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Mushroom

Eric LyonPhoto by Paul Herman Reller “Mushroom is a more extreme form of an approach I’ve always used in digital music – to make the computer do as much dull mechanical work as possible so I have more time to do flashy compositional work,” explained Dartmouth Assistant Professor Eric Lyon. “One of the nice things […]

Billy Higgins, Influential Jazz Drummer, Dies at 64

Billy HigginsPhoto by Dimitri Ianni Billy Higgins, one of the best-loved and most-recorded drummers in postwar jazz, died on May 3, 2001, at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood, Calif. He had been in failing health and was awaiting his second liver transplant. He was 64 and lived in Los Angeles. “Billy Higgins was the drummer […]

The Guts of Mushroom

Professor Lyon wrote Mushroom in Perl, a language developed in the late 1980s by Larry Wall, and a common choice for programmers who want to coordinate many different systems at the same time. When Lyon first became “seriously involved” with computer music in 1985, he wrote in C, but he started looking at Perl in […]

Robert Starer, Composer and Teacher, Dies at 77

Robert StarerPhoto courtesy of Sigma Alpha Iota Robert Starer, a respected composer of operas, ballets and many orchestral and instrumental works, and the author of two books on rhythm that are widely used by music students, died of heart failure on April 22 in Kingston, N.Y. He was 77. In a 1994 review of Starer’s […]

Winners

Film/VideoShelli Ainsworth – Minneapolis, MNSteven Matheson – St. Paul, MNGarret Williams – Minneapolis, MN LiteratureJonathan Brannen – St. Paul, MNSarah Fox – Minneapolis, MNMaureen Gibbon – Plymouth, MNAdrian Louis – Marshall, MNKevin McColley – Pinewood, MNDan O’Brien – Whitewood, SDSheila O’Connor – Minneapolis, MNBertrand Vogelweide – Richardton, ND Music CompositionBrent Michael Davids – Minneapolis, MNAnthony […]

NEA Chairman Bill Ivey Announces Resignation

Bill IveyPhoto by Max Hirshfeld On April 24, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Bill Ivey announced his resignation, effective September 30, 2001, eight months before the end of his four-year term. Ivey has submitted a letter to President George W. Bush informing him of his decision. “My hope is that by announcing now that […]

Music Panelists

Music Composition, Preliminary Panel Mel Marvin, composer, director, Resident Composer of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts James Mobberley, composer, Curators’ Professor of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music Diedre L. Murray, composer, Queens, NY Final Panel Joy HarjoPoet/Musician/WriterHonolulu, HI Jennifer LawsonProducerWashington, DC Mel MarvinComposer/DirectorResident Composer, The […]

Four Composers Receive First Music Commissions

New York Youth Symphony Four composers have recently received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony‘s First Music Program. Emily Lenore Doolittle, Anthony Cheung, and John Kaefer will each receive premieres of a new orchestral work in Carnegie Hall during the 2001-2002 Season. In addition, Michael Klingbeil has received the Chamber Music Commission; his new […]

Anthony Gatto

Anthony GattoPhoto courtesy of the composer Composer Anthony Gatto was born and raised in Brooklyn. In May of 2001, he received his D.M.A. in composition from the Yale School of Music, where his teachers were Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, and Ezra Laderman. Dr. Gatto has also studied with Lukas Foss and Ornette Coleman. He has […]