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Electro-Acoustic Ensemble gives 24-hour meta-performance

December 4, 2009

Students from the Electro-Acoustic Ensemble at Loyola University New Orleans will participate in a 24-hour meta-performance of Erik Satie’s “Vexations,” beginning Friday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., in the Danna Student Center. The meta-performance will last until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The meta-performance will involve a computer performing “Vexations” as the students from the ensemble extract and manipulate audio and note data from the original composition. The students will use various computer software instruments to create the manipulated textures.

Directed by Paul J. Botelho, Ph.D., assistant professor of music technology, the Electro-Acoustic Ensemble is a group comprised of 12 students who perform using laptop computers, custom-built software and circuitry and other technology-based instruments and devices. The ensemble strives to perform new work, improvisation and the classical electro-acoustic repertoire in a variety of unique situations. Previous performances have taken place in stairwells, city streets and New Orleans streetcars.

Students involved in the performance are Jason Bailey, a music industry studies junior from Plano, Texas; Evan Cvitanovic, a psychology sophomore from Gretna, La.; Elliot Downey, a music industry studies freshman from Houston, Texas; Madeleine Flynn, a music industry studies senior from Tallahassee, Fla; Jason Kutno, a music industry studies junior from Seffner, Fla.;, Andrew Landry, a music composition sophomore from Harvey, La.; Zachary Lombardo, a music industry studies junior from Naples, Fla.; Alex Marse, a music industry studies senior from Kenner, La.; Elizabeth McClanahan, a music industry studies junior from Corpus Christi, Texas; Christopher Rehm, a music industry studies sophomore from Houston, Texas; P. Campbell Smith, a music industry studies sophomore from Dallas, Texas; and Sara Zegelbone, a music industry studies junior from Hollywood, Fla.

Originally written for piano, “Vexations” bears the French inscription “In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.” The inscription has come to be interpreted as an instruction to repeat the piece 840 times and has led to lengthy performances. “Vexations,” which was never performed in Satie’s lifetime, was most famously performed by composer John Cage, along with others, in a marathon 18-hour performance in the early 1960s.

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