William Alves

Professor of Music

I am a composer and video artist with interests in many traditional musics around the world, especially that of the Indonesian gamelan; computer music; abstract animation and visual music; and alternate tuning systems. I have composed extensively for traditional ensembles, gamelan, electronic instruments, and mixed media, including abstract computer animation, robot choreography, and web art.  CDs of my audio works include The Terrain of Possibilities (EMF), Imbal-Imbalan (Spectral Harmonies), and Mystic Canyon (MicroFest Records), and a dvd of my video works, Celestial Dance, is published by the Kinetica Video Library.

My textbook, Music of the Peoples of the World (Schirmer/Cengage), is now in its third edition. I have also written for Perspectives of New Music, Computer Music Journal, SEAMUS Journal, 1/1, and elsewhere. I am a co-director of MicroFest, the annual Southern California festival of microtonal music. In 1993-94, I was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia, where I taught and studied traditional music.

At Harvey Mudd College, my courses reflect these interests, and include Music of the Peoples of the WorldIntroduction to Computer MusicThe Harmony of Sound and Light, and Music Since 1900. I also direct the Harvey Mudd College American Gamelan.

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