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SPECIAL EVENT: Joel Chadabe, NYU Steinhardt, USA: Music as emergence

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In order to celebrate his outstanding career as a music technology researcher, entrepreneur and educator, as well as his significant contributions to CIRMMT over the years, Joel Chadabe will be presented with an honorary lifetime membership of CIRMMT at this event.

  • Distinguished Lecture
When May 02, 2019
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Wirth Opera Studio (level minus 2), Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, McGill University, 527 Sherbrooke St. West
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The lecture will take place in WIRTH OPERA STUDIO, followed by a wine and cheese reception in room A832.


Our music reflects the way we think. At every time in history, there has been an idea in the air that has been reflected in music. Today’s idea in the air is emergence, the result of an underlying complexity of interactions that together produce an unforeseeable result. From this perspective, it is the composer that defines the parts of the ensemble and their interactions that will create the general characteristics of the musical result.

Joel Chadabe (2017)Biography

Joel Chadabe, composer, author, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the development of interactive music systems. He has performed at the Venice Biennale, Wellington Festival (New Zealand), New Music America, Inventionen (Berlin), IRCAM (Paris), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Electronic Music Festival (Stockholm), and other venues and festivals worldwide. He is the author of Electric Sound, a comprehensive history of electronic music. His articles have been published in leading journals. His music has been recorded on EMF Media and other labels. He has received fellowships and grants from NEA, New York State Council on the Arts, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and numerous other organizations. He is the recipient of the SEAMUS 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. He has recently been a Fulbright Specialist. 

Mr. Chadabe is currently Professor Emeritus at State University of New York; Adjunct faculty at New York University; founder of Ear to the Earth and New Music World; and president of Intelligent Arts.

For more information on Joel Chadabe, please visit his website.

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