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KU to Host Electronic Music Performance

March 11, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University will host a Computer Music Seminar, featuring a performance by Dr. Margaret Schedel, an assistant professor in the Department of Music at Stony Brook University, from 6 - 9 p.m., Saturday, March 29 in the Grim Planetarium.

Schedel, who is an accomplished composer and cellist, specializes in interactive media and is on the board of the International Computer Music Association. In addition to performing several processed cello pieces, Schedel will give a presentation on her involvement as a women in computing research.

The event will also feature a performance by KU student performer Nicole Cresse, who will co-compose one piece of music and perform on the electric violin, with Schedel on the cello, and Dr. Dale Parson, an associate professor of computer science at KU, on the electronic banjo. The music will be digitally processed to extend the sonic range of each stringed instrument.

All performances will feature video art projected onto the planetarium dome. Custom computer software written at KU will translate the live music into graphical visualization on the dome. The three musicians will literally be playing the planetarium as a musical-visual instrument.  KU students will assist with the graphical visualization.

This event is free and open to the public.