Wabash Music Enters New Era
by Steve Charles
February 9, 2015
The Wabash Department of Music enters “the dawn of a new era” Wednesday as the College presents "Soundscapes," its first Concert of Electronic Music, in Salter Hall in the Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.
The concert features student, faculty, contemporary, and historical soundscapes, including pieces by Luke Walker ’15, the College’s first electronic music minor.
Composer and Wabash Professor Peter Hulen celebrates the upcoming concert with a sampler from the work of Walker and others during an interview on this week’s Wabash On My Mind podcast.
“There’s been a studio on campus for 20 years to make this music,” Hulen says, “but we’ve never had the ability to properly present it to an audience. The College now has state-of-the-art equipment to perform it—in multi-channel surround sound—and I hope this Wednesday will be the dawn of a new era in electronic music.
“Wabash is one of only three schools in our consortium with any emphasis whatsoever on electronic music—I’m looking forward to adding our star to that constellation.”
With electronic dance music the fastest growing genre worldwide, student interest has been on the rise.
“Like clockwork, students in electronic music classes every year ask, ‘Is there any way I can major or minor in this?’” Hulen says. “Several years ago I decided to do something about that, and that is where the new courses and equipment have come in.”
Walker had taken all the electronic music courses the department offered but was still one short of a minor. He petitioned the College to do a “self-created minor”
“They said, ‘yes,” Hulen recalls, and Walker is working with his teachers to help create that course. “I’m not sure what this last course will look like yet, but it will be performance based and will use this new equipment.”
Walker and Ian Callecod ’17 are among the students whose soundscapes will be performed, and Hulen plays samples from both during the podcast interview below.
The College’s first Concert of Electronic Music begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Salter Hall and is free and open to the public.