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UMFK professor to have composition played at Immedia 2003 conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan

January 24, 2003


University of Maine at Fort Kent associate professor of music, Scott Brickman, will have his computer processed composition A Few Moments Peace programmed at the Immedia digital arts festival.

The festival is part of the eighth annual conference and exhibition of digital and electronic art being held on January 31 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

According to Brickman, A Few Moments Peace (2002) refers to both the desire for and experience of personal and political peace.

"It was inspired by my experience of praying in the Synagogue during the Jewish High Holidays, and my recent memories of a world less involved in terrorism and war," said Brickman. "It was composed using sawtooth, sine, square and triangle waves transformed with an editing tool, a prolonged low piano timbre, MIDI files, and a recording of a Peace Prayer in Hebrew."

Sponsored by Entity, the Ann Arbor Michigan Electronic Artist Coalition, Immedia is not only one of the largest art shows and conferences at the University of Michigan, but also continues Immedia's strong tradition of being the largest annual digital media show in the Midwest.

A major conference that draws speakers, artists, and enthusiasts from all over the globe, Immedia's mission is to strive to concretely display the creative thought that is surfacing within this medium. New mixtures of art and technology have become topics for detailed dialogues.

The role of Immedia is to research, discuss, and document the diverse ways in which humans have adapted to a digital life. It is an excellent forum for demonstrating and witnessing new concepts using electronic and digital media.

"Because the artistic and technical potential of digital and electronic art has only recently begun to be realized, the ideas brought forward by this exhibition hold tremendous value in that they explore new uses and applications of this emerging digital technology," said Brickman.

The student-run event has attracted numerous artists and speakers to Ann Arbor from over thirty countries. Not only does it draw from the University community for its basis and validity, it comes from a revolution of an entire region, inspired by Detroit's ascension in electronic music as a unique and now well-respected genre.

Immedia aims to do just that-showcase the very best of artistic possibilities from an ever-increasing electronic world.

Brickman has had a number of his compositions programmed during the past years. Vacationland was first heard in September of 2002 at the Cage 2002:90/10 Musicircus at the University of Southhampton Festival in the United Kingdom, again in October at the Society of Composers Region VII Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona, and a performance at the fourth annual La Crosse Music Festival in Wisconsin in November.

Brickman premiered another of his piano compositions, Northern Lines during a concert held at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in April of 2002. Last October, his composition Working: Class: Peace was performed in Hallowell as part of the Peace by Piece Art Exhibition.

He also composed Sketches of Maine in 1999, which has been recorded by pianist Jeffrey Jacob and available on New Ariel AE 005 CD.

Brickman who was born in Oak Park, Illinois holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Brandeis University. His music has been performed in major cities throughout the United States as well as in Brazil, Canada, Portugal and the U.K.

Brickman teaches music theory and history at UMFK and was approved for promotion to associate professor with tenure, effective in September of last year.

Since 1998, Brickman has been the co-chair of the New England Region of the Society of Composers, Inc. and was recently elected treasurer of the Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society.

He has taught at the Chautauqua Institution, as well as having served as a reader for the High School Advanced Placement Music Exam.