International Computer Music Conference 2016 Music Track

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What rough beast slouches?

Across its entirety, What Rough Beast… ‘slouches’ toward the musical culmination of various sonic trajectories. Pitch deviation, reverberant space, and tempo, are some of the most significant sound parameters that appear to shift across the duration of the piece. What first appear to be nuanced, intentional, and well-timed sonic events begin to appear as more a matter of happenstance. As more voices are introduced, each follows its own logic - complicating the composite sonic image that we continue to try and listen into. Some sounds appear to gradually speed up; others appear to slow down. Nuanced juxtapositions turn into complicated, irregular configurations. Nevertheless, there may emerge a growing sense of directionality. Toward what end do these sounds reach? At what point in time and space might they arrive? As we listen in an attempt to resolve the whole, relative to each of the pieces, we perhaps slowly encounter the non-existence of the whole. And yet, the whole (the composite sound mass) retains an ability to both structure and direct our attention toward the regularities that emerge across each of the sounds. What Rough Beast Slouches? is simply the playing out of algorithmically defined, globally convergent sonic trajectories; the consequence of which ultimately forces us to confront our own irruptive, discontinuous, and divergent aural attentions.


Sean Peuquet     web site
United States

Sean Peuquet is a composer and installation artist based in Denver.  He has worked and studied in the field of electronic music for over a decade and his work is played and exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues such as SEAMUS National Conference, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, International Computer Music Conference, SCI National Conference, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, Boston CyberArts Festival, Dartmouth Festival of New Musics, and Communikey among other spots. He completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of Florida and recently completed a two-year visiting professorship in Digital Arts at Stetson University. His art and research investigates how simple changes of appearance may result in retroactively reevaluating what a work is, given the limitations of momentary and situated perspective.


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