life was already so full and rich and that even then it was all more than could be deeply processed.
Information comes at us faster and faster and more and more dense, bits and streams of repetition and new stuff. Our minds flit and strobe between this and that substream, but somehow we still sometimes manage to filter it all down and can focus.
| 33 || Lucrecia Ugena || Planta Lucrecia |
Lucrecia Ugena was born in 1983 in Buenos Aires City, Argentina. She began her course of studies as
composer in Alberto Ginastera School of Music. She is currently student of Composition of Electro -acoustic Media in the Professor Guillermo Pozzati National Institute of Art. At the same time Lucrecia is working on an experimental project as singer and composer.
Her work “Planta” is a result of the dialectical exploration of the synthetic and concrete. The formal
axis of the piece is ruled by the timbre transformations obtained through the manipulation of different electronic processes.
| 34 || Liana Alexandra || Barcarola |
Born:May 27,1947,Bucharest,Romania Studies: - "Ciprian Porumbescu" University of Music, Bucharest,Composition Department. Awarded the special scholarship "George Enescu". " international courses of composizion at Darmstadt,West Germany 1983- an USIA stipendium in USA, PhD in Musicology; At present: Master in music; Professor at the National University of Music from Bucharest (teaching orchestration,musical analyses and composition).Member of the Union of Romanian Composers,Member of GEMA(Germany),Member of "Frau und Musik"(Germany),The First Vice-President of the Cultural Association Romania-Israel(ACPRI),Member of the Research Board of Advisors(American Biographical Institute,USA),Member of the Professional Women's Advisory Board(USA),Member of the International Council Research(IBC,England), Member of LIVING MUSIC FOUNDATION Inc.(USA), Member of ECPNM(European Conference of Promoters of New Music). Compositions: she has composed several works (more than one hundred ),7 symphonies, 7 concertos for different instruments and orchestra, 3 operas, 4 cantatas, 1 oratorio, chamber music,choral music,music for children. Her compositions were published at :Editura Muzicala (Bucharest),Edition Modern (MĂĽnchen),Edition Furore (Kassel), Score-on-Line (SUA). Its were played in Romania,S.U.A.,Germany,Holland,France,Israel,Belgium,Poland,Austria,Sweden, Cehia,Australia,Spain England a.s.o. Liana Alexandra is also the author of the books:"Musical creation " an ineffable measure between the fantasy and the arithmetical and geometrical rigour" and "Technics of Orchestrations". Prizes and Awards: " Prize of the Union of Romanian Composers"Gaudeamus Prize (Holland); -First Prize "Carl Maria von Weber", Dresden;" Prize of Romanian Academy;"Diploma from "Who's Who in the World Dictionary", USA;"Prize of Beer-Sheva, Israel;" Second Prize,Mannheim-Gedock, Germany;" Third Prize "Fanny Mendelssohn",Dortmund-Unna,Germany;" ISCM Prize,Mexico;-"Woman of the Year",USA;" "Woman of the Year", Great Britain;-Prize ACMEOR, Bucharest;" Prize ACMEOR, Tel-Aviv,Israel;" "International Commendation of Success", USA ; ""International Personality of the Year 2001",Great Britain;"Researcher of the year 2001, USA; -Prize Bourges (France)
"Barcarola" was composed with "Mozart Music Processor" software.
| 35 || Mary H. Simoni || Fuga Nervosa |
Mary Simoni is a composer, author, teacher, pianist, consultant, and arts administrator. Her music and multimedia works have been performed worldwide and appear on Centaur Records, the Leonardo Music Journal published by the MIT Press, and the International Computer Music Association. She is the recipient of the Prize in Composition by the ArtNET Virtual Museum. She has authored books, "A Gentle Introduction to Algorithmic Composition" published by the University of Michigan, and "Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music" published by Routledge. She is a Medal Laureate of the Computer World Honors Award for her research in digital music information retrieval.
Fuga Nervosa (2010) is a fugue con la libertĂ with tempo rubato so that its duration is precisely one minute. Enjoy!
| 36 || Motoko Honda || Isshun-Ippun |
"composer/sound artist Motoko Honda marries classical, jazz, avant-garde and Pacific-Rim textures with 21st-century technology and emerges with musical soundscapes as profound as they are all-encompassing. Whether solo or in collaboration, live or in-studio, a Honda â€ścomprovisationâ€ť is sound- and shape-shifting at its most thrilling and immediate. Honda's musical virtuosity, coupled with a firm grasp of the multimedia arts, has taken her to European concert halls and venues worldwide.
"""Isshun-Ippun"" is an improvisation specifically recorded for the 60x60 project. The acoustic piano is prepared with a stainless steel ruler. The piano strings are plucked, hammered or scratched building up to moments of fury (isshun) for the duration of a minute (Ippun). Live performance with no dubbing or editing.
| 37 || Pamela J. Marshall || Waves |
" Pamela J. Marshall studied at Eastman and Yale and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Commissions include South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Master Singers of Lexington, Green Mountain Youth Symphony, Assabet Valley Mastersingers. Spindrift Music publishes much of her work (www.spindrift.com). Recent projects are connected to poetry: Poetry-Inspired Solos for various instruments and Art-Poem-Music, an artist-poet-composer collaboration, resulting in several sets of songs with chamber ensembles. Ms. Marshall plays horn, leads improvisation workshops, records concerts and nature soundscapes, and, with husband David Emerson, does photography and web design (www.honeycreeper.com).
Waves as arpeggios, as washes of sound, of acoustic ambience-- this little piece tries to capture the feeling of floating in waves.
| 38 || Bettie Ross || Acceptance |
Bettie Ross is an award-winning composer & keyboardist. She's earned 2 Gold Records for pipe organ performances on albums by Meat Loaf and by Faith Hill. Her piano CD, "A Magical Time of Year," won Best Solo Piano Album and Best Solo Piano Song at the 2009 Just Plain Folks Awards. In 2011, her electronic film score for "The Mirror" will be released. This piece, "Acceptance", is in the 2010 Crimson Mix, and her "Catalina Tide Pool" is part of the 2007-2008 Pacific Rim Mix.
"Acceptance: Calm resignation in the face of the inevitable.
Part of the 60x60 2010 Crimson Mix, ""Acceptance"" has been performed in Italy, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan and Canada; in the USA, in New York and Illinois.
| 39 || Kathy McTavish || frayed |
"I am a composer/free-style cellist. I use chance and generative/organic forms to create everything from sparse, minimalist spaces to dense, orchestral landscapes and perform in venues ranging from streetscapes to concert halls.
My work has been used behind spoken word, theater, visual art/sound installations, and film.
As a cellist I live in a fretless world - the infinite between. As a composer I write primarily for stringed instruments and found sound and use the harmonic richness - the confluence of pitch and tone possible through friction of bow and fingers pressed firmly or ghostlike against wood and wire."
Compression: 60 seconds. I sketched around this concept and chose a solo cello approach. The cello line is filtered through a stereo effect that I call "graffiti tunnel". The cello line is tripled, offset and placed in the stereo field to create a spatial disorientation - a sound tunnel.
| 40 || Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz || Keys of Light |
Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. She received her MM and DMA in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and she holds a BA in Music and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Richmond. A staunch proponent of interdisciplinary work, she frequently collaborates with choreographers, artists and scientists.
Keys of Light is derived from the sounds of a piano reversed and heavily processed with reverb. The result is an ethereal smear of sound that shimmers while it is rumbling past you.
| 41 || Elizabeth Clare Guthrey || Dreaming Bell |
I am an international student studying at Soka University of America's liberal arts college. I have focused my education on environmental studies and also have a passion for music and dance. "
The sounds in this music piece originate from a bell, beads and a guitar. The bell is central in the piece, however, the listener transitions in and out from the bell through other sounds. Crunching beads and taps are without resonance and can signify how bells are used to order people's time, which distracts one's attention from a creative space. In contrast, the floating guitar sound represents a dreamy atmosphere in which bells are part of common resonating sounds.
| 42 || La Cosa Preziosa || Cow Belles |
Originally from the South of Italy and living between Italy and Ireland, soundscape artist La Cosa Preziosa is influenced by her professional theatre background in the approach to contemporary acoustic ecology. Committed to producing original work (aural dreamscapes, soundscapes and experimental organic tracks) by exploring the intersection between the realism of field recording in rare natural environments and the possibilites of dramatic narrative forms.
Cow Belles is a 60 second long dialogue between cow bells field recorded in Italy and the musical sounds of a glockenspiel. Out of the real-life field recording experience and meditation a melody is created and woven into the natural sounds, following the rhythms of the field and building up to a similar crescendo.
| 43 || Mariko Otake || Speed Cooking |
Mariko Otake is a UK-based composer, musician and sound artist whose work ranges from acoustic to electronic, from conventional musical styles to abstract experimental pieces.
What can you cook within 60 seconds...?
| 44 || Sally J. Williams || Reminiscence of a China Plate |
Sally J. Williams began her musical endeavors at age four with Suzuki violin lessons. As a composer, she creates both acoustic and electroacoustic works in a variety of styles, always focussing on the effect that the music will have on the audience. As of May 2011, Williams will hold degrees in Music Performance and Music Composition from Bowling Green State University.
The sounds in Reminiscence of a China Plate were created using recorded samples involving china plates and book pages. The sounds were then processed and layered to create similar variances in density and timbre as would exist in an acoustic work.
| 45 || Yoko Honda || Bubble |
"Yoko started learning music since she was 2, as her parents found that she has got natural perfect pitch.
She has studied various music styles (ex: Classical music, Rock, Pop, Traditional music, Jazz, Electronic music, Dance music, Latin etc.) internationally â€“ she studied in Japan, at LIPA in UK and at UNCSA in US.
Now Yoko creates her music for multimedia and for artists with her original sound. She mainly works as a Film & TV composer, songwriter, producer and arranger.
"When I heard from a good friend of mine saying that she has got her very fist baby, I got this whole image of the piece in my head. Hence this is dedicated to my friend's birth.
It would be great if you can feel the happiness of one new life about to join the world."
| 46 || Hye Kyung Lee || Eclipse |
An active composer and pianist, HyeKyung holds a D.M.A in Composition and Performance Certificate in Piano from the University of Texas at Austin. Her awards include UnCaged Toy Piano Competition, Renee B. Fisher Competition, Athena Composition Competition, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Competition, ASCAP, Composers Guild Award, Delius Composition Contest, Awards from International Alliance for Women in Music, SEAMUS/ASCAP, and Harvey Gaul Composition Competition Award. Her works are available
Like a lunar eclipse power shifts steady and surelyâ€¦
| 47 || Eliška Cílková || Inner world |
Eliška Cílková: Composer, Conductor. She studied Composition in Prague at Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory. Since 2009 she has been studying Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, currently she studies Mediencomposition at University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as an erasmus student. More information: www.eliskacilkova.com
Inner world is a short composition which has been made especially for this project. I tried to express a part of my inner world, mainly my breath and pulse which I sometimes feel very strong. Sometimes we are in emotion situation like stress, fear... and we can suddenly perceive better our feelings and our physical process from body. And this gave me the inspiration for this composition. Thank you very much for this nice project!
| 48 || Judith Shatin || Glimmerings |
Timbral exploration and invention, as well as collaboration with musicians, artists and communities are central to Judith Shatin. She is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Her music has been called â€śhighly inventive... on every level; hugely enjoyable and deeply involving (Washington Post). Shatin has been commissioned by organizations including the Barlow Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Kronos Quartet, McKim Fun
Glimmerings was made from processing sounds of sculptor Emilie Brzezinski carving massive tree trunks. It embodies the rhythm of her motion, and the timbral transfigurations that mark Shatin's compositional process. The pitch world is an inviting one, with syncopated layerings and registral openings compressed in this one-minute miniature.
| 49 || Melissa Grey || Colony |
Melissa Grey is a composer based in New York City.
Colony explores the acoustical perception and symbolic communication of the honeybee. Field recordings from hives in Nova Scotia, summer 2010.
| 50 || Cindy Cox || I do not know much about gods |
Radical, traditional, original, archetypalâ€”neither modernist nor neo-tonal, Cindy Cox derives her â€śpost-tonalâ€ť musical language from acoustics, innovations in technology, harmonic resonance, and poetic allusion. She has received awards and commissions from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fromm Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. Her music is recorded on the Capstone, New World, Albany, Cantilena, Arpa Viva, Mark, and Valve-Hearts labels. Cox is a Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and her music may be accessed at www.cacox.com.
"There are three lines of text in this short tape, taken from T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets,
â€śI do not know much about gods, but I think that the river is a strong brown godâ€ť
â€śmany gods and many voicesâ€ť, and â€śthe river is within us, the sea is all about usâ€ť. The bass clarinet samples and voice on the tape are by Laura Carmichael, and were recorded at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley.
| 51 || Sylvi MacCormac || WHEEL 8 : Voices of People with Dis Abilities |
sylvi macCormac received Honourable Mention at the International Musique Electroacoustique Bourges, France (1999) and co-produced Uts'am / Witness CD (2004) including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Barry Truax and Squamish Eagle Song Dancers. Creator of WHEELS Soundscapes: Voices of People with Dis Abilities, sylvi macCormac has extensive performance credits since the 1980s, including the Vancouver Folk Music Festival while her work appears internationally in publications, on web and radio. http://www.sylvi.ca
Composed for 60x60, Wheel 8 is from the long-running WHEELS project which mixes the voices of people with dis abilities, recorded on location and at the VAMS accessible studio at G.F. Strong Rehab. Centre, with sylvi's compositions and soundscapes. The intent of WHEELS is to inspire excite and empower people, encouraging individual creativity and collaborative creative projects. http://www.VAMS.org
| 52 || Eve Beglarian || My Heart is Trembling |
"One of new music's truly free spirits," (Village Voice) and a "remarkable experimentalist," (NY Times) Eve Beglarian is a composer, performer, and audio producer whose music has been described as "an eclectic and wide-open series of enticements." (LA Times) Tell the Birds, a new CD of her music, will be released by New World Records in spring of 2006.
“My Heart is Trembling” uses a text by one of the founding brothers of Methodism, Charles Wesley, set to one of the myriad tunes it has been sung to over the years, and counterpoised with an electronicized fragment of a medieval Armenian song about trembling. It's a short exploration of how I might want to use Methodist hymns and songs in the Stephen King opera I'm working on.
| 53 || Laura M. Kramer || Nebulae |
Laura M. Kramer (b. 1984) is pursuing a DMA in Composition at the University of Southern California, where she studies with Frank Ticheli, Don Crockett and James RĂ¶tter. She holds an MM in Composition from Indiana University (2008) and BM in Saxophone Performance and Music Theory/Composition from West Chester University of PA (2006). Performances include those at Electronic Music Midwest, Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, SEAMUS National Conferences, and the Western Illinois University New Music Festival. Past positions include graduate assistant director of the IU New Music Ensemble, mentor for the USC Thornton Outreach Program, and she currently teaches saxophone at Diamond Bar High School and South Pointe Middle School in CA. Her Warped for alto saxophone and electronics is published with Dorn Publications. www.laurakramermusic.com
Nebulae explores what it may sound like to take a brief excursion through a nebula. It features overtone-rich drones that fade in and out with beat-driven washes of sound, while cloudy resonances permeate throughout.
| 54 || Elizabeth de Vegt || Man on the Corner Elizabeth |
Lizzie is a contemporary classical composer currently living in the Waikato and Taranaki, New Zealand. She completed her Masters in Music early 2010, majoring in composition, and has now begun Doctoral studies specializing in live performer and electronic works. She loves all kinds of music and enjoys composing in a wide range of styles. For more info see ejdobson.com
"One life. One eulogy.
Some truth. Some suggestions.
A rose among the drabness of our street.
Dedicated to Barry George Bell Young. 02.03.1928 - 25.05.2007
Music/ Live electronics: Elizabeth Jane Dobson
Soprano: Diantha Hillenbrand
| 55 || Maggi Payne || Whirl |
Maggi Payne's electroacoustic works often incorporate visuals, including dancers outfitted with electroluminescent wire and videos she creates using images ranging from nature to the abstract. She composes music for dance and video, and is a photographer, recording engineer, flutist, and Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Her works are available on Innova, Starkland, Lovely Music, Music and Arts, Centaur, Ubuibi, MMC, CRI, Digital Narcis, Frog Peak, Asphodel, and/OAR, Ubuibi, and Mills College labels.
Whirl takes its name from the Euler's disk, the primary sound source for this work. I recorded these spinning discs using various mike placements ranging from distances of a few inches to 15 feet in a reverberant space, then selected, layered, and mixed several recordings. Jangling burned out tungsten light bulbs close this miniature work. Spatialization is the natural result of mike placement.
| 56 || Elainie Lillios || Stargazing |
Elainie Lillios' music is influenced by her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. Find her on the web at www.eillios.com or on Facebook
Stargazing explores the space between the literal and the metaphorical...
| 57 || Asha Srinivasan || Analogy |
" As an Indian-American composer, Asha Srinivasan draws from her Western training and her Indian heritage to create her compositional language. Her music has been presented at various festivals including SEAMUS, ICMC, and the National Flute Convention. She has won national commissioning competitions, including BMI Foundation's Women's Music Commission and the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle. Other honors include: ASCAPlus Award, Prix d'EtĂ© 2nd prize, and Walsum prize. Graduate studies include: D.M.A. in Composition at University of Maryland and M.Mus. in Computer Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Srinivasan is an Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University."
Food for thought: The average life span of a gastrotrich is three days. "Analogy"'s analogy is probably pretty clear and doesn't need much more explanation.
| 58 || Angela McGary || Be of Happiness |
I'm a singer, songwriter, producer, engineer.
| 59 || Vulva Underground || Clitorectomy |
"Man-hating, bra-burning, dungaree-wearer who would rather die than let a lipstick touch her lips." The identity politics that characterized the gay and lesbian movement of the 70s, 80s and 90s may be firmly passé for today's under-24 set, but that doesn't mean this generation isn't tangled up in its new permutations. The Vulva Underground is a post-post-modern queer collective from Acadia University (Wolfville, NS, Canada) that fuses feminist theory and radical chic ideology with a back beat. "I like to dyke!" never sounded so refreshing! Come out! "
You've Come A Long Way, Baby! Or have you?
| 60 || Ellen Band || Goodbye Goodbye |
Ellen Band is a sound artist and composer. Her CD, 90% Post Consumer Sound has received worldwide airplay and numerous reviews in publications such as WIRE and Playboy Magazine. Her piece Portal Of Prayer, commissioned by The Institute for Contemporary Art, was installed at Logan Airport in 2004. Her work has been presented in The USA, Canada, and Europe. She taught sound art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1994-1997 and 2002.) www.ellenband.com
Goodbye Goodbye is a mash up of Stevie Wonder's Finger Tips Part 2. I dedicate this piece to all those who, after weighing all the pros and cons of staying in a difficult situation, have decided to say goodbye!!