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KUIVILA composes music and designs
sound installations that revolve around the unusual homemade and home
modified electronic instruments he designs. He pioneered
the use of ultrasound (In Appreciation) and sound
sampling (Alphabet) in live performance. Other pieces
have explored compositional algorithms (Loose
Canons), speech synthesis (The Linear Predictive
Zoo) and high voltage phenomena (Pythagorean Puppet
Theatre). Other pieces have recalled the sound world of live
electronics while exploiting the compositional possibilities of
digital signal processing (fugue states).
Outgoing Message is an evening length work based on
the dial tones, ring tones, and busy signals of the world’s
telephone systems. Many of Kuivila's compositions also take the form
of sound installations. For example Radial Arcs, a
sound installation commissioned by Ars Electronica, involves the
coordination of 96 stun guns. Visitations
is on extended display at the Massachusetts Museum of
Contemporary Art as is Singing Shadows at the New
York Hall of Science. The weather (at 6)
involved the electronic mimicry and transformation of the
sounds of a university carillon in accordance with the changes in
weather over 100 years.
Ron Kuivila is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Wesleyan University. He received an artist’s fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and was a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio institute in 2002. He was a fellow of the DAAD Artist in Berlin program (1999-2000), an artist in residence at the Institute for Studies in the Arts at Arizona State University (1998-99), California Institute of the Arts (1997), the Banff Centre for the Arts (1994), Tempo Reale (Florence Italy, 1990), and Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam, NL, 1987, 1988, and 1993). Kuivila has performed and exhibited installations throughout the U.S., China, Canada, and Europe.