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NOURATHAR: Mary Hallock Greenewalt's "Color Organ" of 1930
Thomas Eakins: "Mary Hallock Greenewalt" (1903)
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ARKANAS in Beijing
The complete set of 5 videos, Genis, Eyes, Nes, Is and S, was seen for the first time at the annual conference of the Electroacoustic Music Association of China (EMAC) and the China Electronic Music Center (CEMC) based at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing on October 28, 2005.
Named "Musicacoustic 2005: Mix," the festival emphasized the concept of the "mix" of old and new, but was clearly a mix of many sources: East and West, improvisation and composed, sound and image, and so on. According to the conference web site (http://cemc.ccom.edu.cn/): "The transforming soundscape of Beijing offers a heavy 'Mix' of old and modern voices; where the old hutong and modern skyscrapers Mix amidst a hurried development frenzy....With modern China as a backdrop, we think a Mix of the traditional and new in computer/electronic/laptop music is an appropriate thematic for this call for works, where an old/young city/country is experimenting with its own emerging unique voice on the global music scene. Chinese composers and academics come together once a year to plan future directions for the development of computer music in China and to learn/exchange with their international guests."
The "international guests" shared many meals together, and descended in small groups on the local markets in seach of 220 volt power converters, toys and memorabilia. The final event of the conference was a trip to the countryside in which 20 guests and 6 students from Beijing spent a day mixing the stillness of the mountains with the crowds at the Great Wall, and experiencing the surprising volume of traffic flowing into the capital city on a Sunday afternoon.
ARKANAS was shown on Friday evening in the Recital Hall of the Central Conservatory. The five-movement video work treats themes of creation, awareness, restriction, tension and release. It was repeated the following week at the CYBERSOUNDS fall concert in Philadelphia.