Electronic Music Ensemble

IMG_1708Dr. Matthew Harder, director
The EME (Electronic Music Ensemble) is open to all students of the University by interview with the director. The EME performs original compositions, electronic arrangements, and classic electronic music.

The EME performs annually at the MAD Fest, in concert in Elbin Auditorium, and off-campus. The group has performed at the Ohio Music Educators Association National Conference on two occasions. Future plans include an annual Electronic Music Festival and a commissioning project for new music from contemporary composers.

The following is an example of an original composition by the director.

This is an excerpt from the EME’s premiere performance of this piece in April of 2009: uPhoneclip

Program Notes:
Each wielding an active cellular phone, the performers make and receive calls. Every sound becomes fodder for computer processing. The sounds envelop the audience to the point where it is nearly impossible to tell the real from the processed. The players’ (sometimes futile) attempts to communicate with one another are the content of the piece. The performers orchestrate the piece by assigning unique ringtones to one another.

Friday, April 27th, 2012, 7pm, Elbin Auditorium. The perfect ending to the 2012 MAD Fest. The concert will feature electronic arrangements of classic rock, cuban percussion music, original compositions, and performances by WLU music faculty members Brian Baldauff and Christopher Barrick. Professor Baldauff will be performing a piece for marimba and electronic sound and Dr. Barrick will be performing a piece for saxophone and electronic sound called Carrier, composed by Dr. Matthew Harder. Come and check out the use of iPads to make live music, acoustic/electric “duets”, original student compositions, and a new arrangement of an epic classic rock tune from 1973! The EME looks forward to seeing you there.

The EME at the 2008 West Virginia Flash Animation Festival (aka MAD Festival)

The EME at the annual Media Arts and Design (MAD) Festival

The Electronic Music category awards presentation at the 2010 MAD Festival

MAD Festival Website