Scott L Miller, pooch Karton, Michael M Flora
Nada is pleased to host an evening of live electronic music performance in qudraphonic sound! New work from electroacoustic composer Scott L. Miller, synthesist pooch Karton, and sound artist Michael Masaru Flora.
Scott L. Miller
Scott L. Miller is a composer described as ‘a true force on the avant-ambient scene’ and of ‘high adventure avant garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for interactive electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his recent work experiments with virtual reality applications in live concert settings. Raba is his latest album of audio visual (and VR) music, available on New Focus Recordings. Three time McKnight Composer Fellow and Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., his work is frequently performed by soloists, ensembles, and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Recordings of his music are available on New Focus Recordings, Panoramic, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné.
Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music and theory. He is Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) and presently Director of SEAMUS Records. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.
Pooch Karton is a player/game paradigm with a shifting set of rules, as if the play field of a pinball machine could be completely altered, either at random or by intervention on the players part, shifting game dynamics and even physics in the time frame of play. When rest states occur, the player responds with an input gesture (chosen from a set of gestures that shift along a much slower time frame than that of the game) that both reactivates game motion and resets the possible outcomes of play. Rest states are always temporary. The game will continue without player input until the next rest state, at which point the player may choose another input gesture, thus altering field dynamics, possible outcomes and the duration of activity until the next rest state. Pooch Karton is a player/game paradigm in which the identity of the player (and therefore “wins” or “losses”) is subsumed by the results of game play which take the form of sounds. Game duration is determined by player interaction, although a better determination might be when the results permanently drop below hearing. Although the generally acknowledged locus of Pooch Karton is Christian Langheinrich, it could just as easily be the memory of luminous animal eyes moving before an artificial flash of light. In other words, the possibilities the player brings to bear upon the results are of greater importance than the player.
Michael Masaru Flora
Michael Flora is a Minneapolis-based composer and sound artist. His interest is in the exploration of sound via research and artistic practice. Working within the intersections of art, science, music, and mathematics, he creates pieces that examine sonic morphology, spatialization, and human perception. Flora’s practice has included recording, performance, installation, video, choreography, and curatorial projects. His work has been presented at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), St Cloud State University (Minnesota) as well as clubs, galleries, theaters, warehouses, and universities throughout North America. His latest recording “Xi” was published by Minnesota-based label Sympathy Limited.