Completed in June of 2015, Reflections and Refractions represents an initial foray into the integration of computer generated music and digital moving images in my compositional process. With a choreographic mindset the images generated by Maya were tightly aligned with music generated by Csound to create a ballet of expression. At times the images and sounds are in direct unity, at other times they are in harmony. There are moments of counterpoint between the elements and at other times one pushes or pulls the other toward the next transition. All the while themes and motifs are being created, developed, varied and abandoned as has been a constant thread running through the formal aspects of my creative process throughout my body of work.
Composing from a contemporary Musique Concrète perspective augmented by various score synthesis techniques, Michael Rhoades elicits musical events from generative algorithms and an ever-expanding Csound sample playback instrument. Numerical representations of aural quanta are mixed and blended into formal elements via a variety of catalysts such as tendency masks, mathematical equations, sonifications, cellular automata, score based sampling and other paradigms in an unbending quest for emergent quanta.
Michael served as a SEAMUS board member and hosted SEAMUS 2009. He curated the monthly Sweetwater Electroacoustic Music Concert Series and numerous other concerts, exhibits and installations. His works have been presented in concert worldwide as well as used for pedagogical purposes. He is a published writer and also gives lectures on the subjects of algorithmic composition, score based sampling, sonification, spatialization, and creativity.
After receiving his BFA in Creative Technologies at Virginia Tech in the spring of 2018, Michael is now pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD at Virginia Tech. His ongoing practice-based research in the areas of Holography, Holophony, Algorithmic Composition, and Super Computing is the focus of his curriculum.
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