Black (W)hole draws material and inspiration from the study of gravitational waves predicted to be produced by a small black hole falling into a zoom-whirl orbit with a super-massive black hole. The piece is part of a larger multi-faceted science/art collaborative installation. Collaborators include Sara Mast (visual artist), Jessica Jellison (architect), Christopher O’Leary (video/visual artist), Cindy Stillwell (video artist/film maker), Jason Bolte (composer), and Charles Kankelborg (physicist), along with guidance from physicists Joey Key and Nico Yunes. The work was commissioned as part of the Celebrating Einstein Event at Montana State University, and was funded in part by Montana State University and a Montana Space Grant Consortium through a NASA Education Enhancement Grant.
Jason Bolte is an Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Technology Program at Montana State University. Jason is a member of the organizational board of the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and a founding board member of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance. Jason earned a B.M. with an emphasis in Music Engineering Technology and a M.M. in Music Composition from Ball State University. He holds a D.M.A. In Music Composition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he was a Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Fellow, a School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Doctoral Fellow, and an Ovation Scholar. Before joining the faculty at MSU, Jason taught at the University of Central Missouri and the Kansas City Kansas Community College.
A composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, his work has been performed throughout the United States, and the world. In the summer of 2007, he was an Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Master Artist Denis Smalley. Jason’s music has received awards and recognition from the International Competition for Composers "Città di Udine,” ISCM Miami Section/World New Music Days, Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacusticas, International Electroacoustic Music Contest – CEMVA, Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva, Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art, ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition, ETH Zurich Digital Arts Week Soundscape Competition, Music Teachers National Association/Missouri Music Teachers Association, and International Society of Bassists Composition Competition. Jason’s music is available on the Ablaze, ELECTRO<>ACÚSTICO, SEAMUS, Irritable Hedgehog, Vox Novus, SoundWalk, and Miso Records labels.