Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

New Sounds at the Electro-Music Festival in Asheville

continuumI spent two days at the Asheville Electro-Music Festival (, soaking up many wonderful sounds I am not accustomed to and getting a fill of good drum grooves. I saw new musical instruments, such as Eigenharp and Haken Continuum. I even got a one-on-one demonstration of modular synthesis. I also listened to several very interesting bands/performers with mesmerizing video projections. I feel inspired for weeks to come.

The photo features the Haken Continuum, a MIDI controller and an instrument in its own right with a very powerful internal synthesizer. Watch what it can do here:

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4 comments on “New Sounds at the Electro-Music Festival in Asheville

  1. walterwsmith3rd
    May 22, 2013

    Hi Dosia. I love this post. I am definitely out of the loop. I was totally unaware of the E Music festival in Asheville. It must have been very exciting. And for you to get to experience the modular synth. Too cool. And that Haken is incredible. I have been creating some videos recently using video, sound, and music clips via the online company Videoblocks. I will send you links to my videos. When you have some time, please check them out. I am going to reblog this post. Keep up the great work of being on the forefront of everything.

  2. walterwsmith3rd
    May 22, 2013

    Reblogged this on n e w d i g i t a l s c a p e s and commented:
    Dosia Mckay is a fantastic composer and performer. She writes beautiful music for ensemble and chamber. And as seen here, she explores the latest musical technology. Recently she attended the Electro Music festival in Asheville, NC where she sampled synths both old (modular) and new (the Haken Continum). Oh yes, she is an excellent painter as well. Stop by her blog for a wonderful feast of imagery and sound.

  3. walterwsmith3rd
    May 22, 2013

    Dosia, I hope you got my previous comment about sending you some links to my recent video work. Here they are 🙂

    • Dosia McKay
      May 22, 2013

      Thank you for sharing Walter. Very interesting graphics. And thank you for reblogging.

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