[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Michael McNabb — The Far and Brilliant Night

Artist Statement


This work explores the psychological power of combined aural and visual symbolism. Certain classes of sounds and images may be imprinted on our genetic memories or our collective unconscious. They may stir within us memories from ancient times, from before our birth, or even from before the origin of our species, generating profound and unpredictable emotional resonances unique to every listener. The work employs Buchla Lightning, computer electronics, live processed sounds and speech, tape, and a photomontage projection with photography by Egon Dubois.

  • Michael McNabb (USA) is composer, performer and installation artist specializing in computer applications. He has received awards from the Prix Ars Electronica, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Festival and the ISCM (Canadian League of Composers). He holds a doctorate in music composition from Stanford University, where he studied with John Chowning and Leland Smith. In 1991 and 1992 he managed the Sound and Music Group at NEXT Computer.