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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. Holland headed the Electronic Music Studio and taught music and performance classes before he retired from teaching in 2009.
John Holland’s work emphasizes the integration of science and art, incorporating structures and ideas that reference a variety of natural phenomena. He also 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 largely in Boston and New York. He has produced a number of recordings, and has published musical scores for most solo instruments (with and without digital modification), chamber music, music for orchestra, concertos, operas. For a number of years Holland has produced a ‘live’ 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. A book on the perception of music, 'The Musical Brain', is in preparation.
Holland has published a variety of texts online, and has created 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), all of which contain subjects related to nature, science and art.
In 1997 Holland produced the first comprehensive full color poster-size Acoustic Wave Spectrum. It was later presented at the MIT Media Lab and in 2007 Producer and composer DJ Spooky published it in his audio CD companion to Sound Unbound.
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.
Holland founded The American Soundgroup in 1975 which was in residence
at the Massachusetts College of Art (then on Longwood Ave) until 1985. The
experimental repertoire group performed regularly exploring a variety of
media, electronics, and acoustic instrumentation. In the early 1990's,
Holland founded and directed the Text Sound Chorus, which performed for
several years in Boston.
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