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Wayne Siegel   (Born 1953)

composer

Wayne Siegel was born in Los Angeles in 1953. From 1971 to 1974 he studied composition and philosophy at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). After three years at UCSB he decided to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree while studying with Per Nørgård in Aarhus, Denmark. After receiving his degree in composition from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Wayne Siegel chose to remain in Denmark and work as a freelance composer.

Since 1986 Wayne Siegel has been director of DIEM (The Danish Institute of Electronic Music) in Aarhus and is an enthusiastic promoter of Danish electronic music. In 1994 he chaired the 19th International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Aarhus. In 2003 DIEM became part of the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, and Siegel was appointed professor of electronic music - the first Danish professor of electronic music.

Wayne Siegel has composed music for many Danish and international orchestras and ensembles, including the American Kronos String Quartet, which often works with acoustic intruments and electronic techniques.

Wayne Siegel's music has deep roots in American music. During his child-hood he was influenced first by American folk music and later by blues and avant-garde rock, especially Frank Zappa. Other important influences include Steve Reich, György Ligeti and American minimalism, a genre with which Siegel is often associated. Early influences from more popular genres have become increasingly apparent in his music, which may explain why Siegel's work often seems more accessible than much contemporary music.

Computers and other electronic musical instruments are commonly used in Siegel's work. He has composed a number of works that mix acoustic instruments with new technology. Interactive computer music, or music where humans interact with computers during the creative process, is a field that Siegel has explored intensely since the 1990s, in modern dance, music, and installations. He has contributed to the field both through his research and through his interactive compositions. 

Live Dates

27/04/2013   Headphone Commute

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"Fans of early electronica will enjoy."
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11/10/2012   MusicWeb International

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"This is something which stimulates and educates.", "If you want to know what happened in Denmark after the Yamaha DX7 was relegated to a dusty cupboard, this is a hot place to find out."
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03/10/2012   Gramophone

DIEM 25 Anniversary
"An intelligently conceived musical idea is served by technology."
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30/04/2012   American Record Guide

Wayne Siegel: Terra
"It is an ambient, peaceful work concerned primarily with echoes."
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01/01/2012   David's Review Cornor

Wayne Siegel: Terra
"I don’t know where electronic music will take us, but the disc as a whole I have enjoyed."
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Discography

Electronic Music Produced at DIEM 1987-2012
Electronic Music Produced at DIEM 1987-2012
DIEM

CD 8.226559-60 (2012)

A cavalcade of electronic works created over 25 years by a wide selection of Danish composers at the Danish Institute for Electronic Music.

Terra
Terra
Wayne Siegel

CD 8.226566 (2012)

Pioneering works by the American-born composer Wayne Siegel, where the computer interacts with acoustic instruments and the human voice.

Iliaden
Iliaden

CD 8.224198-99 (2001)

New electro-acoustic music by six composers who follow the whole plot of Homer’s famous work

Match
Match

CD 8.224197 (2001)

Thomas Sandberg meets four electro-acoustic composers – the result is anything but boring!

Clarinet Trios
Clarinet Trios

CD 8.224122 (1999)

Fire nye værker skrevet til den uforlignelige trio LINensemble

Devil's Golf Course
Devil's Golf Course
Wayne Siegel

CD 8.224069 (1997)

The Danish-domiciled Californian Siegel is a pioneer of the interaction between computers and acoustic instruments

Electro-acustic Music from DIEM
Electro-acustic Music from DIEM
Siegel, Frounberg, Plaetner, Fuzzy

DCCD 9101 (1992)


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