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  • Locations: Oberlin, United States
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Artistic Work, Research
Program Description:
This project is full and is no longer accepting applications

Project Description:

Alex Christie (TIMARA ‘09) will offer three workshops for enrolled students that explore the compositional aesthetics and instrument design practices of photo-sonic composition. Photo-sonic composition is a specific form of time-based intermedia composition that has become the focus of Alex Christie’s doctoral research.

Photo-sonic composition is a musical and intermedia practice that employs off-the-screen light, or light that is produced and/or integrated into the performance space. These include, but are not limited to stage/theater lighting systems, on-stage light bulbs, LED-based musical instruments, and other approaches, frequently those in which light-producing technology is made visible to the audience. Photo-sonic composition is best understood as an approach to composition, which exists within the contemporary concert hall tradition and employs off-the-screen light as a method of realizing compositional goals (conceptual, cultural, performative, musical, or other). Photo-sonic pieces are frequently staged and performed for a live audience. Instrumentation, aesthetic, and the use of other media vary, but light and sound are the dominant modes of expression and communication. In these ways, photo-sonic composition shares similarities with some forms of sound art and installation art.

The workshops are aimed at helping students develop compositional projects, designed individually or collaboratively in groups, that will be presented at the end of the Winter Term. These projects are not meant to be polished, final products, but rather the beginnings of an exploration into photo-sonic composition. This process is meant to introduce students to new tools, approaches, and ideas that they can carry forward into the rest of the studies at Oberlin.

Fee: No fee

Number of Students: 3

Dates: January 5th - January 25th

Project Sponsor:
Tomas Lopez (

Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.