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EARS presents two concerts per academic year featuring repertoire pieces, new works, and student compositions in Hatch Hall. In addition, the EARS Visiting Artists Series presents the work of visiting composers, performers, and researchers.
Philippe Manoury, Pluton
Pluton (1988) is a monumental work for piano and computer by Philippe Manoury. The computer senses the performer’s piano playing through a specialized MIDI interface, which is used to synchronize the computer with the piano (using score following). Manoury explores the idea of using the pianist’s interpretation of the score to control various parameters of the computer’s actions. These computer actions take the form of synthesis, processing of the piano sounds, and spatialization.
Miller Smith Puckette (born 1959) is the associate director of the CRCA and professor of music at USC Sans Diego, where he has been since 1994. Puckette is the author of MAX, a graphical development environment for music, which he developed while working at IRCAM in the late 1980s. He is also the author of Pure Data (Pd).
Pianist Shiau-uen Ding equally performs traditional and contemporary repertoire. She has performed in France, Germany, Belgium, China, and throughout the US and Taiwan. Most recently, she premiered Christopher Bailey’s Empty Theatre, a quasi-concerto for piano and orchestra, at SinusTon Festival in Germany. She was called a “daredevil” by The New York Times for her performance at Bang on a Can Marathon and “a powerful force on the new music scene” by Array.
Darmstadt Anniversary Concert
A retrospective of electronic tape compositions performed in Darmstadt between 1952 and 2010.