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Adam Vidiskis

Departments:

Music Studies/Composition/Music Technology

 

    • B.A.: Drew University
      M.A.: New York University
      D.M.A.: Temple University

      Adam Vidiksis is a composer, conductor, percussionist, improviser, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose interests span from historically informed performance to the cutting edge of digital audio processing. Critics have called his music “mesmerizing," dramatic," “striking” (Philadelphia Weekly), “notable," “catchy” (WQHS), “interesting," and “special” (Percussive Notes), and have noted that Vidiksis provides “an electronically produced frame giving each sound such a deep-colored radiance you could miss the piece's shape for being caught up in each moment” (David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer). His unique approach to composition has been praised for its “outstanding control” (Philadelphia Weekly) and for being “restrained” and “magical” (Local Arts Live). His music often explores sound, science, and the intersection of humankind with the machines we build.   

      Performed regularly by prestigious ensembles throughout North America, Europe, and China, Vidiksis’s music has been recognized with awards from the Society of Composers, Inc., American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the American Composers Forum, Phindie Critics’ Awards, Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, Pi Kappa Lambda, the Omaha Symphony, and Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival. His works are available through HoneyRock Publishing, EMPiRE and SEAMUS Records, and PARMA Licensing. He is the ACF Steven R. Gerber Composer in Residence for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for its 2017-2018 season.

      Vidiksis’s research in music technology focuses on techniques for realtime audio processing, designing gestural controllers for live digital performance, and machine improvisation. He has presented his research at a number of institutions, including the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the McNally Smith College of Music, and the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology in Zürich. His gestural controller, the Tapbox DSP, was a semifinalist in the 2012 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

      He is the directorof the Boyer Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP), and the Temple Composers Orchestra, faculty advisor to conTemplum (Boyer College’s new-music student organization and student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc.) and Pitch, Please (a LGBTQIA+ advocacy a cappella group), a 2017 Conwell Entrepreneurial Fellow, and has co-curated the electroacoustic concert series Cybersounds. Dr. Vidiksis also serves on the Composition and Percussion Performance faculty at the SPLICE Institute at Western Michigan University. He volunteers on the boards ofthe Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, the Society of Composers, Inc., and the Association for the Promotion of New Music in New York City.