Announcing the 20th Anniversary SEAMUS Electroclips Project Results

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, We wish to congratulate the winners of the 20th Anniversary Electroclips Contest.  Their works received the top number of votes during the November election and will automatically be included on the SEAMUS 2006 National Conference in Eugene, Oregon.

J. Anthony Allen:

McGregor Boyle:

august occasion
Ivica Ico Bukvic:
All Your Sprache Are Belong To Strauss
Christopher Cook:
I Started
Samuel Pluta:
Russell Wields His Presidential Gavel
Christopher Weise:
It may be just a rumor
Maurice Wright:

The board wishes to thank ALL those who participated, and made this project a huge success.  If you have not listened to them, you may still do so at www.seamusonline.org by logging into the members area.

Once again, congratulations to all!

Kurt Stallman appointed Editor of
SEAMUS Newsletter

The SEAMUS Board of Directors has appointed Kurt Stallman as the next Editor of the SEAMUS Newsletter. Kurt brings a wealth of organizational experience to this job, and he has many creative ideas for improving our newsletter. As was announced when we the job description was posted several months ago, the Newsletter will be in electronic (pdf) format beginning with its next issue. If you have ideas for the Newsletter, or newsworthy items you would like to submit, please feel free to contact Kurt by email at this address: SEAMUS Newsletter <seamusnews@rice.edu>

2005 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Award Recipients

On behalf of ASCAP and the entire SEAMUS membership , the Board of Directors would like to recognize and congratulate our 2005 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Award recipients

Ben Hackbarth • 1st Prize
Ed Martin • 2nd Prize

honorable mentions:

Brad Decker
Joo Won Park


SEAMUS 2006 National Conference Call for Works: Submission Guidelines/Form

The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, invites submissions of electro-acoustic music with and without performers, works with video, soundscape compositions, and other types of related works, as well as papers and panel discussions for its 2006 National Conference. The SEAMUS National COnferences are open to both members and non-members alike

The 2006 Conference WebSite

The 2006 Conference Guidelines and Downloadable submission form

Innova Recordings has just released Barry Schrader's new CD, Beyond. This album features four of Schrader's recent electro-acoustic music works: First Spring, Beyond, Duke’s Tune (the first and only musical work based on a melody composed by a potbellied pig), and all three movements of Death: Before Death, Into Death, and After Death.

Regarding the music on this CD, pioneering electro-acoustic music composer Bebe Barron proclaims “This music conjures up a whirlwind of emotion from some primeval source that permeates the listener with awe.”

Click the CD image above for more information

2005 National Conference Sponsors
SEAMUS would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Genelec and Sweetwater Music Technology for sponsoring the 2005 SEAMUS National Conference:

Krsit McGarity Member Focus
SEAMUS Member Focus : Krist McGarity

Kristi McGarity is a graduate student in music composition with a background in both acoustic and electronic media. She earned a degree in oboe performance from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas, where she has studied composition with Russell Pinkston, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, and Kevin Puts. Awards and honors include first prize in the 2001 ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission Competition for her electronic piece Mystery and a prize in the Athena 2001 Festival Competition for her choral piece Three E.E. Cummings Poems, recorded by the Murray State University Concert Choir on their CD A Choral Tour of Italy. She was selected as a finalist in the 2002 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for her soprano/cello piece Key West, and her piece How the Hell Are You Feeling? for violin and guitar has been recorded by Duo46 on the Summit Records label. Her teaching experience includes a teaching assistantship in the University of Texas electronic music studios and electronic music classes at Austin Community College. Along with her work as a composer, Kristi has played oboe in UT's New Music Ensemble and she keeps a full studio of oboe students.


The SEAMUS MEMBER FOCUS is an ongoing news feature of SEAMUSONLINE. which randomly spotlights individuals from it's fellowship. Members are asked to keep their webspaces current...you could very likely be next!

Wendy Carlos receives 18th Annual SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award.

SEAMUS wishes to congratulate Wendy Carlos as the recipient of the 18th Annual Seamus Lifetime Achievement Award on April 15th. 2005 full story

From Robert A. Moog:

It's an honor and a privilege to pay homage to Wendy Carlos, and to celebrate her appointment of the 2005 SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award.

It was my good fortune to meet Wendy some four decades ago, when she was a student of Vladimir Ussachevsky at the Columbia Princeton Electronic Music Center. Over the years as her areas of expertise broadened and her place of honor at the forefront of synthesis and electronic music production became widely acknowledged, she always set the highest standards, - both musical and technical, - through her keen esthetic sense and meticulous attention to detail.

Wendy always seemed to be the first to grasp the musical potential of new electronic music gear and, at the same time, to accept responsibility for developing the discipline necessary to use the new instruments to produce music of the highest quality. The unprecedented popularity of Switched-on Bach, which Wendy released at a time of great ferment in our popular musical culture, was at once strikingly innovative and of breathtakingly high musical quality. I remember the occasion on which Switched-on Bach was first played in public. It was at a technical session of the Audio Engineering Society in the fall of 1968, just a few weeks before the record went on sale. The entire roomful of audio engineering professionals gave Wendy an emotional and enthusiastic standing ovation. And a short time after that, Switched-on Bach was on its way to becoming one of the best-selling classical albums of all time.

With each succeeding release, Wendy continued to scale new heights of technical sophistication, creativity, and musical excellence. As tape has given way to hard disk recording and digital synthesis has arrived on the music technology scene, Wendy has continued to develop techniques, set standards, and produce recorded music that is a joy and an inspiration to countless thousands of listeners around the world.

- Bob Moog

Every year, the Board of Directors selects the recipient of the SEAMUS Award, in recognition of lifetime achievement and contribution to the art and craft of
electro-acoustic music. The award is presented at the SEAMUS National Conference.

The 17 previous award winners are listed below. Click on the recipient names for a bio:

u 1987 Vladimir Ussachevsky
u 1988 Les Paul
u 1989 Mario Davidovsky
u 1990 Otto Luening
u 1991 Robert Moog
u 1993 John Chowning
u 1994 Max Mathews
u 1995 Milton Babbitt
u 1996 Charles Dodge
u 1997 Louis (post.) and Bebe Barron
u 1998 Morton Subotnick
u 1999 Pauline Oliveros
u 2000 Paul Lansky
u 2001 Herbert Brün
u 2002 Don Buchla
u 2003 Jon Appleton
2004 Barry Vercoe

Davidovsky's Synchronisms No. 11 and 12 to be premiered at SEAMUS 2006

I'm very pleased to announce that, as part of our celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of SEAMUS, the Society for ELectro-Acoustic Music in the United States has to joined a consortium of institutions that are commissioning the renowned composer Mario Davidovsky to write two new electroacoustic works in honor of his 70th birthday. SEAMUS will contribute the standard fee of $2,000 required to join the consortium, but it will also serve as the umbrella organization for the commission, coordinating various aspects of the project and collecting and dispersing the funds. In return, the Davidovsky commission will be officially connected to our 20th anniversary celebration, and the world premieres of the new works will take place at our national conference. Other institutions who have joined the consortium to date are The University of Oregon, Brandeis University, Columbia University, Harvard University, University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Rice University, The University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas.

The two new pieces will be Synchronisms No. 11 and 12, respectively. Synchronisms No. 11 will be for contrabass, and written for Donald Palma. Synchronisms No. 12 will be for bass clarinet, and written for Allen Blustine. Davidovsky plans to complete the first work in time for a world premiere at the 2006 SEAMUS National Conference.

I am personally very excited about the fact that SEAMUS will be taking the lead in this important commission, which will result in the creation of two new works of historical significance. Without question, these pieces will be published, recorded, and performed numerous times. They will be reviewed in places like the New York Times; they will be in every major music library; they will be analyzed by theorists and scholars. I cannot imagine a more appropriate and significant way to officially mark the 20th anniversary of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.

Sincerely yours,

Russell Pinkston, President


SEAMUS's 20th anniversary was recently recognized in the May edition of Mix Magazine. For anyone who may have missed it in print, the article is still featured on MIXonline: go here

Music From SEAMUS, Vol 13

The 13th edition in the Music From SEAMUS CD series has been released. Taken from works presented at the 2003 National Conference at ASU, this compilation includes Mark Applebaum, John Appleton, Larry Austin, Benjamin Broening, Konstantinos Karathanasis, Elainie Lillios, James Mobberley, Noel Paul and Russell Pinkston. click here to order.

2003 SEAMUS Membership Survey Results

The Society recently conducted a survey among its membership to determine the priorities and needs the society must address in the coming years. Top level results of that survey can be seen here

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SEAMUS Member Releases

Eric Lyon • Ex Cathedra (centaur)

Scott Smallwood •
Electrotherapy (deep listening)

David Ozab •
Tempo Ficta (cdbaby.com)

Michael Rhoades
• Dream Travels and the 18th Rule (Perception Factory)

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Hosting a National Conference

The annual SEAMUS National Conference is the cornerstone ofhe organization's yearly schedule. If you and your institution are interested in hosting one of these prestigious events, click here to download the SEAMUS National Conference Handbook for guidelines.