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WEB EXTRA: Excerpt from Paul Rudy's Work for Human/Nature

Paul Rudy (b. 1962) is Associate Professor of Composition and Director of the Inter-media/Music Production and Computer Technology Center at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Paul Rudy is considered a pioneer among American electroacoustic composers. The Guggenheim Award-winning composer's works combine instruments, electronics, and natural sounds. By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art commissioned a new work by Paul Rudy for the exhibition Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography. The 20 minute piece includes a new movement called Verdun. It also incorporates movements from previous works, like In Lake'ch (Mayan for "I am another yourself") with sound recordings from New Mexico, like the barking of a dog, and the far-off roar of a motorcycle; and Sublimated City, which included the sounds of Kansas City.

Composer Paul Rudy completed the piece in France. Listen here to a short excerpt of new recordings of frogs in Bourges, France layered with Sublimated City.

This marks the first in a series of collaborations between the Nelson-Atkins and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Listen to the 20-minute set of original music, accompanied by musicians, on Friday, August 8, at 6pm, 6:45pm, and 7:30pm in the photography galleries in the Bloch Building.

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