A Sample of Pellegrino's Past Events

The following press release is for an engagement as artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison September 13-18, 1999.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Doreen Holmgren
August 30, 1999 (608) 262-2353

Note to photo editor: High resolution color images of Ron Pellegrino's "visual music laser images" are available for downloading at: http://www.news.wisc.edu/newsphotos/pellegrino.html

Multimedia performance artist Ron Pellegrino in residence at UW-Madison in September 1999

Calling all artists, musicians, dancers, actors, writers and electronic, multimedia types, etc. Ron Pellegrino, a leading multimedia performance artist and electronic arts pioneer, will be in residence at the UW-Madison Dance Program September 13-18, 1999. A resident of San Francisco for the past 30 years, Mr. Pellegrino earned both his MA and PhD degrees in music from the UW-Madison in the 1960s.

Two different multimedia performance events will be presented by the artist September 17 and 18 at 8pm in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue. Both weekend events are free and open to the public.

All students, faculty and staff may participate in the residency by attending any afternoon classes taught by Mr. Pellegrino (see attached schedule) and/or by performing in Saturday's event. The campus community is invited to meet the artist and learn more about his work at an informal talk on Monday, September 13 at 5:30pm in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lathrop Hall.

Friday, September 17, Mr. Pellegrino will present his own work featuring music synthesizer-driven, laser-based animated music visualizations along with CD-ROM-based performances on computer. "Every musical element has a corresponding natural visual structure," Pellegrino says. "With laser projections that can easily be viewed by audiences, the structural principles of music are illustrated in dynamic graphic detail."

That evening Mr. Pellegrino will be joined on stage by Madison's Rolliana Scheckler, soprano and Celtic harper. Known as "Harpsinger," Ms. Scheckler has taught voice for more than 25 years and lever harp for 14 years. "When listening to Harpsinger. . .I am repeatedly impressed with Rolliana's quiet sense of style, high level musicianship, her scholarship and the incessant beauty lingering here. . ." Folk Harp Journal

Saturday, September 18, artists participating in the residency will join Mr. Pellegrino in presenting a unique public show without stylistic boundaries. "Ron makes every effort to include all those who want to participate," says professor Joseph Koykkar, a composer and teacher of music for dance and interarts and technology in the Dance Program.

Participating artists are invited to use their own music, a set piece or Mr. Pellegrino's and then choose one or more available video modules to connect with his live video pickup and processing of the artist. "The net effect is live music-video without stylistic limitations," Pellegrino says.

The early stage of the residency will be used to deal with the technical issues of designing and configuring a multimedia performance facility in Lathrop Hall's Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space. Participants will also be introduced early on to fundamental ideas and working materials for the performance event.

The middle stage is devoted to brainstorming, exploration, rehearsals and meeting with individuals and groups on matters relating to multimedia in music, art, communications and education. The final stage focuses on refining the performances and presenting the show.

"All it takes on the part of local artists is a willingness to participate and an open, positive attitude," Pellegrino says.

Mr. Pellegrino's residency is generously supported by the Anonymous Fund, UW-Madison School of Education and the Dance Program. For more information, call 262-1691.

Schedule for Ron Pellegrino, guest artist-in-residence (all events in Lathrop Hall, Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, 1050 University Avenue)

September 13 - Informal talk to campus community, 5:30pm

September 14 - Sound design class, 12:05-2pm;
Video design class, 3:30-5:30pm

September 15 - Music composition class, 3-4:30pm

September 16 - Sound design class, 12:05-2pm

September 17 - Informal talk to students, 3:30pm
Multimedia Concert with Ron Pellegrino and guest Rolliana Scheckler, 8pm. Free and open to the public.
Informal reception to follow concert in Virginia F. Harrison Parlor

September 18 - Collaborative Multimedia Performance Event featuring Ron Pellegrino and UW-Madison visual & performing artists and others, 8pm. Free and open to the public.
Informal reception to follow in Virginia F. Harrison Parlor

Thursday, November 18, 1999 at the San Francisco North Bay Multimedia Association (NBMA) meeting at AutoDesk in San Rafael, California.

The following is a piece written by Joe Zizzi for the NBMA November 1999 Newsletter:

Omnimedia Reigns!

Showing Off the Umbrella: New Media Integration of the Visual Arts, Music and Science

When: Thursday, November 18
Time: Schmoozing at 6:00; Program from 7:00 - 9:00
Where: Autodesk HQ, Atrium; 111 McInnis, San Rafael
Cost: Members free; Non-members $10; Students $5 with valid ID

Enough talk, already. Enough of this nuts and bolts, here´s-a-piece-of-the-puzzle stuff. Show us the whole sheboygan, the genuine article, some real multimedia, oops, new media, oops, omnimedia.

Dim the lights. Raise the curtain. The show is about to begin. Ladies and germs, fresh from a third of a century of creating visual music, the NBMA is proud to present, for your enjoyment and edification, Dr. Ron Pellegrino-- visual artist, musician, technician, performer, explorer, innovator, scientist, teacher.

From the years, from the experience, from his collections of videos, some of which have never before been seen publicly, Dr. Pellegrino will challenge and stimulate, but above all, entertain. "Basically," he says, "I´m going to present a lot of examples of visual music. The idea is to show what´s being done, the integration of the media, all media. Nothing is left out."

It will be a video panoply of "new media work that integrates the visual arts, music, and science" to include Eric Wenger, Stephen Malinowski, Greg Jalbert, Michael Wanger, as well as Dr. Pellegrino´s own creations-- Soft Candy, Cynthia´s Dream, the Hewlett-Packard Visual Music Suite session (from a decade and a half ago), Visual Music Meditations (raw tape and cyber output), and LightWorks.

Wanger is the award-winning film, video and multimedia producer known for his synthesis of music and the wonders of nature. Jalbert, among his pioneering efforts, developed the software Bliss Paint that creates animations that respond in real-time to MIDI and sound input. It is used worldwide to create video and live-performance light shows.

Malinowski invented and continues to improve upon the Music Animation Machine, which, in contrast to the freewheeling Bliss Paint, produces a more precise and literal animated graphical score. Wenger started U? Softwares, developing ArtMatic and MetaSynth, the latter a fast and flexible graphic sound design and synthesis environment.

In other words, we´ll visit the frontiers of multi/omnimedia.

And we´ll visit the frontiers of some ideas. Maybe because of an explorer´s soul, maybe because he came of age in the Age of Question Everything, our guide will even touch on the philosophical. What´s to be gained from being involved in new media? Is there a process of building a life on the ever-shifting foundation of emerging new media?

There´ll be a walk down memory lane, as Dr. Pellegrino will give historical perspective to multimedia. Included will be a survey of the ever-changing names applied to the discipline. "It´s an understandable phenomenon," he says, ? young artists try to differentiate themselves from the past."

Dr. Pellegrino spends a lot of time in research, some of which is devoted to emerging affordable technologies. He´ll share this knowledge with us.

He has wandered the outposts of the "electronic arts" for all of his adult life. (His 1968 doctoral thesis at the University of Wisconsin was published as An Electronic Studio Manual and became the operating guide for the Moog synthesizer worldwide. And his 1981 book, The Electronic Arts of Sound and Light, may well have coined the term which has become part of the company he founded in 1981, Electronic Arts Productions.)

It is not surprising then, that he uses phrases such as "playing free of the box" or that he rails against "prevailing cultural (educational and corporate) pressure" to narrow one´s skills by "Doing one job and doing it well."

The same entities that he criticizes turn around and hire Dr. Pellegrino. Simply put, he is in the forefront of electronic arts. He deals with the science, the technology and the art. He advises, consults, designs, produces, performs. He has done over 600 residencies and events, ranging from days to years. What he enjoys most is the research, but the events give him the chance to step back and pull it all together.

Check out his website (www.microweb.com/ronpell). He says "I´ll never do another book-- the website is my book." It has become a worldwide center for research. He will also feature the website in his presentation.

Remember to come early to enjoy the food and drink before completing the evening of sensory and intellectual stimulation.

The following is an outline of Pellegrino´s presentation:

Omnimedia Reigns! - New Media Integration of the Visual Arts, Music, and Science


**Answers to Ann's (NBMA president) question about "What would you like the audience to walk away with from the presentation?"

  1. The courage to resist the prevailing cultural (educational and corporate) pressure to "Do one thing. And do it well.", a sure formula for living the life of an industrial cog.
  2. A sense of the historical range of the expression New Media, today's label for what just a few years ago was called Multimedia.
  3. An experience with New Media productions that integrate the visual arts, music, and science into the boundless form called Omnimedia.
  4. A website model for how to harness the power of the Internet to further your personal aspirations and goals.

****The philosophical focus of the presentation - the process of building a life on the ever-shifting foundation of emerging new media by choosing and massaging new media to serve long term aspirations and goals.

**A very brief history of my own relationship with the evolving public face of multimedia since the 1960s touching quickly on:

  1. mixed media
  2. multimedia
  3. intermedia
  4. interarts
  5. integrated media
  6. new media
  7. leading-edge media
  8. omnimedia
  9. affordable emerging technology in the arts, business, communications, and education

Videotape illustrations of new media work that integrates the visual arts, music, and science from the work of:

  1. Wenger
  2. Malinowski
  3. Jalbert
  4. Wanger
  5. Pellegrino (include material from Soft Candy, Cynthia's Dream, HP Visual Music Suite session, Visual Music Meditations (raw tape and cyber output), LightWorks)

Illustrations from my website:

**Value of a website as an up-to-date, online, book-like, strong feedback vehicle without intermediaries or other such hurdles:

  1. To field-test ideas.
  2. To function as a forum and a hub with the purpose of drawing attention to and connecting issues, individuals, and institutions.
  3. To offer public education and foster positive change in a professional scene.
  4. To spotlight health and social issues related to the arts.
  5. To describe and offer services.

September 22-27, 1997 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

A multimedia presentation on the subject of Visual Music Flavors at ISEA97, the Eighth International Symposium on Electronic Art, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The presentation will include some of Pellegrino's recent work never shown before in public:

1) Some pieces from Visual Music Meditations, work based on further explorations of the common ground for the human eye and ear. The pieces are based on music synthesizer-driven laser animations that are computer processed to produce video-based multimedia projections.

2) Air-Time, a computer processed video piece based on children at play on a swing and a trampoline. The video explores the natural joyful rhythms of playing with gravity; the music is generated by the mix of children's voices both unprocessed and converted by the Fairlight VoiceTracker to MIDI signals that conduct a MIDI orchestra of Pellegrino's design.

October 27-29, 1997 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Performance-multimedia artist-in-residence at Wabash College. The residency will culminate in a production for the Wabash College Visiting Artists Series of a performance-multimedia event on October 29, 1997 at 8:00 PM in Ball Theatre. The event will integrate the creative work of Wabash students, faculty, staff, and community with Pellegrino's work in music, laser animations, and video. The residency includes the design and installation of a performance-multimedia facility, class and public meetings, brainstorming sessions and rehearsals, and the performance-multimedia event.

For details, contact:
Professor Ed Jacobs
Music Department
Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Tuesday, November 4, 1997 at the ICAD'97 Conference (November 2-5, 1997) in Palo Alto, California.

Visual Music demonstrations of imagery and music emerging from a common electronically generated stereo waveset that drives a laser projection system and produces stereo audio that is converted by a Fairlight VoiceTracker to MIDI signals that conduct an orchestra of synthesizers whose sounds are mixed with the original stereo audio. These are examples of my recent work from a research project started in 1975 that focuses on discovering and playing a common ground for the ear and the eye.

Conference location:
Xerox PARC Auditorium
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA USA

The demonstration session takes place at Interval Research Corporation on Tuesday November, 4th from 2:30-4:30 PM. Interval is located across Foothill Expressway from Xerox PARC.

ICAD is a forum for presenting research on the use of sound to display data, monitor systems, and provide enhanced user interfaces for computers and virtual reality systems. It is unique in its singular focus on auditory displays and the array of perception, technology, and application areas that this encompasses.

Thursday, December 18, 1997 at the San Francisco North Bay Multimedia Association meeting at AutoDesk in San Rafael, California.

Performance-multimedia with real-time laser animations based on the current state of the evolution of laser ragas originating in the mid-1970s and used in a recent set of compositions namely Animated Laser Visual Music Meditations.

The North Bay Multimedia Association is a meeting ground where people from all parts of the San Francisco Bay Area media community exchange ideas, see new work, find business support, and socialize. With nearly 300 members, the NBMA's mission is to encourage the growth of the interactive multimedia industry in the Bay Area and to educate the community through the use of new technology.

NBMA meeting location:
111 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael, CA
7:00 PM

February 10-12, 1998 at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Performance-multimedia artist-in-residence at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. The residency will culminate in a production on the Cal Poly Performing Arts Series of a performance-multimedia event at 8:00 PM Thursday, February 12, 1998 at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center - Cohan Center Pavilion. The event will integrate the creative work of Cal Poly students, faculty, staff, and community with Pellegrino's work in music, laser animations, and video. The residency includes the design and installation of a performance-multimedia facility, class and public meetings, brainstorming sessions and rehearsals, and the performance-multimedia event.

For details contact:
Professor John Russell, Chair
Department of Music
Cal Poly at SLO
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
John G Russell

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