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Episode 04: Balancing Eastern and Western Cultures and Exploring the Relationship Between Technology and Creativity with Jacob Sudol

In this episode, Prof. Dr. Jacob Sudol discusses the relationship between technology and creativity and how he uses modern technologies to recall the past. It’s not rare that composers sometimes face challenges and obstacles while making music, so Jacob puts his thoughts on pushing those limits away and staying original. He shares his love for Tibetan instruments like tingsha and why he has been “obsessed” with that instrument and its unique timbre.

About Jacob Sudol

Jacob David Sudol uses new technologies to create intimate compositions that explore enigmatic phenomena, the inner nature of how we perceive sound, as well as novel connections between Eastern and Western musical cultures. His music has been performed nearly 200 times by many prestigious ensembles and performers across the USA as well as Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, Korea, England, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Thailand, Singapore, and Cambodia. In addition, Dr. Sudol recently completed a chapter on his music for the upcoming Oxford University Press Handbook of Spectral Music.

In 2012, Sudol founded a cello/electro-acoustic duo with his colleague, the distinguished cellist Jason Calloway. Since 2010, he has been in the Misty Shore Duo, a piano/electro-acoustic duo with his wife, Chen-Hui Jen. He has also worked as a recording engineer and producer for albums released on Mode, Albany, Bridge, MSR, Metier, Centaur, and Neuma Records.

Dr. Sudol is an Associate Professor of Music Technology and Composition at Florida International University and Coordinator of the Music Technology Area. He was also awarded a 2015-16 Fulbright Fellowship to research and teach in Taiwan.

Jacob recommended three books to our listeners

Alvin Lucier: Reflections. Interviews, scores, writings 1965-1994

Robert Van Gulik: The Lore of The Chinese Lute

Tim Rutherford-Johnson: Music After the Fall: Modern Composition and Culture Since 1989

Find more about Jacob Sudol

http://www.jacobsudol.com/

https://mistyshore.bandcamp.com/

The Music Technology program at Florida International University

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Pedja Kovačević
Pedja Kovačević

Pedja Kovačević is a Serbian-born musicologist, concert producer, and music producer who founded Soundologia. He moved to the United States in 2018 and graduated in Music Management and Production from Florida International University's School of Music. Pedja has extensive experience in music education, music business, and audio production. He has taught a course on experimental and electro-acoustic music at FIU's School of Music, overseeing concerts and handling sound and tech duties. He has worked as a program coordinator and music administrator at various music and arts schools in Miami.

As a musicologist and music writer, Pedja has published articles on music and presented studies at international conferences and forums in the U.S., Poland, Greece, and Serbia. His writings explore the relationship between music and other art forms, such as painting, architecture, poetry, prose, and photography. In one of his papers, Pedja presents a new perspective on the aesthetic aspects of sound through Deep Listening, a concept introduced by American composer Pauline Oliveros. Pedja promotes experimental and electronic music and with his guests discuss their experimental music projects.

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