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MSU music technology student’s composition selected for performance

July 13, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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A Montana State University music technology student’s composition was recently performed at a national conference and received a New York premiere.

Jaimie Hensley’s “Sources of Water” was performed at the National Conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States in Blacksburg, Va., and at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.

Hensley described her composition as one that is “about simultaneous disconnectedness from and unity with a distant source, and the strange beauty of such a state.”

To compose the piece, Hensley recorded various water sources in her apartment, processed them electronically and then added different sounds from her old plastic clarinet, played underneath the water in her bathtub.

Electro-acoustic music is music that depends on electronic and computer technology for its creation and performance. The Bachelor of Arts in music technology at MSU is a synthesis of traditional musical training applied through new technologies. Students develop skills in areas including acoustic and electroacoustic music composition and theory, recording, sound synthesis, sound design, audio and music for film/video and multimedia. The combined studies are designed to prepare students for careers in music, recording, film, television, multimedia ventures and beyond.

Founded in 1984, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) is a non-profit national organization of composers, performers and teachers of electro-acoustic music committed to facilitating member interaction and the dissemination of their work through annual national conferences, juried recording projects and the publication of the journal SEAMUS. The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival is dedicated to showcasing the best of global electroacoustic music and video art through a multi-day festival.

Contact: Linda Antas, linda.antas@montana.edu or (406) 994-5798; or Jason Bolte, jason.bolte@montana.edu or (406) 994-5766