Alex Christie and Ben Robertson

Title: Wall Works

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Description: A play between light & decaying sonorities, in which varying pulses of artificial incandescence drive a sonic landscape re-embodied within physical surfaces.  

Bios: Alex Christie makes acoustic music, electronic music, and intermedia art in many forms. His work has been called “vibrant”, “interesting, I guess”, and responsible for “ruin[ing] my day”. He has collaborated with artists in a variety of fields and is particularly interested in the ways in which acoustic and electronic sound worlds intersect. Recently, Alex’s work has explored the ecology of performance in intermedia art and interactive electronic music. Through real-time audio processing, instrument building, video, lighting, and theater, Alex expands performance environments to offer multiple lenses through which the audience can experience the work. He is curious about the design of power structures, systems of interference, absurdist bureaucracy, and indeterminacy in composition. Alex holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory

and Mills College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies (CCT) at the University of Virginia. More info. at https://alexchristie.org/

Ben Luca Robertson is a composer, experimental luthier, and co-founder of the independent record label, Aphonia Recordings.  His work addresses an interest in autonomous processes, landscape, and biological systems—often by supplanting narrative structure with an emphasis on the re-embodiment of sound, spectra, and microtonality. Growing up in the dry, expansive landscapes of the inland Pacific Northwest, impressions of Ponderosa pine trees, channel scablands, basalt outcroppings, vacant lots, and relics of boomtown decay continue to haunt his work.  In the Summer of 2015, he was appointed to a guest research position at the Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interactions (TAUCHI) in Finland and recently collaborated with the University of Idaho Water Resources Department to sonify migratory patterns of Chinook salmon.  Ben holds an M.A. in Music Composition from Eastern Washington University and a B.A. from the Evergreen State College.  As an educator, he has taught courses in composition, music technology, and instrument design.  His music has been performed both regionally and abroad, including the New York Reembodied Sound Symposium, Olympia Experimental Music Festival, Prichard Gallery, Seattle Magma Festival, and Sound & Music Computing Conference in Maynooth, Ireland.  Ben is currently pursuing a PhD in Composition & Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia.