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The Department of Music launches “New Perspectives in American Music,” a spring semester 2017 speaker series, with "Radio Drama as a Model for Electroacoustic Composition,” a talk by Yvette Janine Jackson (Ph.D. Candidate, Music/Integrated Studies, University of California, San Diego) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library, Amherst College.

Jackson's talk advocates for the inclusion of radio drama into the electroacoustic music repertoire and suggests how radio drama aesthetics and production techniques serve as models for acousmatic composition. Many pioneers of electroacoustic music developed their works in radio facilities utilizing similar equipment and methods used in contemporaneous radio drama productions. Characteristics from three eras will be reviewed: the Golden Age of Radio (1930s-1950s), the Age of Television (1950s-1980s) and the Internet Age (1990s-present). Drawing upon her own work, excerpts from Jackson's radio operas "Inv​isible Peop​le (A Radio Opera)" and ​"Swan" will be presented to exemplify how radio drama and electroacoustic music have influenced her creative practice.

Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer, sound designer and installation artist whose works frequently focus on historical events and relevant social issues. Recent projects include ​"Par​ty Line," a sound installation for San Diego Art Institute’s “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art”; ​"Duets in the Key o​f Dada with David Molina" at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; a residency at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS); the premiere of ​"This is Rad​io Opera" at Audiorama Stockholm​ ; ​"Soldier," a five-day immersive cinematic installation for the Recombinant Media Lab at Qualcomm Institute’s Calit2; and ​"Invisible People (A Ra​dio Opera)." She was selected by the American Composers Orchestra to participate in the third Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute in 2015 and awarded a reading of her composition "Atla​ntic Crossing" by the Naples Philharmonic in 2016. Jackson earned a B.A. in music from Columbia University, where she was active in the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center as it transitioned into the Computer Music Center. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in music/integrative studies at the University of California, San Diego. Please see for more information.

“New Perspectives in American Music” is a spring-semester 2017 speaker series offered by the Department of Music and hosted by the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.

Future speakers include Alisha Jones (Indiana University) on Feb. 27, Braxton Shelley (University of Chicago) on March 20 and Patrice Rushen (University of Southern California) on April 10. All talks are open to the public and begin at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Alisa Pearson at

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