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John Holland is a composer, author, performer, and recording artist. He
is Professor Emeritus in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts
College of Art and Design in Boston.
John Holland’s work emphasizes the integration of science and art,
incorporating structures and ideas that reference a variety of natural
phenomena. He taught a class for three decades that introduced artists to
leading-edge ideas in science. In the early 1980's Holland co-founded
Nature and Inquiry, an artists group that met weekly to discuss ideas in
art and science. The group has presented work at the MIT Media Lab, the
Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, Habitat Institute, Copley Society of Art,
and Axiom Gallery. (see www.artscience.org)
Holland's music has been performed most recently at The Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City, IBM (Yorktown), Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, Brown Hall (NEC), Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music, AVID Technologies, and the new Pozen Center in Boston. He has produced a number of recordings, and has published musical scores for most solo instruments (with and without electronic enhancement), chamber music, orchestra, concertos, opera. For a number of years Holland has produced a music program in Boston, New Music at the Pozen Center, that mixes contemporary and electronic music with innovative performative features.
Holland continues to produce online projects including The Chocolate Ear online music series, Symbiotica - A Cross-Cultural Mixup Vols. 1 and 2 and other online recordings, The Nautilus, a video opera based on the 1916 silent film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Chicken and the Egg - A Collection of writings on Nature, Science, and Art, Curious: An Introduction to Big Ideas in Nature, Science, and Art, Quantum Wave Theory: A Model of Unity in Nature, and more.
Published books include: The Nature of Music for the Performing Musician, Time, Sound Waves and Their Properties in the Surrounding Media, and Studies on the Human Ear. 'The Perception of Music' is in preparation.
Holland has composed a variety of performance texts designed to be read
aloud, including Complete Short Texts for Speaking Voice,
Strategies for Survival (with Complementary Music), and Facts
of Life (with Complementary Music), each of which contains texts on
subjects related to nature, science and art. Holland has produced the first
comprehensive full color poster-size Acoustic Wave Spectrum.
John Schaefer, host of New Sounds on WNYC Radio in New York cited Holland’s Natural Phenomena as “one of the notable CD’s of 2005.”Richard Perry, music critic, writes “Mr. Holland’s music has a compelling, insistent fascination…” Tia Kimberk says “John Holland’s music is often based on extra-musical ideas related to science and nature. Listening to the music informs us about ourselves and our larger context in the world.” In 1982 Holland was interviewed on National Public Radio for his recording of Music for a Small Planet in Three Parts.
The composer's scores and texts are published by American Sound Press. Musical scores, Audio CD's, spoken texts, and books are available through Spectrum Music.
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