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    Marimba & Live Electronics

    Marimba & Live Electronics

    Presented by St. Cloud State University Music Department at SCSU Performing Arts Center- Ruth Gant Recital Hall

    October 25-October 26, 2015

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    The SCSU Department of Music presents David Swenson Memorial Foundation Guest Artist Series – Nathaniel Bartlett Residency, featuring a free marimba and live electronics performance on Sunday, October 25th at 3:00pm and a lecture/presentation on Monday, October 26th at 8:00pm. Both events will take place in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Check out Nathaniel’s stage setup at

    On Sunday, October 25th at 3:00pm Bartlett's performance will seamlessly meld masterful performance on a five-octave acoustic marimba with a powerful Linux-based computer, custom computer control interfaces, a variety of hardware audio electronics, and eight loudspeakers (plus sub-woofer) arranged in a cube. With the audience positioned in the center of the loudspeaker cube, an elaborate, kinetic, three-dimensional sound environment can be projected into the audience space, totally immersing the listeners in the music. The sound environments are comprised of sounds culled from many sources and techniques, including digital audio manipulations of live marimba, digital audio manipulations of recorded acoustic sounds, and synthetically engineered sounds. The intricate three-dimensional sound environments are further enriched by the use of high-definition audio, which allows for a significant increase in sonic nuances.

    On Monday, October 26th at 8:00pm Nathaniel will be back on Recital Hall stage with a lecture/ presentation on the early multi-channel electronic music of Karlheinz Stockhausen including Kontakte (1958-1960) and Gesang der Junglinge (1955-1956). Both works are compositions for four-channel audio tape, created in an electronic music studio. They are fixed media works, like a painting, sculpture, or film. Each channel of tape -- which has been digitized in high-definition audio — corresponds to a loudspeaker placed at the corner of a square with the audience in the center. The works are some of the earliest "surround sound" or "spatial" electronic music. The works are of great historical importance, and it is rare to hear them presented in their original surround versions on an excellent playback system.

    Both Sunday and Monday’s events are free and open to the public.

    For more information, contact the SCSU Performing Arts office at (320) 308-3223 or Dr. Terry Vermillion:

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        SCSU Performing Arts Center- Ruth Gant Recital Hall

        620 3rd Avenue South
        Saint Cloud, MN 56301

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        Info Phone: 320-308-3295

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        October 25-October 26, 2015


        Sunday 3 PM
        Monday 8 PM

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