Arts PhD candidate Ryan Ross Smith presents Study no. 30

Arts PhD candidate Ryan Ross Smith presents Study no. 30

Date posted: 2013-11-22 15:24:44

Study no. 30 explores the concept of the musical score as installation. Inspired conceptually, compositionally, and sonically by tubular wind chimes, a ring of tuned bells appear to float in space, providing, simply the potential for performance, and an invitation for audience interaction.

Study no. 30 features a unique animated notational approach designed to encourage this audience interaction, and to provide a performative experience for persons of any musical ability; a clear, visual representation of what to do, and when to do it.

Study no. 30 will be installed in Studio 1 at EMPAC, open to the public 12.5.2013 9am-10pm and 12.6.2013 9am-10pm. The piece will run consistently both days. There are no start or end times, no opening or grand event. I invite you to stop by at any point, to perform, to listen, to leave, and, possibly, return.

Ryan Ross Smith has been composing music for film and television, radio, modern dance and the concert stage since moving East in the early 2000’s. In 2010 he continued his formal education at Mills College in Oakland, CA, where he immediately discovered the unique compositional possibilities made available by animating notation. Since this time, Ryan has composed a body of work utilizing a wide variety of unique animated notational approaches, and their compositional applications, primarily focusing on rhythm, form, and spontaneity. For more information, please visit:

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