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announcements
2019 Chaosflöte Commission Competition
We are proud to announce the following winners of the 2019 Chaosflöte Commission Competition:
1st place: Tak-Cheung Hui 
2nd place: Joshua Hey
3rd place: Hongshuo Fan
Honorable Mention: Lucy Kong
22 March 2019
Live Coding YouTube Concert
Benjamin and Melody will be performing a concert of intercontinental live coding on the Null-state YouTube channel. They will be improvising with code/live electronics followed by a brief Q&A over YouTube chat.
24 January 2019
1pm EST (7pm CET)
SuperCollider Coding Tutorials Released
Follow Null-state on YouTube and access Benjamin's introduction to Supercollider, the program we use to code Chaosflöte sounds and perform live-coding concerts.
29 January 2019
1pm EST (7pm CET)
27 June 2019
19:00 (CET)
Null-state Intercontinental Live-Coding Concert
Benjamin and Melody will be performing a concert of intercontinental live coding on the Null-state YouTube channel. They will be improvising with code/live electronics followed by a brief Q&A over YouTube chat.
Null-state Artist Residency at the University of South Florida
We are looking forward to our events at the University of South Florida!
Nov. 19 (15:30-16:45) Guest artist presentation of Melody's works for the USF Flute Studio of Francesca Arnone
Nov. 20 (19:30) Chaosflöte recital at Barness Recital Hall, including the world premiere of Things that might have been by Chaosflöte Commission Competition winner Tak Cheung Hui and the U.S. premiere of BAD DECISIONS for Chaosflöte by Melody Chua. 
Nov. 21 (14:00) Guest lecture by Melody Chua at the USF Real-Time Electronics seminar (SYCOM Studio A)
Nov. 21 (19:00) Chaosflöte + live coding concert (IRH)
Nov. 22 (14:00) Null-state guest artist presentation for the USF Composition department (MUS 208)
19-22 November 2019
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
 
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code with us

Null-state offers online tutorials on creative coding with Supercollider and Max -- the very programs we use for our own works. Learn how to design sounds and interactive visuals to make your own creative projects.

Prototype air pressure sensor, Chaosflöte

Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST)

Development
Chaosflöte: Sensor-Augmented Electroacoustic Flute Project
Performance
Live-Coding Ensemble
Education
Workshops and seminars on composing and performing with electronics

Null-state, Inc. is a non-profit music technology organization co-founded by Melody Chua and Benjamin D. Whiting. This enterprise focuses on the research and development of the sensor-augmented electroacoustic flute (Chaosflöte) and making it accessible to both experienced performers and those with less familiarity with electronics. Null-state also functions as a live-electronics and live-coding ensemble and believes that interactive programming is an equally integral component of new music research. As part of a desire to share the joy of working with electronics, Null-state teaches seminars on incorporating electronics in instrumental composition/performance, as well as live coding.

Melody Chua
Co-Founder, Co-President

Melody Chua is a flutist and composer, and she has a deep passion for the contemporary arts. She seeks to expand the development of cross-disciplinary works, particularly with the visual arts, computer programming, and game design. Melody has performed across the nation and abroad, including the Zürich Digital Festival, Creative City Immerse Festival, ZKM Next Generation Festival, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Chicago Cultural Center, the SWR E-Werk Freiburg Geburstag der Künst, Grolloo/Netherlands International Flute Seminar, Project Trio Festival, the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and as a fellow laureate at the Atlantic Music Festival Future Music Lab. Melody has also completed artist residencies at the Immersive Lab of the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology Zürich and at the Timucua Arts Foundation. Melody is a J. William Fulbright Scholar and Swiss Government Excellence Scholar at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) in flute performance (M.A.), with a concentration in sensor-augmented instruments and a minor in electroacoustic music composition. Melody is also the Web Manager and Content Assistant at FluteXpansions , an online educational platform for contemporary flute playing techniques.

 

www.melodychua.com

Dr. Benjamin D. Whiting
Co-Founder, Co-President

Benjamin D. Whiting is an internationally award-winning composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music. His music has been described as “marvelously intriguing” and “evocative” in a recent review in Fanfare magazine, and is performed often around the globe. He has had performances and given talks on his electroacoustic work at festivals such as SEAMUS, ICMC, NYCEMF, EMM, TIES, N_SEME, CMS, eviMus, and Sonorities, in addition to festivals of new music hosted by various universities around the world. He also continues to compose in a completely acoustic medium, with his most recent piece, Tempus Imperfectum, receiving awards in the Busan Maru International Music Festival Composition Competition and the American Prize for Orchestra. Never satisfied by working alone, Benjamin is fascinated with and constantly seeks out interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation, often working with artists and performers from many different fields on several projects. Benjamin joined the faculty of Eastern Florida State College in August 2017 as Lecturer of Electronic Music. Recordings of his work can be found on the ABLAZE Records, Navona Records, the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios, and SEAMUS Records labels.

www.benjamindwhiting.com 

David MacDonald
Secretary and Treasurer

David MacDonald writes music that is serious and clever, expressing a fondness for groovy rhythms and delightful surprises. He simultaneously embraces and pokes fun at expectations, like smashing the formality of concert traditions through the irreverent firehose of social media. Growing up as a trumpet player in St. Louis, Missouri, David attended the University of Missouri, first focusing on performance and only then discovering an interest in composition. He later earned a M.M. and D.M.A. in composition from Michigan State University. His primary composition teachers have been Ricardo Lorenz, W. Thomas McKenney, and Stefan Freund. David believes passionately that new music, even pretty weird music, is for everyone, not just the formally trained few, and he loves sharing new music experiences with a wider audience. In 2010, he co-founded SoundNotionTV, a podcast network featuring audio and video shows about music and the arts. He previously served as

founder co-Artistic Director of SCENE&heard, a new music concert series at the (SCENE) Metrospace gallery in East Lansing, Michigan. Today, David lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he teaches music composition and theory at the Wichita State University. Previously, he has taught at the University of Central Florida and served as president of the Central Florida Composers Forum and Director of Digital Media for the Timucua Arts Foundation.

 

davidmacdonaldmusic.com

Nicole Dupré
Board Member

Nicole Dupré is unapologetic about her love and zeal for Orlando and a proud resident of The Milk District neighborhood. She loves everything about her community and has made it her mission to have an artistic impact on its’ identity. As Artistic Director of Opera del Sol and Central Florida Vocal Arts she endeavors to re imagine operatic classics, cultivate and create modern gems and expose audiences of every age and background to the wonders of the Performing Arts. This mission is to innovate and improve the arts and culture of our community. Nicole is an accomplished television, and theatre Makeup Artist and Designer. Since 2009, Nicole Dupré has worked alongside and within numerous Performing Arts institutions, including The Orlando Ballet, The Orlando Philharmonic, Stetson University, UCF, Vero Beach Opera Company, among others. As a heavily sought-after Hair, Makeup and Wig Designer her work has been seen in such productions as: Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Tosca, Barber of Seville, Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute, Candide, Beauty & the Beast, Don Quiote, Dracula and many more. Her highly regarded expertise in skincare has earned the trust of such notable clientele including Celebrity Chefs, FORBES Magazine, The Today Show, MSNBC, The Golf Channel, WESH 2 News, and even a 500lb. tiger.

Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, was educated on both coasts and now finds himself in the middle of the country. His music combines a frenetic rhythmic language, lean textures and lyrical sensitivity. His music has been recorded and performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Asia by ensembles and organizations including the Kiev Philharmonic, The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Alabama Army Band, Composers Inc, Conundrum, The Yale Brass Trio, Scott/Garrison Duo, and Vox Novus. Soloists like Richard Kriehn, Diane Maltester, Craig Hultgren, and Robert Young have also been champions of his music. His works are published by FJH Music, Dorn Publications, Trevco Music, and Boom Crash Music and can be heard on the Navona and ERM Labels. 

 

Dr. Sternfeld-Dunn is winner of the 2013 American Prize for Fireworks, The National Flute Associations 2013 Award for Newly Published Chamber Music Category for Urban Jungle and Best in Show Award from the Global Music Awards (2012) for his works Antiphonal Fanfare and Joker’s Wild. He has also received awards and funding from organizations like Meet the Composer, ASCAP and the Washington Visual, Performing, and Literary Art’s Committee.

 

As well as being an accomplished composer he is also active as a conductor and string bassist. As a conductor he recently guest conducted the new music ensemble Turn on the Music for their CD "The Darwin Effect" on Capstone Records. He has conducted various orchestras, wind ensembles, and theatre productions. As a bassist he has held principal positions with several San Francisco Bay Area Orchestras, as well as numerous jazz small groups and big bands. He is the featured bassist on Bay Area jazz pianist Marty Namaro's CD "Abstractionisms". He is the Director of the School of Music at Wichita State University.

http://www.aleksandersternfelddunn.com/

 
 

Sensor-Augmented Electroacoustic Flute Project

 

live-coding

In addition to electronic instrument research and development, Null-state is hard at work devising new and innovative ways for interactive music programming and improvisation.
 
Null-state is committed to spreading the joy and excitement of electronic and electroacoustic improvisation and composition across the globe. We offer seminars and private lessons in electroacoustic composition, studio recording techniques, live coding, and the Chaosflöte. Please email info@nullstate.org for general inquiries and teaching availability.

Null-state warmly thanks the following organizations for their generous support: