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ELECTROACOUSTIC BARN DANCE BRINGS HUNDREDS OF COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS TO CAMPUS Jacksonville University hosted the Seventh Annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance in the spring of 2018, a free three-day national festival of electronic music and art that brought in acclaimed composers and artists from around the world. On stage performing with top student and faculty composers from dozens of universities at this year’s event included the JU Music Division’s own Faculty New Music Ensemble: Dr. Shannon Lockwood on cello, Artist- in-Residence Tony Steve on percussion and Director of Jazz Studies John Ricci on saxophone. Electroacoustic music showcases multimedia by mixing analog and digital sounds, often with video, with performers using computers as control stations while traditional instruments are also incorporated. At any given concert at the Barn Dance, audience members listened to musical works in eight-channel surround sound; acoustic instruments processed to sound like clouds, sandpaper, and steel; video works that embrace the real, the colorful and the heavily abstract; works performed by the audience members from their seats; and works played on instruments created by the composers themselves. The festival is an academic conference for electronic artists, with more than 300 scores, papers and installations judged for entry. Composers come from diverse backgrounds and include winners of the Rome Prize, the Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the Barlow International Competition, the ASCAP/SEAMUS award and many others. The next Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival will be held November 8-10, 2018 in Terry Concert Hall. For more information, visit www.ju.edu/cfaevents. WAVEMAGAZINEONLINE.COM 11