The 2018 BEAMS Marathon Festival Weekend (or BEAMSfest for short) will occur during March 15-17. Featuring music by Brandeis students and guest composers, BEAMSfest will be three days of thrilling performances and brand new music. The festival is supported by a grant from the Brandeis Arts Council.

Use this page to find up-to-date information on scheduling, travel, lodging, and logistics.

Featured Composers:

Pamela Z (our guest-of-honor)

Elainie Lillios

Christopher Biggs

Featured Ensembles: 


SPLICE Ensemble

Transient Canvas

Workshop/Presentation Schedule

Interested in one of these workshops? Sign up here!

Workshop 1: Friday, March 16th, 12:15pm, Getz Media Lab

Christopher Biggs – Intro to sound in the digital world: Analyzing and controlling sound characteristics in Logic Pro.

Keynote Presentation: Friday March 16th, 2:30pm – Slosberg

Pamela Z will be giving the Keynote Presentation

Workshop 2: Friday, March 16th, 3:45pm – Getz Media Lab

Elainie Lillios – Creating a Toolbox in Max/MSP. Routing, event triggering, and using poly~ for creating multiple instances of effects.

Workshop 3: Saturday, March 17th, 1:30pm – Getz Media Lab

Elainie Lillios – Hack My Patch! In this workshop, attendees will be dissecting one of Elainie’s patches to find out what makes it tick.

SPLICE Panel: Saturday, March 17th, 3:00pm – SPLICE Ensemble, Shapiro Center

SPLICE Ensemble will be giving a presentation on working with performers and electronics. Tips, tricks, and strategies.

Workshop 4:  Saturday, March 17th, 4:15pm – Getz Media Lab

Christopher Biggs – Intro to Gen~: Building Modulating Delay Based Effects.

Concert Schedule

Concert 1: Thursday, March 15th at 7:30PM in Berlin Chapel

Transient Canvas performs music by Brandeis composers, our call for scores winner, and works by Lansing McLoskey, Dan VanHassel, and Kirsten Volness

  • Dan VanHassel – Epidermis
  • Kirsten Volness – Year Without A Summer
  • Lansing McLoskey – Agitprop

— intermission–

  • Tyler Adamthwaite – Phase-Shift
  • Gleb KanasevichClimacteric Torpidity
  • Chin-Shuo Wu – Gravitational Waves
  • Marissa Hickman – Anatomy of an Infinite Machine
  • Brian Sears – TREMENDOUS!!

Concert 2: Friday, March 16th at 10:30AM in Slosberg Concert Hall

Featuring, SPLICE Ensemble:

  • Elainie Lillios – Listening Beyond, 8 channel Ambisonics
  • Alex Christie – Quiet Music for Ensemble (simple switches cause hits and misses)
  • Christopher BiggsDecoherence, trumpet and electronics
  • Caroline Miller – Elliptic, piano and percussion
  • Elainie Lillios – Nostalgic Visions, piano and live, interactive electroacoustics
  • Christopher Biggs – Letter to the Moon, trumpet, piano and percussion
  • Brian Belet – Loose Canon, trumpet, piano and percussion

Concert 3: Friday, March 16th at 5:00PM in Shapiro Campus Center

  • Ted Mooreit teaches us that it doesn’t exist, cymbal and feedback
  • G. Blake Harrison-LaneSquissael, fixed media
  • Joanna Podias – φως
  • Carolyn Borcherding – Vesper, fixed media
  • Tao Li Wu Ren Kan Ji, cello and fixed media

Concert 4: Friday, March 16th at 8:00PM in Slosberg Music Center

A solo concert by Pamela Z.

Concert 5: Saturday, March 17th at 11:00AM in Slosberg Music Center

  • Inga Chinilina – Trio, for trumpet, piano and percussion
  • Sam Torres – Canticle, saxophone and live electronics
  • Jeremy Rapaport-Stein – Tiny, for trumpet and percussion
  • Heather Stebbins – what I am not, quad audio
  • Talia Amar – Triangulation, piano and electronics
  • Viola Yip – Vibrations Vivantes III, lightbulbs and live electronics
  • Brian Sears – …to flame…

Concert 6: Saturday, March 17th at 6:30PM in Slosberg Music Center

  • Nathaniel HaeringMedical Text No. 57, voice and live electronics
  • Lowell Fuchsfor decorative purposes only, found objects and electronics
  • Kristina Warren8 Paces
  • David Ibbett – Europa, tone poem for flute and electronics
  • Davide IanniBeneath the Music from a Further Room, double bass and bass drums
  • Brian ToppLjos, soprano saxophone and electronics

Concert 7: Saturday, March 17th at 8:00PM in Slosberg Music Center

Featuring Yarn/Wire:

  • Tyler Adamthwaite – Twitch
  • Giusseppe Desiato – De Animalibus
  • Jeremy Rapaport-Stein – Humbugs
  • Talia Amar – Collision
  • Tyondai Braxton – music for ensemble and pitch shifter / delay


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