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Electronic, improvisational music artists to perform Oct. 14

RELEASED: Oct. 11, 2010

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David Barton and Boyd Nutting will perform Oct. 14 in UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will host an electronic music and video recital featuring guest artists David Barton and Boyd Nutting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The artists will also give presentations on campus Oct. 13. All events are free and open to the public.

The recital will feature Barton's original electronic music compositions set to video by Nutting. The recital will begin with "Orbits," featuring video of illuminated poi balls and other circular objects in motion, and the aptly-named "Playing with Fire," employing flame footage. The concert will culminate with "The Pentacle Garden," a reference to the suit of pentacles in the Waite-Rider Tarot deck, cards used for fortune telling. Pentacles are regarded as the suit of creativity and of making art. The trials, tasks and situations represented by the cards can be said to be taking place in a beautiful garden the Pentacle Garden.

According to Barton and Nutting, all three video pieces demonstrate the imaginative use of the built-in video manipulation capabilities of a now-obsolete but once high-end digital camcorder. This is the first time a guest artist primarily working within the medium of electronic music and improvisation will perform on campus.

The guest artists Oct. 13 activities will begin at 11 a.m. with a presentation by Nutting titled "The Theremin" in Room 133 of the Haas Fine Arts Center, showcasing an electronic musical instrument invented by Leon Theremin. The theremin produces an eerie sound, making it a popular instrument for movie soundtracks and psychedelic rock bands.

At 1 p.m. Barton will host a lecture titled "Electronic Music" in Phillips Recital Hall, and at 5 p.m. he will lead a workshop on electronic music improvisation in Room 273 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Barton has a catalogue of 75 conventional instrumental and vocal compositions, plus nearly 300 electronic music compositions and recorded solo improvisations. He also has created a number of video pieces, usually to be presented as adjuncts to improvisation performances.

Nutting is an analog electronic music enthusiast preferring to work with oscillators, filters, envelope generators and other modules that can be manipulated in real time by the improvising performer. He is a skilled, if unconventional, performer on the theremin.

The recital is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program and the department of music and theatre arts.

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