Scott Smallwood, BA (Seattle Pacific), MMus (Miami University), MMus (Peabody Conservatory), PhD (Princeton)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept
Email
scott.smallwood@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-1510
Address
3-53 Fine Arts Building
8807 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2C9

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

music composition improvisation electroacoustic music sound art audio gaming


About

Scott Smallwood is a sound artist, composer, and sound performer who creates works inspired by discovered textures and forms, through a practice of listening, field recording, and sonic improvisation. He designs experimental electronic instruments and software, as well as sound installations and site-specific performance scenarios. Important to his process is exploring the subtleties of sonic texture through gradual transformations of timbre, particularly with sounds that may have originated from specific recordings of objects or spaces. His compositional and improvisational work makes use of space explicitly, and often involves multiple channel environments, found sounds, and non-conventional instrumentation. He works in a variety of sound and music genres, including instrumental concert and chamber music, electroacoustic music, sound art and installation, improvisatory performance, and more recently, audio game development. His work has been presented worldwide, including recent presentations at the Issue Project Room in NYC, the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, the The Hong Kong Arts Centre, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, NY. His recorded work has been released on Autumn Records, Deep Listening, Wowcool, Simple Logic, Static Caravan, and Dead Definition Records.


In addition to his artistic work and research, Smallwood has been an educator in music composition and technology in the US and Canada for over 25 years. He holds music degrees from Seattle Pacific University, Miami University, Peabody Conservatory, and Princeton University, where he also held postdoctoral research associate position, working with the legendary Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). From 1997 until 2003, he worked as a studio engineer, faculty member, and technical director in the electronic arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he developed a continuing interest in collaboration with artists in other media. He is currently the Director of the Sound Studies Institute at the University of Alberta, where he serves as an Associate Professor of music composition and technology.


Websites

Artist Website (scott-smallwood.com)

Evidence

Audio Games Lab

Solarsonics

Sound Studies Institute

SPARC2




Research

Areas of Research & Interest:

Sound Art / Installation

Field Recording

Acoustic Ecology

Phonography

Solarsonics

Interactive Technologies & Games


Teaching

Areas of Instruction:

Composition

Music Technology

Improvisation

Electroacoustic Music

Sound Art

Acoustic Ecology

Ensemble Instruction:

XiMe (Experimental Improvisation Ensemble

Courses

MUSIC 445 - Electroacoustic Music

Electroacoustic music techniques, history and repertoire. Prerequisite: consent of department. Registration priority will be given to BMus (all routes), BA (Honors) Music Major, BEd Music Major/Minor, BA Music Major and graduate students in Music.

Winter Term 2021
MUSIC 470 - Composition and Sonic Arts 2

Tutorial instruction in either acoustic or electronic free composition. Public performance of compositions is required. Prerequisite: MUSIC 270 (or equivalent) and consent of the Department based on portfolio review. Pre or corequisite: MUSIC 263. Registration priority given to BMus, BA (Honors) Music Major, BEd Music Major/Minor, and BA Music Major students.

Fall Term 2020
MUSIC 471 - Composition and Sonic Arts 3

Tutorial instruction in either acoustic or electronic free composition. Public performance of compositions is required. Prerequisite: MUSIC 470 and consent of the Department based on portfolio review. Pre or corequisite: MUSIC 445. Registration priority given to BMus, BA (Honors) Music Major, BEd.

Winter Term 2021
MUSIC 506 - Tutorial Study

Independent research in a specific area of the student's interest. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Fall Term 2020
MUSIC 570 - Composition and Sonic Arts 4

Tutorial instruction in either acoustic or electronic free composition. Public performance of compositions is required. Prerequisite: MUSIC 471 (or equivalent) and consent of the Department based on portfolio review. Normally, MUSIC 570 is available only to students in the Composition and Sonic Arts Route of the BMus program.

Fall Term 2020
MUSIC 571 - Composition and Sonic Arts 5

Tutorial instruction in either acoustic or electronic free composition. Public performance of works is required. Prerequisite: MUSIC 570 (or equivalent) and consent of the Department based on portfolio review. Normally, MUSIC 571 is available only to students in the Composition and Sonic Arts Route of the BMus program.

Winter Term 2021

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