Douglas Irvine, Composer, Sound Artist, Instrument Maker, Rindge
Douglas Irvine of Rindge originally hails from Park Ridge, Illinois. He has been a resident of the state since 2002. He composes, performs, produces and engineers his musical compositions and, in many instances, makes his own instruments, which are modeled on ancient Middle Eastern instruments.
He holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he concentrated on experimental music composition and instrument making. Since 1992, he has created sound installations and live performances for nine museums in Boston, Seattle and Chicago. Most notably, he created a CD of musical sounds entitled Ambient Egypt to be played as part of the Seattle Art Museum’s Egypt, Gift of the Nile exhibit. He has created soundtracks for websites, CD-ROMs, audio tours, and radio documentaries. He has performed live and been interviewed on public radio stations in New Hampshire, Seattle, Chicago, and Hawaii.
Among the awards he has received are an audio equipment grant from Digidesign Corp, an artist Fellowship Grant in the media arts category from the Illinois Arts Council, and a Brown Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
He explains the focus of his work, “the exploration of cultures, traditions and time periods far beyond my own. Deep antiquity often provides the framework from which I create contemporary music. As an instrument maker, I have reconstructed dozens of ancient Middle Eastern musical instruments. The sounds of those instruments offer a rich musical palette resonating back over 5000 years in history.”
The composer mixes these ancient sounds with computers, software and other 21 st century sound tools, and transforms them into a music that is completely contemporary.
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August 28, 2007