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Words and Music Inter-Arts Celebration

Music students from the School of Creative and Performing Arts

Creative Writing students from the Department of English.

April 21, 2016 at 7 p.m.

FREE Admission

An inter-arts celebration bringing together new writing and music by UCalgary students from The School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Department of English.

MUSI 451, Electroacoustic Music* David Eagle

Michael Stern Synth and Steel*

My inspiration for this piece was finding several steel bowls in my kitchen. I noted that I could get several clear tones from
each bowl depending on how I held and struck them. I also experimented with filling them with water, then moving the water
around during the strike. I also added several synthesizers for variety in sonic textures, and spatialized the piece in Octogris,
using several basic patterns to keep the listener engaged.
English 366, Fiction I Introduced by Dawn Bryan

Emma Gammans
Fernando Girotto
Erik Gottfred
Keith Johnstone
Josephine LoRe
Riley Marion
Emilie Medland-Marchen
Kathy Pham
Kesia Radford
Willo Rushfeldt

Nick Ciancio Cycles*

Pink noise, sometimes called fractal noise, is a random-sounding signal, not unlike radio static, with all octaves equally loud.
Some studio engineers listen to it in headphones before a mixing session in order to wash their sense of hearing, by
stimulating their ears equally at all frequencies with a saturation of the spectrum of sound. This way their ears will not favour
one frequency over another. The same effect is achieved when we rest our ears with silence. Afterwards we can listen with
sharp focus. Fractal noise might be thought of as the opposite of silence. Cycles begins with waves of silence and fractal noise,
meant to gradually wash our ears so we can explore the complex tones and timbres of imminent church bells. The waves are
then compressed, becoming fast and turbulent in 3D space. The piece concludes with a return to peace, completing its cycle.
The component cycles of silence and fractal noise are fractals of the larger cycle of peace and turbulence. Like cyclical ocean
waves, the piece surges, from its smallest parts to its whole—peaks fall from height, and then retreat, and then repeat.

English 496, Fiction II Introduced by Larissa Lai

Ore Arowobusoye
Annelise Knoot
Amy LeBlanc
Krystal Leung
Anyssa McKee
Kathy Pham
David Steele
Vince Mok
Sean Sullivan

Chih-Hsuan Huang What Makes You Happy?*

The main materials of this piece are vocal sounds. I asked people what makes them happy, and as that was the only phrase
that I used. The instrumental sounds are piano and violin samples with other timbres produced using FM synthesis. The work is
in three sections. It begins with a somewhat confused mix of sonic materials, then becomes more moody with minor piano
chords and lastly ends off with a fairly calm harmonic and melodic passage.


MUSI 653, Computer Music Projects Computational Media Design

Angela Broad Sound Installation

Curtis Roads, an American composer who specializes in granular synthesis, provides the conceptual inspiration for this ambient
soundscape performance. Granular synthesis makes uses of tiny bits of sound, known as ‘grains’, which can vary from just
milliseconds to a few seconds in length. Taken in totality, these create complex and evocative tapestries of sound. This work is
played on a dual polygrain synthesizer which was created using the software Max/MSP, and controlled via Wi-Fi through a
TouchOSC interface on an Android smartphone.