"Openings" is the first version of a piece being developed for a live accordion player and a second performer using a computer performance system being developed with support from the Indiana Arts Commission. This piece is intended to be the first in a series of works that explore live performance with gestural control of computer processing of live and computer-generated sound. This version of the piece uses pre-recorded accordion sounds as the source material for all of the music. Thanks to Rick DiGiallonardo for letting me record his accordion sounds. Thanks also to Nathan Daywalt for his assistance.
Michael Pounds holds degrees in composition from Ball State University, the University of Birmingham (England), and the University of Illinois. His awards include the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Award, a Residence Prize at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony and I-Park. His music has been performed throughout the US and abroad. He was a co-host of the 2005 SEAMUS national conference. Michael is the Assistant Director of the Music Media Production program and a composition faculty member at Ball State University, where he teaches composition, acoustics, music perception, recording and computer music.