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Samuel Pellman


Samuel Pellman
Samuel Pellman

James L. Ferguson Professor of Music

List Arts Center 235
315-859-4355

Many of Sam Pellman's works can be heard on recordings by the Musical Heritage Society, Move Records, innova recordings, and Ravello Records. Recently his music has been presented at festivals and conferences in Melbourne, Paris, Basel, Vienna, Montreal, New York City, Beijing, Capetown, Buenos Aires, Hsinchu, Perth, and Prague. He has been commissioned to compose music for traditional instruments and ensembles, music for electroacoustic media, and mixed media. Pellman is also the author of An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music, a highly-regarded textbook. Further information about his music can be found at: http://www.musicfromspace.com. He received his doctorate in musical composition from Cornell University.

Recent Courses Taught

First-year theory
Second-year theory
Twentieth-century theory
Music for Contemporary Media
Instrumentation and orchestration
A survey of twentieth-century music
Physics of musical sound
Musical composition

Publications, Compositions and Recordings

Book:

  • An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music, a textbook for college courses in electroacoustic music, Wadsworth, Inc., Belmont, California. 1994.

Compositions:

  • Selected Galaxies: Spirals, for digitally synthesized sounds, in four channels
  • Selected Galaxies: Peculiar, for digitally synthesized sounds, in four channels
  • Adrift, for digitally synthesized sounds, in two channels
  • Also sprach Karl, for digitally processed sounds, in 8 channels
  • ngc6357, for digitally synthesized sounds, in 5.1 channels (surround)
  • ngc2818, for digitally synthesized sounds, in 5.1 channels (surround)
  • 3C461, for digitally synthesized sounds, in 5.1 channels (surround)
  • ngc2080, for digitally synthesized sounds, in 5.1 channels (surround)
  • ngc1999, for digitally synthesized sounds, in 5.1 channels (surround)
  • ngc2440, for digitally synthesized sounds, in 5.1 channels (surround)
  • m17, for digitally synthesized sounds, in 5.1 channels (surround)
  • m45, for digitally synthesized sounds, in 5.1 channels (surround)
  • Kyrie, for SATB chorus and digital sounds

Recordings:

  • Selected Galaxies, Ravello Records (2015)
  • Selected Planets, innova 597 (2003)
  • "The Home Planet," for digital sounds in two channels—on Hearing Place, MOVE Records MD3275.  2003
  • Crane Songs, for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, percussion and piano- recorded by the Syracuse Society for New Music, reissued on innova 616 2004
  • "Silent Night," for prepared piano--recorded by Delores Stevens for the Musical Heritage Society on M.H.S. 4187.  1980

College Service

  • Faculty Committee on Budget and Finance, 2011-present
  • Faculty coordinator of arts facilities planning, 2001-14
  • Faculty mentor for Hamilton Posse 8 (Boston), 2008 -12
  • Associate Dean of Faculty, 2015-
  • Chair, Dean of Faculty Search Committee, 2010-11
  • Chair, Mission and Goals Working Group of the Mid-states Reaccreditation Self-Study at Hamilton College and member of the Steering Committee, 2009-11
  • Committee on Appointments, 2008-09
  • Member of the Executive Committee for Strategic Planning, 2007-09
  • Committee on Academic Policy, 2004-06; chair, fall 2006
  • Information Technology Committee, 2002-05
  • On-campus Planning Committee, 1999-2002
  • Chair, Department of Music, 1999-2001

Professional Affiliations

Broadcast Music, Inc.
The International Computer Music Association
The National Association of Composers, USA
The Planetary Society
The Mars Society
The Society of Composers, Inc. (former co-chair of Region II)
The Society for Electro-Acoustical Music in the United States
The Syracuse Society for New Music

Appointed to the Faculty: 1979

Educational Background

D.M.A., Cornell University
M.F.A., Cornell University
B.A., Miami University (Ohio)

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