Technosonics XVI: Music & Contemplation

An Arts Enhancement Event

Friday, October 16 - 2015

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents TechnoSonics XVI, a weeklong exploration of the integral relationship between music and contemplation, Wednesday, October 14 through Tuesday, October 20. Featured concerts will take place on Friday, October 16th at 8:00 pm at Old Cabell Hall, and in the UVA Chapel beginning at 11:59 pm on Friday, October 16th — a 24 hour concert.  (Full Schedule)
TechnoSonics is an annual themed festival that showcases digital music and intermedia, and brings high profile outside performers and composers to collaborate with UVA composers and faculty performers. Produced by the the Composition and Computer Technologies Program in the Department of Music with participation from UVa's Center for Contemplative Sciences, this year’s Festival is an Arts Enhancement Event supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts. In addition to our two concert events, TechnoSonics XVI will present sound art installations, sound-walk meditations, and roundtable discussions on such topics as “music and trust,” and “music, contemplation, and the brain.”
From the present to the telepresent, from heavenly bells to ground-shaking sub-bass, from the One to four-on-the-floor, TechnoSonics XVI Music & Contemplation offers something for everyone.
All events are free and open to the public. 
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The Evening Concert in Old Cabell Hall will feature the following works:
Matthew Burtner, Spectral Shift of a Distance Form (2014)
Brenda Hutchinson, What Can You Do? (2012—2015)
Judith Shatin, Plain Song (2015)
Paul Turowski, Frontier (2015)
Kojiro Umezaki, . . . seasons continue, as if none of this ever happened . . .  (2011)
The 24 Hour Slow Music Concert in the U.Va. Chapel will feature works by:
Jon Bellona, Dylan Bolles, Peter Bussigel, Ted Coffey, Luke Dahl, Kevin Davis, Brenda Hutchinson, Michelle Lou, Ryan Maguire, Fernando Rocha, Judith Shatin, Aaron Stepp, Eli Stine, Travis Thatcher, Rachel Devorah Trapp, Kojiro Umezaki, Kristina Warren
Installations by Bella Reyes, Aaron Stepp, Eli Stine, Travis Thatcher, and Max Tfirn
Walking Meditations and Happenings by Dylan Bolles, Leslie Hubbard, and Brenda Hutchinson
Panel Discussions by Jim Coan and Kojiro Umezaki
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Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda.  (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.
The UVa Chapel is located on McCormick Road adjacent to the Rotunda and across the street from Alderman Library.  (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  There are a few handicap parking spaces available on McCormick Road and on University Avenue.
All programs are subject to change.
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The University of Virginia (UVa) Music Department ( has been a leader in music technology innovation for almost 100 years. The first Chair of the Music Department, Arthur Fickenscher was an electronic music instrument inventor who developed a new interface for musical expression called the Polytone. Fickensher joined the faculty of UVA in 1918 and became the Chair of Music in 1920 when the Department was formed. In 1967, UVa Professor Donald MacInnis, a student of Milton Babbitt and Vladimir Ussachevsky, created one of the first computer music languages, MUSIGOL, in consultation with Max Mathews at Bell Labs and UVa Engineering Faculty. In the 1970s the VEMS (Virginia Electronic Music Studio) supported work by students and faculty, resulting in UVa's first substantial contributions to electronic music composition. Founded in 1987 by Judith Shatin, the Virginia Center for Computer Music (VCCM), housed in Old Cabell Hall, ushered in a new focus on computer music for UVa.
Out of these innovations, the Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) Program launched in 2002 along with the first Music PhD in the State of Virginia. CCT is unique in its focus on a combined approach to composition and technological research. In addition, CCT draws on its sister UVa programs, the innovative Critical and Comparative Studies (CCS) program, and a diverse Performance program. Today, a team of UVA Music faculty including Judith Shatin, Matthew Burtner, Ted Coffey, Luke Dahl, Noel Lobley, Peter Bussigel and I-Jen Fang along with CCT Technical Director Travis Thatcher collaborate to build a unique climate of creative and technical research around composition and computer technologies.
Past TechnoSonics programs have included:
2014: TechnoSonics XV: Found Sound Concerts with Joo Won ParkAnnie Gosfield


An Arts Enhancement Event supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.


McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176