I'm pleased to announce that I'll be joining the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in the fall. I'll be teaching two sections of the two-semester Music History II course, which covers the late 19th century to the present. Over the summer, I'll be working with Jonathan Coopersmith, chair of Music Studies at Curtis, to plan the course.
After seven epic years, I graduated this month from the University of Pennsylvania with a PhD in Music. I'm looking forward to taking on new projects, including revising and publishing my dissertation.
Join me on Friday, March 15 2013, as I host a screening of experimental animated films from the height of the space age. The centerpiece will be the hour-long surreal sci-fi film Chronopolis (1982), by Piotr Kamler. The event is part of Bowerbird's monthly GATE series at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. More information here: http://www.bowerbird.org/newsite/events/130315/
This Monday, March 11, I will be briefly emerging from my dissertation completion hibernation to take part in a wonderful event marking the 100th anniversary of Luigi Russolo's "Art of Noises" manifesto at <thefidget> in Philadelphia. I will give a short talk on noise in Western music before 1900. More information here: http://www.thefidget.org/upcoming/index.html
On Nov. 10 I'll be going to New York to give a talk on music and boredom for at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. The exhibition, entitled "Prolonged Exposure," is part of the "Recession Art" series and is curated by Kaegan Sparks. More information here.
I will be hosting a rare public presentation of Bernard Parmegiani's 1975 electronic music masterpiece De natura sonorum this Friday at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. I'm very excited to introduce this stunning piece of work to a wider audience. Please see the Facebook event page for more information: http://www.facebook.com/events/351166751617355/
My essay "Music, Technology, Utopia: The Legacy of Pietro Grossi" (originally published on Acousmata) is now posted on the English language homepage of the Pietro Grossi Association. It's a great honor for my writings to serve as the introduction to Grossi's life and work.
Read it here: http://www.pietrogrossi.org/ENG/index.htm
I'm pleased to announce a new collaboration with Afterpop, a new online music journal out of Mexico City. They have given me column space on their website and will be translating selected pieces of writing from my blog Acousmata into Spanish. I'm honored to have my work shared with a broader global audience and I look forward to further projects with the excellent team at Afterpop.
Please check out the first post there, my "Acousmata Manifesto."
My first published writing, "The Time of Roland Kayn's Cybernetic Music," recently appeared in the book released to accompany the festival "Sonic Acts XIV: Travelling Time," which took place in Amsterdam in February 2012. The book features essays and interviews with Pauline Oliveros, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Siegfried Zielinski, and many others. You can buy it online for a very reasonable 25 Euros.
I'm happy to announce that I've been awarded a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. I'm very grateful to have this generous financial support as I bring my dissertation to a close.