About John Holland

John Holland is a composer and Professor Emeritus in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. In the early 1980's, he co-founded Nature and Inquiry, an artists group that meets weekly to discuss ideas in art and science. The group has presented work at the MIT Media Lab, the Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, Habitat Institute, The Copley Gallery in Boston, to name a few. For the past 20 years he has taught a class that introduces artists to leading-edge ideas in science. In 2001 the Boston Globe reported that Nature, Science and Art was the most popular class at the College.

Music for Fixed Media (2016)

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1. Incidents of Sudden Awareness for Digital Orchestra (2016) 28:41

(The music is divided into two parts with only a slight break between. Sounds include digital ‘orchestral’ instruments including conventional sounding strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, digitally modified instruments, and electronic sound.)

Part 1: 16:02

Part 2: 12:44

2. Moonlight for Fixed Media (2016) 12:07

(Recorded segments are from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (Adagio sostenuto), Alfred Brendel, Piano, and Debussy’s Clair de Lune, Garrick Ohlsson, Piano – combined with astronaut voices from the Apollo 11 1969 moon voyage, digital speech, and original electronic music.)

3. Variations Without a Theme for Keyboard Synthesizer and Electronic Music (2016) 17:40

(The music for Keyboard Synthesizer contains 9 movements, separated by short segments of electronic music. In addition continuous electronic music interacts in musical concert with the synthesizer much like an instrumental concerto.)

John Holland – Keyboard Synthesizer, Electronic Music

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