iARTA presents an evening of guitar, interactive animation, and electronic music

The Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) research cluster presents David Stout, professor of music composition, in concert with visiting avant-garde and jazz guitarist Janet Feder for an evening of guitar, interactive animation, and electronic music at UNT on the Square Friday evening, Nov. 2.

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Drill Wide Open by David Stout merges 3D animation, electronic sound, and visual abstraction into a musical work that allows the performer to directly animate and perform both image and sound. DWO is an audio-visual meditation on the dramatic landscape of the American southwest. The resulting visual atmospheres, geometries and color palettes are abstractions inspired by the wide open vistas of west Texas, the vibrant sculpted landscapes of New Mexico, and the neon artifice of Los Vegas. Feder joins Stout on select movements within the piece.

Janet Feder will perform her work, Postcard Stories.  A native of Boulder, Colorado, Feder's performances are deeply layered and textured adventures into sonic landscapes that are like postcards: mostly instrumental and occasionally sung stories of places and occurrences brought to life by the broad palette of textures she creates using unusual objects strategically placed on specific strings to summon sounds not typically heard from guitars.

David Stout is a visual artist, composer, video director and performer exploring cross-media synthesis and interdisciplinary approaches to new genres bridging the arts, design and sciences. He is a recipient of the New Mexico New Visions Award (2007), the Harvestworks Interactive Technology Award and the Sun Micro Systems Award for Academic Excellence (2004) and a nominee for the USA Artist Fellowship (2008), International Media Art Prize (2004) and the WTN World Technology Award (2003). Stout is a founding member of the acclaimed new media group, NoiseFold and the coordinator of the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) at the University of North Texas.

Janet Feder is most widely known for pioneering compositions for prepared guitar.  She has taught and toured both solo and with her duo Cowhause across the US and internationally.  Performances in prestigious modern music festivals in Europe include MIMI (Marseille, France), The London Musician's Collective, and Music Unlimited (Wels, Austria).  She has performed and collaborated with legends of modern music including Elliott Sharp, Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally and Brian Beller, Amy Denio, Thomas Dimuzzio and Chris Cutler, Mike Johnson/Thinking Plague, Vinny Golia, Erin McKeown, and Bill Frisell.