Sonic Generator Presents The Open Score

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Jason Freeman, Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology



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Full Summary: With unconventional and technologically-driven scores by Kaija Saariaho, Frederic Rzewski, Jason Freeman, Bill Ryan, David Kim-Boyle, and Akito Van Troyer.

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Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, Sonic Generator, will feature music with unconventional and technologically-driven scores by Kaija Saariaho, Frederic Rzewski, Jason Freeman, Bill Ryan, David Kim-Boyle, and Akito Van Troyer in a free performance and exhibition in partnership with the Woodruff Arts Center.

The concert features two works created at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology. Tech professor Jason Freeman’s Piano Etudes invite anyone to remix short pieces for solo piano through an intuitive web-based interface ( Sonic Generator’s performance will feature the winning versions from a recent contest sponsored by The New York Times. The concert also features LOLC, a project spearheaded by music technology alum Akito Van Troyer, in which the musicians of Sonic Generator perform on laptop computers, using new software developed at Tech to improvise music together by typing text.

Sonic Generator will present the world premiere of Australian composer David Kim-Boyle’s reTunings for solo cello, electronic sound, and a computer-animated score that changes with each unique performance. The concert also features Kaija Saariaho’s Mirrors, in which the flutist and cellist are invited to cut and paste the score in a new order; American composer Bill Ryan’s open-form Blurred; and Les Moutons Des Panurge, a classic open score by Frederic Rzewski.

Before the performance, concertgoers are invited to attend a special exhibition and reception, beginning at 7 p.m., which will include prints and interactive computer kiosks featuring some of the unusual scores on the program. There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the composers and performers.

Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, explores the ways in which technology can transform how we create, perform and listen to music. The ensemble, comprised of some of the top classical musicians in Atlanta, works closely with Georgia Tech faculty in the GVU Center and the Center for Music Technology to present concerts that bring cutting-edge technologies to the world of contemporary classical music.

Sonic Generator is sponsored by the GVU Center, which seeks to advance the state of the art of the interaction between people, computing machines and information. The concert series is organized in collaboration with the Center for Music Technology and the School of Music in the College of Architecture. These entities champion advancements in creativity, expression, and human-computer interaction through research and education at Georgia Tech. Sonic Generator’s season is also supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Over the past 40 years, the Woodruff Arts Center has distinguished itself as one of the premier cultural centers in the nation.  The Woodruff Arts Center campus houses four renowned arts organizations including Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences.  In addition to its role as a cultural beacon and hub of the Southeast, the Woodruff serves as a critical economic, educational, and social catalyst for Atlanta and the region.  For more, visit

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  • Created On: Jan 13, 2011 - 8:55am
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