9.Dec.14 Ashley Fure on “Matter vs. Maker: Chaos and Creative Practice”

By | November 27, 2014

WHEN: Tue, Dec. 9th, 10:30AM (Comp. Seminar) ////  WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003)


Despite their wildness, chaotic spectra are rich with acoustic detail that can inform broader musical structures. Sounds like scraped metal and bowed cardboard bring a visceral materiality that highlights the friction and muscularity in sound production. This lecture tracks my engagement with chaotic material behaviors through a range of diverse projects and media. From the 40-foot field of spinning elastic in Tripwire (2011 – Multimedia Installation) to the multiphonic microfluctuations in Soma (2012 – Sextet), I elaborate a productive tension between matter and maker central to my aesthetic practice.


fureAshley Fure (b. 1982) is an American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic concert music as well as multimedia installation art. Her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviors of raw acoustic matter. She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Harvard University and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Currently a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at Columbia University, Fure will join the Dartmouth College Department of Music as an Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts in September 2015.

Notable recent projects include Ply, a 55-minute electroacoustic ballet commissioned by IRCAM for the 2014 Manifeste Festival; Feed Forward, a sinfonietta commissioned by Klangforum Wien for the 2015 Impuls Festival; Albatross, for large ensemble and electronics, commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players for the 2014 Sweet Thunder Festival; and Something to Hunt, a septet commissioned for the 2014 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik. Her kinetic installation Tripwire, created with visual artist Jean-Michel Albert, premiered at the 2012 Agora Festival in Paris and has since toured to BOZAR (Belgium), the International Digital Arts Biennale/Elektra (Montreal), Seconde Nature (Aix-en-Provence), Stereolux (Nantes), Nemo (Paris), l’Ososphère (Strasbourg), and Panorama (Tourcoing).

Winner of the 2014 Kranichsteiner Music Prize, Fure also received the 2014 Busoni Prize from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship to France, a 2013 Impuls International Composition Prize, a 2012 Darmstadt Stipendienpreis, a 2012 Staubach Honorarium, a 2011 Jezek Prize, a 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude, an Adalbert W. Sprague Prize, two ISCM World Music Days nominations, a George Arthur Knight Prize, an SCI/ASCAP Young Composer’s Prize, an IAWM Pauline Oliveros Prize, and a Blodgett Composition Prize.