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Two Composers Killed in Car Crash
Composers James M. Brody and Franz T. Kamin were both killed in a car crash in Roseville, Minnesota, on Sunday, April 11, 2010. Brody was driving when his car left the road, jumped a curb, and hit a tree. Kamin, Brody’s friend and one-time composition teacher, was in the passenger seat. Their names were released on April 12, 2010, by the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office.
New Mexico-based James Brody was an important figure in the development of electronic music in the Midwest. While still a student at Indiana University, where he studied with Iannis Xenakis in addition to Kamin, he served as a teaching assistant in IU’s electronic studio during its first years. He also wrote the liner notes for the original Nonesuch LP, Iannis Xenakis: Electroacoustic Music. He composed numerous works that were presented at the annual International Computer Music Conference, Sonic Circuits, and SEAMUS. In addition, he also composed many works for acoustic instruments, including Traces for solo woodwinds and brass, piano, harp, percussion and strings, which was commissioned and performed by the Harrisburg Symphony in 1994. Brody was a co-founder of CAPASA in San Antonio and the Baltimore Composers Forum.