Life and Death on a Spinning Disk

Program Notes
A record player is called to life to tell its pre-recorded story of a computer’s rebellion against its creator, and how it destroys the world.

Biographical Sketch
Ted King-Smith is a composer, educator, and saxophonist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Interested in the intersection of acoustic and electronic forces in music, his compositions synthesize various influences into engaging works that emphasize virtuosity and improvisation. Recent recognition for his music has come from I Care if You Listen, BMI, and the American Prize. Ted’s music has been featured at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, Late Night at National Sawdust, WFMT and WKCR, and other conferences and festivals. He holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music, Washington State University, and the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Ted is currently an adjunct faculty member at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Johnson County Community College where he teaches courses in music technology, audio, and multimedia. He is also active as a performer with the Mnemosyne Quartet; and is a board member of the NewEar Contemporary Chamber ensemble and Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA).