“The power and circulation of music technology, and the use of electro-acoustic music in all of its incarnations have greatly expanded in the years since SEAMUS started. I think that SEAMUS has been an important force in this evolution, and I trust it will continue to be so in the future.”
—an interview with composer Barry Schrader
Schrader began composing electronic music in 1969 while a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was also organist for Sunday high mass at Heinz Chapel. He graduated with an MA degree in musicology and then went to the newly formed California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where he received an MFA in composition in 1971. He was appointed to the School of Music faculty of CalArts in 1971, and has been on the composition faculty ever since. Las Vegas, and Beijing Central Conservatory. The founder and first president of SEAMUS, Schrader responds below to questions posed by Jon Appleton that prompt reflection on the past, present, and future roles of SEAMUS.
Jon: As the essential founder of SEAMUS, do you think the organization has fulfilled the direction you envisioned?
Barry: Yes, and no.
When you, Jon, in 1983, returning from the ICEM (The International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music) meeting in Bourges, contacted me and several other composers in the field, the electro-acoustic music world was a very different place than it is now.
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