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    Lee Weisert

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    Lee Weisert is a composer of instrumental and electronic music whose recent compositional interests include physical (re)modeling, recursive structures, extended techniques, and microsound. His recent music has incorporated increasingly disparate elements such as orchestral instruments, found sounds, field recordings, digital synthesis, and analog circuitry, in an attempt to find, "through experimentation, tinkering, and unconventional approaches, a ritualistic and deeply expressive world of sound.”

    His instrumental music has been commissioned and performed by nationally recognized performers and ensembles, including Steve Schick and the red fish blue fish percussion ensemble, the Callithumpian Consort, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the JACK string quartet, Wild Rumpus, Matthew McClure, Clara Yang, and the 4racas Ensemble. His electronic music deals with algorithmic and chaotic structures in multichannel spatialization, and has been presented at numerous national concerts and festivals, including SEAMUS (the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, 2013), and the International Saxophone Symposium (2013). Along with composer Jonathon Kirk, he is a member of the Portable Acoustic Modification Laboratory (PAML), a collaborative sound installation team. PAML's most recent project, Cryoacoustic Orb, uses underwater microphones to capture the sounds of ice melting from within several large spheres of ice. PAML has been invited to present their sound installation work at festivals and venues across the country, including the New Interfaces for Musical Expression festival (NIME, 2009 & 2011) and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC, 2010). Lee and Jonathon recently presented their work at the 2104 TEDx Conference at UNC-Chapel Hill.

    His music is published by New Focus Recordings. Wild Arc, his debut CD of original compositions, was released in 2014, and has been praised by critics as "dazzling" and "mind-melting." Wild Arc is available for purchase online from Amazon, iTunes, and the New Focus Recordings label site ( He has degrees in music composition from the University of Colorado (BM, 2000), California Institute of the Arts (MM, 2004), and Northwestern University (DM, 2010), where his primary composition instructors were James Tenney, Michael Pisaro, Jay Alan Yim, and Chris Mercer.

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    Lee Weisert and Jonathon Kirk, "Subaquatic Sound" at TEDx UNC

    Lee Weisert, "Shirt of Noise"

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