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YSTCM Composition Seminar: Jason Thorpe Buchanan

Seminar Room 1 Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music 20 Jan 2020 (M) 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Jason Thorpe Buchanan – On My Recent Compositions

As a composer, I am fascinated by the potential that technology offers for the manipulation of experiential time, as well as its influence on society, our perception, and the human condition. My work explores fragmentation, multiplicity, and intelligibility, leading to the development of a real-time audiovisual processing environment with increased emphasis on causality and clearly perceivable correlations between processes. Responding directly to performers’ physical actions through wearable technology, this environment augments the relationship between physical and digital realms. Notation that influences modes of behavior rather than prescribing singular events has provided increased creative freedom to the interpreter, creating musical spaces that are malleable and fluid. I am intrigued by the dialogue that takes place as discrete layers build a composite and contextualize one another, exploring relationships between individual layers. This lecture unpacks the development of my creative processes over the past five years, with a focus on my recent works for ensemble and technology including the multimedia opera Hunger (2014-15), walkside, lost (2015) for Slagwerk Den Haag, PANIC ARCHITECTURE (2017) for the Talea Ensemble, and all-forgetting-is-retrieval (2019) for ensemble and augmented conductor, exploring the formation of human memory, retrieval, and failure.

About The Composer

Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer, Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], and Department Chair/Lecturer in Composition, Music Theory, and Electroacoustic Music Composition at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand. He has been commissioned and widely sought internationally as a guest composer and lecturer by ensembles and institutions such as Alarm Will Sound, Talea Ensemble, Insomnio, Nikel, Linea, Interface, EXAUDI, Eklekto Percussion, Slagwerk Den Haag, Mivos Quartet, wild Up, Royaumont, TACETi, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, UT Austin, TRANSIT Festival (Belgium), the Bergen Center for Elektronisk Kunst (BEK), and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Scenes from his multimedia opera Hunger have received performances at Darmstadt, The Industry’s FIRST TAKE in L.A., and MATA in NYC with the [Switch~ Ensemble]. Honors include a Fulbright Fellowship in Hamburg, Germany, nomination for the Gaudeamus Prize (Netherlands), AiR USF Verftet Bergen (Norway), an American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, AiR Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva (Switzerland), and winner of Iron Composer. He served for three years as Executive Director of the VIPA Festival (Spain), and holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music. More at

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