The Future Is Now: Computer-based music series continues October 1

The New Jersey Digital Audio Concert (NJDAC) series, featuring performances of original, computer-based music presented by Rutgers students, faculty, and guest artists, is set for Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall’s Shindell Choral Hall. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

This year’s guest artist is composer, percussionist, and technologist Dr. Adam Vidiksis, assistant professor of music technology and composition at Temple University and a performance and composition faculty at the SPLICE Institute, a program that allows performers and composers to explore and create music for instruments and electronics.Vidiksiswill perform works for percussion and computer by Anne Neikirk, Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty Steven Kemper, and himself.

Kemper, who is organizing the concert, says he hopes that audience members will expand their conception and experience of music.

“I’m excited about the possibilities of live performances featuring music technology, especially the interactions between human performers and computer-generated sound,” he says. “People listen to music generated by computers at home and on their devices, but they don’t often observe live performers working with the sonic possibilities of computers.”

NJDAC also will feature music for prepared piano and electronic sound, flute and computer, interactive electronics, and computer-generated music for loudspeakers. Ten undergraduate and graduate Rutgers-affiliated composers and performers are involved, as well as Rutgers faculty members Aurie Hsu (Oberlin Conservatory/Rutgers Arts Online), Scott Ordway (Mason Gross School of the Arts), and Mark Zaki (Fine Arts, Rutgers-Camden).

NJDAC is presented by Music Technology at Mason Gross (MTMG). More information is available by emailing skemper@mgsa.rutgers.edu.

Photo by Keith Muccilli
Posted September 2017