my breath

Program Notes

About five years ago, I was diagnosed with COPD…chronic obstructive pulmonary disease…undoubtedly due to having smoked for 20+ years. As a consequence, I became more attuned to my own breath, the rate of my respirations, the depth of my inhalations, and the sound of my exhalations. At around the same time, I began development of a system that applies machine learning to the task of building a creative agent working in the domain of music composition. This short work is an attempt to apply the latter in a contemplation of the former.

Biographical Sketch
M. Anthony “Tony” Reimer’s award-winning compositions and sound designs have been heard in venues across the country and internationally for over 25 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a Master's in Computer Music and New Media from Northern Illinois University and is pursuing a doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His passion is designing sound effects and writing music for live theatre, film, video games and interactive experiences. In addition to an active freelance career in theatrical sound design, Tony has also served as a sound designer and composer on many video projects and as the audio director and composer for the Mutiny Games company. He has also designed and implemented multiple interactive installations and data sonification projects in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area. Currently, Tony teaches sound design at Illinois State University's School of Theatre and Dance and UIUC's Department of Theater. He is also an active arts technology researcher working on projects that aid collaborative efforts among artists, including things like a framework for collaborative development of multi-user virtual worlds, audience interaction technology through the use of mobile devices, and support for telematic performances. A complete list of works and other materials can be found at:

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