Klingler ElectroAcoustic Residency (KEAR)

The Klingler ElectroAcoustic Residency provides opportunities for composers to explore, experiment, and create for two weeks in Bowling Green State University's 10.2 multi-channel/first order Ambisonic studio.

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Joe Klingler was born in the Great Black Swamp on a hot July day near the time of the Russian launch of Sputnik 1 that began the race into space. During elementary school he read a book entitled Four Wheel Drift that led to a soap box derby car and two crashes but no big win, and a lifelong love of motion and motorcycles even though there were no bikes in the book.

Around the time Jimi Hendrix played the U.S. National Anthem at Woodstock, he was pounding a Gibson guitar in a garage band influenced by local groups like the MC5 and Iggy and Stooges whose pioneering punk music he figured existed everywhere, though it was actually coming out of Detroit forty miles to the north.

Then he read The God Machine by Martin Caidin and started thinking about the nature of computation. And audio. And maybe someday getting a job. So he went to college to study Electrical Engineering and wrote an essay about feeling like a number for an English class before he heard Bob Seger sing about it. Years of study led to a decade of research in medical image processing, a stack of academic papers, and a few patents, which in turn led to an interest in special effects, and the software for making them. He co-founded a small startup company that was quickly acquired leading to a string of jobs for bigger and bigger companies until he was assimilated by a billion dollar enterprise and had the idea for a book—which he finally wrote while moving 525 mph bouncing between the coasts of the United States.

That book wasn’t RATS. But it led to RATS, his first novel. RATS draws on the beauty of technology, its uses, misuses and abuses. And how the collision of human ideologies shape its future—and ours.

He currently resides in California with a couple of Macs and a handful of motorcycles (striving for the Peter-Egan optimum, as described in Leanings). Sometimes he drives a car. And is fond of turbochargers.

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KEAR 2014-15 Residents Selected

The 2014-15 Klingler ElectroAcoustic Residency (KEAR) congratulates and welcomes its 2014-15 recipients who will work on creative projects in the multi-channel/Ambisonic studio at Bowling Green State University during this academic year:

John Young (UK) - Fall 2014
Jonty Harrison(US) - Spring 2015

The competition received 26 applications from 8 countries including the US, Canada, UK, Chile, Finland, Germany, Greece, and Hungary. The quality of submissions was very high and the creative and technical ideas inspiring. We thank everyone who proposed so many great projects and wish we could accept them all.

Many thanks to the jury who carefully reviewed all applications:
Thomas Dempster - South Carolina State University, USA
Elsa Justel - Conservatory of Mar del Plata, Argentina
Alastair MacDonald - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK

Stay tuned for news about the 2015-16 KEAR opportunity. We welcome all applicants who want to explore multi-channel and Ambisonic projects.

Klingler ElectroAcoustic Residency (KEAR) 2014-15

Call for Applications: KEAR Two-Week Electroacoustic Composer/Researcher Residency 2014-15

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Midnight (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) on Monday 06 April 2014

AWARD: Travel funding, housing, and stipend

APPLICATION: Vew application data; complete the application


BGSUElectroacoustics welcomes applications for its second annual Klinger Electroacoustic Residency (KEAR) program. We seek a dynamic, innovative composer, researcher, or practitioner with a project requiring the use of our surround studio facilities. One composer will be selected each academic semester (fall and spring) to visit for two weeks to work on a composition and/or research project employing multi-channel spatialization (up to 10.2), first order Ambisonics, and/or controller-driven live performance.

2013-14 Residents:
Adam Basanta (Montreal, QC)
Brad Garton (New York, NY)

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KEAR Application Information 2014-15

The KEAR application requests the following items. Applicants are encouraged to prepare submissions ahead, since the application process must be completed in a single session.

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