Works by several UNT composers were selected for performance at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Montreal, Québec on 16-21 August 2009. Among those represented were student composer Greg Dixon (Water Home to Water); faculty composer Andrew May (Still Angry, performed by UNT faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt); alumni composers Tseng Yu-Chung (FMM) and Kevin Patton (Digital Poplar Consort); and past CEMI resident composers Diana Simpson (Papyrus) and Juan Parra-Cancino (GeoAves).
Cataclysm for solo violin by alumnus Ryan Manchester was selected for recording at the Cleveland Composers' Recording Institute in July 2009. The piece was recorded by violinist Rolf Schulte and engineered by Grammy-winner David Yost.
Daniel R. Mitchell (MM 1984) recently authored the book BasicSynth: Creating a Music Synthesizer in Software (ISBN: 978-0-557-02212-0). The book and accompanying software explains how to create a custom music synthesizer in software using the C++ programming language. Information about the book is available on the internet at http://basicsynth.com
Veiled Resonance, a work for soprano saxophone and live interactive electroacoustics by alumna Elainie Lillios (DMA 2000) won in The Trivium Category 3 of the 36th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art/Bourges 2009 (www.imeb.net). Among the finalists were alumni Henry Vega (MM 2004) and Dave Gedosh (DMA 2009).
Works by the following UNT composers were presented at the 2009 conference of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana (April 2009): students Jon Anderson, Nick Bober, and Stephen Lucas; faculty Andrew May and Jon Christopher Nelson; and alumni Michael Kuehn and Elainie Lillios. Faculty flutist Elizabeth McNutt performed at the conference, and Emeritus faculty and UNT alumnus Larry Austin (BM 1951; MM 1952) was presented with the 2009 SEAMUS Award, in recognition of lifetime achievement and contribution to the art and craft of electroacoustic music.
Recent film projects by Jermaine Stegall (MM 2003) include scores for "B.T.K." for Lionsgate Home Entertainment, "30 Days of Night: Blood Trails" for Sam Raimi's Ghosthouse Pictures, the emotionally-charged feature film "Love Conquers All", and the foreign romantic comedy "Efectos Secundarios" (Side Effects) with director Issa Lopez for Warner Bros.
...of Strength and Compassion, a work for band by Kendall Prinz (MM 1999), was named as a finalist in the first ATSSB Composition Competition in February of 2009.
Darin Au (MM 1996), Academy Music Department Head at Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawai'i), chaperoned the Punahou School Marching Band during their participation in the 20 January 2009 Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington, DC. President Obama attended the Punahou School as a child living in Hawai'i.
"Yuan-缘," a recording of new music by Wu Fei (BM 2002) was released on the Tzadik Records Composer Series in November 2008. Her first CD for Tzadik, this recording features works for various ensembles, including a composition for percussion and Chinese traditional instruments and several solo pieces for piano, percussion and guzheng.
"Perfect Red," a film directed by David Covarrubias with original score by Neil Argo (BM 1976), was awarded Best Original Score at the 2008 International Digital Video and High Definition Festival. The film was also awarded Best Use of Music in a Short Film and Bronze Medal for Excellence at the 2008 Park City Film Music Festival.
Works by the following UNT composers were presented at the 2008 conference of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) at the University of Utah (April 2008): Nick Bober and Stephen Lucas (Shattered Images), Camilo Salazar and alumna Jessica Leza (Vejez naciente, Naciente vejez), faculty member Jon Christopher Nelson (Just After the Rain), alumni Mikel Kuehn and Elainie Lillios, and former faculty members Butch Rovan and Larry Austin.
Works by the following UNT composers were presented at the 2007 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Copenhaguen, Denmark (August 2007): Camilo Salazar (Siluetas), alumnus Kazuaki Shiota (Internal Rhythms), and faculty member Andrew May (Ripped Up Maps). Papers were also presented by alumnus John Chow Seymour (“Computer-Assisted Composition in Equal Tunings”), composition student Adam Lockhart (“Cognitive Implications of Musical Perception”), and alumnus Jeffrey Morris (“Feedback Instruments: Generating Musical Sounds, Gestures, and Textures in Real Time with Complex Feedback Systems").
Robert Pound (BM 1992) was featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" (31 January 2006) discussing his orchestral work Irrational Exuberance.