The announcement letters have been sent out and I’m very pleased to say that this year, our program will have a record representation at the 2011 SEAMUS National Conference. Five pieces have been programmed, and two papers accepted, with a total of six people going to Miami for the meeting.
Jeff, Corey and Nick will perform one of their improvisations as The Three Computeers, Yemin Oh’s audio-driven video piece Deterministic Chaos and my fixed media piece Unhinged will be presented in concert. Jesse and Corey also have works in the listening room. And Jesse and I both will be giving papers on our current research.
Why so many this year? I think it’s a confluence of events. First, our Experimental Music & Digital Media (EM/DM) program has grown rapidly in the first two years of its existence. We have four PhD students and three doctoral minors enrolled. In past years, I’ve usually only had two or three graduate students in the studio who were focused more on composing in general than composing specifically for electroacoustic media. But the arrival of Jesse Allison to our faculty has also provided a spark of energy to our program and our students are truly focused on music, technology and creativity.
Congrats to all our students for their success this year. It’s well deserved.