The 2017 SEAMUS Award will be presented to Carla Scaletti at the SEAMUS National Conference banquet, following a concert of her music. Carla is an experimental composer, designer of the Kyma sound design language and co-founder of Symbolic Sound Corporation. She received her DMA and MCS from the University of Illinois, where she studied composition with Salvatore Martirano, John Melby, Herbert Brün and Scott Wyatt and computer science with Ralph Johnson, one of the Design Patterns “Gang of Four.” She received the Distinguished Alumnae Award for invaluable contributions to the field of music from Texas Tech University where she earned her master’s degree in music and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of New Mexico.
Carla has been invited to present keynote addresses at the International Conference on Auditory Displays (ICAD2017) and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2015), and was an invited participant in GVA Sessions 2015 — a workshop involving choreographers, filmmakers, and particle physicists from CERN — and was a regular lecturer at Centre de Crèation Musical Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) when it was still in Paris. Each year, she co-organizes the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS).
The SEAMUS Award (renamed from the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award) acknowledges the important contributions of its recipients to the field of electro-acoustic music. The recipient is selected by the Board of Directors of SEAMUS. The prize was first awarded in 1987 and a list of previous recipients can be found here.