Animated Notation Comes to NIU

Ryan Ross Smith is a musician and composer who is interested in the creation of rhythmic complexity with an economy of means, the stasis of an active non-accomplishment, the expression of concept over form or development. Smith is also the creator of, a website devoted to the his innovative compositions, as well as a global network of other similar composers and researchers. We welcome him to NIU with a performance of his works in the School of Music Recital Hall, Wednesday, February 18, at 8:00 p.m. The performance is free of charge and the public is welcome.

Smith has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and UK, including performances at MoMA and PS1 [NYC] and Le Centre Pompidou [Paris, FR], has had his music performed throughout North America, Iceland, and the UK, has presented his work and research at conferences including NIME and the Deep Listening Conference. Smith earned his MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College in 2012, and is currently a PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

For this performance at NIU Smith will be working with local musicians (and non-musicians) to perform his unique animated scores. This promises to be a fun, lively event that will inspire the audience to imagine music notation in new and creative ways.

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