In music, the idea of sound as an actual structural element only gained currency after World War II. I will outline briefly the history of this, citing significant composers and works. In addition, I will present samples of several sonification projects of my own from early work in realizing three-dimensional images (1972), and brain-wave music (1974-75) to the realization of DNA sequences (1995-present).
Peter Gena, Ph.D studied music composition with Morton Feldman, Lejaren Hiller. His work of various media have been presented extensively in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Performances/installations include works presented at Les Nuits Numériques #7-Nanomonde at Le centre culturel Saint-Exupéry in Reims; Espace Sextius / Seconde Nature, Aix-en-Provence; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporàneo (CAAC); Seville, Spain, The Art Students League of New York, Computing Music IV (Cologne 2006), The Pandemic Night/La Notte Bianca (Milan 2006), Festival d'Automne (2004), Paris; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; the Berkeley Art Musuem (2003); Mini to the Max (2002), at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia; the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, (2002); Arte al Centro 2001, at Cittadellarte/Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; The National Gallery of China, Beijing (2001); Ars Electronica 1999, Linz; Aspekte Salzburg 1997; The International Computer Music Conference, Hong Kong; L.A.C.E., Los Angeles; San Juan University and the Poncé Museum of Art, Puerto Rico; Akademie der Kunst, Berlin; Herbst Theater, San Francisco; the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, Quezon City, Phillipines, The Ferienkurse f¨r Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany; the Merkin Concert Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal, New Music America 1981, 1982 & 1990. Similarly, as a pianist he has publicly performed many of his own works as well as those of others.
Gena's publications include, Freedom in Experimental Music: the New York Revolution (TriQuarterly 52); A John Cage Reader, in celebration of the composer's 70th Birthday (C.F. Peters Inc., NYC, 1983 [hardcover]); John Cage and the New York School: A Hyperlecture/Conversation (Warsaw Contemporary Art Museum, 1994) and a contribution to The Waltz Project (Nonesuch Records), choreographed by Peter Martins and in the repertory of the New York City Ballet. His essay Cage and Rauschenberg: Purposeful Purposelessness Meets Found Order accompanied the exhibitions, Robert Rauschenberg: The Early 1950s,and John Cage: Scores from the Early 1950s, shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. A paper, A Physiological Approach to DNA Music, was presented and published at CADE 2001, in Glasgow; and at the Art and Science Global Symposium, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Since 1983, Gena has been a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches electronic and computer music, music history, computer programming, and interdisciplinary courses. Gena is decorated by the French government at the rank of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Le propos de ce symposium est de faire un état de l'art sur l'utilisation de la sonification dans le domaine artistique en focalisant plus particulièrement sur l'utilisation de données captées dans l'environnement (pris dans un sens large). Notre thématique prend moins en compte les problématiques de la sonification liées aux interfaces gestuelles et instruments électroniques.