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Explorations: Jason Bolte’s Changes in Summation

July 29, 2009

This week we’ll be featuring the music of Jason Bolte during Explorations.  I hope you can tune in.  We’ll be hearing his electroacoustic work Changes in Summation.

Jason is currently a DMA Candidate in Music Composition at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  He is also currently a Visiting Instructor at the University of Central Missouri.  He is currently on the staff for the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and a founding member of the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance.  He received both his B.M. and M.M from Ball State University.  His music has been performed in the United States, Europe and Latin America, and he has received awards from from the 2nd. International Electroacoustic Music Contest – CEMVA (Third Prize: 2008), 9th Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva (Prize Winner: 2008), Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art (Selection: 2006, 2008), ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition (Second Prize: 2008), ETH Zurich Digital Arts Week Soundscape Competition (Recognition: 2007), Music Teachers National Association, Missouri Music Teachers Association (Missouri Composer of the Year/Commission: 2007), International Society of Bassists
Composition Competition (First Prize, Media: 2005). 

change in summationfor mixed media, according to Bolte “is a study in the continuum between the limits of pitched and noise-based materials, a change in the  ‘spectral summation.’  In other words, Bolte is exploring the similarities between sounds that hold a steady  pitch (say, an organ)  and ones that don’t (for example, a plate breaking).  The work is very atmospheric and almost haunting at times.  Subtle changes in volume create really dramatic effects throughout the piece.

As always, if you can’t tune in during the broadcast (8/5 @ 7pm) you can find a recording here afterwards.

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