BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The award winning and internationally
recognized composer, Tomas Henriques, assistant professor of music
at Buffalo State College, will be among the performers taking part
in the 13th annual Spring Black Box Concert presented by the
University at Buffalo's Lejaren Hiller Computer Music Studios in
the Department of Music.
The showcase of electroacoustic music will take place March 20
at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, Center for the Arts, UB
North Campus and is free of charge and open to the public.
The program will feature works by UB students, faculty and
alumni, including the acclaimed composer David Durant, DM.
"This is an opportunity for people to hear musical elements
stretched, layered and combined in fascinating ways," says Ethan
Hayden, concert coordinator, and a graduate student of music at
Henriques, a UB alumnus, will perform works using a
self-designed instrument inspired by the trombone, called a "Double
"Think of a slide trombone, but with two slides able to work
simultaneously," says Hayden. He says the slides work in
combination with the fingers on each of the player's hands,
allowing for new streams of exploration, putting the ensemble
complexities of a small group into the focused expression of a
Electroacoustic music combines electronic and computer
technology as part of the compositional process in order to
manipulate sound beyond its fundamental acoustic limits. It is part
of an evolution of possibility moving from simple amplification to
"So many of the concepts showcased here will let the audience
hear music from a new and different aesthetic point of view,"
Some of the night's scheduled pieces are fixed media
compositions which employ basic sounds previously recorded by the
artist, then genetically deconstructed, spliced and
"Andrew Babcock, a UB graduate whose work will be featured in
the program, did this with the sound of a cello" says Hayden,
adding that Babcock says it evokes images of Lego and Fraggle
It is during these fixed media pieces that the lights in the
Black Box Theater will be dimmed to encourage a form of sensory
"We want to remove any visual stimulation during this part of
the evening," says Hayden, "because by doing so, the music becomes
entirely about what is heard, nothing else, which helps listeners
get inside the piece."
According to Hayden, the elecroacoustic music is an avenue for
listeners to appreciate the evocative qualities of a single sound
and the infinite possibilities represented by that sound.
"Take something simple, a spoken syllable, and alter it so that
you bring attention to details that often go unnoticed," he
"Once you experience that," he says, "you begin to understand
how special a sound can be."
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