ICMC 2011 Presentation

August 15th, 2011

Auksalaq, a Telematic Opera was presented as a poster at the 2011 International Computer Music Conference in Huddersfield, United Kingdom and appears as a paper in the Conference Proceedings. Co-written by S. Deal and M. Burtner, the paper is available in the “Writings” section of this website.

Concert Version Performed at Ear to the Earth Festival in New York

November 23rd, 2010

A concert version of the Auksalaq was performed in New York on October 31 as part of the Electonic Music Foundation’s Ear to the Earth Festival.  Joan LABarbara was featured as the singer/narrator, with the NYU New Music Ensemble directed by Esther Lamneck, and the NYU Percussion Ensemble directed by Jonathan Haas.


September 4th, 2010

Auksalaq, the Inupiat word for “melting snow/ice”, is a telematic work that explores global climate change from a northern geographic and cultural perspective. Using networked technology, videography, music, voice, visual arts and interviews, Auksalaq integrates artistic expression, scientific information and social/political commentary to create an interactive, multi-dimensional experience. The narrative incorporates fragmented and conflicting perspectives about the state of climate change as experienced in Alaska and the Arctic. These accounts, portrayed in the form of a scientific commentary and interviews with people of the region, are woven into a story about change in the far north. The music expresses interlocking environmental forces as eco-musical forms, expressing the profound changes in the ice-flows of Arctic waters. A new interactive audience-participation software called NOMADS enables engagement with the performance in real-time. Audience members are encouraged to attend the concert with their laptops or PDAs. (more)