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Henry Gwiazda (born 1952, silent i) is a composer who specializes in virtual audio, the simulation of a three-dimensional sound space in either headphones or precisely positioned speakers. He composes what may be called musique concrète, using samples usually without “tinker[ing]” with them.
Gwiazda is credited with sound effects, sampler, electric guitar and voice. He also composed, published, produced and engineered. Focal Point 3D Audio by Bo Gehring.
- "Gwiazda produces 'animated' audioscapes, oddly situating twisted and chopped real-sound samples . . . combining elements that don't have any clear relationship into compositions of surprising unity." - reviewed in CMJ by Robin Edgerton Douglas Wolk.
Gwiazda studied at the Eastman School of Music, and at the Hartt School (University of Hartford), where he was a student of Arnold Franchetti.
His most easily available music is on the CD noTnoTesnoTrhyThms, see external link below.
It contains the following compositions:
- MANEATINGCHIPSLISTENINGTOAVIOLIN (1990)
- whErEyoulivE (1989)
- wM (1992)
- aftergloW (1990)
- themythofAcceptAnce (1991), Jeffrey Krieger, electronic cello
- thefLuteintheworLdthefLuteistheworLd (1995), virtual audio-for headphones only, Ann LaBerge, electronic flute
- Speaker Placement Instructions
- buzzingreynold'sdreamland (1994), virtual audio-for speakers only
- Un Nuit Dystopia/Hommage Michel Foucault(2007)
- Zelli, Bijan. “Reale und virtuelle Räume in der Computermusik: Theorien, Systeme, Analysen.” Unpublished Doctoral dissertation. Kommunikations- und Geschichtswissenschaften der Technischen Universität Berlin, 2001. — Includes an analysis of Henry Gwiazda’s buzzingreynold’sdreamland (in German)
- Zelli, Bijan. “The Choreography of Noise: Analysis of Henry Gwiazda’s “buzzingreynold’sdreamland”.” eContact! 14.4 — TES 2011: Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium / Symposium électroacoustique de Toronto (March 2013). Montréal: CEC.