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MSU Music Technology seeks submissions for Democratic Composition Project for Oct. 18 concert

October 1, 2009

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Montana State University Department of Music invites submissions of video, music, text and picture files for the Democratic Composition Project and an Oct. 18 performance at MSU. Deadline for submissions is midnight Oct. 9.

Submissions will be woven into a multimedia collage featured at the MSU Sunday Night Multimedia Series to be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in Reynolds Recital Hall. Reynolds Recital Hall is located inside Howard Hall, on the MSU campus.

According to Kristi McGarity, MSU music professor and director of the MSU's Music Technology Program, the concept for the Democratic Composition Project is borrowed from an essay by Leah Goldstein, student at the Eastman School of Music. Music critic Greg Sandow highlighted the idea on his blog on the future of classical music.

McGarity said she decided to enlist aspiring and accomplished composers, video artists, authors, and photographers from within the Sunday Night Multimedia Series audience community, to provide a wide variety of source material for MSU's first audience-originated electronic music.

"Historically, due to the cost of equipment, creation of electronic music was limited to a small number of composers at universities and pioneering studios," McGarity said. "Today, in the age of GarageBand and YouTube, a great composer might come from any background imaginable."

The new work, along with a full program of video art and music by a worldwide selection of composers and artists, will be presented with live sound diffusion through a multichannel speaker system.

The concert is sponsored by the Music Technology program, home of the Bachelor of Arts in Music Technology.

More information is available at or by contacting McGarity at 994-5762.

Kristi McGarity, 994-5762,