This Digital Lumia Composition was a collaboration with Dr. Franklin Morris, who composed and performed the music "Elegy For Iraq". The Lumia composition is black, white and color.It was created using optical simulation algorithms in a virtual machine that was constructed inside the computer.
George Stadnik - The art of Lumia has inspired my work since 1968. Creating mechanical light boxes for thirty years enabled me to explore many aspects of the properties of light. In 1998, my work became digital. I started making Lumia compositions using commercial optical simulation software. I create Lumia machines inside the computer. These machines simulate and manipulate the properties of light over time to generate silent compositions of movement, color and transformation.
Franklin E Morris is quite an anomaly in today's music scene. Born in 1920, Morris studied composition at Harvard and Yale and composed solo, opera, symphonic and chamber works. He taught theory and composition at the School of Music, Syracuse University, from 1949-1985. In the summer of 1966, he attended a ground-breaking seminar with Robert Moog. This led him to establish one of the first American institutional electronic music studios at Syracuse University. In the 60's and 70's, he created many multimedia events in New York City and at colleges and universities in the Northeast. In 1976, he began a series of Electronic Symphonies, first using only analog electronic sounds, and gradually adding tones from the many new digital keyboards that came along. His music is perhaps best described as a confluence of neo-classical, electronic and cartoon music.
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