This installation is interactive, as the audience can choose what they wish to listen and/or view.
Pathfinder (2009), electroacoustic music designed for 5.1 surround, draws inspiration from all the relatively small sounds that are made as we move through this world. The grating of rocks under foot, the crush of leaves, and the sounds of tree limbs snapping are among the sound sources used. The work is primarily concerned with motion, pace, obstacles, and points of arrival.
Pathfinder was composed with Grace (an algorithmic composition environment by Taube), Csound, Protools, and Max/MSP. This work was realized in the Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Yvette Janine Jackson
Freedom is an Afrofuturistic radio opera.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Sharing the same title as the poem by Robert Frost, this piece was composed using only spoken word. Techniques such as panning, pitch shift, and playback speed adjustment were used to create a sonic representation of the poem. Colors in the poem were emphasized to bring out the affect of the poem, the ever changing way of life.
This composition uses the voice and words of Robert Gupta from his Ted Talk, Music is medicine, music is sanity. In the Ted Talk, Gupta describes his experiences with a homeless schizophrenic man, and what happened when he played the violin for this man. All of the sonic content from this piece came from the recording of Gupta’s voice.
Doubt and Shadows
Doubt and Shadows is a re-creation of the poem Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt by Joseph Solomon. This composition is created entirely from the content of the recorded performance. This work is designed to sonically reflect the thoughts one may have when they doubt their core beliefs, taking the listener to the point where confusion takes over, and nothing is certain.
Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer and sound installation artist who combines electroacoustic music, improvisation, and voice to focus on historical events and contemporary social issues. Her works have recently been featured at the Tonband Fixed Media Festival in Stockholm; Organ for the Senses series at the Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park, San Diego; Stockholm’s Kulturnatten 2017 festival; and the Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway. Past projects include Party Line, a sound installation for San Diego Art Institute’s “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art;” Duets in the Key of Dada with David Molina at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; a residency at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS); the premiere of This is Radio Opera at Audiorama Stockholm; Soldier, a 5-day immersive cinematic installation in collaboration with video artist Ava Porter for the Recombinant Media Lab at Qualcomm Institute in La Jolla, California; and Invisible People (A Radio Opera). She was selected by the American Composers Orchestra for a reading of her composition Atlantic Crossing by the Naples Philharmonic (Florida) in 2016. She has contributed to Nutida Musik and is a recipient of San Francisco’s Dean Goodman Choice Award for Sound Design and Theatre Bay Area’s Eric Landisman Fellowship. Yvette holds a B.A. in Music from Columbia University and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music-Integrative Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She presents her research on electroacoustic musicking at conferences and festivals in the United States as well as the UK, Ireland, Sweden, and Norway. She will join the Department of Music at Amherst College in 2018 as the Valentine Visiting Assistant Professor.
Daniel Swilley (b. 1980) is a German-American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His music and research have been presented at festivals and conferences such as June in Buffalo, SEAMUS, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Understanding Visual Music Symposium, NoiseFloor, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Studio 300, Audiograft, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, College Music Society, as well as Society of Composer’s Inc. Swilley holds degrees in composition from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (DMA), Georgia State University (MM), and Valdosta State University (BM). His primary composition teachers have included Heinrich Taube, Sever Tipei, Robert Scott Thompson, and Scott Wyatt. Swilley is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Ball State University.
Klint Braun is a Music Technology student at the University of Central Missouri and executive board member of the UCM Audio Engineering Society. With plans to graduate in December, he is an aspiring Audio Engineer with emphasis in graduate school, audition, ensemble, cover song, solo repertoire, and audio for video recording.
Ryan Thompson is a Music Technology student at the University of Central Missouri. With plans to graduate in December, he wants to be a video game sound designer. He has performed electroacoustic works in the past with faculty of UCM, and also with the New Technologies Ensemble in university recitals and at Electronic Music Midwest. More at ryanthompsonmusic.com.
Julia Curry is a student at the University of Central Missouri, studying Music Technology. With a background as a pianist, percussionist, and technologist, she has written and performed pieces for laptop and controller, percussion ensemble, piano solo, voice and electronics, and fixed electronic media. In the fall of 2014, Julia was awarded for a composition in the MMEA Electronic Music Composition Competition, and has since performed in many showcases, including Electronic Music Midwest with the UCM New Technologies Ensemble, the UCM President’s Gala, performed with the UCM Wind Ensemble as the featured electronics performer, as well as played a number of solo pieces at various recitals.