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Metaphysics of Notation

Saturday, September 29, 2012
1:30-3:00 PM, Weitz Center Cinema

Mark Applebaum '89
Associate Professor of Composition and Theory, Stanford University

Mark Applebaum

Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand '84

Mark Applebaum '89 presented his visual music, including "Aphasia" for hand gestures synchronized to sound, "Tlön" for 3 conductors and no players, "The Metaphysics of Notation"--a 70-foot pictographic score, musical notation appearing on the faces of wristwatches, and other radical approaches to indeterminate notation.

Mark Applebaum (Carleton Class of 1989) is Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego where he studied principally with Brian Ferneyhough. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia with notable premieres at the Darmstadt summer sessions. He has received commissions from Betty Freeman, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the Fromm Foundation, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the Vienna Modern Festival, Antwerp’s Champ D’Action, Festival ADEvantgarde in Munich, Zeitgeist, MANUFACTURE (Tokyo), the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Jerome Foundation, and the American Composers Forum, among others. His music can be heard on recordings on the Innova, Tzadik,Capstone, and SEAMUS labels. Additional information is available at Watch Applebaum's TEDxStanford talk, "The Mad Scientist of Music." Degrees: Carleton College, B.A.; University of California, San Diego, Ph.D in composition.

Melinda Russell
Chair and Professor of Music and Director of American Studies, Carleton College