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Experimental music center founder celebrated at birthday concert

Larry AustinNoted composer Larry Austin, an emeritus professor of music who helped bring international attention to the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, will be honored in a special 80th birthday concert. The free concert will be 5 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Music Building, Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.

Austin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from UNT and taught from 1978 to 1996. 

During part of his time at UNT, Austin served as director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, an interdisciplinary center focused on music and arts technologies.

The concert will feature Austin compositions performed by  James Scott, dean of the College of Music, flute and piccolo;  Steven Harlos, coordinator of piano and collaborative piano; and alumnus Steve Duke, saxophone.

 About Larry Austin

Austin has produced cutting-edge musical works in a broad spectrum of genres, mediums, and styles: avant-garde, improvisation, orchestral, electronic, computer, fractal and other algorithmic composition, and historical re-composition.  

He founded the Consortium to Distribute Computer Music and co-founded SOURCE magazine, UNT Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, and System Complex for Studio and Performing Arts at the University of South Florida. He also served as president of the International Computer Music Association and directed its standard-setting 1981 International Computer Music Conference.  

About CEMI

The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) explores the frontier of arts technology through research, education, and concert presentation. Founded in 1963 as the Electronic Music Center, CEMI is now world-renowned for innovative works and musicians. In 2005, CEMI was noted in Schools that Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide, which named the College of Music as one of the nation's best music programs.



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