New Media Concerts Announced

Jim Phelps

Jim Phelps, professor of electronic and computer music in the NIU School of Music, announces a series of three concerts entitled "ALWAYS COMING: a culture war in three short nights." The concerts will be October 22, 23 and 24, all beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall.

These concerts, featuring experimental and mixed-media works, consist entirely of music composed and performed by Dr. Phelps, with the assistance of three guest artists: Husain Abdulaziz (passionate observationist - Oct. 22), Patrik Windsor (composer/guitarist - Oct. 23) and Michael Taylor (musician/audio technology specialist - Oct. 24). Phelps will present fixed-media computer music components and will also perform with electric guitars, electric violin and piano.

Jim tells us: "ALWAYS COMING: a culture war in three short nights" presents a personification of "confused metaphor" on both micro and macro strata. The three-movement (three-night) work metaphorically suggests glorification of both non-violence and violence, peace and war, love and hate, tolerance and intolerance, good and evil, global village and global fracture.

The first night's musical material will be only one chord ("sub-chord"). The second night will add one more chord to the "chordal vocabulary" of "ALWAYS COMING." The third night will complete the "vocabulary" by adding the last remaining sub-chord. Only then will the vocabulary be complete and the audience will hear for the first time the entire "macro-chord." The "confused metaphor" will then be complete? No. "ALWAYS COMING" suggests that nothing is ever complete because it is "always coming." Nothing ever "arrives." Nothing is anything.

There is a warning associated with these concerts - they will likely include extremely loud sound which may not be suitable for all people.

The concerts are free and open to the public. For more details, feel free to contact Jim Phelps at


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