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New Music Study Group: Andrew McManus on "Neurosonics"

  • Narloch Piano Studio 4636 N Francisco Ave (map)

New Music Study Group resumes Thursday, September 22nd @ 8:30 with Andrew McManus on "Neurosonics"

After a summer hiatus, NMSG is back with monthly presentations and discussions of interest to you! We are still filling out our schedule for the year, so please email if you are interested in leading a meeting (presentation, discussion, lecture-recital, unknown experimental format). Also, if you are not aware of the NMSG facebook group, please be aware! If you are already in the facebook group and would prefer not to receive multiple notifications, let me know. 

And now, an introduction from composer Andrew McManus:

In this presentation I'll be discussing some of the new materials I've assembled for Neurosonics, a long-term, multi-work project I began a few years ago. These will include both new and old electronic sounds, as well as some material for string quartet. During my time as a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, I participated in the Reva and David Logan Center’s Arts|Science Collaboration Initiative, which allowed me to work with neuroscientist Tahra Eissa on creating electronic sounds derived from the electrical behavior of rat neurons. The goal of this research is to better understand epilepsy in humans. Earlier this year I completed the first work, a multi-channel electronic playback piece Neurosonics I. The piece uses data from these neuron pulses to create and transform certain sounds, and also features drumming patterns derived from the rhythms of these electronic pulses.

A New Music USA Project Grant is supporting my next step in the project: I’m looking to expand the ideas of Neurosonics I into two new works for string quartet and electronics, both in collaboration with the Spektral Quartet. The first work, set for premiere in May 2017 at the University of Chicago, will be a short preview (ca. 8') for a larger-scale work (ca. 20') for Spektral to be premiered at a later date. My motivation for this work is personal, as I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2004, and providing artistic responses to the experience of this condition is very important to me. Having the condition has been a formative experience, and this is why my ambitions for this work - and the next in the series - extend beyond simple concert performances. Performance by the Spektral Quartet is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2017, but I am also exploring a collaboration with both the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical Center on a patient outreach program. I intend to use my artistic response to the condition to encourage others - both patients and their families - to open a dialogue about their personal experiences."

Snacks and tea for all!!

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Later Event: September 24
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