LEWISTON – Bates College students taking a hands-on course in music-making with computers will perform their compositions Tuesday, April 7, in Olin Arts Center Concert Hall.

Topics range from digital synthesis to MIDI communications to the aesthetics of art produced with computers. Designed for arts students who want to learn about new technological tools, the performance is based on the genre “musique concrete,” or music made from found sounds, such as the hum of a dryer.

Students take different approaches to this genre, with compositions ranging from abstract musical gestures that composer and Bates lecturer Chris Bailey terms “sound paintings,” to pieces that attempt to tell a story with sound, to beat-based electronica.

The performance includes collaboration between students in Bailey’s computers, music and the arts course and students taking an advanced choreography course. The primary element of the program, however, will be the use of environmental sounds to create music.

“Students, including those who have no music theory knowledge or who don’t know how to read and write traditional music, can learn to create music and sound art by using musique concrete,” said Bailey.

The 7:30 p.m. program is open to the public at no cost. Olin Arts Center is at 75 Russell St.

For more information, call 786-6135.


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