GAMBIER — A flute recital performed by Ann Stimson and super-charged with electronic accompaniment by composer and sound designer Marc Ainger takes off Sunday at 2 p.m., at Kenyon College.
Stimson, adjunct instructor of flute at Kenyon, and Ainger, associate professor of music theory and composition at the Ohio State University, will play songs by Ainger, Toshio Hosokawa, Pierre Jodlowski and Robert Rowe during the free, public concert at Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall, 105 College Dr.
While Stimson plays flute on the stage, Ainger will sit with the audience, performing wireless sound mixing on a computer. “I consider it a duet,” Stimson said. “He is sculpting the sound.”
Stimson will play her instrument into a microphone and will at times use a foot pedal that augments the sound of her flute.
“Something recognizable as flute turns into something a lot more raucous and raw,” she said.
Ainger creates a soundscape by transforming the sound of the flute, sometimes lowering the sound by a couple of octaves, sometimes “adding a growl to it,” she said.
Stimson enjoys traditional flute music but is attracted to what can be added.
“I’m attracted to many kinds of flute music, the traditional repertoire and the new,” she said. “Sometimes it’s nice to have an alternative to pastoral flute lines. I may want to turn that sweet sound into something more edgy. I find it exciting. It’s so limitless.”
Stimson, who also teaches music theory at OSU, has performed and lectured around the United States and Europe. Her research interests include analysis and promotion of new music with an emphasis on electro-acoustic media. Ainger works in computer and electronic music, often using digital sounds in combination with traditional instruments. His performances and commissions have included work with the Aspen Music Festival, American Film Institute, Guangdong Modern Dance, Royal Danish Ballet, and Late Night with David Letterman.
To learn more about the event, call 740-427-5197.
Published on September 25, 2013