David Eagle composes chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, and in recent years, has explored computer applications in composition, improvisation, multimedia and sound spatialization. His latest kinetic music compositions use the movement of sound to fundamentally transform the listening experience. A Professor at the University of Calgary, he teaches composition and electroacoustic music, supervises projects in Computational Media Design, and is director of the Sonic Arts Lab and coordinator of the Happening Festival of New Music and Media. Previously, he studied music at McGill University, at the Institut für Neue Musik, Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik, Freiburg, Germany, and at the University of California, Berkeley (PhD 1992).
Performances in Canada and abroad include Sound Travels, New Music Concerts & Arraymusic (Toronto), New Works Calgary, Calgary Philharmonic, University of Alberta, Vancouver New Music, Windsor Symphony, Canadian Electroacoustic Community ‘Perspectives’ (Montréal), International Accordion Festival (France), Computer Music 90 (Tokyo), Glenn Gould Conference (Toronto), Tuning of the World (Banff), Calgary International Organ Festival, International Computer Music Conferences 95 & 96, and International Society for Electronic Arts 95, World Saxophone Congress 2000, Mexico-Canada Music Festival, Escuela Nacional de Música, Mexico City, 2001, Open Ears Festival 2003 in Kitchener-Waterloo, World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Iowa, and Musicacoustica 2006 in Beijing, China.
David Eagle performs the aXiO, a new digital instrument designed to allow greater expression in interactive electroacoustic music. A major project was one thousand curves, ten thousand colours, a collaborative multimedia concert with composer Hope Lee and Ensemble Resonance, integrating live acoustic and electroacoustic music with computer-generated images. In August 2001, Ensemble Resonance performed the work again, this time with choreography at the Cantai Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. He has also been composer/performer in residence with Toronto’s New Adventures in Sound Art at the summer Sound Travels Festivals on Toronto Island and has performed at electroacoustic festivals in Denmark (MIX.01 International Festival for Electronic Music, Dansk Institut for Elektroakustisk Musik, Musikhuset Aarhus) and Rome (Musica Scienza 2001, Centro Ricerche Musicali).
Other recent activities & performances: invited visiting composer at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, China (Nov 2004), première of Soundplay1, performances of Breath for string quartet, Paths, and Flutebook; Resound for saxophone premièred in Happening Festival January 2005 and Soundplay2 in Contrasts Festival, June, Calgary; Crossing Currentsfor orchestra was premièred at the Banff Summer Festival in July, 2005; Bass Impact premièred Soundplay4 for bass clarinet duo at the World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam in September; New Works Calgary Ensemble Resonance premièred Soundplay3 in Edmonton and Calgary in 2005; Soundplay2 for violin and computer performed at the ISCM World Music Days in Hong Kong in November 2007.
Recent works are Passages and Scenes, Reflection and Memory, an octophonic sonic art work based on soundscapes of western Canada (an Alberta Creative Development funded project) and Waves and Points, an interactive composition for free-bass accordion and electronics (42 loudspeakers) premièred in November 2010 at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe Germany. In 2011 he was artist-in-residence at the NOVARS Research Centre for Electroacousic Music at the University of Manchester where he composed and premièred Kinesis for Kinect, iPhone and multi-channel sound system. His latest work is Two Forms of Intuition (AFA commission) for chamber orchestra and electronics premièred by for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in the Windsor Canadian Music Festival in Feb 2012.
Eagle’s work can be heard on New Concert Discs, Clef, UNICAL, isidorart recording, ARKTOS Recordings, MAPL, New Works Calgary and Centrediscs labels, and a new releasePassages on light blue records of selected interactive and electroacoustic works available at electrocd.com.
Music Centre Composer Showcase: David Eagle