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Brenda Hutchinson

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Name  Brenda Hutchinson
Role  Composer
Music director  Liquid Sky

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Education  University of California, San Diego
Similar People  Slava Tsukerman, Ikue Mori, Constance DeJong, Christian Wolff, Robyn Schulkowsky

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Brenda Hutchinson is a composer and sound artist who has developed a body of work based on a perspective about interacting with the public and non-artists through personal, reciprocal engagement with listening and sounding. Hutchinson encourages her participants to experiment with sound, share stories, and make music. She often bases her electroacoustic compositions on recordings of these individual collaborative experiences, creating "sonic portraits" or "aural pictures" of people and situations... In addition to her ethnographic pieces, Hutchinson has composed for film (Liquid Sky, 1982, co-composed with Clive Smith), invented instruments (Giant Music Box, Long Tube, and gestural interface for the Long Tube), and is active as a performer/improviser. Hutchinson earned her M.A. in Music Composition from the University of California, San Diego, where she studied with Pauline Oliveros, Roger Reynolds, Bernard Rands, and Robert Erickson. Performances of her work have been presented in New York City at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and The Kitchen, as well as in San Francisco at New Langton Arts, The Lab, and the Exploratorium.


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  • EEEYAH! on The Aerial: A Journal in Sound, Aerial #4, 1989.
  • Family Album, VOYS, Pauline Oliveros Foundation, HB-CD-2, 1999.
  • Interlude from Voices of Reason on TELLUS, The Audio Cassette Magazine, TELLUS #9, 1985.
  • Liquid Sky (with Clive Smith), Varese Sarabande LP STV 81181, VCD47181, 1982.
  • Long Tube-Solos and Duets, Pauline Oliveros Foundation, HB-CD-3, 2002.
  • Long Tube Trio on Minimall, TELLUS #27, 1993.
  • Seldom Still, cassette, Pauline Oliveros Foundation, BH-C-1.
  • Slow Death on a Thorny Rose (with Gerald Lindahl) on TELLUS, The Audio Cassette Magazine, TELLUS #16 "Tango", 1987.
  • Vanishing Act (with Constance DeJong) on Siteless Sounds, TELLUS #25, 1991.
  • Books and Articles

  • Hutchinson, Brenda. “Was hat das mit Musikzu tun?” Remembering Pauline Oliveros (translated from English into German for this publication), Musik Texte: Zeitschrift Für Neue Musik. Heft 152. February. (2017) Verlag Musik Text. Köln.
  • Hutchinson, Brenda. “Sound, Listening, and Public Engagement”. Ear/Wave/Event. Issue Two: Listening? Online publication by Bill Dietz and Woody Sullender (2015).
  • Hutchinson, Brenda. What Can You Do? reclaiming public space through direct engagement with strangers. (2012) ISBN 978-0-9859372-0-1
  • Hutchinson, Brenda. “Tiny Offerings”. Deep Listening Anthology II: Scores from the Deep Listening Community. Edited by Marc Jensen. Deep Listening Publications (2010), p. 54
  • Hutchinson, Brenda. "Sound Initiated Drawing and Memory Impairment". Perspectives on the Electroacoustic Work. Canadian Electroacoustic Community eContact! 12.4 (2010).
  • Hutchinson, Brenda. "Don't Stop the Music". Exploratorium Quarterly, volume 10, issue 4, Winter (1986).
  • References

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