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Morton Subotnick to present
"laptop concert" on Oct. 7
Sept. 26, 2005 -- A pioneer in the development of
electronic music, Morton Subotnick will perform a “laptop concert” at
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Drama Theatre of Fowler Center, 201
Olympic Drive, on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
Subotnick is an acknowledged pioneer in the field of electronic music
and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media,
including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls
for a computer part, or live electronic processing, utilizing many of
the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre.
He was the first composer to be commissioned to write an electronic
composition expressly for the phonograph medium, Silver Apples of the
Moon in 1967. Using the Buchla modular synthesizer, Silver Apples of the
Moon brought him into celebrity status.
Many of his classic works have been choreographed by leading dance
companies throughout the world and remain in permanent repertoire.
Subotnick’s interest in the relationship between performers and
technology resulted in the composition of a series of ghost pieces,
chamber works for instruments and interactive electronics.
The ghost score which contains no audible sounds consists of a digital
program which commands electronic modules to modify the instrumental
sounds as they are played from a traditionally notated score.
The electronic processing includes changing the pitch, timbre, volume
and directionality of the sounds. Thus, the digital program, different
for each of the ghost works, produces its own set of attacks and
rhythms, adding another dimension to the sound of the instrument or
In addition to music in the electronic medium, Subotnick has written for
symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, theater and multi-media
Among his awards are the Guggenheim Fellowship, several Rockefeller
grants, two Meet the Composer awards, two Lifetime Achievement Awards
and numerous others.
Subotnick’s performance is a joint presentation with the ASU Department
of Music and the Student Government Association.
The Lecture~Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the
cultural life of the campus, community, and region.
The next Lecture~Concert event will be David Corn, long-time Washington
editor of The Nation, who will speak on “What’s the State of the
American News Media?” Thursday, Oct. 27.
For more details, please contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean of The
Honors College, at 870-972-2308 or via email at email@example.com or
To nominate a speaker or presenter for a future Lecture~Concert Series
event, please contact one of the committee members listed on The Honors
College web site, listed under the heading of Lecture~Concert.
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