Meru: Tracing Earth

Program Notes
In Down the River, Edward Abbey wrote “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” I was a ten-year-old Midwesterner the first time I saw the Rockies. I discovered then that I—like people from many cultures around the world—have a strong spiritual connection with mountains, the wilderness, and the life they support.

I spend most of my waking hours using technology and teaching others how to use it. It is how I make both my living and my art. Technology and nature both possess a kind of magic. Art—the way humans express and understand some of the deepest parts of being human—brings these two essential parts of my life together.

This project started with a desire to combine my research interest in algorithmic composition and my need to be connected to the mountain wilderness that surrounds me. I have always seen musical trajectories in the peaks and passes of mountain ranges. To create this work, GPS data was collected in the Bridger and Gallatin ranges and on a float down the Ruby River in southwestern Montana. The data was mapped onto musical parameters to create the cello part, and several aspects of the electronic sounds.

Meru Peak is a mountain in the Uttarakhand region of India. Mount Meru is a mythical five-peaked mountain in Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cosmology and is considered to be the center of the physical and spiritual universes. It is said to lie in the middle of the Earth and extend beneath the surface of the surrounding waters. It is used as a metaphor for size and stability in Buddhist tradition.


100 words July 2016


This project started with a desire to combine my research interest in algorithmic composition and my need to be connected to the mountain wilderness that surrounds me. To create this work, GPS data was collected in the Bridger and Gallatin ranges and on a float down the Ruby River in southwestern Montana. The piece is a sonification of the GPS data.

Meru Peak is a mountain in the Uttarakhand region of India. Mount Meru is a mythical five-peaked mountain in Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cosmology and is considered to be the center of the physical and spiritual universes. It is used as a metaphor for size and stability in Buddhist tradition.




Biographical Sketch
Linda Antas is a composer, arts technologist, flutist, and educator. Her compositions have been performed and broadcast around the world and are published on the Ablaze, TauKay, Centaur, EMS, and Media Café labels. Her works have appeared on festivals including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Città di Udine International Composition Competition (Taukay Edizioni Musicali), the Sound and Music Computing Conference, and the Fifth International Congress on Synesthesia: Science and Art. She has been recognized by the Musica Nova International Competition of Electroacoustic Music, the Fulbright Foundation, the Bourges Electroacoustic Composition Competition, and the International Computer Music Association.

As a flutist, she has performed at the National Flute Association Convention, SEAMUS, the Phonos Foundation’s (Barcelona) Instrumental-Electroacoustica Festival, the Seattle Chamber Players’ Icebreaker Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, and the Electroacoustic Barn Dance.
Her current research interests are sonification, visual music, real-time signal processing, and physical computing. She teaches music technology, interdisciplinary multimedia courses, and composition at Montana State University and is currently Vice President for Membership of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States.



Performer Biographical Sketch
same as composer's, but here is a more "flutey" bio:
Linda Antas is a flutist/composer, arts technologist, and educator. As a flutist, she has performed at the National Flute Association Convention, The Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, the Phonos Foundation’s (Barcelona) Instrumental-Electroacoustica Festival, the Seattle Chamber Players’ Icebreaker Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, and the Electroacoustic Barn Dance. She studied flute with Jan Scott, Alex Murray, and Paul Taub, and has performed in masterclasses by Robert Dick.
Her compositions have been performed and broadcast around the world and are published on the Ablaze, TauKay, Centaur, EMS, and Media Café labels. Her works have appeared on festivals including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Città di Udine International Composition Competition (Taukay Edizioni Musicali), the Sound and Music Computing Conference, and the Fifth International Congress on Synesthesia: Science and Art. She has been recognized by the Musica Nova International Competition of Electroacoustic Music, the Fulbright Foundation, the Bourges Electroacoustic Composition Competition, and the International Computer Music Association.

Her current research interests are flute performance, sonification, visual music, real-time signal processing, and physical computing. She has taught a variety of courses including flute studio at The College of Wooster, Fort Hays State University, and Missouri Western State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Montana State University where she teaches music technology, interdisciplinary multimedia courses, and composition.