Composition Seminar: As Slow As Possible

  • Seminar Room 1 3 Conservatory Drive Singapore Singapore

Carl Stone, presenter

As a musical instruction, "as slow as possible"" has appeared in composers' scores for the past several centuries. In the past such a term had meaning because of the constraints of human abilities and the limits of instrumental mechanics. Furthermore, in classic analog electronic music the limits were finite due to the tyrannical linkage of pitch and time implied by the term “frequency". But in the digital world these constraints no longer exist. Instead the real problem to realize music "as slow as possible" in the digital age is due to Xeno's Paradox - anything that is slowed down can be slowed down still more. In this lecture Carl will talk about the implications of musical slowness in both the analog and digital ages and present some music from his own musical history to demonstrate some key points.

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Department of Media Engineering at Chukyo University in Japan.

Ticketing Information
• Free admission.
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• Out of respect for other concert goers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.