New music group focusing on electroacoustic and multimedia works perform as part of a week long residency at the University of Chicago
Switch On! is a yearlong collaboration between composition students from the University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Integrated Media Experimental Studio (CHIME), and [Switch~ Ensemble], a distinguished performing ensemble consisting of both instrumentalists and sound technicians, which specializes in electroacoustic music. The focus of the collaboration will be a pairing of composition students with sound technicians from [Switch~], with the goal of realizing new compositions that incorporate electronics and multimedia. The project aims to generate an environment where composers can comfortably experiment with technology and receive the close technical assistance required to realize their creative visions. The culmination of the project will take place during May 09-15, 2017, when [Switch~] will be in residency at the University for a week of workshops, rehearsals, performances, and recordings of student works. The two concerts that will take place happen at MANA Contemporary on May 12th, and Elastic Arts on May 14th.