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Rogers Center for the Arts

Dr. William Pfaff “Music, Image, Time: Place as Inspiration”

7:00pm EST November 6, 2014

Rogers Center for the Arts

Artist-in-Residence Petrified Forest National Park

The multimedia presentation highlights Dr. Pfaff’s interdisciplinary experiences as an Artist-in-Residence at the Petrified Forest National Park. It includes photos, original compositions and a screening of the collaboratively produced work, Unconformities.

In the summer of 2009, Dr. William Pfaff, Associate Professor of Music, SUNY Plattsburgh, was an Artist-in-Residence at the Petrified Forest National Park in Holbrook, Arizona. During his time there, he photographed the landscape, recorded natural sounds, interviewed park staff and composed music.  Music, Image, Time: Place as Inspiration is a presentation that explores the residency in terms of preparation, experiences in the park and the creation of a collaborative artwork. The content of the presentation is interdisciplinary in nature and shows how geology, paleontology and anthropology can be sources of creative inspiration. Dr. Pfaff’s experiences with park scientists in each of these three fields are included.

The presentation includes a screening of the collaboratively produced work, Unconformities. Completed upon return from the park, the multimedia composition includes Pfaff’s photos and his original score for five electric basses. The music was performed, recorded, mixed and engineered by Dr. Drew Waters. Pfaff’s images were refined and set into Final Cut Pro by SUNY Plattsburgh Alumnus, Steve Twardzick.

The approximate running time is 1 hour. Following the presentation, Dr. Pfaff welcomes questions. It is suitable for a general audience, advanced knowledge of music or science is not necessary.


Tickets: $8.00

All Students: Free (Please pick up your ticket in person at the Box Office)

Rogers Center Box Office: 978-837-5355

Last modified on Oct. 28th, 2014 at 12:31pm by Kimberly Taverna.
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