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SEAMUS is an academic organization that focuses on contemporary electro-acoustic composition; that is, compositions that are designed to be performed by an amagalm of live performers and electronic sounds, the latter are usually computer-synthesized or assembled on tape. This type of work was pioneered in the 20th century by composers such as Edgard Varese, Morton Subotnick, Roger Reynolds, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Milton Babbitt, Iannis Xenakis, Vladimir Usachevsky, etc. etc. (please pardon any spelling mistakes) . . .
The SEAMUS conference is a big deal, probably one of the most prestigous of its type in the world . . . and definately the one in North America. I will say that this type of music is pretty avant-garde, "out-there" stuff, so it's not exactly American Idol . . . but a big deal to contemporary composers.
My wife is a flutist and will actually be performing a piece at this conference - it's written for solo flute (specifically for her) and computer. The computer part is written in Max MSP, and combines sampled and electronic sounds with live flute, which is then also processed in real-time by the program. The result is pretty damn cool . . .
Anyway, I'm not sure whether or not I can make it to the conference, but I'd REALLY like to. I also like Northern Indiana . . . when I was a kid I spent summers at Lake Wawasee.
I'm old (74) but still have good hearing. I used to be involved in a causal audio group in Ft Wayne in the 80s, but lost track of everyone. I still have my old system and it sounds as good as ever at least to me. What I've done in recent years involves room acoustics and speaker placement to maximize the stereo illusion. That's what makes listening to music "magic" for me. I would like to get to know local people and share what I know and learn what has been developed in the last 25 years since I stopped my involvement in the hobby.
My system is old and obsolete by manufacturers that are largely out of business, but for what it's worth:
AR turntable highly modified
Magnapan Unitrac I tonearm
Sumiko Talisman S cartridge
Little Bear tube preamp (6N3, 6Z4)
Hafler DH200 amps highly modified
Accoustat model II
M&K Goliath II subs
For me it's not about the list of equipment, but what it sounds like and I think it sounds pretty good. I've been isolated from audio for 25 years and it's easy to delude yourself into thinking it sounds good when others might laugh. With no high end audio stores in Ft Wayne I have no basis for comparison. I am hoping to connect with local audiophiles to hear what others have achieved to see how my system compares, it might be good or it might suck.
I saw that you responded and suggested lunch but now I can't find your post. I thought there was a way to send personal messages through this forum but I can't figure out how to do it and I don't see a way to connect without some personal contact information like email address or phone number which I don't want to put out there for everyone to see. So yes I would be glade to meet you for lunch sometime, but how do we arrange that?