Talks & Lectures, University-wide
24 Mar 2017
Peirce 220

Notation and Technology as Tools for Composition and Improvisation

Cenk Ergün, Composer

This talk will explore the use of various notation systems and audio software in Ergün’s music. He will present a selection of recording excerpts and scores of his acoustic and electro-acoustic music and discuss the use of the full spectrum of strict to indeterminate notation in these works. He will focus on the role of music software such as Max, Pro Tools, Sibelius, and Logic in his creative process, as well as demonstrate custom digital instruments he uses to perform in some of these works. The purpose of this survey is to examine ways in which notation and technology can be integrated in the creation of alternative performance situations for composed and improvised music.

Cenk Ergün (b.1978, Turkey) is a composer and improviser based in New York. His music has been described as "intense", "haunting", "ominously throbbing" (NY Times); "psychedelically meditative" (New Music Box); and as showing "conceptual rigor" (The Wire). Ergün’s chamber music has been performed by artists such as So Percussion, The JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Laboratorium, and Joan Jeanrenaud. He creates electronic music recordings and live performances in collaboration with choreographers, film makers, and other musicians such as Alvin Curran, Jason Treuting, and Samita Sinha. Ergün is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, and holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Mills College. He teaches digital audio and music theory courses in the Media Design program at CUNY Hostos Community College in the Bronx, NY.

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