Program Notes
Murmurs is the first in a set of pieces that explores the interactions between instruments and electronics within a vibrant, blurry landscape. Throughout the piece, twisted melodic fragments move through both the piano and the electronics, creating ghostly melodies which ebb and flow through a vast imaginary space.

Biographical Sketch
Michael James Olson is a composer and media artist currently residing in Indiana. His work focuses on the intersections of traditional instrumentation with various media such as video, interactive electronics, and multi-channel audio. His works have been performed at festivals and venues such as NYCEMF (New York), IIT Technology Festival (Mumbai), SEAMUS (Miami), Noisefloor Festival (UK), EMM (Illinois), and the ICMC (New York). Michael holds a M.M. from Georgia Southern University where he studied composition with John Thompson, and is presently a doctoral student at Ball State University where he studies composition with Michael Pounds and Keith Kothman.

Topher Ruggiero received his B.M. from Ithaca College, an M.M from Kent State University and is currently a Doctoral student at Ball State University where he studies with Ray Kilburn.