The second annual SPLICE was held in June 2016 at Western Michigan University. Featuring guest faculty member Joo Won Park, SPLICE2016 was focused on the theme of Best Practices in Electroacoustic music performance and composition.
SPLICE2016 CONCERT PROGRAMS
All concerts at Western Michigan University's Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Monday, June 27, 7:30pm: Élise Roy, guest performer, flute
Tuesday, June 28, 7:30pm: Keith Kirchoff, piano & Sam Wells, trumpet
Wednesday, June 29, 7:30pm: Joo Won Park, guest composer
Thursday, June 30, 7:30pm: Adam Vidksis, percussion w/ Lin Foulk, natural horn
Friday, July 1, 7:30pm: SPLICE Ensemble
Saturday, July 2, 10:30am: Participant Concert I
Saturday, July 2, 3pm: Participant Concert II
Saturday, July 2, 7:30pm: Participant Concert III
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Joo Won Park (b.1980) wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, consumer electronics, kitchenware, vegetables, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also makes pieces with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his two sons, and other soundscapes surrounding him. He has studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Florida, and currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Music at the Oberlin Conservatory. Joo Won’s music and writings are available on ICMC DVD, Spectrum Press, MIT Press, PARMA, Visceral Media, MCSD, SEAMUS CD Series, and No Remixes labels.
Director of Performance Activities
"Desire with Digressions" by Butch Rovan
Keith Kirchoff is a pianist, composer, conductor, concert curator, and teacher. Described as a “virtuosic tour de force” whose playing is “energetic, precise, (and) sensitive,” he works towards promoting under-recognized composers and educating audiences of the importance of new and experimental music. An active lecturer who has presented in countries throughout the world, his recital programs focus on the integration of computers and modern electronics into a traditional classical performance space.
Kirchoff has played in many of the United States’ largest cities including New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh, as well as major cities throughout Italy, England, Canada, Belgium, Mexico, and The Netherlands. He has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. performing a wide range of concerti, including the Boston premier of Charles Ives’ Emerson Concerto and the world premier of Matthew McConnell’s Concerto for Toy Piano, as well as more traditional concerti by Tschaikowsky and Chopin. He has also been a featured soloist in many music festivals including the Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Festival Internacional de Müsica Contemporánea, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), Performing Arts at CAM (Chelsea Contemporary Art Museum, New York), the Oregon Festival of American Music, PianoForte Chicago, The Experimental Piano Series, Ives and His World, and The eXtensible Toy Piano Project.
Throughout his career, Kirchoff has premiered well over 100 new works and commissioned several dozen. As a strong supporter of modern music, he has worked closely with many prominent composers including Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski, and Louie Andriessen. As a lecturer, Kirchoff has presented seminars, lectures, and master workshops on the music of the 21st century at many of the country's largest Universities. One of the nation's prominent performers of electronic music, his "Electro-Acoustic Piano" tour has been presented throughout two continents, and he has twice hosted an international composers competition seeking music for piano and live electronics: first with the University of Toronto in 2011, and then again with the American Composers Forum in 2015. The first album in his Electro-Acoustic Piano series was released by Thinking outLOUD Records in July 2011.
As a composer, Kirchoff is equally comfortable in acoustic and electronic mediums. The 2010 Rozsa Visiting Artist & Composer at the University of Tulsa, Kirchoff has been awarded residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, New York Mills, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Wildacres, and has been a guest composer/pianist at several Universities including Brown University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Cal State, University of New Mexico, University of North Florida, and Brigham Young University. He has received commissions from numerous ensembles and soloists including Ensemble Mise-En, pianists Shiau-uen Ding and Kai Schumacher, tuba player Jeffrey Meyer, organist Matthew McConnell, soprano Christine Keene, and Telling Stories Music. Often performing his own works in recital, his music, which has been described as "hyperactive," has also been performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Turkey, Holland, Mexico, Australia, and Germany by many respected musicians and ensembles including the California E.A.R. Unit, the Firewire Ensemble, mezzo-soprano Erica Brookhyser, violinists Carmel Raz and Stephanie Skor, cellist Alex Kelly, and pianists Albert Muhlbock and Mabel Kwan.
Kirchoff serves on the board of directors for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) as the Vice President of Programs, and is also the Artistic Director of Original Gravity: a Boston-based concert series that features the music of local composers and pairs that music with locally brewed beer. Together with Christopher Biggs, he is also the founder and director of SPLICE (Summer institute for the Performance, Listening, Interpretation, and Creation of Electroacoustic music) hosted at Western Michigan University.
The winner of the 2006 Steinway Society Piano Competition and the 2005 John Cage Award, Kirchoff was named the 2011 "Distinguished Scholar" by the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. He has also received composing grants from MetLife Meet the Composer and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Kirchoff’s primary teachers include Dean Kramer, Stephen Drury, and Paul Wirth. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Oregon in 2003 graduating summa cum laude and then received his Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory in 2005. He has also studied composition with Michael Gandolfi and Jeffrey Stolet, and conducting with Richard Hoenich. In addition to his recordings on his independent label Thinking outLOUD Records, Kirchoff has released recordings on the New World, SEAMUS, New Focus, Tantara, and Zerx labels.
“She exhibits superhuman control and stamina over every note, gliss, click and hum…utterly spellbinding.” - New Classic LA
Élise Roy is an active flutist, improviser, and composer who strives to find a unique and modern voice for the flute, which is ultimately the source of her musical expression in all of her various roles. As a performer-composer, Élise is fascinated with expanding the expressive possibilities of the flute — often through the novel convergence of extended techniques and electroacoustics. Her recent electroacoustic works have been selected for performance at numerous conferences including inner sOUndscapes (Oklahoma), PAS-E (Venice, Italy), NYCEMF (New York), and SEAMUS. Élise was the runner-up in the national ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition and a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Her fixed media work, bas relief (Flutescape I), appeared on the SEAMUS Electroacoustic Miniatures 2013: Negative Space album.
As a flutist, in addition to premiering her own works, Élise has premiered works by composers such as Erik Ulman, Kurt Isaacson, Lewis Nielson, Tom Lopez, and Peter Swendsen. In an ensemble setting she has worked with composers Olga Neuwirth, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Huang Ruo. Recently, Élise appeared as a soloist with the Stanford New Ensemble and was a featured artist at the Chicago Flute Club Festival, performing alongside Molly Barth. Élise holds degrees in flute performance from the Oberlin Conservatory (B.Mus.) and CalArts (M.F.A.) and has studied with Michel Debost, Kathleen Chastain, and Rachel Rudich. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is also an assistant director of wasteLAnd music.
Coordinator of Admissions and Calls
Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose interests span from historically informed performance to the cutting edge of digital audio processing. Equally comfortable with both electronic and acoustic composition, his music has been heard in concert halls and venues around the world. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing”, “dramatic”, “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable”, “catchy” (WQHS), “interesting”, and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece's shape for being caught up in each moment” (David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer). Vidiksis has become known for exploring new timbral soundscapes in his electronic and acoustic works, often using the computer not only as a means of enhancing and manipulating the sounds he produces, but as a digital performer on equal footing with its human counterparts. His unique approach to performance has been praised for its “outstanding control” (Philadelphia Weekly) and for being “restrained” and “magical” (Local Arts Live).
Vidiksis’s compositions have been heard throughout North America and Europe. His work has been performed by the orchestra of the Oleg Danovski National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Constanta, Romania, the Omaha Symphony, the Momenta Quartet, the Zephyrus Duo, and the percussion ensembles of NYU and the University of Alabama. He has been commissioned by many organizations and performers, including International Composers and Interactive Artists, Philadelphia’s Network for New Music, the Renegade and Luna Theater Companies, the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, and the ElectroAcoustic Piano project. His compositions have been heard at the national conferences of SEAMUS, CMS, NSEME, and SCI, the Huntsville New Music Festival, Soundcrawl Festival, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Raven Stadium, the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Athens Slingshot, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the International Csound Conference, and the Licino Refice Conservatorio di Musica in Frosinone, Italy. Vidiksis’s music has won numerous awards, including recognition from SCI and ASCAP. His works are available through HoneyRock Publishing and PARMA Recordings.
Vidiksis’s research in music technology focuses on techniques for realtime audio processing, designing gestural controllers for live digital performance, and machine improvisation. He has presented his research at a number of institutions, including the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the McNally Smith College of Music. His gestural controller, the Tapbox DSP, was a semifinalist in the 2012 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. As a technologist, Vidiksis has worked with a number of prominent artists and ensembles, including Gene Coleman, Ge Wang, Eric Chasalow, Benjamin Broening, Toshimaru Nakamura, Network for New Music, Donald Nally, and the Crossing.
Vidiksis holds degrees from Drew University, New York University, and Temple University, culminating in a doctoral degree in music composition. Vidiksis currently serves on the composition faculty of Temple University, where he teaches classes in music theory, orchestration, composition, and music technology. He is currently conductor of the Temple Composers Orchestra, faculty advisor to conTemplum (Boyer College’s new-music student organization and student chapter of the SCI.), and director of the Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP). Vidiksis also regularly directs and conducts Ensemble NJ_P, an international chamber group of musicians performing both traditional Western and Japanese instruments.
Assistant Director of Performance Activities and Concert Coordinator
"(dys)functions" composed and performed by Sam Wells
Samuel Wells is a composer, performer, and music technologist based in New York City. As an advocate for new and exciting music, he actively commissions and performs contemporary works.
Sam has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and France. He has also been a guest artist/composer at universities throughout North America, including Western Michigan University, Western University of Ontario, and Northern Arizona University. He has performed electroacoustic works for trumpet and presented his own music at the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, NYCEMF, N_SEME, and SEAMUS festivals. Sam and his music have also been featured by the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) and Fulcrum Point Discoveries. Sam is a member of Kludge, an innovative duo with Jon Carbin that explores the possibilities of cello, trumpet, and electronic media. Sam has performed regularly with the Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra.
Sam's collaboration with Max Wellman, You Must Believe in Spring, is an album of new arrangements of classic songs from the American songbook. His work (dys)functions is published by qPress.
Sam has degrees in both performance and composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and graduate degrees in Trumpet Performance and Computer Music Composition at Indiana University. He has studied composition with Sven-David Sandström, Jeffrey Hass, John Gibson, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Chen Yi and Zhou Long, and trumpet with Keith Benjamin and John Rommel. He has served as the Assistant Director of the IU New Music Ensemble, and as an Adjunct Lecturer of Music at Indiana University East.
Director of Composition Activities
"Among Fireflies" Performed by Erin Lesser
Elainie Lillios's music reflects her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. Her music explores many sound worlds; sometime referential ones such as the human voice, cars, wind chimes, or water. Other times her materials are less obvious, like crunching branches, walking through snow or pebbles shuffling in water. Her compositional output includes electroacoustic and acoustic works, music for instruments with live interactive electroacoustics, and collaborative immersive multimedia audio/visual installation environments. Her research interests include sound diffusion as the performance practice of electroacoustic music, audio spatialization employing Ambisonics (3D audio), critical listening as a creative aid and Deep Listening.
Her creative work and research has been funded through grants and commissions from organizations including the International Computer Music Association, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, Reseaux, ASCAP/SEAMUS, Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, Louisiana State Universitys Center for Computation and Technology, Sonic Arts Research Centre Belfast, Ohio Arts Council, Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music, Ohio Board of Regents and National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. She has also received commissions from individual performers including saxophonist Steve Duke, soprano Diane Ragains and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz. Elainies composition,Veiled Resonance for soprano saxophone and live, interactive electroacoustics was recently awarded First Prize in the 36th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art/Bourges 2009. Elainies music has received other awards and recognition from international competitions including the Concurso Internacional de Musica Electroacustica de Sao Paulo, Concorso Internazionale Russolo, Concours Internationale de Bourges, Pierre Schaeffer Competition, Kalamazoo Animation Festival International and La Muse en Circuit Radiophonic Competition.
Her pieces have been presented nationally and internationally at conferences, concerts and festivals including the International Computer Music Conferences (New York, Belfast, New Orleans, Miami, Goteborg, Cuba, Berlin), Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States National Conferences (Minnesota, Indiana, Utah, Iowa, Oregon, California, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, New Hampshire), Australasian Computer Music Conference, Festival di interpretazione della musica acusmatica and others.Her collaborative animation work has been screened at international festivals including SIGGRAPH 2009, Melbourne Animation Festival, London Animation Festival, Les Sommets du Cinema DAnimation de Montreal, Visual Music Marathon, Red Stick Animation Festival, Kalamazoo Animation Festival International and the International Digital Media Art Association IDEAS Festival. She has been featured as a special guest composer at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Rien a Voir, festival lespace du son, June in Buffalo Festival, Mountain Computer Music Festival, Future Music Oregon, Western Oregon University Electronic Music Festival, Louisiana State University and Ionian University Corfu.
Elainie's music is available on the Empreintes DIGITALes, StudioPANaroma, La Muse en Circuit, and SEAMUS labels, and is included in New Adventures in Sound Arts The Radio Art Companion. Three of her pieces were released in 2009; Veiled Resonance for soprano saxophone and live interactive electroacoustics on SEAMUS Volume XVIII, Toronto Island Contrasts on Deep Wireless 6, and Listening Beyond the LMJ Mix on Leonardo Music Journal Volume 19.
Elainie serves as Professor of Composition and Coordinator of Music Technology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she teaches applied composition, music technology and experimental digital audio and animation.
Director of SPLICE
"Greed" Performed by Abderrahman Anzaldua
Christopher Biggs is a composer and multimedia artist residing in Kalamazoo, MI, where he is Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Technology at Western Michigan University. Biggs’ recent projects focus on integrating live instrumental performance with interactive audiovisual media. In addition to collaborating with artists in other disciplines on projects, he treats all of his works as collaborations between himself and the initial performing artist by working with the performers during the creative process and considering their specific skills and preferences.
Biggs’ music has been presented across the United States and Europe, as well as in Latin America and Asia. His music is regularly performed on conferences and festivals, including the SEAMUS Conference, Visiones Sonoras, Electronic Music Midwest, and Society for Composers Inc. His music is available on Ravello Records, Irritable Hedgehog, SEAMUS CD Series, PARMA Recordings, Electroacoustico Records and Thinking outLOUD Records.
Biggs received the 2008 Missouri Music Teacher’s Association composer of the year award, the 2009 SEMAUS/ASCAP first place award, the 2011 MACRO International Composition Award, the 2012 Issa Music and Dance Faculty Award, and a 2013 Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative Grant. He was a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2007 to 2010. Biggs has presented on his work at numerous universities. He is co-founder and Director of Composition Activities at SPLICE Institute. He was a co-founder and board member of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance.
Biggs teaches acoustic and electronic music composition, electronic music, digital media, and music theory. He was integral in developing Western Michigan University's Multimedia Arts Technlogy (Music) program and in revamping the B.M. in Music Compositon at WMU. He received degrees from American University (B.A. in print journalism), The University of Arizona (M.M. in music composition), and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A. in music composition). He studied music composition with Zhou Long, Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Joao Pedro Oliveira, Daniel Asia, and Paul Rudy.
Per Bloland is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music praised by the New York Times for his “ear-opening electronic innovations.” His compositions range from intimate solo pieces to works for large orchestra, and incorporate video, dance, and custom built electronics. He has received awards and recognition from organizations including IRCAM, SEAMUS/ASCAP, Digital Art Awards of Tokyo, ISCM, the Martirano Competition, and SCI/ASCAP. He has received commissions from the Guerilla Opera Company, Wild Rumpus, the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE), Ensemble Pi, the Callithumpian Consort, Stanford’s CCRMA, SEAMUS/ASCAP, the Kenners, Michael Straus and Patti Cudd. His music can be heard on the TauKay (Italy), Capstone, Spektral, and SEAMUS labels, and through the MIT Press. A portrait CD of his work, performed by the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2014.
Bloland is the co-creator of the Electromagnetically-Prepared Piano, about which he has given numerous lecture/demonstrations and published a paper. He is an Assistant Professor of Technology and Music Theory at Miami University, Ohio, and recently completed a five-month Musical Research Residency at IRCAM in Paris. He received his D.M.A. in composition from Stanford University and his M.M. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Technology and Website
"Introit" Performed by Sam Wells
Richard Johnson is a multimedia artist and composer whose interest in music was piqued during a childhood heavily impacted by film. Equal parts Kurosawa and Spielberg combined to create his ongoing interest in culture and history, the music of Takemitsu and Williams, and an obsession with mystery, adventure, and storytelling. This blend of interests is most clearly present in his set of pieces for soloists, electronics, and video entitled Quaerere Sententias.
Richard’s music has been performed throughout the United States and internationally, and has been presented at events such as SEAMUS, ICMC, Electronic Music Midwest, Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance, SCI conferences, Thailand International Composers’ Festival, and the Festival Internacional Punto de Ecuentro in Spain.
In 2012, Richard received his DMA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he studied with Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, and Zhou Long. He also holds degrees from the Hartt School at University of Hartford (MM) and West Chester University of Pennsylvania (BM).
Richard is the Assistant Professor of Multimedia Arts Technology at Western Michigan University.
Workshops from SPLICE2016 included:
- Joo Won Park offered a SuperCollider workshop.
- Joo Won Park offered a workshop on performance with electronics and improvisation.
- Elainie Lillios led discussions on aesthetics each day.
- Per Bloland led an advanced Max workshop that involves a daily discussion of the programming architecture of a work and how it relates to the aesthetic of the piece. Attendees at this workshop will have access to evaluate and consider the programming prior to these discussions.
- There was an introductory Max workshop for beginners as well as intermediate, topic-based workshops for non-beginners who are not prepared for the advanced Max workshop.
- Composition faculty ran workshops geared towards helping composers optimize the performance practice of works for different media configurations: What are the best practices for making a click track, including side-chain compression, rhythm considerations, and sound choices? How do you best prepare a max patch for a performer to rehearse, including a flexible cue system with key commands and instructions? How do you manage triggering fixed media files? What options exist for triggering cues in performance, including pedals and more advanced gestural controls?
- Performance faculty led performance workshops geared towards working with electronics without the aid of a composer or sound engineer: How does one setup the hall for performance? How does one optimize a Max patch for performance? How does one communicate with the available sound engineer to express needs and requirements? What if there isn’t a sound engineer available? What is the best and most essential equipment needed to get started?