Professor Robert Coburn mixes music with computer images

Professor Robert Coburn mixes music with computer images live on stage during a SoundImageSound performance.

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SoundImageSound 9 Combines Music, Visuals for Sensory Treat

Jan 17, 2013

When concert goers take their seats for one of the two SoundImageSound 9 shows at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, they won't be treated to a typical concert. Granted, there are musicians from around the world who will perform original scores while on stage in front of a packed house. But the concert - if it can be called a concert - isn't solely about the music. Instead, the audience will be treated to a multi-media performance that blends video and computer generated images on stage that are synched up with the musical performances, thus stimulating both auditory and visual sensations.

Think of it as a Pink Floyd concert, but in a more intimate setting and with more sophisticated themes.

SoundImageSound 9 will be held at Pacific's Stockton campus on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

The first of the two shows will feature new music and video in the Conservatory of Music's Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. That show will present all the works in a video format. The second concert will feature live performances featuring bass flute, saxophones, synthesizers, computers and video at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall.

Admission to each concert is $8, $5 for seniors and Pacific employees, and free for Pacific students.

One of the centerpiece performances at this year's SoundImageSound 9 is a new work created by Professor Robert Coburn and French animation artist Celia Eid.

"We created this piece while living on different continents - Celia in France and I in Japan," Coburn said. "In a way, the piece represents both of those influences. The flowing, abstract gestures of the animation represent Celia's Brazilian/French artistic nature. The sound world I have created grows entirely from field recordings made in Japan, while the saxophone writing serves to bridge the distance between the two cultures."

The Jan. 31 concert will feature video works from Japan, England, Austria, Greece, and the United States. The next day's concert, Feb. 1, will feature the new Coburn/Eid performance as well as a live performance by Todd Barton on analog synthesizer.

Barton, a 1971 Pacific Conservatory of Music graduate, recently retired after over 30 years as the composer-in-residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. His career has involved the composition of music for more than 100 theater productions, producing some of the most evocative and innovative sounds to serve the dramatic intent.

Other guest performers at the Friday concert include Mat Krejci on bass flute, David Henderson on alto saxophone, and Kevin Baldwin on baritone saxophone.

SoundImageSound 9 is co-sponsored by the Pacific Humanities Center.

For more information about SoundImageSound, visit

For more information on the guest artists, visit:

Todd Barton -

Celia Eid -   (in french)

Rodrigo Sigal -

Calf Animation Collective (Japan) -

Bret Battey -