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Sean Peuquet: Works

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    2016/17: Recap

    Released: a small but powerful collection of SuperCollider extensions to control (in various hierarchical ways) the convergence and divergence of numeric data sets. Download here.

    Led a workshop on building custom Max for Live software instruments @madelife on March 26, 2016.

    Delivered a paper talk at SEAMUS 2016 (February 11, 2016), "On the Transvergence of Art and Idea: A call to compose the possibility of no music". Check out the PDF here

    Making progress on two tech dev projects: RackFX (with David Jones), and a massively flexible SuperCollider sample-based synthesis library (with Ben O'Brien).

    Updated Works page with new pieces, including What rough beast slouches? for 8-channel fixed media and Which inside are you out of? (pictured above)-- an installation, commissioned by the Communikey Festival 2015.

    March 26-28, 2015

    Commmunikey Festival, MAX7 Workshop!

    As part of this year's CMKY Festival in Boulder, CO, I've been invited to lead a two-hour workshop on building software synthesizers and developing novel control strategies for making realtime performance systems. More details here.

    Communikey Festival, Installation Project

    Also, for exhibition at the CMKY festival, I'm working on an installtion piece. I'm reimagining a black box theater (performance venue) as a construction site, as though the walls didn't really exist. I'll be creating sections of wood studs, with angled pieces extending from the top to suggest a roof-line. The stud sections will stand in front of photographic prints that depict the external landscape just beyond each wall. Each print will take up the size of the respective theater wall on which it is mounted. Also, every other stud section will be packed with insulation to improve the acoustic treatment of the theater space itself and reinforce the audience's sense of intimate dwelling vs. the public space just beyond the limitations of architectural enclosure.

    Stay tuned for documentation of the completed project by mid April! Check out the CMKY Festival Schedule here: CMKY Schedule.

    March 26-28, 2015

    My piece Windows Left Open was performed as part of this year's Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) conference at Virginia Tech.

    March 5, 2015

    Gave a talk on my music and research to the Boulder Music Tech Hackers! I discussed my musical implementation of the "sestina" algorithim and my library of SuperCollider class extensions, which include SFRand and ConvergentArray. What a wonderful and interesting bunch of music tech afficionados!

    January 10, 2015

    Synthesis in MAX7 Workshop @ madelife (Boulder, CO)

    I led a three-hour workshop on building software instruments in Max, using a variety of synthesis techniques. More information can be found here:


    March 31, 2014

    I traveled up to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT last weekend to attend SEAMUS 2014. It was great to see so many old friends and teachers, and also meet several new people! Two of my works were showcased at the conference: Given the Materials at Hand and Improvisations with Varying Degrees of Restraint.

    Here are some photos:

    September 13, 2013

    Four new works are currently on exhibt at the Hand Art Center at Stetson University. The exhibition is titled "Convergence" and runs from September 13 to October 19, 2013. The exhibition also features the work of artists Stephen John Ellis and Sean Erwin.

    In Convergence, art marks a point of intersection for the disparate practices of three Stetson faculty artists: Stephen John Ellis, digital media; Sean Erwin, ceramics and installation; and Sean Peuquet, sound and installation. (Photo is by Stephen John Ellis.) Beyond such literal applicability, Convergence further describes a set of considerations that operate internal to each artist's work, and outlines those core tangencies that arise between them: at what point do the personal and impersonal converge? How might virtuality serve to implicate, reframe, or even reconstitute reality? Is the division between the Singular and the Universal, as disclosed through narrative, identity, and direct perception, ultimately irreconcilable? Or, might we find a way to bridge the gap?

    Individually, Ellis' interactive, video and photographic work "argues for identity as a socio-aesthetic hybrid in an attempt to explain representations of self through the visual language of virtual realities." Erwin's ceramic objects and installations "use the seduction of fine craft as a device to engage the viewer in narrative while trying to understand some truth about human nature and the world around us." Peuquet's sonic art "leverages formalized, algorithmic structures against the contingency of imminent perceptual experience."

    Collectively, the juxtaposition of three divergent aesthetic imperatives only serves to retroactively reinforce the necessity to identify problematized, thwarted, and incomplete (if not impossible) notions of convergence in their art, reflected in both theoretical and sometimes literal ways. Convergence will run at the Hand Art Center from Sept. 13-Oct. 19.

    May 28, 2012

    Spent some time putting together a video to document my 2011 piece SEAN WAS HERE, which is a discoverable installation for Google Earth pictures layer. Check it out below:

    May 8, 2012

    From May 14th through June 22nd, I'll be out in Fort Collins, CO at ART342 for a summer residency. While in Colorado, I'll be working on a multi-channel sound installation, which makes use of position sensing technologies. I also hope to do a bunch of sound recording up in the mountains–– perhaps catch (cause) a rockslide or two :)

    April 4, 2012

    Uploaded a new project page for Improvisations with Varying Degrees of Restraint.

    January 26, 2012

    I created a SoundCloud account. Head over an check it out here:

    November 6, 2011

    Here's a clip of the October 28th performance of Windows Left Open for UnBalanced Connection #48 at UF. Performed by (from left ro right): Laura Maule (cello), Michael Polo (bass), Michael Smith (classical guitar), and Ben O'Brien (electric guitar). Apologies about the poor lighting, didn't seem as bad live.

    October 28, 2011

    Yesterday afternoon I got away from reading/writing and spent a couple hours improvising with myself on laptop. I'd record an improvisation on a sample-based hardware/software instrument, then record another take while listening to the first, and so on. After about 10 improvs (some relatively short, just to flush out the form or further differentiate the sound materials) I had this:


    At least in terms of process, the exercise became a rewarding engagement with the continuum between improvisation and composition.

    October 5, 2011

    Windows Left Open was just premiered at Electronic Music Midwest in Kansas City, KS this past weekend. The performance went great thanks to a bunch of UMKC folk: Stamos Martin (cello), Brian Padavic (bass), Elizabeth Hougland (violin), and John Chittum (trombone). I've uploaded a recording of the performance to a new Windows Left Open project page.

    June 3, 2011

    Here's a video of FLIP (florida leauge for indeterminate performance) playing a set at the The Labratory back in May:

    June 3, 2011

    For those of you who use SuperCollider, I just posted an SC3 object called SFRand under the software page. SFRand is a random selection object that makes use of statistical feedback. It implements the algorithm discussed in Larry Polansky, Alex Barnett and Mike Winter's paper "A Few More Words about James Tenney: Dissonant Counterpoint and Statistical Feedback" (2009).

    May 20, 2011

    Here's a video of a collaborative transdisciplinary project, titled Percussions, which Josh Kubisz, Lu Cao, and myself performed back in April.

    May 9, 2011

    SEAN WAS HERE: a discoverable installation for Google Earth

    Installation Documentation: SeanWasHere.pdf

    Or, to see it for yourself, download the following .kmz files and open them (in order) using Google Earth. Make sure you have the photos layer turned on:

    May 9, 2011

    Suspended Horizon

    Temporary Installation for Payne's Prarie:

    December 9, 2010

    Here's something I did today. It's titled, Only this new background, a finer needle to thread.

    October 28, 2010

    Over the past month, I've helped (along with Thomas Royal and Jorge Variego) to organize a concert of new music written for a particular space: The Baughman Meditation Center on the University of Florida Campus. The goal of the project was to enable composers to reexamine the relationship between space and sound in a concerted way. Composers approached the project from a number of perspectives, including musical engagement with room acoustics, issues of soundscape, and exploring theoretical/philosophical connections. Seven new works were premiered in the space on October 28th, including my piece Section Drawing (for October 28th), performed by Adam Ambrose (percussion), Mike Solomon (orator), and Laura Dawidziuk (meditator).

    October 16, 2010

    Travelled up to Chicago for pictures with the Stanely Cup (even though I'm a Flyers fan), tailgating for a Bears game, friends, and EMM out in Romeoville, IL at Lewis University where I performed Converging no.1.2 as an installation.

    June 4, 2010

    April 14, 2010

    I wrote a new piece called "Follow Me Around (until we all fall down)" for the UF Wind Ensemble that's a reworking of Douglas Repetto's ideas from his audio sculpture Crash and Bloom from 2002. More info and a recording can be found here.

    November 3, 2009

    I went back and revised an old piece called "The Segments of the Trip Swing Open like an Orange". The new score is a lot more polished, and the sound spatialization routines are smoother. This was all done for an upcoming performance of the piece on an SCI sponsored concert happening on November 3rd at UF (Univeristy Auditorium, 7:30PM). The new score is here.

    June 11, 2009

    Perfomance at The Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA. Live Improv w/guitar and laptop, followed by a version of "Converging No. 1". The performance was part of the Sidewalk Tzara concert series organized by Courtney Brown .

    April 26, 2009

    Released a set of selected electroacoustic works on the Red Line Park label. The release features 4 works, each exploring a different approach to representing extra-musical content directly through compositional process.

    April 2, 2009

    "Quarter Space" was performed at the New York City Electronic Music Festival (NYCEMF) on April 2nd at 11PM at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn.

    March 27th, 2009

    "Quarter Space" was performed for Patchbay, a concert of electroacoustic music, collective improvisation and live derivation at the Univeristy of Florida. 7:30PM in MUB 120.

    November 18, 2008

    An acoustic verison of "Chord" was performed on Horn (Becky Chambers) and Saxophone (Laura Kerslake) for a concert sponsered by the UF chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc.

    October 17, 2008

    "Instead of Anything, Anything" performed for the University of Florida concert series, UnBalanced Connection #43.

    August 25, 2008

    "Chord" performed at ICMC 2008 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    May 5, 2008

    "Exercises in Speed & Delay" has been released as a download-only album available through Sean Peuquet - Exercises In Speed & Delay, Rhapsody, eMusic, and Amazon mp3.

    April 12, 2008

    Come Fall... I'm excited to say that I'll be starting coursework for my Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Florida!

    March 13, 2008

    download/listen to "Exercises in Speed & Delay"; a series of 6 improvisations for laptop

    February 25, 2008

    made a remix of Charles Dodge's piece "Canons for Larry (123)" for round 1 of John Arroyo's Remixin project.

    October 12, 2007

    "Instead of Anything, Anything" performed at Electronic Music Midwest out in Kansas City, KS.

    June 28, 2007

    "Chord" was performed at the 2007 Chosen Vale Trumpet Seminar in Enfield, NH

    May 24, 2007

    Discoverable Composition (pdf) - my master's thesis, where I discuss the composition of pieces where an audience is not explicitly aware of music happening in their environment.

    Novermber 29, 2006

    Composed a couple soundtracks for Sonia Lei's animiations: Flights of Fancy and Icarus

    November 25, 2006

    ICMC 2006... check out some highlights here

    August 1, 2006

    Take the "Electronic Music Personality Survey" here