Sylvia Pengilly

7480 Bella Vista Rd.
CA 93422

tel/FAX: 805-462-8255

Have you ever wondered what happens to a retired teacher of music theory, composition and electronic music? In this case, she kicked up her heels, moved to California, and is starting a new career performing her compositions, which in this case involves not only music, but also graphics, video and dance. These compositions can only be realized through the use of computers, in this case, a Power Mac 7500, which runs most of the music, and an Amiga 3000, which controls most of the graphics and video. In performance, all the music and graphics are created in real-time, and the audience sees the graphics projected onto a large screen, while the performer controls the music, often by dance-like movements of her body.

Until recently a professor and director of the electronic music composition studio at Loyola University, New Orleans, I have written both acoustic and and electronic music and published several papers in addition to teaching. Lest my students read this and fear that I have forgotten them, let me hasten to add that teaching has been an extremely important part of my life, and many of my students have become life-long friends. The only part of academia that I miss is the contact with all of you, and the privilege of sharing with you what little knowledge I possess. However, there comes a time in everyone's life when it is time to make a fresh start, and that is exactly what I am doing.

Feeling that music is connected to all the arts, and even to the sciences, my search to establish these connections has led to the investigation of many diverse fields, such as history, philosophy, dance, art, literature, video, physics, chemistry, and mathematics, all available to me thanks to Loyola's admirable policy of encouraging interdisciplinary research. Elements from all these fields are somehow linked together, probably in my murky subconscious, and emerge as unique creations, requiring a forbidding array of technical equipment for their realization, yet generating nothing short of magic. Graphics and a brief description of selected works can be found in compositions.

I have just begun to investigate the many possibilities of image processing using "PhotoShop," with images imported using a videocamera with "VideoShop." These are processed and unprocessed images of shells, bought one happy afternoon in Morro Bay, with my friend, Anthea Maton.

I was recently honored to be the first woman interviewed for the new "musica femina" page, which is part of the Spectrum press website. This can be found at In addition to the interview, there is an Mp3 excerpt from a very recent composition, "X/T(ime)", which was written as a result of my introduction to sample mixing techniques originated by Koenig and Laske, and introduced to me by Michael Rhoades. You can learn more about this very interesting process at Michael's website, and click on the "techniques" link.

The latest addition to this site is a new art gallery of graphics created with ArtMatic Pro, some amazing software from U&I, who also gave us MetaSynth and Videodelic (see link below). If you have high speed access, please try gallery with movie, which may take a while to load as it contains a QT movie created with ArtMatic Pro 5.5.

I have recently renewed my interest in creating works exist purely as sound, so here is an Mp3 file of one of my most recent pieces, "Pentatope," which was created solely from samples generated using MetaSynth. So far I've only been able to do it in "HiFi," so only try it if you have broadband! "Haunted Resonance" is presented here as an Mp3, however, it is intended as a realtime performance work that uses sounds created and processed using MetaSynth, while realtime graphic manipulations are generated in VideoDelic, for which I am proud to say, I was a beta tester. Both MetaSynth and VideoDelic are the creations of U&I software, and I am currently working with their latest innovation, Vtrack, which allows amazing video mixing and effects. To learn more about these and other outstanding U&I programs, please visit

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