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McNally Smith to Host 2013 SEAMUS National Conference April 18-20

McNally Smith College of Music is extremely honored to play host to the 28th National Conference for  the Society For Electro-Acoustic Music In The United States (SEAMUS) April 18–20. Founded in 1984, SEAMUS is a non-profit national organization of composers, performers, and teachers of electro-acoustic music representing every part of the country and virtually every musical style. Electro-Acoustic is a term used to describe music which is dependent on electronic technology for its creation and/or performance.

SEAMUS holds its annual conference at various sites throughout the country. Past locations include heavy-hitters like the University of Texas, Louisiana State University, and the University of Oregon. Hosted by McNally Smith’s very own electro-acoustic guru, J Anthony Allen (faculty member — Music Technology, Composition & Songwriting), attendees will be treated to concerts of new electro-acoustic music (featured performers include Ensemble 61Keith Kirchoff, and Zeitgeist), videos with electronic music, installations, and new research on a variety of topics related to electro-acoustic music.

The Society will also present works from the ASCAP/SEAMUS student commission competition, as well as the SEAMUS Award for lifetime contribution to the art and craft of electro-acoustic music. The 2013 recipient of the award is composer Laurie Spiegal, known primarily for her electronic-music compositions and her algorithmic composition software Music Mouse. Spiegel’s realization of Johannes Kepler’s “Harmonices Mundi” was chosen to be the opening track for the “Sounds of Earth” section of the golden record placed on board the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. Most recently, her piece “Sediment” was featured 2012 film The Hunger Games.

“Electro-acoustic musical endeavors blending traditional and classical musical forms with the most lively and dynamic popular music styles are providing some of the most stimulating and inspiring musical results being created today,” Says McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers. “McNally Smith is fortunate to have some highly creative explorers in this realm and this direction very much fits our vision to provide opportunities and encouragement for students to explore the leading edge of musical resources and emerging technologies to create vivid, dynamic works.”

For more information and a full schedule of events, check out the SEAMUS 2013 National Conference website.