Guest lecturer at Southeastern to present “The Harmony in Numbers”

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: February 21, 2013


     HAMMOND – Composer Zack Browning will present a lecture titled "Harmony in Numbers" on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Open to the public, the lecture is about the use of numbers in music and is geared to a general audience.
     "The Harmony of Numbers is an examination of numbers in music through the use of golden section proportions, ancient Chinese magic squares, and feng shui in compositions by James Brown, Phil Collins, Eminem, Peter Maxwell Davies, Claude Debussy and Zack Browning," said Kari Besharse, Southeastern lecturer of music theory and composition. "The lecture will also include a discussion of Browning's 'Network Slammer' for flute and computer sounds, which is based on the Magic Square of the Sun, and String Quartet, which is based on the Lo Shu Square as it appears in period eight of the Flying Star System of feng shui."
     Browning is a composer whose music has been described as "way-cool in attitude...speed-demon music" by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and "propulsive, giddy, rocking... a rush of cyclic riffs and fractured meters" by The New York Times. Browning's recent composition awards include a 2011 Individual Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council for a new CD of his music titled "Secret Pulse" and a 2010 University of Illinois FAA Creative Fellowship for research and performances in China, Taiwan, and South Korea.
     Browning is an associate professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois and the director of the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.




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