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Rodney Waschka II

Director of Arts Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Winston Hall 101

Bio

Rodney Waschka II is perhaps best known for his music made with compositional algorithms and his theatrical pieces including three unusual one-act operas. An internationally recognized expert on computer music, Waschka also performs as a narrator/vocalist/actor — often with electronic music. His works are regularly presented across the world and recorded by labels in the USA, England, Portugal, Canada, Poland, and Australia. His poetry has been published in the New York Quarterly, RE:AL, Jones Ave., and elsewhere.

Waschka also directs the Arts NOW Series.

Responsibilities

Director of the Arts Studies Program.

Director of the Arts NOW Serieswhich presents concerts, lectures, and other performing arts events for the University community and the general public. The Arts NOW Series programs feature contemporary work in the arts: new works, new techniques, new interpretations and contexts, and new connections to older work.

Research Publications

Recent Recordings:

Composer, Riding with Phil, flute and string trio, Iwona Glinka, flute; Yaroslav Tokarev violin; lias Sdoukos, viola; and Renato Ripo cello; album: “Teth”. Kwidzyn, Poland: Phasma Records, Phasma 023, June, 2021. http://www.phasma-music.com/catalogue/teth

Performer, A Tuesday with Rodney (duration 20 minutes), for vocalist and real-time interactive computer music, Jeff Morris, composer and electronic computer music performer, on the compact disc, Hearing Voices: Human Sounds, Digital Ears, North Hampton, NH: Ravello Records, RR8033, 2020. http://ravellorecords.com/catalog/rr8033/

ComposerConsidering Jupiter, amplified piano and electronic computer music, Olga Kleiankina, piano. Lansing, Michigan: Blue Griffin Records, BGR505, July, 2019.

ComposerFilm Noir Trailer, for two speaking flutists, Iwona Glinka, flutes. Kwidzyn, Poland: Phasma Records 004, September, 2018.

ComposerAu Revoir, Svetozar, for string quartet and zheng, performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Hobart, Australia: Ablaze Records, AR 00032, March, 2017.

Recent and Upcoming Performances and Publications:

Waschka’s compositions in bold italics:

October 15, 2022: Screening of Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (Waschka, associate producer) at the Black Bear Film Festival, Milford, PA.

October 14, 2022: Screening of Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (Waschka, associate producer) at the Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway, NJ.

July 7, 2022: Performance of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Raymonde De Laroche, and Mary, Lady Heath at the International Computer Music Conference, Limerick, Ireland.

April 29, 2022: Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (Waschka, associate producer) wins the Rondo Hatton Award for Best Documentary of 2021.

April 23, 2022: Premiere Performance of Cogito Lodewijk Heyligen, Andrea Cheeseman, clarinetist, at the Electronic Music Midwest festival, Lewis University, Chicago.

Aprl 17, 2022: Preview performance of Bagatelling with Mr. TW, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet at Duke University.

April 12, 2022: Preview performance of Bagatelling with Mr. TW, Red Clay Saxophone Quartet at NCSU.

December 4, 2021: Presentation of Fizipata Provides Solutions!, Craig Hultgren, cellist, on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Television.

November 26, 2021: Performance of Fizipata Provides Solutions! by cellist Craig Hultgren as part of the New York City-based 15 Minutes of Fame program.

November 9, 2021: Performance of Using the Internet by the Western Colorado University Percussion Ensemble, Benjamin Justis, Director, in Gunnison, Colorado.

October 26, 2021: Performances of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Raymonde De Laroche and Mary, Lady Heath and A Short Letter from a Small Place along with a special preview performance of Cogito Lodewijk Heyligen featuring Kathryn Brown performing on clarinet as part of the Arts NOW Series.

October 21, 2021: Performance of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Raymonde De Laroche and Mary, Lady Heath at Campbell University.

September 17, 2021: Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster documentary film opens in theaters in the United States. Watch the trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8702244/.

September 2021: Tom Moore interview with Waschka published in Sul Ponticello (in Spanish). Check it out here: https://sulponticello.com/seccion/zoom/conversando-con-rodney-waschka/

R. Waschka II, “Minimal Fitness Functions in Genetic Algorithms for the Composition of Piano Music” Proceedings of the 2015 ICMC, San Francisco: ICMA, 2015, pp. 408-411.

Presentations

June 17, 2019: Keynote speaker at the international Music Meta-Creation Conference.

Projects

Minimal Fitness Functions for Genetic Algorithms in Music

Dynamical Systems as Compositional Algorithms

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts Computer Music/Media University of North Texas

Area(s) of Expertise

Music Composition, Algorithmic Composition, Electronic Music