Corwin Concert Series presents Kenn McSperitt

Event Date: 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Studio Xenakis (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

Using formant gestures and overtone characteristics of speech to orchestrate human voice patterns, composer Kenn McSperitt seeks to create spectral signatures that represent the nature, styling, and timbre of his subjects in settings for chamber orchestra. Presenting these orchestrational techniques, along with samples of his work, McSperitt finds a wealth of new resources for composing using the sciences of spectral analysis, phonetics, and phonology.

Kenn McSperitt is a music educator, composer, and lecturer. Specializing in what he calls 'Phonetic Composition,' McSperitt constructs compositions for acoustic ensembles, such as chamber orchestra, based on speech sounds, their formants, and their overtone relationships. McSperitt attempts to create spectral signatures of his subjects in the same way a painter might create a portrait. using the sciences of spectral analysis, phonetics, and phonology, spoken gestures are set as if they had been conceived originally as orchestration. McSperitt has received performances of his music internationally and spoken throughout the United States on his composition techniques and research. Having recently signed with Centaur Records for distribution on the Naxos Label, McSperitt is currently working on his first feature album of phonetic compositions which is scheduled for release in 2017. McSperitt currently resides in Oklahoma with his wife and children and is completing his D.M.A. in Composition, studying under Dr. Martin Lamb.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016. 6 p.m. Studio Xenakis (Music Room 2215). Admission is free.

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