Thursday, July 31, 2008

Milam and Neal on Electronic Music Midwest

Hello everyone,

I would like to announce that Brent Milam and I have had pieces selected for the Electronic Music Midwest 2008 festival. This will be held at Lewis University outside Chicago on October 16-18. Brent's piece is "Scherzo" from Three Electronic Studies; mine is Obedience School.



Nicole Randall said...

Excellent, congratulations! Are you going to make the trip out? :)

Adam Scott Neal said...

Thanks! Yep, we are both planning to attend (actually, they won't play your piece if you don't show up).

Darren Nelsen said...

Oh, so *that's* how you get performed. :)

(Actually, that's a good policy, speaking from 'concert organizer' experience. You don't want to program composers if they don't show up for their own works. Three Bears anyone?)

Anyway, I dig the stuttering 'jungle' sounds in Obedience School. Whatidya compose it in?

Good luck with the show!!

Darren Nelsen said...

Not that it's related, but your title reminds me of a marvelous electroacoustic work by Frank Zappa called Night School. On the Jazz from Hell album.

Adam Scott Neal said...

Thanks! Yes, these festivals generally require attendance, as it boosts the audience numbers and fosters community.

Most of the piece was done with Csound and a program called nGen that generates Csound scores. It is based on about a 20-second recording of my dog. I also used CoolEdit (96!) for "improper" noise reduction (mostly the stuff at the beginning) to bring out different frequencies. Some of the sounds were stretched filtered in a (free) program called SPEAR, some in Csound. I edited and mixed in ProTools.