Technosonics Installations

November 17, 2010 - 6:00pm


SOUNDWALKS AND INSTALLATIONS (in order of first presentation)

South Lawn Listening Tour (2010), a guided soundwalk by Chris Peck, with Lynne Kolodinsky and David Hayes. Meet on the front steps of Old Cabell Hall, Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday Nov. 18, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Natura variations (2010), an environment in progress by Yuri Spitsyn, will be presented in the VCCM (Virginia Center for Computer Music) on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM.

An interactive street performance featuring the musical robots of EMMI (Expressive Machines Musical Instruments) will be presented on the street outside Live Arts, 123 E. Water Street, Charlottesville, on Friday, Nov. 19, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

Yet Another Example of the Porousness of Certain Borders (2010), a web 3.0 soundwalk by Alex Wallace. "Borders hacks the natural sounds of this city (and beyond). Go to to download the smartphone app and upload sounds to "geo-drop" on the map. Bring some earbuds, launch the app, explore our physical world through sound, spooky action style. As environmental sensors all over the planet respond to change, so will your ears. Server goes live on Friday, Nov. 19 at 8:00 PM. Piece runs through Thanksgiving Day."

COMPOSER BIOGRAPHIES (in alphabetical order)

Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI) is a group of composers seeking new modes of acoustic sound generation. Founded by Troy Rogers, Scott Barton, and Steven Kemper in 2007, our goal is to develop and compose for robotic instruments that maximize temporal, timbral, dynamic, and harmonic possibilities. For more information, visit us at

Lynne Kolodinsky is a music student in her final year of undergraduate study at the University of Virginia. She is primarily interested in Renaissance and early Baroque works, and has concentrated heavily for the past four years on private organ study and participation in avariety ofvocal ensembles. Outside of academics, Lynnehas servedas a historical and admissions tour guide for the University Guide Service for the past seven semesters.

Chris Peck is a composer whose dancing has been described as "awkwardly beautiful" by the New York Times. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College and The University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia. Current research interests include history of composer-choreographer collaboration, music and humor, participation and relational aesthetics, intersections between folk musics and modern composition, the voice, and ultrasonic recording.

Yuri Spitsyn is an electronic and instrumental music composer/performer who is currently pursuing doctoral degree in composition and computer technologies at the University of Virginia. Of his prime interests are real-time performative systems, cross-modal perceptual affordances and tangibility of intangibles in electro-acoustic music performance. Recently he began exploring compositional potentials of emergent structures. Many of his projects entail creating custom software for their realisation.

Spitsyn is a co-founder of the Theremin Center for electro-acoustic Music at the Moscow Conservatory, Russia. Among the venues he performed at are Ars Electronica Center (Linz, Austria), Melkweg/STEIM (Amsterdam, Netherlands), CUNY Graduate Center (New York, USA), Princeton University (Princeton, USA), DOM (Moscow, Russia), Ural Conservatory (Yekaterinburg, Russia), Kiev Conservatory (Ukraine), Central Conservatory of Music (Bejing, China) and others.

Yah Alex (Wallace) first used MaxMSP over a year ago in first semester, first-year. After he got through most of the Max tutorials he started slamming javascript and even python. Fast forward three months and we'd catch him up at 4AM with those eyes that just scream “C++ is coursing through my veins right now.” Before all of this he was just supposed to be a harmless Spanish major. Spanish majors don't just start taking MaxMSP for fun. And he basically denied it all in the beginning, but it was way too late. If it were just Max, maybe we could have done something. Last summer, I heard he took all his techno-junkie gear with him in a canoe and binged on numbers and biospirituality all the way from Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico. He was so fried when he came back he'd be talking about nonsense like “augmented reality”, “state persistence” and “post-scarcity hacking.”


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