UC San Diego's Department of Music

January 09, 2009

  Gray and frozen in December, Berlin crackled with creativity inside the Elektroakustische Musik Hoeren conference, where faculty composer/multimedia artist Katharina Rosenberger presented "New Works and Projects from UCSD Studios".

Sound artists, computer musicians, teachers and other artists and academics packed the Grosse Studio of the Elektronische Studio at Berlin's Technische Universitat.

"There was a good amount of discussion," Katharina says, "particularly about the concern that too much technology can crush the artistic part of an art work. The projects I brought from UCSD showed a high standard of composition skill, overall musicality, and artistry. The audience was impressed by the cross-disciplinarity at all levels here, and of course by facilities at CRCA (Center for Research in Computing and the Arts), Calit2, and our new Conrad Prebys Music Center."

For attendees who might not realize that UCSD is a longstanding leader in new music, Ms. Rosenberger recounted some history dating back to founding chairman Will Ogdon and his commitment to experimental music, as well as interdisciplinary and multimedia performance. Exploring new territory continues today, Katharina told her audience, citing the department's close working relationship with Calit2 and CRCA; and courses such as the Seminar in Live Computer Music taught by Miller Puckette and Philippe Manoury, which teams a performer, composer, and scientist on a collaborative project.

Katharina told the audience about Roger Reynolds' Sanctuary and Mark Dresser's Telematics performances, as well as her own interactive sound installation Room V. She also summarized impressive graduate works from UCSD.

"Using image, text, video, and twelve-channel surround sound, I presented projects by Jaime Oliver and Matthew Jenkins (Silent Drum Controller); Nicholas DeMaison, Jason Ponce, and Mark Polesky (When the Light, Black); and William Brent and Kevin Larke (Ludbots)," Katharina says. She also showcased projects produced in CRCA's studios by Ben Hackbarth (Open End) and Joachim Gossman (In Space We Can Be Different and The Ballyferriter Prototype). Gossman was on hand to run the equipment, and fellow UCSD grad student Philip Skaller also attended.

Katharina joined the music faculty last fall. Clearly, she has already become an international emissary for music at UCSD.

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