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Upcoming and Recent Performances and Activities

Larry Austin continues his active career of composing, conducting, recording and presenting his music in North American and European venues.

During the 2006-2007 season--

At 9 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation, 224 Centre St., #3, in New York City, composer Larry Austin presented six recent pieces: four with performers-plus-octrophonic computer music and two as solo, octophonic computer music pieces. The program featured the world premiere of a new work composed for and performed by flutist Jacqueline Martelle, Les Flûtes de Pan: Hommage à Debussy (2005-6), as well as two works receiving their New York premieres: Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme (2003-4), composed for and performed by saxophonist Stephen Duke and Adagio: Convolutions on a Theme by Mozart (2004-5), composed for and performed by clarinetist F. Gerard ErranteBass clarinetist Michael Lowenstern performed Austin's Threnos" (2001-2), for real and virtual bass clarinets, dedicated to the victims of 9/11.  The two solo computer music tapes were  Austin's Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2000) and art is self-alteration is Cage is... (1982, rev., 1993), recorded by contrabassist Robert Black.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on Cage's "Williams Mix" (1951-53),  for eight magnetic tapes, in seven movements: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization; art is self-alteration is Cage is.... (1983, revised, 1993), for 16 string basses, recorded by Robert Black, contrabass; Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme, for alto saxophone and octophonic computer music (2003-4), Stephen Duke, alto saxophone; Les Flûtes de Pan: Hommage à Debussy (2005-6), for flute and octophonic computer music.  Preview performance. Peter Middleton, flute and piccolo; Tárogató!  (1998), for soprano saxophone and octophonic computer music, Stephen Duke, soprano saxophone.  Performed in A Concert of Music by Composer Larry Austin, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, School of Music, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Sept. 16, 2006.

BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist and computer music, performed by Stephen Duke, in concert, as part of the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Concert V, Phillip Lynch Concert Hall, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, Oct. 14, 2006.

Concerts in a December, 2006, tour of England, including: Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on Cage's "Williams Mix" (1951-53,  for eight magnetic tapes, in seven movements; art is self-alteration is Cage is.... (1983, revised, 1993), for 16 string basses, recorded by Robert Black, contrabass; Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme, for alto saxophone and octophonic computer music (2003-4); preview performances of Les Flûtes de Pan: Hommage à Debussy (2005-6), for flute (piccolo) and octophonic computer music, Robert MacKay, flute (piccolo); Threnos: Convolutions, for 1, 2, 4, 8 bass clarinets and octophonic computer music (2001-2); Djuro's Tree (1997), octophonic computer music  Performed in A Concert of Music by Composer Larry Austin at London Metropolitan University, Dec. 5; University of Sheffield , Dec. 6; University of Hull, Dec. 7-8; York University, Dec. 9; and University of Huddersfield, Dec. 11, 2006.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on Cage's "Williams Mix" (1951-53),  for eight magnetic tapes, in seven movements; art is self-alteration is Cage is.... (1983, revised, 1993), for 16 string basses, recorded by Robert Black, contrabass; Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme, for alto saxophone and octophonic computer music (2003-4), Stephen Duke, alto saxophone; Les Flûtes de Pan: Hommage à Debussy (2005-6), for flute and octophonic computer music, premiere performance, commissioned and performed by Jacqueline Martelle, flute and piccolo; Threnos: Convolutions, for 1, 2, 4, 8 bass clarinets and octophonic computer music (2001-2), Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet; Djuro's Tree (1997), octophonic computer music; all performed in concert at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York City, March 15, 2007.

Les Flûtes de Pan: Hommage à Debussy (2005-6), for flute and octophonic computer music, performed by Sonja Giles, flute; in concert as part of the 2007 SEAMUS National Conference, Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall, State University of Iowa, Ames, Iowa, March 9, 2007.

Les Flûtes de Pan: Hommage à Debussy (2005-6), for flute and octophonic computer music, performed by Kyungmi Lee, flute; in concert as part of the 2007 Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, April 14, 2007.

Redux (2007), for violin and octophonic computer music; commissioned by violinist Patricia Strange; premiere performance on  Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, May 14, 2007.

During the 2005-2006 season--

Adagio: Convolutions on a Theme by Mozart (2005), for clarinet and computer; commissioned and first performed by clarinetist F. Gerard Errante, premiere performance on October 27, 2005, as part of the 26th Annual New Music & Art Festival, presented by the  MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.,  LAM, duration, 10:00. Program Notes.

Universe Symphony (1911-1954) of Charles Ives, as realized and completed by Larry Austin (1974-93); Noord Nederlands Orkest, conducted by Jacques van Steen. Dutch premiere on December 15, 2005, in Drachten (de Lawei), December 16, 2005, in Groningen (Oosterpoort) and on December17, 2005, in Leeuwarden (De Harmonie).

Adagio: Convolutions on a Theme by Mozart (2005), for clarinet and computer; commissioned and first performed by clarinetist F. Gerard Errante, premiere performance on October 27, 2005, as part of the 26th Annual New Music & Art Festival, presented by the  MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.,  LAM, duration, 10:00. Program Notes.

Adagio: Convolutions on a Theme by Mozart (2005), for clarinet and computer; performed by clarinetist F. Gerard Errante, March 31, 2006, as part of SEAMUS 2006 National Conference, Beall Concert Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene.

Adagio: Convolutions on a Theme by Mozart (2005), for clarinet and computer; performed by clarinetist F. Gerard Errante, April 7, 2006, as part of the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Threnos, for four bass clarinets, real (live) and virtual (computer/ADAT) (2001-2002), with octophonic computer music; performed by the Glasgow Clarinet Quartet, in concert as part of the Sonicfusion Festival, United Kingdom, May 14, 2006

During the 2004-2005 season--

Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme (2004), for alto saxophone and octophonic computer music; performed by saxophonist Stephen Duke in concert as part of the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Philip Lynch Theater, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, September 18, 2004.

Threnos, for two bass clarinets, real (live) and virtual (computer/ADAT) (2000-2002), with octophonic computer music; performed by Joseph Butch Rovan and Paul Green, bass clarinets, in concert as part of the 2004 International Computer Music Conference, Gusman Concert Hall, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, Nov. 6, 2004.

Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme (2004), for alto saxophone and octophonic computer music; Tárogató! (1998), for tárogató and octophonic computer music; and BluesAx (1996), for saxophonist and computer music/electronics; performed as part of a concert of Austin's works for saxophonist and computer music with saxophonist Stephen Duke; Nov. 8, 2004, Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, produced by the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, University of North Texas, Denton.

Djuro's Tree, octophonic computer music, part of a concert of octophonic computer music at the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, Jan. 23, 2005.

Tárogató!, Djuro's Tree, Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme, Williams [re]Mix[ed], and Threnos, performed in a special concert on March 14, 2005, celebrating Austin's 75th birthday year by the College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, as part of the 2005 Digital Arts Concert Series, including performances of Austin's octophonic computer music compositions.

Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme (2004), for alto saxophone and octophonic computer music; performed by saxophonist Stephen Duke in concert as part of the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Black Box, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville, April 8, 2005.

During the 2003-2004 season--

Tableaux: Convolutions on a Theme (2004), for alto saxophone and octophonic computer music; commissioned and first performed by saxophonist Stephen Duke in concert at the Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Feb. 10, 2004; Larry Austin Music, duration, 16:00.

Threnos, for 1, 2, 4, or 8 bass clarinets, real (live) and virtual (computer/ADAT) (2001-2002), with octophonic computer music; performed by Greg Barrett and Andrew Smith-Fatten, bass clarinets, in concert at the Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Feb. 10, 2004; Larry Austin Music, duration, 7:30.

BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape; performed by Stephen Duke, in concert at the Recital Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Feb. 10, 2004; Larry Austin Music, duration, 7:30.

Tárogató! (1998), for tárogató and octophonic computer music, performed by Esther Lamneck on Feb. 18, 2004, , in the Boyd Recital Hall, Rowan University, New Jersey; Larry Austin Music; duration: 11:00.

Shin-Edo: CityscapeSet (1994-96)--Ikebukuro/Sunshine City - Rikugien Garden- Kunitachi morning- "Tamagawa-josui desu." - Shinjuku/Ginza, computer music on tape, performed in concert, "Into the Soundscape V", in Loosemore Auditorium, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin; Feb. 19, 2004; Borik Press; duration, 20:00.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), for octophonic computer music system, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization; performed a lecture/concert, Dept. of Music, University of California, Davis; C. F. Peters Corporation and Larry Austin Music; duration, 19 to 23 minutes.

Threnos, for 1, 2, 4, or 8 bass clarinets, real (live) and virtual (computer/ADAT) (2001-2002), with octophonic computer music; performed by four bass clarinets, in concert in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, University of North Texas, April 19, 2004; Larry Austin Music, duration, 7:30.

During the 2002-2003 performance season--

Tárogató! (1998), for tárogató and octophonic computer music, performed by Esther Lamneck on October 15, 2002, in the Goodrich Theater, SUNY, Oneonta, New York.

Tárogató! (1998), for tárogató and octophonic computer music, performed by Esther Lamneck on October 16, 2002, in the Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored, Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization; and Djuro's Tree, for octophonic computer music, performed in concert on December 7, 2002, in Brechemin Auditorium, produced by the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, University of Washington, Seattle.

Threnos (2001-2002), for bass clarinet and octophonic computer music. World premiere performance by Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet; Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored (Williams Mix); Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization; Tárogató! (1998), for tárogató and octophonic computer music, performed by Esther Lamneck, tárogató; Ottuplo! (1998-2000), four inter-episodes for real and virtual string quartet, USA premiere performed by Flux Quartet: Tom Chiu and Jesse Mills, violins; Max Mandel, viola; Darrett Adkins, cello. Presented in concert, January 30, 2003, "Larry Austin and James Dashow: New Music for Performers and Electronic Media", as part of the Interpretations Series presented by Thomas Buckner and the World Music Institute at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, NY.

art is self-alteration is Cage is... (1982, rev., 1993), for double-bass and tape, performed by Robert Black on February 14, 2003, in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN.

Tárogató! (1998), for tárogató and octophonic computer music, performed by Esther Lamneck on February 26, 2003, in the Eaton Chapel, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin.

Threnos (2001-2002), for 1, 2, 4, 8 bass clarinets, real (live) and virtual (computer music on ADAT). In memory of the victims of September 11, 2001. Commissioned by Michael Lowenstern. Performed in concert, March 15, 2003, in concert, as part of 2003 SEAMUS National Conference, in the Evelyn Smith Music Theater, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization, performed on March 22-23 and 29-30, 2003, in concert, at Engine 27, 173 Franklin St., New York, NY.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization, performed on March 28, 2003, in lecture/concert, "Revisiting John Cage's 'Williams Mix', presented as part of the Good Fridays weekly series, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.

Threnos (2001-2002), for 1, 2, 4, 8 bass clarinets, real (live) and virtual (computer music on ADAT). In memory of the victims of September 11, 2001. Commissioned by Michael Lowenstern. Performed in concert at the 12th Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, April 5, 2003, University of Florida, Gainesville, Center for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater.

Threnos (2001-2002), for 1, 2, 4, 8 bass clarinets, real (live) and virtual (computer music on ADAT). In memory of the victims of September 11, 2001. Commissioned by Michael Lowenstern. Performed in concert, April 15, 2003, in concert, as part of 50 years On!, 50th Anniversary Concert of one of the first public concerts of tape music in North America, presented by the UI New Music Ensemble, Colwell Playhouse Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization, performed on April 15, 2003, in concert, as part of 50 years On!, 50th Anniversary Concert of one of the first public concerts of tape music in North America, presented by the UI New Music Ensemble, Colwell Playhouse Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

During the 2001-2002 performance season--

Singing!.....the music of my own time (1996-99), a sound-portrait of singer Thomas Buckner with octophonic computer music on ADAT, interpreted as a sound-play, in three parts, by Thomas Buckner, baritone voice; commissioned by Thomas Buckner; performed on November 8, 2001, in a Concert of Electroacoustic Music, the Arts Gallery, Collin County Community College.

Catharsis: Open Style for Two Improvisation Ensembles, Tape, and Conductor (1965), performed by the NYU New Music and Dance Ensemble, Esther Lamneck, Director, on December 10, 2001, in the Frederick Loewe Theater, New York University, New York, NY.

Tárogató! (1998), for tárogató and octophonic computer music, performed by Esther Lamneck, on January 29, 2002, in Music Recital Hall, Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY.

Tárogató! (1998), for soprano saxophonic and octophonic computer music, performed by Stephen Duke; Singing!.....the music of my own time (1996-99), octophonic computer music; Djuro's Tree (1997) octophonic computer music; and Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, February 12, 2002, performed in concert Larry Austin: OCTO-MIXES, in the Recital Hall, Music Building, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL.

Improvisations (1961), for orchestra and jazz soloists, performed in concert on February 24, 2002, by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose, Artistic Director, in Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA.

Piano Set in Open Style (1964), piano solo, performed by Paula Neihouse in concert, March 1, 2002, at the CMS, Southern Chapter Composers' and Performers' Concert, Hartley Recital Hall, Union University , Jackson, TN.

Tárogató! (1998), for soprano saxophone and octophonic computer music, performed by Stephen Duke on March 9, 2002, as part of the 2002 North American Saxophone Alliance conference, in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, College of Music, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization, performed on March 18, 2002, in concert, as part of the North Carolina Computer Music Festival, in Stewart Theater, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization, performed on March 23, 2002, in concert, as part of the 11th Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, in the Black Box Theater, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization, performed on April 6, 2002, in concert, as part of SEAMUS 2002 National Conference, in Mabie Theater, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization, performed on April 15, 2002, in A Concert of 21st Century American Computer Music, in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2001), octophonic computer music, based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes: The Theme Restored; Six Short Variations: A-city sounds, B-country sounds, C-electronic sounds, D-manually produced sounds, E-wind produced sounds, F-small sounds; The Nth Realization, performed on August 17, 2002, in concert, as part of The Transparent Tape Music Festival 2, produced by the New San Francisco Tape Music Center in the Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby, Berkeley, CA.

During the 2000-2001 performance season...

Larry Austin was composer-in-residence at the International Institute for Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France, for the month of September, 2000. There, he completed a new work entitled Williams [re]Mix[ed] (1997-2000), octophonic computer music based on John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53), for eight magnetic tapes. The work was commissioned by the IMEB with sponsorship and support from the John Cage Trust and the C. F. Peters Corporation of New York. The final phase of the commission has involved the design and implementation--with composer-programmer Michael Thompson--of the Williams [re]Mix[er], an interactive computer program modeled on Cage's I Ching-based compositional methods, analytically extrapolated from and applied by Austin from the 192-page score and sketches for Cage's original tape piece.

On October 6, 2000, Austin presented a preview demonstration of his Williams [re]Mix[ed] at the newly opened electroacoustic music venue, Engine 27, in New York. The premiere performance will be presented in Bourges, France, during the IMEB's Synthése 2001, June, 2001. Austin will serve as the USA panelist on the international jury for the 28th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art / Bourges 2001. He has also been invited to present a paper on the influence of technology on compositional aesthetics in electroacoustic music during the 7th session of the Bourges International Academy of Electroacoustic Music, June 14-16, 2001. Following his participation in SynthËse 2001, Austin has been invited to Vienna to present a lecture at the Institute for Electroacoustics, June 19, 2001, on his complete realization of Charles Ives's Universe Symphony and his restoration and analysis of John Cage's octophonic tape composition Williams Mix. On June 21 he will present a concert of his own and other American composers' tape music compositions at the Alte Schmiede Cultural Center in Vienna.

Austin's AccidentsTwo: Sound Projections for Piano and Computer Music (1992) was performed by pianist Christina Ay-Chen Long on Impulse*Response, a concert of electroacoustic music presented on November 1, 2000, by the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, University of North Texas, Denton.

Austin's Ottuplo!, four inter-episodes for real and virtual string quartet, commissioned by the London-based Smith Quartet, was premiered by the quartet on November 14, 2000, in Nicosia, Cyprus, as the first of four performances of the work during the quartet's Cyprus tour.

Austin's Djuro's Tree, octophonic computer music, was performed on March 1, 2001, at the 2001 SEAMUS National Conference, held at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and again on March 31, 2001, at the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Austin's Tárogató!, for tárogató (or clarinet, soprano saxophone, or bass clarinet) and octophonic computer music, will be performed by soprano saxophonist Stephen Duke during the Electronic Music at Lewis 2001 Festival, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, May 5-6, 2001.

During the 1999-2000 performance season...

Austin's new work, Tárogató!, for tárogató (or clarinet, soprano saxophone, or bass clarinet) and octophonic computer music, received several performances this past season including Esther Lamneck's performances at the SEAMUS Y2K Conference at the University of North Texas, Denton, on March 9, 2000, and at SUNY Purchase on March 21, 2000; a performance with dance by clarinetist Burton Beerman on October 15, 1999, as part of 20th Annual New Music and Art Festival at Bowling Green State University; and a performance by saxophonist Stephen Duke on November 9, 1999,on the Arts Now Series at North Carolina State University.

Austin's Agape Set (1974), for big jazz band and computer music, was presented in its European premiere by Multiphonia Roma, Alfredo Santoloci, conductor, on October 10, 1999, as part of the 36th annual Nuova Consonanza Festival, presented at the American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy. On October 9, 1999, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Austin presented a lecture, as part of the Philosopher Stones Lecture Series entitled "Musical Explorations: Experimental Music in the New World". Austin discussed the 'spirit of the new' in American experimental music with particular references to his complete realization (1974-93) of Charles Ives's unfinished Universe Symphony (1911-51); his current research project to make a new realization of John Cage's octophonic tape composition Williams Mix (1951-53); and his own continuing compositional explorations in improvisation, jazz, and computer music media.

Austin's BluesAx, for saxophonist and computer music, was performed by Joren Cain on November 17, 1999, in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, College of Music, University of North Texas, Denton.

In February, 2000, Larry Austin accepted an invitation for a composer residency as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Electroacoustic Music Studios at The University of York, York, England, February 3 to March 6, 2000. As a visiting research fellow, he worked with EMS ambisonic sound generation facilities and staff toward the realization of two ambisonic projects: Ottuplo!, for real and virtual string quartet, and Williams [re]Mix[ed], a restoration and new realization with variations on John Cage's seminal Williams Mix (1951-53), the first octophonic, surround-sound tape composition. Ottuplo! has been commissioned by the London-based Smith Quartet. During the residency, Austin and ambisonic systems developer Dave Malham and London-based sound engineer Nye Parry conducted two recording sessions at Performance Space Studio at City University, London, with the Smith Quartet to create ambisonic recorded material for the piece. Austin also presented lecture/demonstrations on his recent work on February 2, 2000, at City University in London, at York University, UK, on February 21, 2000, and at the University of Birmingham, UK, on February 23, 2000.

On March 18, 2000, Austin presented a progress report on his research on and restoration of John Cage's Williams Mix as part of the Sound in Space Symposium, presented by the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

On March 21-22, 2000, Austin was honored in this, his seventieth year, as special guest composer for A Festival of the Music of American Composer Larry Austin, a lecture, a percussion event, and a retrospective concert of his music presented at the Conservatory of Music, SUNY, Purchase, NY, produced by composer Dary John Mizelle. Works performed included Quadrants: Event/Complex No. 9 (1974, tape rev., 1994) for solo percussionist and electronic music; Life Pulse Prelude (1984), for percussion orchestra; Djuro's Tree (1997), octophonic computer music; Montage: Themes and Variations (1985), for violin and computer music; BluesAx (1995-96), for saxophonist and computer music; Tárogató! (1999), for tárogató and octophonic computer music; and Sinfonia Concertante: A Mozartean Episode (1986), for chamber orchestra and computer music narrative.

On May 26, 2000, Larry Austin's complete realization of Charles Ives's Universe Symphony, for multiple orchestras was performed by the Ensemble Neue Musik and the Academy of Music, Cologne, in the St. Maria im Kapitol Church, Cologne, presented as part of the MusikTriennale Koln. Peter Eotvos was the principal (of 5) conductor.

During the 1998-99 performance season...

Austin's newest work, Tárogató! (1998), for tárogató (opt. cl, sop sax, or bass cl), dancer(s), and octophonic computer music on tape (opt. stereo tape) will receive its first performance by Esther Lamneck at New York University in New York. Tárogató! was commissioned by the New York New Music and Dance Ensemble, Esther Lamneck, director; subsequent performances will be presented by soprano saxophonist Stephen Duke and clarinetist Burton Beerman.

Austin's recently completed commission for Thomas Buckner, Singing!...the music of my own time (1996-98) is a sound-portrait of singer Buckner with octophonic computer music on ADAT, interpreted as a sound-play, in three parts, by Thomas Buckner, baritone voice. Singing! will be premiered on May 13, 1999, on an Interpretations Series solo recital by Buckner at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

Austin's Quadrants: Event/Complex No. 1 (1972), for symphonic wind ensemble and tape, will be performed by the University of Michigan Symphony Band on Oct. 5, 1998, as "Concert 10" of the 1998 International Computer Music Conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Austin will be guest composer-in-residence during the Eight Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, presented at the University of Florida, Gainseville, Florida, April 8-10, 1999.

During the 1997-98 performance season...

His sound play, Variations...beyond Pierrot, for soprano, chamber ensemble, and computer music was presented by the Canadian ensemble, Thira, in two Fine Arts Series concerts on Sept. 4, 1997, in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, UNT. The ensemble also recorded the piece for an upcoming compact disc of Austin's recent music on Centaur Records.

His work, BluesAx, for saxophonist and computer music, was performed by Stephen Duke on Sept. 27, 1997, in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the 1997 International Computer Music Conference and by saxophonist John Sampen on October 17, 1997, as part of the New Music and Art Festival at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

His octophonic computer music composition, Djuro's Tree, commissioned by Borik Press, was premiered on October 7, 1997, at North Carolina State University and has since received six more performances in North America and Europe during winter and spring, 1998: Gallery of Computer Music, Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, UNT, Jan. 21, 1998; Texas Computer Musicians Network, CEMI, Feb. 9, 1998; April 5, BEAST Festival, Birmingham, UK; May 1, York University, York, UK;May 17, ACREQ Octophonic/Ambisonic Creations, Montreal, Quebec; and June 2, Synthese '98, the 28th International Festival of Electroacoustic Music, Bourges, France. Materials for the piece were processed in the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham in England during Austin's June/July, 1997, Magistère de Bourges composer residency there. The work was completed in August/September, 1997, in the composer's studio, gaLarry, in Denton, Texas.

His work, Quadrants: Event/Complex No. 1, for symphonic wind ensemble and tape, was recorded for an upcoming release on a Centaur Records compact disc, then performed at UNT on Dec. 4, 1997, by the North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon conducting.

He was invited by CEMAT, Centri Musicali Attrezzati, to Rome to serve as a panelist for the annual computer music composers' commission competition, March 4-9, 1998. Later that month, he was invited to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to present lectures on his music, March 31, 1998.

A scene from his opera, Euphonia 2344, with librettist Thomas Holliday, was performed by Indiana University opera workshop, April 18, 1998, during Society of Composers, Inc., National Conference.

Austin's complete realization of Charles Ives's "Universe Symphony" for multiple orchestras, was performed and broadcast on May 24, 1998 by the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester of Saarbrucken, Michael Stern, conductor, with four assistant conductors, including Austin, himself. Austin's extended study, "The Realization and first complete performances of Ives's Universe Symphony, was published this year by Cambridge University Press as part of the new book, "Ives Studies" edited by Ives scholar Phil Lambert.

From July 10 to August 8, 1998, Austin was resident composer at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy, working on two chamber music commissions.

He completed three commissions this past year: Djuoro's Tree, octophonic computer music commissioned by Borik Press; Singing!, a sound play for baritone voice and octophonic computer music commissioned for performance by baritone Thomas Buckner; and Tárogató!, for tárogató and octophonic computer music, a work commissioned for performance by clarinetist/tárogató player Esther Lamneck. Singing! and Tárogató! will be premiered in New York concerts during the 1998-99 season

Performances in 1996-97 season included...

09/14/96 AccidentsTwo: Sound Projections for Piano with Computer Music (1992), performed in concert by the Stephen Montague/Philip Mead Piano Plus, McCullough Theatre, The University of Texas, Austin

09/19/96 AccidentsTwo: Sound Projections for Piano with Computer Music (1992), performed in concert by the Stephen Montague/Philip Mead Piano Plus, Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.

09/23/96 AccidentsTwo: Sound Projections for Piano with Computer Music (1992), performed in concert by the Stephen Montague/Philip Mead Piano Plus, Recital Hall, Dept. of Music, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

11/05/96 *BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.

01/21/97 Life Pulse Prelude (1984/1996), for for live and recorded percussionists , based on sketches and plans for percussion orchestra music from Charles Ives's Universe Symphony (1911-51) commissioned and performed by Percussion Group Cincinnati: Allen Otte, James Culley, and Russell Burge; Patricia Corbett theater, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

03/07/97 *BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, Society of Composers National Conference, Recital Hall, School of Music, Florida International University, Miami.

04/05/97 *BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, 1997 SEAMUS Conference, White Recital Hall, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri, Kansas City.

04/12/97 Quadrants: Event/Complex Nos. 6 & 9 (1972/74), for flute, percussion, and tape, performed in concert by Kim and Robert McCormick with Jeremy Kushner, assisting; Sixth Annual Florida Electeroacoustic Music Festival, Black Box Theater, Center for the Performing Arts, University of Florida, Gainesville.

04/28/97 RomaDue: Sounds and Movements for Improvisation Ensemble and Tape (1997), in world premiere by the NYU New Music Ensemble, Esther Lamneck, Director, NYU Frederick Loewe Theater, New York University, New York.

International performances

09/25/96 AccidentsTwo: Sound Projections for Piano with Computer Music (1992), performed in "The McGill Guest Series" by Stephen Montague/Philip Mead Piano Plus, Pollock Concert Hall, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

10/17/96 ¡Rompido! (1993), computer music on tape, in performance at the 1996 Festival of Electroacoustic Music, Bratislava, The Czech Republic.

05/20/97 Charles Ives's Universe Symphony, for multiple orchestras, as realized and completed by Larry Austin, performed in a special broadcast of the recording by the Cincinnati Philharmonia, Gerhard Samuel, conductor; "Neue Music", Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt, Germany.

06/07/97 BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, "Synthese '97", 27th International Festival of Electroacoustic Music, Bourges, France.

06/07/97 SoundPoemSet (1990-91), computer music on tape, performed in concert at "Synthese '97", 27th International Festival of Electroacoustic Music, Bourges, France.

INTERPRETATIONS

Thomas Buckner and World Music Institute present

a concert series featuring leading figures in contemporary music and multi-media arts

Larry Austin's 66th Birthday Concert
Merkin Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 12, 1996

La Barbara: The Name/The Sounds/The Music (1990)
for soprano and computer music on tape
commissioned and performed by Joan La Barbara, vocalist
New York premiere (23 minutes)

AccidentsTwo (1992)
Sound Projections for Amplified/Processed Piano with Computer Music
commissioned and performed by the Stephen Montague/Philip Mead Piano Plus
New York premiere (18 minutes)

BluesAx (1995-96)
for saxophonist and computer music on tape
commissioned and performed by Stephen Duke
World premiere (19 minutes)

Life Pulse Prelude (1996)
for live and recorded percussionists
Based on sketches and plans for percussion orchestra music from
Charles Ives's Universe Symphony (1911-51)
commissioned and performed by Percussion Group Cincinnati
Allen Otte, James Culley, and Russell Burge
World premiere (24 minutes)


(preceding the 8:00 p.m. concert )

Larry Austin's 66th Birthday Solo Tape Gallery Exhibition
Merkin Concert Hall, 5 to 7:45 p.m.
Thursday, September 12, 1996
New computer music on tape, repeated continuously

SoundPoemSet (1990-91)
Pauline Oliveros - Jerry Hunt - Morton Subotnick - David Tudor
New York premiere (19 minutes)

¡Rompido! (1993)
GraniteHarp - ThunderStone - SteleMusic
New York premiere (24 minutes)

Shin-Edo: CityscapeSet (1994-96)
Ikebukuro/Sunshine City - Rikugien Garden - Kunitachi morning
"Tamagawa-josui desu." - Shinjuku/Ginza
World premiere (20 minutes)


Larry Austin awarded 1996 Bourges Magisterium

The International Institute for Electroacoustic Music, Bourges, France, has announced that composer Larry Austin has been awarded the 1996 Magistère (Magisterium) in the 23rd International Electroacoustic Music Competition for his work BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist and computer music on tape. The honorific title brings a prize of 10,000 francs; a compact disc recording of the work for the "Cultures Electronique" series produced by GMEB/UNESCO/CIME; performance of this and other Austin electroacoustic works on "Synthese: 27th International Festival of Electroacoustic Music", spring, 1997; international radio broadcasts; and an invitation to the composer for a residency in a participating consortium studio for electroacoustic music. Through the years of the competition, eight Magistères have been awarded. Austin is the first US composer to receive the award. The Magistère title and prize is awarded to composers who have worked creatively in the electroacoustic art form for twenty years or more. In awarding of the Magistère, the competition jury takes into account the composer's participation in the development and history of electroacoustic music. Composers are asked to submit three examples of their work, one from an early period and two from a more recent period, to characterize the composer's path within the general context of the evolution of electroacoustic music.

Since 1964, Austin has composed nearly seventy works that incorporate electroacoustic and computer music media: 33 works combining instruments(s), voice(s), and tape; 2 choral works with tape; 2 operas with tape; 2 orchestral works with tape and live-electronics; 18 works for audio and/or video tape alone; 3 works calling for live-electronic and/or real-time computer processing; and 7 theater pieces with film and electroacoustic music. These works were created in various studios in Italy, Canada, Japan, and the USA: the American Academy in Rome, 1964-65; the San Francisco Tape Music Center, 1965-67; the University of California, Davis, 1967-72; CCRMA, Stanford University, 1969 and 1989-91; SYCOM: Systems Complex for the Studio and Performing Arts, Tampa, Florida (Founder/Director), 1972-78; the Experimental Music Studio at M.I.T, 1978; the Center for Computer Music at Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y. 1986; CEMI: Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, Denton (Founder/Director), 1978-present; the composer's computer music studio, gaLarry, 1991-present; Banff Centre for the Arts New Media Studio, 1994; and the Sonology Studios, Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan, 1994.

Austin's electroacoustic music is well-known and widely performed; e.g., his extensive computer music and papers have been selected for performance and presentation, from 1975 to 1995, in virtually all twenty-two of the annual International Computer Music Conferences. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Computer Music Association, presenters of the ICMC, 1984-present; from 1990 to 1994 he served as the ICMA president. In 1986 he co-founded and continues as president of CDCM: Consortium to Distribute Computer Music, producing the CDCM Computer Music Series of compact discs on Centaur Records; since 1988 CDCM has released 22 compact disc volumes of computer music. He is Director/Founder of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia and Chair of the Division of Composition, University of North Texas. He leaves these positions, summer, 1996, retiring from his 38-year academic career to pursue full-time composing.


April 10, 1995, CEMI Gallery, Retrospective and 65th birthday gallery of Austin solo tape music, 1969-95. Continuous showings, open gallery format. Showings begin at 12:00 and 3:00 PM. MEIT.

03/10/96
Retrospective and 65th birthday gallery of Austin solo tape music, 1969-95. Continuous showings, open gallery format. CEMI Event Series Gallery, Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater, University of North Texas, Denton.


03/04/96
Continuum for a Number of Instruments (1964), performed by the NOVA New Music Ensemble, Thomas Clark, conducting, in a CEMI/NOVA Event Series concert, Recital Hall, University of North Texas, Denton.


11/14/95
*SoundPoemSet (1990), computer music on tape, performed in "Sonic Explorations Concert #3", presented by the Texas Computer Musician's Network, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas.


11/01/95
*BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, University of Central Arkansas.


10/30/95
*BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, CEMI Event Series, UNT, Denton.


10/06/95
*BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.


10/04/95
*BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, University of Wisconsin, Parkside, Wisconsin.


09/28/95
*BluesAx (1995), for saxophonist (soprano/alto) and computer music on tape, in seven movements, performed in concert by Stephen Duke, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Illinois.


09/23/95
Charles Ives's Universe Symphony, for multiple orchestras, as realized and completed by Larry Austin, performed in concert by the National Philharmonic of Warsaw, Jacek Kasprzyk, conductor; final concert of the 38th International Festival of Contemporary Music, Warsaw Autumn 1995, National Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland, broadcast live on Polish Radio and Television.


09/07/95
*Variations...beyond Pierrot (1993-95), a sound-play, Parts I, II, III, for soprano, flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, hypermedia system, and computer music on tape; premiere performance by the Canadian ensemble, Thira, Michael Matthews, Director, in Concert 10 of the 1995 International Computer Music Conference, Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada, broadcast on CBC Radio.

* = Preview performance