Technosonics XVII: Transmission

Interplanetary Transmissions and Pluto
October 24, 2016 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall

Pluton (1988) by Philippe Manoury is a large scale composition in a series of pieces named for planets in our solar system and scored for piano and computer. The computer senses the pianists playing through a MIDI interface and uses the data to synchronize the computer with the piano (using score following) and also as a source of additional control. We will precede the full performance of the piece with interplanetary transmissions recorded by NASA.

For the full Technosonics XVII: Transmission schedule click here.

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents TechnoSonics XVII, Thursday October 20th through Saturday October 22nd.

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.

This year, the TechnoSonics Festival presents a series of concerts and broadcasts celebrating Transmission in music. The featured festival concerts in Old Cabell Hall and at the Second Street Gallery will feature electronic and computer music at UVA streamed live to the web.  This year’s theme of transmission facilitates community building with new and diverse populations.

TechnoSonics also welcomes guest artists Anna Friz, Miller Puckette, Shiau-uen Ding, and Susan Francher as well as our own performance faculty, the Albemarle Ensemble, the Rivanna String Quartet, and the Jazz Ensemble. 

Supported by the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts.

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.

All programs are subject to change.

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 Ph.D. 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:

2015: TechnoSonics XVI: Music & Contemplation
2014: TechnoSonics XV: Found Sound Concerts with Joo Won Park & Annie Gosfield
2013: TechnoSonics XIV: Motion
2012: TechnoSonics XIII: Music and Politics, Featuring Guest Composers Mara Helmuth and Christopher Adler
2011: TechnoSonics XII: Light
2010: TechnoSonics XI: Mediated Nature
2009: TechnoSonics X: Building
2008: TechnoSonics 20 Years of "Play" Anniversary Tour


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