The journey takes us from the 1980’s USA to Japan and 1990’s Berlin. Music stories emerges from Merzbow, Zbigniew Karkowski and ear plugs, Amsterdam squats, Aphex Twin’s influence to the great tradition of counterpoint reborn as disco in Germany. How shared technology and evolution of music relates to culture ? What it means spatializing music and inclusivity in The CUBE at Virginia Tech with a festival created around Afrofuturism and immersive music ? As a composer Eric Lyon talks about pushing the boundaries further and interstices in music, like for example composing for a violin duo, with String Noise, accidents in the process and nuclear wars, random encounters, rewriting the Bad Brains’ music and the intemporal in the arts.
Eric Lyon is a composer and audio researcher focused on digital interventions, post-hierarchies,
high-density loudspeaker arrays, and the inspiration of performer-based creativity. His publicly
released audio software includes “FFTease” and “LyonPotpourri.” He is the author of
“Designing Audio Objects for Max/MSP and Pd,” a guidebook for writing audio DSP code for
live performance. In 2015-16, Lyon architected both the Spatial Music Workshop and Cube Fest
at Virginia Tech to support the work of other artists working with high-density loudspeaker
arrays. Lyon’s creative work has been recognized with a ZKM Giga-Hertz prize, MUSLAB
award, the League ISCM World Music Days competition, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Lyon
teaches in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, and is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute
for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.
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