seed. signal. is a mixed work for piano and precomposed electronic sound and reflects my continued interest in works that combine fixed-format electronics with solo performer. The advantages of this style are highlighted by the limitless sonic territory available to the studio composer paired with the technical autonomy of the fixed medium. This allows the composer to create dynamic imaginary relationships between the live, visible sound source (performer) and the non-live, fixed, acousmatic sound, which can be shaped by the composer to exhibit a myriad of behaviors. seed.signal. is characterized by relationships of extension, causality, and frame. The live and electronic sound worlds are complementary but are constantly engaged in a game of rhythmic/gestural tension and resolve, dominance and subordination, disturbance and stillness.
Robert Seaback is a composer and guitarist working primarily in the electroacoustic genre. He holds a B.S. in Music Technology from Northeastern University, an M.A. in Composition from Mills College, and is currently a Ph.D. Fellow at the University of Florida under the instruction of Paul Koonce and James Paul Sain. Seaback’s electroacoustic work has been presented internationally at festivals including the ICMC, the ISCM World New Music Days, and the EMUfest of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, Rome. In 2011, he was awarded First Prize in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition.