New Media Innovators

Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi born in Venice on March 4,1678 he was an Italian Baroque composer, catholic Priest and inventive violinist. Vivoldi was an influential figure for many musicians throughout all of Europe. He is considerably one of the best Baroque composers of his time. Vivaldi is mainly known for his ability of composing instrumental concertos, specifically for the violin. However at the age of 15, Vivaldi began his practice as a priest and was ordinated in 1703. His vibrant red hair gave him the nickname “il Prete Rosso,” or “the Red Priest.” Due to health problems Vivaldi left the priesthood shortly after his annisiation. By the age of 25 Vivoldi was named “master of violin” at the Ospedale della Pietà (Devout Hospital of Mercy) in Venice.1 He was a unique and innovative musician; he created “harmonic contrasts” that were cheerful, lively and vibrant. Unlike other artists during his time that produced formal and rhythmic concerto’s. Vivaldi’s most famous series is of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.

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John Cage

John cage is considered a new media innovator because of his unique perspective and presentation of musical notes. Critics have named him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century because of this. A famous piece Cage is known for is his 1952 composition 4′33″, which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; Cage states “musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title.” Although in this piece not one musical note is played, its not “four minutes and 33 seconds of silence,” as is sometimes assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance. This is innovative because it challenges assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience. This makes Cage’s work both a very popular and controversial topic.


Kutiman is best known for coming up with a new intriguing way of combining amateur culture Youtube videos together to create visually and audibly interesting  unique compositions. In his composition titled “Thru You” he makes it so that the music in these various youtube clips flow together so nicely that it sounds like they could all be playing in the same space for the sake of the same piece of music. He mixes clips from the past and present, from professionals to amateurs. Because of this now innovative way of creation Kutiman received more than 10 million views in around two weeks. Time Magazine named it one of the “50 Best Inventions of 2009”.

Golan Levin, Scott Gibbons, Gregory Shakar, Yasmin Sohrawardy

Golan Levin, Scott Gibbons, Gregory Shakar, Yasmin Sohrawardy, Joris Gruber, Erich Semlak, Gunther Schmidl, Joerg Lehner, and Jonathan Feinberg are new media artist that created the piece Dialtones (A Telesymphony). This piece is considered a new media piece because it used cellphones, which were a relatively new thing back in 2001. The piece used 200 audience members’ cellphones in order to create a musical piece. Before the show the audience would register their number in a database and be digitally sent a new ringtone, they were then assigned to sit in a particular seat so the artists would know exactly what sound was where. Using a device that they developed, they were able to call up to 60 phones at a time to coordinate a sequence of sounds across the audience that created a song. These artists used cellphones in an innovative way that turned the technology from a communications device into musical synthesizers.


Golan, Levin, perf. Dialtones (A Telesymphony): Excerpts, AEC Edit. Dir. Wenhart Nina. Ars Electronica Festival, 2011. Film. 23 Oct 2013. <;.

Golan, Levin. “; Golan Levin and Collaborators, 09/2001. Web. 23 Oct 2013.

TV, Tech, prod. Mobile Phone Concert: Artist Interview. Perf. Levin Golan. TechTV, 2001. Web. 23 Oct 2013. <;.

Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre born January 2, 1970 is an American Grammy award-winning composer and conductor. Whitacre started singing in a college choir when he was 21 and has written over four dozen choral pieces. He is also known as the conductor and creator of the virtual choir. This is a group of YouTube singers that combined their voices together online to create a unique and talented piece of music. Whitacre is an innovative new media compose; he has used the new, the old, and the present to compose a choir of 185 online voices. He gathered 185 people in different places across the world and put together a virtual choir. This technique is different from any other musical composer. He uses both technology and reality to produce his pieces.

“Speakers Eric Whitacre: Composer, conductor.” Eric Whitacre. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013. <


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