New Sound System Opens Possibilities
The Wabash College Music Department will present the third annual Soundscapes Concert of electronic music by student, faculty, contemporary, and historic composers at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in Salter Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
“We are excited to be bringing electronic music to West Central Indiana,” says Wabash music professor Peter Hulen.
After establishing electronic music studios 20 years ago, the College now has state-of-the-art equipment to perform it in multi-channel surround sound. Wabash recently added new courses in electronic music history and digital sound synthesis.
The College’s efforts with electronic music date back nearly 50 years. Wabash students in the new music department were individually studying electronic music when the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studio performed a program of electronic music here in 1970. Nearly a quarter century later, a Wabash professor assembled equipment for an electronic music studio so a new course could be offered and students could create electronic music.
“With well-developed facilities for creating electronic music,” says Hulen, “and with courses teaching the subject in a variety of ways, we felt it was time to be able to properly perform electronic music.”
The concert is free and open to the public.