1. Composer and electric guitarist D. J. Sparr draws energy and inspiration from interacting with other musicians. "That's why I compose," he says, "to get to the point where I can be actively working with other musicians." A full schedule of composition commissions, performances of his own music and that of other composers, and educational residencies ensures that he gets his fill of that vitality.

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  2. Composer Elliot Cole is also an active computer programmer and has been working to develop an algorithmic composition and deep-listening environment using SuperCollider. He found that being able to think about music from the point of view of computer programming provided some new clarity.

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  3. Interview and video presentation by Alexandra Gardner

    The music of composer Matthew Burtner is in large part inspired by his childhood experiences of the Alaskan landscape where he grew up. That influence applies not only the content of the music, but to the way it is created.

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  4. Although the legendary musical revolutionary Edgard Varèse would be his lifelong mentor, Chou Wen-chung is a consummate traditionalist who has devoted his entire life to reconciling the disparate musical legacies of East and West.

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  5. Interview by Ellen McSweeney
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    Composer, improviser, and bassoonist Katherine Young is at home in a variety of musical communities: from the DIY band scene in Brooklyn to the improvised music scene in Chicago to the academic composition department at Northwestern where she now studies.

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