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Due to COVID-19, the 2020 MICA Vigil – All Night Music Festival had to be cancelled. But the students in Jason Sloan’s Live Electronik Musik course performed and recorded their live sets remotely for this special 3 hour mix we call The Virtual Vigil. So kick back, chill out and enjoy.

Esther Jiao – 0:00 – 16:48
Jennifer Lee – 16:49 – 21:50
Gabriel Chez - 21:51 – 34:49
Uriel Cruz – 34:50 – 38:05
Dev Valladares – 38:06 – 58:50
Ashton Redman – 58:01 – 1:07:00
Lila Church – 1:08:00 – 1:25:00
Simon Shankweller – 1:26:00 – 1:35:00
Nick Kolasny – 1:36:00 – 1:56:00
L’Avenir (Jason Sloan) – 1:57:00 – 1:59:00
Amber Roberts – 2:00:00 – 2:16:00
Xi Yu – 2:17:00 – 2:30:00
Uriel Cruz – 2:31:00 – 2:40:00
Simon Shankweller – 2:41:00 – 2:47:00
Uriel Cruz – 2:48:00 – 2:53:00

Sound Art@MICA Presents the only area screening of:
Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay.

Industrial Soundtrack is the first film to trace the origins of industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.

Industrial music emerged in the mid 70’s, providing a vibrant, provocative and artistic soundtrack to the picket lines, economic decline and cultural oppression of the era. Whether factory workers, students or unemployed, industrial music pioneers were all educated, artistically minded and politically aware artists who started with little to no musical background and went on to change musical history.

Industrial musicians found inspiration in Krautrock bands Kraftwerk, Faust and Can, 20th century art movements Dada, Futurism and Surrealism and post-modern writers William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and J.G. Ballard. Combining the do-it-yourself attitude of punk with mail art and underground fanzines, these pioneers were also among the first bands to incorporate tape loops, homemade synthesizers, factory field recordings and cut-up techniques in their music.

Discover the personal story of industrial music founders Throbbing Gristle, Sheffield’s prolific Dada inspired band Cabaret Voltaire, award-winning soundtrack composer Graeme Revell of SPK, noise music inventor Boyd Rice of NON and fifteen other of the genre’s most influential figures, exposing their incredible stories for the first time on film.

Maryland Institute College of Art
Fred Lazarus IV Center Auditorium – L115
131 W. North Ave, Baltimore, MD

Friday September 18th at 8pm.

Free Admission

Sound Art students spent a week in residence this past March 14-23, 2014, at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras (CMMAS), in Morelia, Mexico. MICA Sound Art faculty members Jason Sloan and Erik Spangler lead workshops in phonography (acoustic ecology and field recording), musique concréte (found-sound audio collage), and group improvisation using graphic scores (visual designs guiding the production of sounds in performance). Audio and video documentation of the local area were incorporated into a collaborative multimedia piece, performed at both CMMAS and MICA. CMMAS staff and artists in residence also presented talks on their work, and on audio technology available for use in the performance.

All workshops, including those by the MICA faculty and by musicians associated with CMMAS, were also attended by local Mexican students who also participated in the collaborative performance with the MICA students in the program.

MICA Sound Project Studio@CMMAS – Morelia Mexico from SoundArt@MICA on Vimeo.

On our second program exchange to STEIM, the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Sound Art program explored the the unique soundscape of Amsterdam and the sonic finger print of STEIM in a live performance Sunday evening March 24th, 2013. Five undergraduate students, led by MICA sound art faculty Jason Sloan and Erik Spangler, created a unique improvisional performance based on sampling from STEIM’s archive of vintage analog synthesizers while also drawing from an original archive of field recordings created while visiting Amsterdam. Through this process of mixing two unique and historic soundscapes this performance brought forward a unique music that celebrates both the city of Amsterdam and the STEIM organization.


Sound Art students and concentrators, Sasha de Koninck, Shawn Cook, Andrew Scotti, Tyler Tamburo, Faith Bocian, along with IDA/Sound Art faculty members Jason Sloan and Erik Spangler visited STEIM [STudio for Electro Instrumental Music]  in Amsterdam for a week-long residency over Spring Break. Through workshops with STEIM staff and independent work in the studio, the students developed their own electronic instruments that they used in a public performance at the end of the week. An excerpt from the final performance can be streamed below.

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This fall, the Sound Art concentration at MICA is excited to be hosting performances, workshops and lectures by three leading artists in the field of electronic music and sound art.

Kaffe Matthews
Wednesday September 21, 2011
Artist Talk 6:30-7:30pm Brown 206 – Live Performance Brown Center Atrium 8-9pm – Free
Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition, Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music worldwide with a variety of things and places such as violin, theremin, Scottish weather, desert stretched wires, NASA scientists, melting ice in Quebec and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is researching 3D composition for outdoor enjoyment through Hammerhead sharks in Galapagos and sustainable vibratory interface design with ‘music for bodies’. Kaffe has released 6 solo CD’s on the label Annette Works and has collaborated and performed with agf, Ryoko Kuwajima, MIMEO, Sachiko M, Ikue Mori, Marina Rosenfeld, Oren Ambarchi and Christian Fennesz.
Kaffe Matthews appear courtesy of the High Zero Foundation, Baltimore.

Pamela Z.
Monday October 10, 2011
Artist Talk 1pm Brown 206 – Free
Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. One of the pioneers of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers in her solo works that combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrète sounds. In her current performance work, she uses MAX MSP and Isadora software on a MacBook Pro along with custom MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound and image with physical gestures. Her performances range in scale from small concerts in galleries to large-scale multi-media works in flexible black-box venues and proscenium halls. In addition to her performance work, she has a growing body of inter-media gallery works including multi-channel sound and video installations.

Matthew Burtner
Friday October 14, 2011 – 12pm.
Performance and Workshop
– Falvey Hall – Free
Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan composer and sound artist specializing in concert music and interactive media. His work explores ecoacoustics,(dis)embodiment, and extended polymetric and noise-based systems. Burtner invents and develops new technologies for creative and educational applications. In 1999, he invented the Metasaxophone, an acoustic/electric/computer instrument extending the saxophone into the world of electro-acoustics. Paul Wagner of the Saxophone Journal describes the Metasaxophone as “a new instrument with innovative and exciting possibilities for the saxophone world… the music is as mysterious and fascinating as the instrument itself.” His work with imbedded computer systems and sensor technology led him to create other unique instruments, most notably the theatrical ecoacoustic instruments for his large-scale staged multimedia operas. As an Invited Researcher at IRCAM in Paris he developed sensor-based software/hardware interfaces for multimedia performance. In 2008 he invented NOMADS (Network-Operational Mobile Applied Digital System), a system now developed by the Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG) at UVA in collaboration with David Topper and Steven Kemper.

Brown’s talent for pacing, contrasting calm against cloudy and arranging pleasant harmonies out of just the right kinds of sounds is what makes Ten Years of Dust a cut above the rest.”

Chuck Van Zyl – Host of Star’s End Radio

2010 MICA IDA alumni Peter G. Brown has just released his debut solo album Ten Years of Dust. In addition to positive reviews, and comparisons to the Eno and Budd ambient classic The PearlTen Years of Dust has been receiving air time on many electronic and ambient radio programs in the States and abroad. Congratulations Peter!

Ten Years of Dust is available at: iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, etc.

Beacon [full track preview]

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Yet To Come [full track preview]

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