Sound and silence are allies in the minimal yet intricate music of Lou Bunk. In both his acoustic and electro-acoustic music, timbre unfolds alongside harmony, while extended instrumental techniques, microtones, and a rejection of the virtuosic paints an alien and sometimes barren soundscape.

A native of the Connecticut suburbs, Lou’s earliest compositions were noise improvisations, and four-track collage experiments. Educated at Washington University (MA Composition) and Brandeis University (completing a PhD in Composition and Theory), he has studied music composition with such diverse composers as Eric Chasalow, Michael Tenzer, David Rakowski, Ladislav Kubik, Marty Boykan, and Yehudi Wyner. At Brandeis, he was Assistant Director of the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (2001-2003), and Director of the New Music Brandeis concert series for the 2002-2003 concert season. This year Lou is teaching electronic music and running the studio at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. He is also teaching ear training at Boston Conservatory.

Lou’s music is the recipient of several awards (SEAMUS Student Commission Competition, finalist, Irving Fine Fellowship for Music Composition, ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award, finalist), and has been performed in dozens of venues, in the US and Europe; CCRMA, SEAMUS, June in Buffalo, The Computer Arts Festival in Padova, Italy, an American Composers series in Trossingen, Germany, and the Zeitgeist Gallery. This fall, “Being and Becoming”, for bass clarinet, will be performed in New York and Boston. Some current projects include a new piece for solo piano, Sound design for the American Repertory Theatre, a dissertation on the music of Morton Feldman, teaching electronic music, and a rock and roll band called Shana's Mango!.

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Union Hangover

Dear Blog,

Gosh, I have to remember to not post after a few drinks. I get so wordy, I am sure I could have widdled that 5 paragraph beast of a post down to 2 or 3. Though I do still like the title: “I am in the Union even if you think I suck” . And some of the content too. It certainly wasn’t a bloggercize in beer goggling, but all that bit about Puritans in Boston… who cares!

Well at least I am not hung-over. I have too much work to do today. Gotta get that damn union working so I can go to the beach. Anyway, I should go and prepare for this panel decision I am moderating on mashups and sampling. I should also spend some time on the parts for the opera, oh yea and making sure the order for the new synths up at Franklin Pierce is going through, and books for classes. Jeepers! Anybody have any good suggestions for a book on the history of electronic music that doesn’t just cover the classical perspective?